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Estimate present seaworthiness of your vessel
Give a brief description of your vessel (meters, type, color, hull).
Say: "I will be listening on Channel 16".
End message by saying "THIS IS [your ship name or call sign]
Release the PTT button and listen. Someone should answer.
If not, repeat call, beginning at Item 3 above.
Instant Distress Call
This feature is used to transmit a Distress call with position information
that may result in a quicker response.
You must set the user MMSI in order to send a Distress call.
Refer to the Setup Section to set the MMSI.
To transmit a Distress call, press and
hold [DISTRESS] for 5 seconds.
When the Distress screen appears,
press p or q to select Yes or No. If
you select No, the radio returns to the
channel display screen.
To transmit the call, select yes and
press [ENTER] to send.
The Distress call is transmitted and it
waits for about 210 - 270 seconds.
This is continued internally. After the
Distress call has been sent, the
Distress alert will sound every other
second, and it also "shadow-watches"
for a transmission between CH16 and CH70 until an
acknowledgment signal is received from the Coast Guard shore
To cancel the Distress call, press [?] .
Advanced VHF Operations
Advanced VHF Radio Operation is covered starting on page23.