Stanley Yacht Services: Check Your Radio!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Check Your Radio!

Today, Sea Tow announced the launch of its Automated Radio Check (ARC) service! This innovative boating safety program is designed to reduce unnecessary chatter on channel 16 and is available throughout South Florida and the US east coastline.
Conducting a radio check through the Sea Tow ARC service couldn’t be simpler. All boaters need to do is tune their VHF radios to Channel 24, 26, 27, or 28, depending on the region, key the mic, and ask for a radio check. The ARC system responds to each radio check with an automated reply, and also replays ... the boater’s original radio transmission, allowing him or her to assess the strength of the signal and confirm the VHF radio is in good working order.
The system doesn't require a response from another boater or watch-stander and will presumably decrease the number of routine radio checks conducted on channel 16, which, according to USCG Chief of the Office of Search and Rescue, Capt. David A. McBride, can interfere with vital distress and safety communications.

Sea Tow offers this handy service free of charge to everyone, regardless of whether you're a member. And, as Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sea Tow Services International advises, “A properly working VHF is essential safety equipment on every boat." So check your radio! And thanks to Sea Tow!

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