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No more 2182 kHz Distress Channel

A Marine Safety Alert was issued by the Coast Guard making the marine industry aware that beginning August 1st, 2013 the Coast Guard would no longer monitor 2182 kHz, the frequency used for long range voice distress calling. Federal Register dated July 15, 2013. proviides a good description for why this action was taken.

Additionally the Coast Guard announced it would no longer monitor 2187.5 kHz used for transmission of Direct Selective Calling (DSC), a one-button auto-distress alert feature on DSC enabled radiotelephone transceivers. Finally the Coast Guard will no longer transmit marine information or weather broadcasts on 2670 kHz.

Commercial fishing vessels that operated between 20 and 100 miles from shore were required to have a radiotelephone transceiver capable of transmitting and receiving on frequencies in the 2 - 4 mHz band (46 CFR 28.245(a)(2)). Vessels that have this radio will need to install a radiotelephone receiver capable of transmitting and receiving on at least one of these frequencies 4125, 6215, 8291 or 12290 kHz. If this radio was a DSC enabled radio which transmitted on 2187.5 kHz, be aware the Coast Guard is not monitoring this frequency. You can find more information on this topic by going to the Coast Guard Navigation Center web site.

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