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Old 12-14-2002, 08:27 AM
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I always start on ch 16, but often want to talk to people near me on the water.

What channels do you recommend for a "go to"?

This would be for fishing in the Gulf out of Galveston/Freeport.
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Old 12-14-2002, 09:37 AM
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I usually just listen for quiet channels before I hail someone, then say go to channel __. tom
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Old 12-14-2002, 09:57 AM
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yeah but... which one?

I know there are a few for navigation, and some reserved for commercial operators. Are there any channels recommended for recreational boats?
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Old 12-14-2002, 10:27 AM
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Here is a link to a list of VHF channels and their intended purposes that I put together a while back. It may be of some help to you. By the way, I tend to go to 78 myself ....

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Great list Thom. savage...I think you'll find in some areas the only hailing channel is '9', with '16' used for emergengies ONLY contrary to the list...wouldn't you agree Thom? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img] Up hear we typically use '68'. They (FCC) don't give you much: had forgotten about '69' and '71'. A lot of the serious Charter traffic is via cell phone now, unlimited minutes and all. For chat between boat buddies...the FRS is picking up, too. The days of picking up a little knowledge from the radio are just about gone up here on the Great Lakes. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
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Old 12-14-2002, 01:16 PM
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Thanks Thom! How about 69 and 71?

At least they're easy to remember [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]
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Where I fish the 'fleet' uses channel 80 and there are a lot of boats on that channel. One thing about off shore fishing is that there's lots of room out there and to tell the truth maybe we're just lucky because there is no real great secret on any given day as to what is going on. The Charter guys jabber all day long, about fish and every thing else, so do the private guys. If someone's on fish its not at all uncommon to call the world and let them know, but at the same time people keep out of each others way and work together to do that. When someone wants to talk to someone else the message usually is done by "dropping down one" or maybe two and that's all there is to it.

Now, there you are off shore, the radios won't reach shore anyway. There are rules for channel use but absolutly no one one earth is monitoring to enforce them. Of course your area most likely is much different. Most are. Find out what frequencys are being used in your area. Its one of those 'local knowledge' things. Get in line, as they used to say, and play the game just like eveyone else in your area. If the traffic channel is channel 1 (as it would be if you were down at Hatteras) or channel 8, as it would be if you were fishing near shore out of Oregon Inlet, NC, then that is where you want to be. Hit whatever version of scanning your radio has and set it up for 16 and the local favorite channel and then stick with it. If you and your buddys are in the habit of wanting some sort of private conversations I would suggest you swithc over to one of the mid frequency international channels, where you're not at all likely to find anyone either using the channel or listening in on those most secret of conversations [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif[/img]

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