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32nd Annual Fishing Rodeo

We hope you were able to enjoy a great event managed by NSFA member  volunteers.

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September 09, 2014 7:00 PM • Kraft Ten Acres Shelter House
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November 07, 2014 6:30 PM • Tiger Marina, Fernandina Beach, Florida


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Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo

August 2, 2014

Raffle Time at the Rodeo !!

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Marine Communications

Can you Hear Me?

Cell Phone vs. VHF Radio

Which VHF is Right For Me?

Having a cell phone on board allows you to keep in touch with land-based people and businesses easily. They are very convenient but in some situations they shouldn’t be used in place of a very high frequency (VHF) radio, the benefits of which we’ll address shortly. Here are some things to consider regarding cell-phones.

  • Cell phones, although very convenient on land, are less reliable on the water. Most are not water resistant, and their range is relatively short when compared to their range on land due to the amount of land based towers and repeaters.

  • Range is further complicated by the fact that the majority of cell antenna/stations are placed and oriented with land-based use in mind, so the distance offshore that a vessel can remain in contact is frequently shorter.

  • Your communication reach with a cell phone is also limited on the water because you must know the other ship’s cell phone number. A cell phone also won’t allow you to “broadcast” to several boaters at a time which is important in a true emergency.

Why a VHF Radio is Preferred

Very High Frequency (VHF) marine-band radios have been around for many years and remain the primary means of communication for vessels throughout the United States. VHF radios should be your “go-to” device in an emergency unless you are practically shouting distance from shore. The main uses of a VHF radio are:

  • Distress calling and SAFETY
  • Ship to shore communications
  • Navigation (vessels to bridges, etc.)
  • Marine operator to place calls to shore
  • NOAA Weather Broadcasts

For reliable on-the-water communications, we recommend using either hand-held or fixed-mount VHF radios. If you experience engine failure, or a fierce storm disables you, or you find yourself in a true emergency, a VHF radio can be your lifeline to the world. In Coast Guard jurisdictions, VHFs are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For extra assurance, the USCG and most TowBoatU.S. and Vessel Assist towers can locate your boat by tracking your VHF signal, but they can’t do that with a cell phone.

Which VHF is Right For Me?

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