Do you know that radio checks on channel 16 are no longer proper radio procedure? So how are we supposed to check that our radio is working?
Well, SEA TOW has come up with solution! In fact, you’ll often hear them answer a blind request with these words: “For an automated radio check, please switch to Channels 24 (or 26, 27, or 28), key your mic and speak your request. Then listen for the response.” What comes back at you is a repeat of what you just broadcast, proving that your radio both sends and receives. Pretty cool, huh? And it clears a lot of traffic off Channel 16 that could potentially interfere with an emergency call.
On this Memorial Day, we remember all the men and women who have served our country and are serving now across the globe. Let’s honor them with the proper placement of our national flag on our boats.
Rule for Power Boats: Flown from a staff on the stern. One inch of length (the fly) for every foot of boat length.
Rule for Sail Boats: Flown from a staff on the stern or from the backstay. Same sizing as power boats.