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stay on 16 and if you need to chat tell person to go 72


Just my opinion


if you are in trouble you want that to go out on 16




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if you are in trouble you want that to go out on 16






Peter, who do you get when you dial *16 on a cell, is it the OPP ??

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Peter, who do you get when you dial *16 on a cell, is it the OPP ??


*16=Prescot Coast Gaurd(emergencies only)

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Thanks Pete, would *16 be good for water emergencies EVERYWHERE in Ontario ??

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When your radio is on, always listen to Channel 16. This is the safety and calling channel.

Use low power to call whenever practical. VHF radio range may be up to 80 miles in good conditions and everyone in that range can hear you! High power does not get more distance; it allows a strong signal so you have a better chance of being heard at a greater distance.

Prearrange to call at a specific time on a working channel; you don't have to use Channels 16.

To transmit, depress the microphone button, speak directly into the microphone without touching it, then release the button as soon as you have finished. Do not shout!

Keep communication brief. VHF is for marine safety. If you like to chat, consider using a cellular telephone.

Do not ask for a radio check on Channel 16. Call a specific radio station and move to a working channel to ask for a check.

A signal of full strength and with full readability is known as a "5 by 5" signal. "2 by 5" is weak but very clear signal. The second number measures the readability of the signal.

Bad (Unreadable)

Poor (Readable now and then)

Fair(Readable with great difficulty)

Good (Readable with minor difficulty)

Excellent (Perfectly readable)

If you have children aboard, educate them not to use the marine radio except in emergencies. People's lives often depend on a clear channel.

Post an emergency MAYDAY form for guests or children to call for help in an emergency.

It is a criminal offence to call a false MAYDAY. If you are out of fuel but in no danger, anchor and call a marina or towing service.

It is an offense to broadcast profanity.

To identify the name of your vessel or its call-sign, use Phonetic Alphabet to say letters. For example, when you say a call-sign, instead of saying "VX 1984", you would say, "Victor X-ray One Niner Aayt Fo-wer".

Term French Meaning

Mayday m'aidez Danger to life

Pan Pan en panne Danger to property

Securite securité Danger to safety


Thanks to Jack Dale [email protected]


Acknowledge Let me know that you have received and understood this message.

Correction An error has been made in this transmission. The correct version is...

Go Ahead Proceed with your message.

Over My transmission is ended and I expect a response from you.

Out This conversation is ended and no response is expected.

Read Back After I say OVER, repeat this message back to me exactly as received.

Roger I have received all of your last transmission.

Received Number Receipt of your message number ... is acknowledged.

Stand By Wait until you hear further from me.

Verify Check with the originator and send the correct version.

Words Twice Send [or sending] each word twice.




Marine VHF channel frequencies and usageChan Ship Tx Ship Rx Area Use


01 156.050 160.650 IC Ship/shore - telephone

02 156.100 160.700 IC Ship/shore - telephone

03 156.150 160.750 IC Ship/shore - telephone

04 156.200 160.800 I Ship/shore - telephone

04A 156.200 C CCG (Canadian Coast Guard) authorized stations

05 156.250 160.850 I Ship/shore - telephone

06 156.300 Intership - Safety

07 156.350 160.950 Ship/shore - telephone

07A 156.350 Intership-Ship/shore - comm.

08 156.400 Intership - comm.

09 156.450 Intership-Ship/shore

10 156.500 Intership-Ship/shore - comm.

11 156.550 Vessel Traffic Management

12 156.600 Vessel Traffic Management

13 156.650 Bridge to bridge - 1 watt - Safety of Nav.

14 156.700 Vessel Traffic Management

15 156.750 EPIRB Buoy

16 156.800 Internat. Distress/Safety/Calling

17 156.850 Pilotage - vessel docking/manoeuvers

18 156.900 161.500 I Port Operation

18A 156.900 Intership-Ship/shore - comm.

19 156.950 161.550 I Port Operation

19A 156.950 Port Operation

20 157.000 Port Operation

21 157.050 161.650 I Port Operation

21A 157.050 A US Coast Guard - authorized stations

21B 161.650 C CCG - Weather Broadcasts

22 157.100 161.700 I Port Operation

22A 157.100 CA USCG/CCG

23 157.150 161.750 IC Ship/shore - telephone (Canada)

23A 157.150 Port Operation (USCG)

24 157.200 161.800 Ship/shore - telephone

25 157.250 161.850 Ship/shore - telephone

26 157.300 161.900 Ship/shore - telephone

27 157.350 161.950 Ship/shore - telephone

28 157.400 162.000 Ship/shore - telephone


60 156.025 160.625 IC Ship/shore - telephone

61 156.075 160.675 I Ship/shore - telephone

61A 156.075 C Intership-S/S - Can. Coast Guard Priv.

62 156.125 160.725 I Ship/shore - telephone

62A 156.125 C Intership-S/S - Can. Coast Guard Priv.

63 156.175 160.775 I Ship/shore - telephone

63A 156.175 C Intership-Ship/shore - comm.

64 156.225 160.825 IC Ship/shore - telephone

65 156.275 160.875 I Ship/shore - telephone

65A 156.275 CA Port Operation (CCG Private)

66 156.325 160.925 I Ship/shore - telephone, Port Operation

67 156.375 Intership-Ship/shore

68 156.425 Intership-Ship/shore - non-comm.

69 156.475 Intership-Ship/shore

70 156.525 Digital Selective Calling, Distress and Safety

71 156.575 Vessel Traffic Management

72 156.625 Intership

73 156.675 Intership-Ship/shore

74 156.725 Vessel Traffic Management

75 not used

76 not used

77 156.875 Pilotage - vessel docking/manoeuvers

78 156.925 161.525 Port Operation

78A 156.925 Intership-Ship/shore - comm.

79 156.975 161.575 I Port Operation

79A 156.975 Intership-Ship/shore - comm.

79B 161.575 C Commercial Fishing - Receive only

80 157.025 161.625 I Port Operation

80A 157.025 Intership-Ship/shore - comm.

81 157.075 161.675 I Port Operation

81A 157.075 A Port Operation (USCG)(CCG anti-pollution)

82 157.125 161.725 I Port Operation, s/s telephone

82A 157.125 A Port Operation (USCG)(CCG)

83 157.175 161.775 I Ship/shore - telephone (CCG)

83A 157.225 A Intership, Port Operation (USCG) [CCG monitored]

84 157.225 161.825 Ship/shore - telephone

85 157.275 161.875 Ship/shore - telephone

86 157.325 161.925 Ship/shore - telephone

87 157.375 161.975 Ship/shore - telephone

88 157.425 162.025 IC Ship/shore - telephone

88A 157.425 A Intership


Weather Channels:

Wx1 162.550

Wx2 162.400

Wx3 162.475

Wx4 161.650 same as VHF Ch. 21B - CCG West Coast Broadcasts

Wx5 162.425

Wx6 162.500

Wx7 162.525

Wx8 162.450

Wx9 161.775 same as VHF Ch. 83B - CCG Great Lakes & East Broadcasts

Wx10 163.275

Comm. - commercial

CCG Channels, USCG Channels - for Canadian or U.S. Coast Guard authorized stations only.

I - International only (non-US)

C - Canadian usage

A - American usage


VHF Radio Forecasts


Atlantic/Great Lakes channels 21B (161.65 MHz) and 83B (161.775 MHz)


Environment Canada broadcasts continuously over three dedicated VHF-FM bands: 162.400, 162.475, and 162.550 MHz


Environment Canada in the telephone blue pages lists taped forecast phone lines (i.e. Ontario lists Kingston 613-389-3252, Ottawa 613-998-3439).

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Thanks Pete, would *16 be good for water emergencies EVERYWHERE in Ontario ??



16 is good anywhere in Canada and the US its just a matter of how close the nearest rescue unit is

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Well like peter said,i always stay on 16 till you call another party then pick out of several channels to talk on ...so check the list and go from there,thanks peter,saves alot of typing...DO NOT HOLD CONVERSATIONS ON CHANNEL 16 AS PRESCOTT WILL GIVE YOU TROUBLE,ITS A CALL CHANNEL,AND EMERGENCY CHANNEL ONLY...

Edited by fishindevil

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Dangit I need to get a VHF radio!... not to chat it up per say but as a safety tool. I will have one before I launch the boat next spring.


will anyone be bringing up hand held FRS radios? Mine are fairly decent...22km range.


For those of us without VHF perhaps we can establish a channel as well.



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