3 Tips for Using a VHF Radio | BoatUS

When you're on a boat, your VHF radio is your link to the outside world. Here are three helpful tips for ensuring your VHF performs when you need it. The first tip is to ensure your antenna is perfectly vertical to give you the best signal. Two is to hold the mic at 90 degrees from your face when speaking into it. And the third is to ensure that your DSC VHF is active. The last is probably the most important so that the US Coast Guard can find your exact location in the event of an emergency. It will require that you link your DSC VHF with your chartplotter, but it's an easy setup. Also, you need to register for an MMSI number, which members can do for free through BoatUS. • To learn VHF basics, visit https://www.boatus.com/magazine/2015/december/vhf-radio-protocol.asp •To register for a free MMSI number, visit https://www.boatus.com/MMSI • Learn how to set up your VHF Radio with DSC at https://www.boatus.com/magazine/2015/december/setting-up-a-vhf-radio-with-dsc.asp For more information, visit http://www.BoatUS.com/Magazine. BoatUS Magazine is the flagship publication of the Boat Owners Association of The United States. The award-winning publication is delivered bimonthly to more than half a million BoatUS members and focuses on boating news, boating lifestyle, destinations, how-to, maintenance, and more. Join BoatUS Today! https://www.boatus.com/BoatUSMembershipExpress/page0.aspx?programtype=MWSBUSJOIN&programtypecode=mwsjoin&promocode=HEWEBYT Connect with us: Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/BoatUS Twitter: https://twitter.com/BoatUS Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boatus/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+boatus/posts Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/boatus/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/boatus

3 Tips for Using a VHF Radio | BoatUS sentiment_very_dissatisfied 3

Boat 6 years ago 33,436 views

When you're on a boat, your VHF radio is your link to the outside world. Here are three helpful tips for ensuring your VHF performs when you need it. The first tip is to ensure your antenna is perfectly vertical to give you the best signal. Two is to hold the mic at 90 degrees from your face when speaking into it. And the third is to ensure that your DSC VHF is active. The last is probably the most important so that the US Coast Guard can find your exact location in the event of an emergency. It will require that you link your DSC VHF with your chartplotter, but it's an easy setup. Also, you need to register for an MMSI number, which members can do for free through BoatUS. • To learn VHF basics, visit https://www.boatus.com/magazine/2015/december/vhf-radio-protocol.asp •To register for a free MMSI number, visit https://www.boatus.com/MMSI • Learn how to set up your VHF Radio with DSC at https://www.boatus.com/magazine/2015/december/setting-up-a-vhf-radio-with-dsc.asp For more information, visit http://www.BoatUS.com/Magazine. BoatUS Magazine is the flagship publication of the Boat Owners Association of The United States. The award-winning publication is delivered bimonthly to more than half a million BoatUS members and focuses on boating news, boating lifestyle, destinations, how-to, maintenance, and more. Join BoatUS Today! https://www.boatus.com/BoatUSMembershipExpress/page0.aspx?programtype=MWSBUSJOIN&programtypecode=mwsjoin&promocode=HEWEBYT Connect with us: Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/BoatUS Twitter: https://twitter.com/BoatUS Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boatus/ Google+: https://plus.google.com/+boatus/posts Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/boatus/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/boatus

Show More

Advertising
LuxoGear Emergency Whistles with Lanyard

LuxoGear Emergency Whistles with Lanyard

Shop now »
NOCO Genius GEN5X2, 2-Bank, 10A (5A/Bank) Smart Marine Battery Chargers

NOCO Genius GEN5X2, 2-Bank, 10A (5A/Bank) Smart Marine Battery Charger

Shop now »
ADVERTISING
LuxoGear Emergency Whistles with Lanyard

LuxoGear Emergency Whistles with Lanyard

Shop now »
NOCO Genius GEN5X2, 2-Bank, 10A (5A/Bank) Smart Marine Battery Chargers

NOCO Genius GEN5X2, 2-Bank, 10A (5A/Bank) Smart Marine Battery Charger

Shop now »
RHINO USA Boat Trailer Transom Straps (2PK)

RHINO USA Boat Trailer Transom Straps (2PK)

Shop now »
LUCKY Kayak Portable Fish Depth Finder

LUCKY Kayak Portable Fish Depth Finder

Shop now »
Seaview 180 V3 Full Face Snorkel Mask

Seaview 180 V3 Full Face Snorkel Mask

Shop now »

Most popular comments
for 3 Tips for Using a VHF Radio | BoatUS

Stephen J Payne
Stephen J Payne - 5 years ago
TIP #4 ..... understand the difference between 90deg and 180deg.
Stephen J Payne
Stephen J Payne - 5 years ago
@BoatUS ... "The signal radiate at 180deg from the tip" ...... ? All good, I'm just being persnickety. :)
BoatUS
BoatUS - 5 years ago
Not sure if this was a comment about the video or just in general. If he'd turned the mic 180 degrees, it would be facing away from him -- NOT what you want.
Matt South
Matt South - 5 years ago
Some of the newer DSC radios have GPS built in and do not require separate wiring to an external GPS. I registered my MMSI at boatus.com and it was very easy, thanks for that service!
BoatUS
BoatUS - 5 years ago
Exactly. I think we mentioned that, but maybe it wasn't clear. Glad BoatUS was able to make your MMSI registration easy!
Barrett Ahlemeier
Barrett Ahlemeier - 5 years ago
How do I do a radio check
Shawn Weed
Shawn Weed - 5 years ago
Any station this net, this is (your call sign), radio check, over.
Villi Mag
Villi Mag - 5 years ago
Tip #1. The only tip needed: get a vhf license.
BoatUS
BoatUS - 5 years ago
@Villi Mag Great example!
Villi Mag
Villi Mag - 5 years ago
@BoatUS thanks, I am in Europe. I am a captain and I have the GMDSS license and considering the recent incident in Norway where Norway's most expensive warship sunk off the west coast of Norway last November due to miscommunication and that the people involved did not follow radio communication protocol it is now clear that the incident could have been avoided if the crew on the ships had followed protocol. I'm just saying, the best tip is to simply get a license because then you learn about these protocols which can help prevent a disaster. Whether it's required or not.
BoatUS
BoatUS - 5 years ago
Thanks, Vilhjálmur. In the US, a VHF license is no longer required. However, for anyone traveling internationally, you do need one. And in Europe, you will need both a ship's license and operator license. Tip: Make sure to obtain and input an MMSI number. BoatUS members can get an MMSI at no cost.
mrdilligaf1968
mrdilligaf1968 - 5 years ago
Do you need a license for VHF marine in the U.S ? In Australia you do. Heard it was about $130au
BoatUS
BoatUS - 5 years ago
Great question. We used to need one, but no longer for most recreational or small commercial vessels if you're within U.S. waters. For those traveling outside of the U.S., a license is required. If you operate a HAM radio or SSB, the radio and the operator must be licensed in most cases.
John Holifield
John Holifield - 5 years ago
If your marine radio doesn't have gps/dsc capabilities just have a handheld GPS unit and read the coordinates. The marine police/coast guard will walk you through it. BTW, all you have to do is ask for help on channel 16 and they will ask all the necessary questions to find you. Very simple
BoatUS
BoatUS - 5 years ago
Thanks for your input, John.
John Holifield
John Holifield - 5 years ago
Forgot to say as long as you have flares and can give a point of reference to where you are they will be able to find you
Freddy Ard
Freddy Ard - 6 years ago
I have a handheld VHF for about a year in which I’ve entered my MMSI number. I’m in process of installing a fixed mount VHF in my boat. Do I use the same MMSI for both radio units?
Freddy Ard
Freddy Ard - 6 years ago
Thanks so much for the prompt, expert reply. Great videos always, Lenny.
BoatUS
BoatUS - 6 years ago
Great question, Freddy. Yes, use the same MMSI number in your fixed VHF as in your handheld. The MMSI is unique to the vessel, not the radio.
Jf Mc
Jf Mc - 6 years ago
Dsc doesn't need a chart plotter connected if radio has gps...
BoatUS
BoatUS - 6 years ago
Good point. You're correct. If there's a GPS chip in the radio, no external connection to a chartplotter is required.
yoramedia
yoramedia - 6 years ago
i think with boatUS registration your MMSI data is only available to US bodies. The internationaly accesible MMSI reg is some 220$ if you boat is USA flag
BoatUS
BoatUS - 6 years ago
You're correct. This applies to U.S. waters and the U.S. Coast Guard. If you want international functionality, it's necessary to get an FCC Ship Station license, and during the process you're assigned an MMSI. --Lenny

10. comment for 3 Tips for Using a VHF Radio | BoatUS

larry allen
larry allen - 6 years ago
I have a handheld UHF..does this still apply..having it to interface
BoatUS
BoatUS - 6 years ago
Hi Larry! Great question. There are some handhelds that are DSC-capable, but the average handheld isn't. Most of those with DSC functionality are built with internal GPS, eliminating the need for an interface. --Lenny
larry allen
larry allen - 6 years ago
VHF I meant
Tom P
Tom P - 6 years ago
Excellent information.

Similar videos
for 3 Tips for Using a VHF Radio | BoatUS

Shark videos

ROBLOX LET'S PLAY SHARK ATTACK with FANS |...

20,256 likes 5,255,497 views 8 years ago

ROBLOX LET'S PLAY SHARK ATTACK with FANS | RADIOJH GAMES. Thank you for watching another fun kid friendly gaming...

Boat

How To Trim Your Boat - Basics Of Boat Trim |...

2,112 likes 594,826 views 9 years ago

This video shows you the basics of boat trim. It walks you through how to use the power trim on your outboard or...

Boat

How To Dock In 4 Simple Steps | BoatUS

1,168 likes 589,382 views 10 years ago

Learn to bring your outboard- or sterndrive-powered boat along side a dock or bulkhead in four simple steps with...

Surf

RC Surfer Radio Waves trailer -...

514 likes 434,467 views 17 years ago

Get the DVD at http://www.ReeseProductions.com or download a copy from http://www.thesurfnetwork.com/ This is a...

Reef tank

2 years Schwings Reef Tank 500l (130gal) /...

979 likes 271,436 views 10 years ago

check www.ilovereefing.com for more infos! Like us: www.facebook.com/ilovereefing Update to my 500l reef tank 2 years...

Boat

Boat Anchoring Made Simple | BoatUS

548 likes 137,749 views 6 years ago

Captain Eric Sorensen of Sorensen's Guide shows you how to drop anchor for a nice afternoon on the water in calm...

Related videos
to 3 Tips for Using a VHF Radio | BoatUS

Boat

How To Trim Your Boat - Basics Of Boat Trim |...

2,112 likes 594,826 views 9 years ago

This video shows you the basics of boat trim. It walks you through how to use the power trim on your outboard or...

Boat

How To Dock In 4 Simple Steps | BoatUS

1,168 likes 589,382 views 10 years ago

Learn to bring your outboard- or sterndrive-powered boat along side a dock or bulkhead in four simple steps with...

Boat

Boat Anchoring Made Simple | BoatUS

548 likes 137,749 views 6 years ago

Captain Eric Sorensen of Sorensen's Guide shows you how to drop anchor for a nice afternoon on the water in calm...

Boat

How To Back a Boat Trailer Like a Pro | BoatUS

275 likes 103,347 views 7 years ago

BoatUS Magazine managing editor Rich Armstrong shows you how to successfully back a boat trailer like a pro, whether...

Boat

Master the Pivot Turn to Maneuver Your Single...

294 likes 63,437 views 6 years ago

Captain Eric Sorensen shows you how to master the pivot turn in a single engine or sterndrive boat when you find...

Boat

How to Get Your Boat On Plane Using Engine Trim...

173 likes 53,551 views 6 years ago

Captain Eric Sorensen shows you how to get your planing-hull boat with an outboard or sterndrive engine on plane, or...

About 3 Tips for Using a VHF Radio | BoatUS

The "3 Tips for Using a VHF Radio | BoatUS" video is part of the boating, sailing tipps category, which contains similar videos like this one.

Subscribe hot viral Aquatic videos!