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My group usually starts the gauntlet every week. For about an hour prior, we're on channel 69 talking about meeting up, who's parking next to who, and yes there's also a bit of senseless BSing. Once we get parked we're off the radio for the rest of the day. I don't really appreciate someone coming on and telling me that 69 is a fishing channel and that we're talking too much. 69 is not a fishing channel. Get over it.
 

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I could not believe my ears!!!


Yeah we were chattering quite a bit, but there was not much traffic due to the weather.

I told him to go block a channel instead of bitching about channel 69!!!
 

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Did you notice he didnt say another word after you corrected him??

I wonder if he really thought it is a fishing channel???
 

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QUOTE(Jager Dave @ Jul 27 2009, 11:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I was just searching for a list of vhf channel designations. I have or had a list on board the boat. I may have gotten it from So Sassy a while back. I'd like to find an official source though.

Well this confirms what you told him!!!!
http://www.lakestclair.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=38775


Or:
http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/vhf.htm

U.S. VHF CHANNELS
Channel Number Ship Transmit MHz Ship Receive MHz Use
01A 156.050 156.050 Port Operations and Commercial, VTS. Available only in New Orleans / Lower Mississippi area.
05A 156.250 156.250 Port Operations or VTS in the Houston, New Orleans and Seattle areas.
06 156.300 156.300 Intership Safety
07A 156.350 156.350 Commercial
08 156.400 156.400 Commercial (Intership only)
09 156.450 156.450 Boater Calling. Commercial and Non-Commercial.
10 156.500 156.500 Commercial
11 156.550 156.550 Commercial. VTS in selected areas.
12 156.600 156.600 Port Operations. VTS in selected areas.
13 156.650 156.650 Intership Navigation Safety (Bridge-to-bridge). Ships >20m length maintain a listening watch on this channel in US waters.
14 156.700 156.700 Port Operations. VTS in selected areas.
15 -- 156.750 Environmental (Receive only). Used by Class C EPIRBs.
16 156.800 156.800 International Distress, Safety and Calling. Ships required to carry radio, USCG, and most coast stations maintain a listening watch on this channel.
17 156.850 156.850 State Control
18A 156.900 156.900 Commercial
19A 156.950 156.950 Commercial
20 157.000 161.600 Port Operations (duplex)
20A 157.000 157.000 Port Operations
21A 157.050 157.050 U.S. Coast Guard only
22A 157.100 157.100 Coast Guard Liaison and Maritime Safety Information Broadcasts. Broadcasts announced on channel 16.
23A 157.150 157.150 U.S. Coast Guard only
24 157.200 161.800 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
25 157.250 161.850 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
26 157.300 161.900 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
27 157.350 161.950 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
28 157.400 162.000 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
63A 156.175 156.175 Port Operations and Commercial, VTS. Available only in New Orleans / Lower Mississippi area.
65A 156.275 156.275 Port Operations
66A 156.325 156.325 Port Operations
67 156.375 156.375 Commercial. Used for Bridge-to-bridge communications in lower Mississippi River. Intership only.
68 156.425 156.425 Non-Commercial
69 156.475 156.475 Non-Commercial
70 156.525 156.525 Digital Selective Calling (voice communications not allowed)
71 156.575 156.575 Non-Commercial
72 156.625 156.625 Non-Commercial (Intership only)
73 156.675 156.675 Port Operations
74 156.725 156.725 Port Operations
77 156.875 156.875 Port Operations (Intership only)
78A 156.925 156.925 Non-Commercial
79A 156.975 156.975 Commercial. Non-Commercial in Great Lakes only
80A 157.025 157.025 Commercial. Non-Commercial in Great Lakes only
81A 157.075 157.075 U.S. Government only - Environmental protection operations.
82A 157.125 157.125 U.S. Government only
83A 157.175 157.175 U.S. Coast Guard only
84 157.225 161.825 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
85 157.275 161.875 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
86 157.325 161.925 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
87A 157.375 157.375 Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
88A 157.425 157.425 Commercial, Intership only.
AIS 1 161.975 161.975 Automatic Identification System (AIS)
AIS 2 162.025 162.025 Automatic Identification System (AIS)
 

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I have tried to get our boating community off that channel a while back. Tried to move us to 71 or a quieter channel like that. But, everyone just HAS to be on channel 69..... (beavis & butt-head voice) huh, huh channel 69

There are 5 recreational channels, but that has to be the one that everyone use's and abuse's for some reason.
 

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QUOTE(Convincor @ Jul 28 2009, 07:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There are 5 recreational channels, but that has to be the one that everyone use's and abuse's for some reason.
I only count 4. I guess if you include ch 9 there are 5.

U.S. VHF CHANNELS
Channel Number Ship Transmit MHz Ship Receive MHz Use

68 156.425 156.425 Non-Commercial
69 156.475 156.475 Non-Commercial
71 156.575 156.575 Non-Commercial
78A 156.925 156.925 Non-Commercial
 

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QUOTE(Stodge @ Jul 28 2009, 07:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Convincor @ Jul 28 2009, 07:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There are 5 recreational channels, but that has to be the one that everyone use's and abuse's for some reason.
I only count 4. I guess if you include ch 9 there are 5.

U.S. VHF CHANNELS
Channel Number Ship Transmit MHz Ship Receive MHz Use

68 156.425 156.425 Non-Commercial
69 156.475 156.475 Non-Commercial
71 156.575 156.575 Non-Commercial
78A 156.925 156.925 Non-Commercial


Yeah, that is what I meant. Channel 9 is considered recreational I believe. Suppose to be used for calling, then turn to another channel for conversation. But as always, there are some bozo's asking for a radio check on channel 16 about every day. You would think after the CG warns them after their radio check that this is a channel for distress and emergencies only they would learn. But, nope. Doesn't sink in.
 

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QUOTE(Stodge @ Jul 28 2009, 07:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Convincor @ Jul 28 2009, 07:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There are 5 recreational channels, but that has to be the one that everyone use's and abuse's for some reason.
I only count 4. I guess if you include ch 9 there are 5.

U.S. VHF CHANNELS
Channel Number Ship Transmit MHz Ship Receive MHz Use

68 156.425 156.425 Non-Commercial
69 156.475 156.475 Non-Commercial
71 156.575 156.575 Non-Commercial
78A 156.925 156.925 Non-Commercial



68, 69, 70, 71, 72 and 78 non commercial boatnerd.com local boating info.

I have heard recreational stuff on all those channels including fishing reports, drunken boaters, meet ups and various other non commercial stuff.

68 and 71 are just as busy as 69 on the weekends.

Matt
 

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QUOTE(Convincor @ Jul 28 2009, 07:59 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Stodge @ Jul 28 2009, 07:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(Convincor @ Jul 28 2009, 07:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>There are 5 recreational channels, but that has to be the one that everyone use's and abuse's for some reason.
I only count 4. I guess if you include ch 9 there are 5.

U.S. VHF CHANNELS
Channel Number Ship Transmit MHz Ship Receive MHz Use

68 156.425 156.425 Non-Commercial
69 156.475 156.475 Non-Commercial
71 156.575 156.575 Non-Commercial
78A 156.925 156.925 Non-Commercial


Yeah, that is what I meant. Channel 9 is considered recreational I believe. Suppose to be used for calling, then turn to another channel for conversation. But as always, there are some bozo's asking for a radio check on channel 16 about every day. You would think after the CG warns them after their radio check that this is a channel for distress and emergencies only they would learn. But, nope. Doesn't sink in.

I've heard guys chatting on 21. At least till the CG chased them off.
 

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This is great info. I have it printed and laminated on my boat since I just got it and it has a radio. I didn't even know there were that many channels let alone what they were all for.

Maybe the channel list could be pinned in all the forums or on the main page? I'm sure there are a bunch of people that just don't have this info.
 

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QUOTE(snowman @ Jul 28 2009, 09:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I didn't even know there were that many channels let alone what they were all for.

I applaud you for admitting that. I don't think many would. Most the time it is ignorance. Just like when you buy a radio and don't even read the manual. I believe (most radio's) when you buy them comes with a channel guide and how to use them. At least for me, all the radio's I have bought did.

Learn the channels and use them wisely. We all get a little nutty on the recreational channels sometimes, but the channel 16 issue is ridiculous.
 

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Hey I'll be totally honest. I haven't used the radio at all because I didn't want to be "that idiot". I even used my cell phone when I needed a tow in because I'm not even sure how to use it. But I will be more comfortable with it now.
 

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I was listening to all this on the way to poor mans. I was wondering when it would pop up.

I have just started using my radio so I try to keep it to a minimum til I get the etiquette down. Its nice getting a report on whats happening when you are on your way out though.

And if Stodge is out you will get wind, air temp, water temp, barometric pressure, wave height..............very helpful in planning your day!
 

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QUOTE(snowman @ Jul 28 2009, 09:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hey I'll be totally honest. I haven't used the radio at all because I didn't want to be "that idiot". I even used my cell phone when I needed a tow in because I'm not even sure how to use it. But I will be more comfortable with it now.

Word of advice. You should have a scan feature on your radio. Program all the following channels; 9,16, 21, 22, 23 68, 69, 71, & 78A. That should get you started in the right direction. Once those channels are programed in, hit scan when you are out on the lake just listen in for a while. You will see how most people use the radio. Especially the CG and Sarnia CG on their channels. That will give you and idea of how to use and what channels to use. If you hear me on there give me a shout back
 
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