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    Do the boats ( around the SE and POW ) use a universal radio channel for communication or how is this system worked. Sorry if that sounds a very stupid question! thanks

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    Everyone monitors channel 16. Even the Coast Guard.
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    The operative words are "monitor 16." You can make quick contact with someone there, but switch channels for your talk.

    Around here lots of folks monitor both 16 and 69, but do their talking on 69 or an alternate channel arranged from the contact on 16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    The operative words are "monitor 16." You can make quick contact with someone there, but switch channels for your talk.

    Around here lots of folks monitor both 16 and 69, but do their talking on 69 or an alternate channel arranged from the contact on 16.
    Here's a helpful link covering basic VHF radio comm: http://www.coastalboating.net/Cruisi...dioBasics.html

    Hope it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf1 View Post
    Here's a helpful link covering basic VHF radio comm: http://www.coastalboating.net/Cruisi...dioBasics.html

    Hope it helps.
    Thanks for the link, it was a good refresher
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    The operative words are "monitor 16." You can make quick contact with someone there, but switch channels for your talk.

    Around here lots of folks monitor both 16 and 69, but do their talking on 69 or an alternate channel arranged from the contact on 16.
    This is pretty universal practice in most US coastal waters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeek the Greek View Post
    This is pretty universal practice in most US coastal waters
    That's what I have encountered on lots of other waters, but stopped short of making it sound "universal." In the Gulf of Mexico for example, I hear lots of guys on Channel 14 rather than 69, but if you use 14 for chatter up here you're likely to have float planes dropping rocks on your head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    That's what I have encountered on lots of other waters, but stopped short of making it sound "universal." In the Gulf of Mexico for example, I hear lots of guys on Channel 14 rather than 69, but if you use 14 for chatter up here you're likely to have float planes dropping rocks on your head.
    Well thankfully we don't have floatplanes off the Texas coast dropping rocks on our heads ... can only imagine what that experience would be like lol. Is this standard practice for laying claim to a given stretch of fishing area?

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    In Cook Inlet we use 16 and 10. We hail on 16 and then switch to 10. Most vessels monitor 16 and 10 here in Cook Inlet 24/7.
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