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Today most marine communications are accomplished by using voice radio transmissions. These radio systems are similar to having a conversation on the telephone, but with significant differences that boat operators must understand. Typically, voice radio communications are “simplex,” or one direction at a time – when one person is talking, the second person may not speak. This differs from face-to-face and telephone conversations we are accustomed to where voices may overlap. Simplex communication is the primary reason for many of the procedural regulations for speaking on a marine radio. As a boat operator, using a marine radiophone will be an occasional responsibility. It is important to understand and be comfortable with the proper operation of your vessels marine radio. In this article we will take a look at some standard procedures and protocol as they relate to the proper operation of your boats marine radiophone.
First we must realize that there are several different types of marine radios. On boats, they are frequently MF/HF and VHF-FM, and usually, are identified by the radio’s mode of transmission. Understanding the basic differences of the types of radios and their use will assist you in determining the best solution to your personal/professional boating needs:
Next we must understand how to properly use your marine radio phone. The following steps and procedures are the same for either mounted or portable marine radios: