VHF marine radio is an important marine electronic item that is used for communication while in the sea. Considering the fact that there is a strong system of two-way radio transceivers on ships and watercrafts, a VHF radio use FM channels in Very High Frequency (VHF) for two way communication from ship to ship, from ship to shore or even from ship to aircraft. The radio band has a frequency range between 156 and 174 MHz. vhf marine radio is mainly used for traffic control and marine navigation, and may also work to give rescue service in case of an emergency.
What to look out in a good VHF marine radio?
Whether you want to spend time in personal or commercial vessels, it is advised to invest in a quality marine radio. The radio comes in different forms ranging from analogue or digital form to fixed or portable radio set. A good marine radio will comply with the standards of IMO SOLAS and GMDSS standards. The radio will be one hand operation worthy, have a user friendly experience, must be cost effective, durable and of strong material.
How to use VHF radio?
For using the radio, you have to turn on the VHC unit and turn to channel 16. Channel 16 is the main international calling and distress channel. You may also do a radio check to know if your marine radio is working properly. Use an open channel for doing this check. Turn the radio to one watt power setting, key the microphone and call “radio check” three times. Also call your boat name and location. You’ll get a reply confirming your transmission.