LNM: REMINDER: Channel 16 is Not for Chit Chat
This is a reminder that is unneeded for most of boaters, but obviously there are still those, both amateur and professional, who do not know or respect the rules of the airwaves.
MSIB 48-19 VHF Marine Channel 16 Designated for Emergency Calls Only – Sector Charleston, SC
VHF Channel 16 (156.8MHz) is the international hailing and distress frequency. The Coast Guard continuously monitors CH 16 for any distress calls. Excessive chatter can impede Coast Guard response operations. Prohibited Channel 16 communications include: excessive chatter, obscene language, routine messages and radio tests. Mariners are reminded that prohibited radio chatter increases the risk of genuine distress calls being missed by response personnel. Automated radio checks can be conducted on VHF CH 26 and 27. Marinas can be reached on CH 12, 14, 68, and 69.
This MSIB can be viewed at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/charleston. For questions or concerns, please contact the Sector’s 24-hour Command Center at (843) 740-7050.