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Old 12-30-2019, 08:49 PM
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Came upon a disagreement with a fellow boater.

How many guys monitor 16 while they are out on their personal boats, and if NO, what is the reason?

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12-31-2019, 04:41 AM
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FCC regulations require boaters having VHF radios to maintain a watch on either VHF channel 9 or channel 16, whenever the radio is turned on and not communicating with another station. That said, I have two VHF radios. As stated by stickbo one scans 16, 9 and 22a and the other scans our normal fishing chatter channels which I have found differ by location.
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I always have one radio scanning 16, 9, and 22a. The other scans the usual “fishing” channels. Why not monitor it? It could save someone’s life. Also if anything goes wrong I know that radio is on and ready to go in case someone other then me needs to use it.
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No.

Too much superfluous chatter.

Interferes with enjoyment of my tunes.
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Most always
its pretty quiet around me.....

If inshore fishing and theres a repeating annoying notice to mariners....i may turn it off.....but its usually pretty quiet.

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Always on Incase needed, volume turned down though. If the SHTF and you need to hit the red button it’s nice to have your GPS lat lon already warmed up and ready to go.
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When I was in port retrofitting a ship in Bayou Labatre, I monitored it all the time. Sometimes people needed assistance and that was where they called for help.
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If I remember to turn it on, I do. But I am getting old and forgetful. Maybe I should leave the switch on and have it wired to the ignition?
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It's usually one of the first switches to get turned on and one of the last to get turned off, even if I'm just sitting in the slip.
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Yes.
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I do when I go far offshore because people like to sink their boats and run their batteries down and such and don't mind helping if they aren't idiots
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Always.
in the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay there are often USCG transmissions of loose boats, boat issues, runaway docks, trees etc. I like to be apprised of such situations. To me it would be negligent to take anyone on the water and not make yourself aware of known saftey issues in your area.

We will play music or listen to FM radio but it's not a big deal to us like it might be for many. Really, no problems that way so I guess that might make it easier.

We have been letting one vhf scan. While there is an occasional fish catch talk to be heard it's mostly of late been deer with hound hunter chatter. I guess someone in the club has a base station permit. I enjoy it though and reminds me lots of bear hunting. I get a good sense of what's going on and realize they ate just having a good time and being a team. So, for as long as fishing is slow as it has been and it's not walking over fish reports I am entertained while watching my lone not catch fish.
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Always on. Luckily, it is pretty quiet in my area. When I used to fish on the Chesapeake, people were blabbing constantly on 16 but I still left it on.
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FCC regulations require boaters having VHF radios to maintain a watch on either VHF channel 9 or channel 16, whenever the radio is turned on and not communicating with another station. That said, I have two VHF radios. As stated by stickbo one scans 16, 9 and 22a and the other scans our normal fishing chatter channels which I have found differ by location.
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Always. Good seamanship.
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As stated by stickbo and Miss Trial, I have one radio that scans 16, 9 and 22a and the other scans our normal fishing chatter channels. A lot of times, I'll squelch the radio that monitors the fishing channels, because it can be more BS than fishing info.
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Originally Posted by Miss Trial View Post
FCC regulations require boaters having VHF radios to maintain a watch on either VHF channel 9 or channel 16, whenever the radio is turned on and not communicating with another station. That said, I have two VHF radios. As stated by stickbo one scans 16, 9 and 22a and the other scans our normal fishing chatter channels which I have found differ by location.

Thank you,...... and that is exactly why my answer was a simple “yes”.
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If you care a lick about your fellow boaters, then you should monitor Ch. 16, especially if you are offshore. You may be the one person that hears a distress call and be the difference between life and death.
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I used to have 2 VHF’s. When I did one stayed in 16 and the other on 71 which is the general BS channel everyone uses in my area. After redoing my electronics I only have one now. I leave it on 71 with a priority scan of 16 so it switches to 16 whenever there is something on there.
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I always turn mine on. It's usually pretty quiet in my area. I can't really hear it too well when i'm running. This is the first boat I've owned with a fixed mount VHF. Always carried a handheld on my previous boats, but rarely used them.

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