Using a VHF Marine Radio (cont.)
Operating a VHF radio takes some basic knowledge.
- When operating your pleasure craft, you must monitor Channel 16 (the distress channel). If you hear a MAYDAY call, remain silent, listen, and write down information about the boat in distress. If the Canadian Coast Guard or other rescue authority does not respond, try to reach the Canadian Coast Guard while travelling toward the boat. If you cannot reach the Canadian Coast Guard, assist the other boat to the best of your ability while not placing yourself or your passengers in danger.
- Be aware that the distance for sending and receiving messages is limited by the height of the antenna and the power of the radio.
- Always use the one-watt setting except in an emergency or if your signal is too weak to be received clearly.