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post #9 of Old 04-21-2005
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Radio Check

I''ve boated on South Lake Michigan for many years. For a radio check use channel 9. If no reponse there then try 68 or 69 as there is plenty of traffic that will help you out. If you plan on hailing someone specifically while you''re out there let them know what channel you''ll be monitoring (09, 68, 69..) and contact them there. If you want to check your reach on the radio listen for a conversation that is weaker than others & hail one of the people when they finish talking. When they come back ask them where they are. It''s not unusual for me to pick up a conversation happening down by the state line (20-25ish miles) and get a return from them. Most often they''re more than happy to do a check with someone distant as they are getting a distance check also.
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