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Sea Tow marks radio-check service milestone

Sea Tow Services International announced that the number of stations transmitting its free automated radio check service in coastal and inland boating areas across the United States recently passed 100.

Today there are 107 stations and several more pending authorization.

Automated radio check, which is provided by Sea Tow in association with MariTel, lets boaters quickly check that their vessel’s VHF radio is working. They tune the radio to the local automated radio check channel, key the mike and ask for a radio check. They hear an automated response, and their request is played back to them, allowing them to confirm that the radio is operational and to assess its transmission strength.

Automated radio check service is provided over VHF channels 24 to 28. Click here to find the right channel in a particular boating area.

In order to fulfill demand, Sea Tow actively is looking for volunteers to host new stations in areas not covered by the service. Any business can apply; all that’s needed is a place to mount an antenna.

“An Automated Radio Check station could be a boat dealership, a boatyard, a bait-and-tackle shop or even a waterfront hotel or restaurant,” Sea Tow automated radio check program coordinator Jim Foley said in a statement. “Our ‘wish list’ for additional automated radio check locations includes the Great Lakes region, San Francisco Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest.”

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