A quick guide to using your VHF Marine Radio.
Channel 16 is Distress and Calling.
Pleasure Vessels Working Channels: 09, 67, 68, 69 and 72.
Contact can be made on Ch 16 but then go to a working frequency
Make sure Radio is turned on and set to the proper channel.
Press microphone button & speak past the microphone not directly into. Do not “spit” into the microphone, use a normal voice.
Do not add other words (Such as “Come in Bob” or “Do you read me?”)
Release microphone button.
You must not call the same station for more than 30 seconds at a time.
If you do not get a reply wait at least two minutes before calling again.
After 3 tries wait 30 minutes before calling again.
When you reach the other station go to a working channel and send message.
If you expect an answer end your transmission with “OVER” else say “OUT”
Use low power (1 watt) in a Harbor.
MAYDAY – MAYDAY – MAYDAY – This is (Your vessel name & call sign spoken three times)
MAYDAY – (Your vessel name & call sign)
The position of your boat (Latitude, Longitude – bearing to a land mark etc.)
Nature of distress (sinking, man overboard on fire etc.)
Type of help requested
Other information needed when contact is made:
Number of people on board.
Description of vessel. (color, size, type, sail color or other traits)
Number of people requiring medical attention if appropriate.
Any other information that will assist emergency. (captain is injured and you don’t know how to operate the vessel)
Set Squelch only high enough to stop noise.
Speak in a normal voice into the microphone.
Speak slowly and clearly.
Don’t chat endlessly.
Two page printer friendly PDF version at bottom.
Procedure Words (PROWORDS)
|OUT||This is the end of my transmission to you. No answer is required or expected.|
|OVER||This Is the end of my transmission and a response is expected. Go ahead, transmit.
Omit when it is clearly not needed.
|ROGER||I received your last transmission OK.|
|WILCO||Your last message has been received, understood, and will be compiled with.|
|THIS IS||This transmission is from the station whose name and call sign follows immediately.|
|FIGURES||Figures or numbers follow, for example, “Vessel length is FIGURES two three feet.|
|SPEAK SLOWER||Your transmission is difficult to understand. Speak slower.|
|WORDS TWICE||It is difficult to understand you. Give each phrase twice.|
|I SPELL||I shall spell the next word phonetically. Used when a proper name is important in the message. “Boat name is Martha. I spell – Mike, Alfa, Romeo, Tango, Hotel, Alfa.|
|WAIT||I must pause for few seconds; stand by for further transmission.|
|WAIT OUT||I must pause for longer than a few seconds. I Will call you back.|
|AFFIRMATIVE||You are correct, or what you have transmitted is correct.|
The Phonetic Alphabet
|I||INDIA||IN DEE AH|
|J||JULIETT||JEW LEE ETT|
|N||NOVEMBER||NO VEM BER|
|R||ROMEO||ROW ME OH|
|S||SIERRA||SEE AIR RAH|
|U||UNIFORM||YOU NEE FORM|
* Emphasis is on the part of the word in Bold Italics
Pronunciation of Numbers
FILE:RADIO-3 March 30 2010
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