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I'm sitting at anchor and no one on ch 9 is answering my radio checks, only hear transmissions like the pan pan on 16- what is everyone's solution when they get no response? I've heard contacting sea tow on 16 then hopping channels is legal but like I said I don't want to interfere with the pan pan xmsn..
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Try a working channel.
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Tried 68 and no response, it's a handheld so the range is a factor. There is a bridgetender about a mile away...
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Look at SeaTow web site and see if there is an automated radio check near you. We have at least two on the Chesapeake and they work great.
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It is illegal to use Channel 16 VHF-FM for radio checks. If requesting a radio check, use Channel 16 VHF-FM to hail the nearest Coast Guard Unit. Once the Coast Guard Unit acknowledges your hail, request Coast Guard Unit to switch and answer Channel 22A VHF-FM. Once Coast Guard Unit answers on Channel 22A VHF-FM, you may now request a radio check. The Coast Guard Unit will respond accordingly.

Before transmitting, listen long enough to be sure there is not a distress in progress and to also ensure you will not interfere with another station making a call.
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/...ice%202011.pdf
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Try 13 to contact the bridge, at least that's what they are on in the Seattle area.
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Try 13 to contact the bridge, at least that's what they are on in the Seattle area.
John 13 is for ship's bridge to ship's bridge.
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It is ch 13 for the bridges around here on Barnegat Bay. I'll try them .
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Was able to reach the Toms River bridge but barely..
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John 13 is for ship's bridge to ship's bridge.
I stand corrected.

In Juan de Fuca I contact the big guys on 13.
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