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What is the proper way to conduct a marine radio check from a portable marine radio (my XTS 5000[emoji23])?


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I'd strongly recommend trying VHF Channel 9 first. If you don't get a response there, then try 16. You can sometimes get radio checks from the USCG on 16, but the idea is to keep idle chatter off 16 and they prefer recreational users utilize channel 9 as a calling channel.
 
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I'd strongly recommend trying VHF Channel 9 first. If you don't get a response there, then try 16. You can sometimes get radio checks from the USCG on 16, but the idea is to keep idle chatter off 16 and they prefer recreational users utilize channel 9 as a calling channel.


Thank you! What should I say if I am transmitting from a portable. For example: Any vessel any vessel, this is... (doesnt have a name so not sure what to say here) requesting a radio check on 0 niner over"


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Up here in the NY - Long Island - Ct area there are "repeaters" set up on the old Marine telephone channels that record your transmission and play it back so you can hear how your radio sounds yourself. They are "store and forward" machines that the Sea Tow companies install and maintain for boater convenience to make their own automated radio checks. I don't know what other parts of the country have them, but there are many up here on marine channels 24,26, 27 and 28. During good band conditions I hear them all the way out on Cape Cod and down in NJ from my location.
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Thank you! What should I say if I am transmitting from a portable. For example: Any vessel any vessel, this is... (doesnt have a name so not sure what to say here) requesting a radio check on 0 niner over"


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That would be sufficient.
Make up a name if that's what you want, or just say "requesting a radio check on channel 9"
 

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Thank you! What should I say if I am transmitting from a portable. For example: Any vessel any vessel, this is... (doesnt have a name so not sure what to say here) requesting a radio check on 0 niner over"


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You would still say the name of the vessel even from a portable. If it doesn't have a name you would say what it is like "sea kayak" or "row boat" or whatever. If you aren't on a vessel, then you shouldn't be transmitting anyway.
 
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