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Proper radio check procedure

weather is getting nice and I would like to make sure I’m being as safe as possible, can somebody please go over the proper radio check procedure if leaving out of St. Aug. What do you call yourself if your boat has no name. Just want to make sure I’m doing it correct and not clogging the airwaves with unnessary info. 

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  • RedactionRedaction Posts: 1,865 Captain
    I’d like to know as well, and can someone also tell me the correct way to request a bridge opening. I go through the Ortega Bridge frequently and recently received feedback from the tender that he needed the vessel name before he’d open the bridge. Been going through that bridge forever and usually say “Ortega River bridge can I get an opening“? 

    Thanks 
  • Bill DuaneBill Duane Posts: 320 Deckhand
    edited April 2021 #3
    Redaction said:
    I’d like to know as well, and can someone also tell me the correct way to request a bridge opening. I go through the Ortega Bridge frequently and recently received feedback from the tender that he needed the vessel name before he’d open the bridge. Been going through that bridge forever and usually say “Ortega River bridge can I get an opening“? 

    Thanks 

    In Florida use Chanel 9, Hail the bridge 3 times by it's proper name, give them the name of your boat. If you don't have a name say "no name" followed by your FL numbers and ask the time of the next opening. You should also know the clearance your boat needs. All of this info is logged by the bridge tender and remember they will treat you as well as you treat them. 
  • Bill DuaneBill Duane Posts: 320 Deckhand
    Tony Roma said:
    weather is getting nice and I would like to make sure I’m being as safe as possible, can somebody please go over the proper radio check procedure if leaving out of St. Aug. What do you call yourself if your boat has no name. Just want to make sure I’m doing it correct and not clogging the airwaves with unnecessary info. 
    First DO NOT use Ch16 for a radio check, Use Ch 09
      Call "radio check" three times, followed by your boat name and location If you don't have a boat name you can use your FL numbers if you want. Wait for a reply to let you know that someone has heard you.
  • Tony RomaTony Roma Posts: 1,421 Officer
    Thank you, any advice on contacting towboat or seatow when out of cell range
  • Bill DuaneBill Duane Posts: 320 Deckhand
    Tony Roma said:
    Thank you, any advice on contacting towboat or seatow when out of cell range
    Your VHF will call at a longer distance than your cell will.
    If you are in trouble then you can call the CG (they will probably ask you to switch to another channel)  and they will relay your information to a towing company.
  • Tony RomaTony Roma Posts: 1,421 Officer
    Thank you, hope to never need it. 
  • RedactionRedaction Posts: 1,865 Captain
  • seapro15seapro15 Posts: 219 Deckhand
    Unfortunately I've had to hail Seatow from 40 miles out. The coast guard switched me over to another channel and relayed my position to Seatow and got them coming.  Another fisherman heard me on the radio and came over to make sure we were alright which was very reassuring.  
    Make sure you get a radio check every trip. You never know when you'll need help or can help someone else.  
    Most people get on ch72 and just say "can I get a radio check?" 
    The Ortega River Bridge is vhf channel 9 and I just give them my boat name and request an opening. If you need the railroad bridge raised you sometimes have to throw something at the window to wake him up. 
  • Sea-SquatchSea-Squatch Posts: 2,026 Captain
    Tony Roma said:
    weather is getting nice and I would like to make sure I’m being as safe as possible, can somebody please go over the proper radio check procedure if leaving out of St. Aug. What do you call yourself if your boat has no name. Just want to make sure I’m doing it correct and not clogging the airwaves with unnecessary info. 
    First DO NOT use Ch16 for a radio check, Use Ch 09
      Call "radio check" three times, followed by your boat name and location If you don't have a boat name you can use your FL numbers if you want. Wait for a reply to let you know that someone has heard you.

    I tried Ch9 multiple times the other day, and got no reply. Tried ch16, and had 3 replies instantly. I also tried ch6, ch68, and ch72 w/ no replies. 

    I'm going to try that ch27 next time...
  • Bill DuaneBill Duane Posts: 320 Deckhand
    Tony Roma said:
    weather is getting nice and I would like to make sure I’m being as safe as possible, can somebody please go over the proper radio check procedure if leaving out of St. Aug. What do you call yourself if your boat has no name. Just want to make sure I’m doing it correct and not clogging the airwaves with unnecessary info. 
    First DO NOT use Ch16 for a radio check, Use Ch 09
      Call "radio check" three times, followed by your boat name and location If you don't have a boat name you can use your FL numbers if you want. Wait for a reply to let you know that someone has heard you.

    I tried Ch9 multiple times the other day, and got no reply. Tried ch16, and had 3 replies instantly. I also tried ch6, ch68, and ch72 w/ no replies. 

    I'm going to try that ch27 next time...
    CG gets grumpy when you use 16 for chit chat.
  • ChonggChongg Posts: 755 Officer
    Tony Roma said:
    weather is getting nice and I would like to make sure I’m being as safe as possible, can somebody please go over the proper radio check procedure if leaving out of St. Aug. What do you call yourself if your boat has no name. Just want to make sure I’m doing it correct and not clogging the airwaves with unnecessary info. 
    First DO NOT use Ch16 for a radio check, Use Ch 09
      Call "radio check" three times, followed by your boat name and location If you don't have a boat name you can use your FL numbers if you want. Wait for a reply to let you know that someone has heard you.

    I tried Ch9 multiple times the other day, and got no reply. Tried ch16, and had 3 replies instantly. I also tried ch6, ch68, and ch72 w/ no replies. 

    I'm going to try that ch27 next time...
    Try 8 if you're inshore/nearshore
  • PangamanPangaman Posts: 911 Officer
    Sea tow discontinued their automated service on 27. Call on 16 or you wont get a response. If your out fishing offshore, ask on channel 72. If your boat doesn't have a name just say "looking for a radio check".
  • Bill DuaneBill Duane Posts: 320 Deckhand
    edited April 2021 #15
    Florida uses CH9 For Bridge traffic.

    U.S. VHF CHANNEL INFORMATION

    Boaters should normally use channels listed as Non-Commercial. Channel 16 is used for calling other stations or for distress alerting. Channel 13 should be used to contact a ship when there is danger of collision. All ships of length 20m or greater are required to guard VHF channel 13, in addition to VHF channel 16, when operating within U.S. territorial waters. Users may be fined by the FCC for improper use of these channels.

  • PangamanPangaman Posts: 911 Officer
    No one is on channel 9. If you want someone to answer you back, call on channel 16. I wouldn't worry about the FCC tracking you down. Just say "looking for a radio check". Someone will answer "loud and clear", the end.
  • Nautical wheelerNautical wheeler Posts: 91 Deckhand
    You can also use the DSC function on your radio, enter 003669999 into the memory, select test call and it automatically sends a signal.
  • One DropOne Drop Posts: 402 Deckhand
    Cranky Bridgetenders? Nah..... If anyone is from South Florida or ever listened to Neil Rogers on WQAM 560am this was voted his best all time call. The Bridgetender. This is freaking funny!!


  • Snatch-UmSnatch-Um Posts: 1,428 Officer
    You could always pull the 1999 Bud light Whassup commercial....Click mic and say "Whassup!!!!!"  I think it was in the Greater Jax a guy did it...must have lasted an hour on the radio, hilarious.
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