VHF Radio Tips

VHF Notes

Correct radio operation includes contacting the other boater on Channel 16 and then switching to a “working channel.”

All radio operation, of course, requires that you first listen (30 seconds) before transmitting.

Most all radios offer a “high/low” power switch (H/L). Commonly the low power setting will provide ample
communication when close to the other boaters. This setting will also significantly increase the battery
life of your radio and reduce interference to boaters farther away.

There is more and more radio traffic on the most popular channels so we think it to be best for
us to operate on channel 72 rather than channel 68.

Another thing to note is the requirement of all boaters with a VFH radio on board to monitor channel 16
while underway. Your safety and that of fellow boaters depends on someone hearing a call for assistance.
Your listening on this channel makes sure that a large number of boats will hear an emergency call.
Be sure the volume and squelch are properly adjusted for the operation of your boat while underway.
Don’t forget, your cell phone will be heard by only the one person you call

Radio checks are now available in channel 28. Key your microphone and say “This is xxxx, radio check”.
An automated voice will respond that you have reached the Sea Tow automated radio check.
You will then hear your transmission echoed back. It is a great way to find out exactly how you were received.
The automated system in at the Fort Loudon Marina, Lenoir City.


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