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VHF-FM Radio

A marine VHF-FM radio is one of the most critical pieces of safety equipment a boater can own. Unlike personal flotation devices, the Coast Guard does not require mariners to have a VHF-FM radio on board, but they do encourage mariners “to invest in a VHF-FM radio as their primary means of distress alerting on the water.”

Boat ManagementWhen you encounter a maritime distress, or you or a passenger become injured or ill, you can easily call the Coast Guard for rescue assistance. Consider a VHF-FM radio for your boating electronics package for the following reasons:

  •  A VHF-FM marine radio sends a broadcast message so assistance can be offered by not
  • Any call placed over a VHF-FM radio will transmit at least one line of bearing (LOB).
  • Newer VHF-FM radios have a special feature called Digital Selective Calling (DSC).

Together, these features can mean the difference between life and death should an emergency

arise.

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