radio check

Radio check

Knowing how to reach the Coast Guard in an emergency is an important step in getting help quickly. Dialing 9-1-1 may be the best for an emergency on land, but not on the water. Boaters should use marine two-way radios, not cell phones. These broadcast radios allow everyone to listen; whereas a phone call only goes to the number dialed.


Deck the Hulls: VHF-FM Radio

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Take the SEARCH out of SAR

Did you know that your VHF marine radio is likely equipped with a technology called DSC, or digital selective calling, that can help rescuers take the “search” out of search and rescue? Ever wonder how that red “distress” button on […]


itCG-stranded rafters rescued, properly using a marine radio, Coast Guard Art Program makes YouTube

Coast Guard helped to find three rafters who were stranded in a remote national park in Alaska after their gear got washed away. Thankfully, they carried a personal locator beacon and used it to call for help. Story here This […]