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Old 05-19-2019, 02:19 PM
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Sitting around, winding down and getting dinner together. Have the VHF on. A fun listen especially on busy days. Just heard a boater hire Seatow to bring diesel fuel for.....

Wait for it...

$1500-$1600 !
Head boat call for LE. No response from any LEO. 4 agencies on the water today!!??

Always a fun listen...

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Old 05-19-2019, 02:39 PM
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I used to monitor the forestry dispatch and tactical frequencies to keep up with active wildfires on or near company land. Kind of fun listening to them sometimes. The guys would always speculate as to how cute a certain dispatch girl was judging by her voice on the radio.
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:57 PM
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I live near a swing bridge on the ICW and used to listen to that traffic, but one of the bridge tenders is a rude SOB and that got old quickly. Always have it on while fishing or cruising, never know if someone needs help.

I use/monitor the CB when taking road trips. Keeps you up to date on traffic and is somewhat entertaining.
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Old 05-19-2019, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by captainmarknc View Post
I live near a swing bridge on the ICW and used to listen to that traffic, but one of the bridge tenders is a rude SOB and that got old quickly. Always have it on while fishing or cruising, never know if someone needs help.

I use/monitor the CB when taking road trips. Keeps you up to date on traffic and is somewhat entertaining.
watching the Port Everglades webcam there is a guy for 17th street bridge that can get pretty grumpy and another that is pretty friendly

I understand the grumpy guy sometimes, but others he just seems pissed off.....some of the boat owners can be pretty stupid and on the one hand I think well you are just sitting passing time waiting for a call and the top and bottom of the hour or the rare tow call that gets an anytime opening how pissed off can you be (besides the idiots).....but then sometimes it must suck watching everyone else out there on the water in mostly really nice boats

I can't understand why a swing bridge guy on the ICW would be pissed off at all unless it is a recreation area like Port Everglades

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Live by Mc Alpine lock and dam,mile 606 on the Ohio River Louisville, KY. Will have a drink on the porch with the handheld vhf listening to the passing barges chat with the lock master, other passing tows and the grocery/fuel boat that resupplies them. Funny stuff sometimes, and a glimpse into the life of a working boat crew without the added drama of tv cameras or a reality show.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:51 AM
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I don’t listen to VHF, but I do listen to LiveATC. I’m kind of pissed that they took the local host off the air. It was nice to be working around the airport and hear the F-22s or F-18s to be “cleared for take off. Direct to 10,000ft”. You were in for a show if you heard that over the broadcast.
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I have a marine radio and 12v power supply in my 3 season room. Antenna is on a 30' mast along with tv antenna. I don't sit there for hours listening but I will try to glean a few fishing reports and wave reports before I leave to go fishing.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:21 AM
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I looked for an app to listen to VHF on the lake but there isn't one. I tried using a regular 8' antenna on my house roof but the signal from the islands area was to weak. I would love to find an app so I could listen at work on my phone.
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Originally Posted by raystein View Post
.....The guys would always speculate as to how cute a certain dispatch girl was judging by her voice on the radio.
I worked in an office and the receptionist answered all the calls. I won't say her name, but my buddies would always ask about her.... She went about 300+ and had bad psoriasis.
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