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Flying Wild: Alaska, Marine radio mounted in plane

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Spotted ICOM IC-M302 marine radio mounted in one of the planes, radio was on and indicated USA Ch. 83 which is listed as US Coast use only. The episode was Arctic Winds.
 

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I noticed the use of those too throughout last season's episodes. As a ham and a pilot I thought it was a strange use of the marine band as their "company radio". Maybe I'm missing something, but I think they are stretching the rules a little. : )
 

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I noticed the use of those too throughout last season's episodes. As a ham and a pilot I thought it was a strange use of the marine band as their "company radio". Maybe I'm missing something, but I think they are stretching the rules a little. : )
They do a fair amount of search and rescue flying.
The radios are used to allow them easy communications with boats and the USCG.
(And yes, they might use the radios once in a while for 'other' uses however, that's what
the other air freqs are for.... )
 
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