Sea Tow Announces Automated Radio Check Service

Automated radio checks can now be made on VHF channel 28. Photo Sea Tow Cape and Islands.

By Capt. Curt Jessup, Sea Tow

Sea Tow Cape and Islands has introduced a first-of-its-kind public service for the safety of boaters in southeastern Massachusetts. Boaters are now able to conduct 24/7, automated radio checks on VHF channel 28. The service is unique in that it does not require the response of other boaters or watchstanders, nor does it require special equipment.

To conduct an automated radio check, turn the VHF to channel 28, key the mic, and ask for a radio check, just as you would normally. The system will respond with an automated reply and replay your original radio transmission, letting you know exactly how well your radio is working.

“Typically, radio checks should be conducted on VHF channel 9,” said Capt. Curt Jessup, owner of Sea Tow Cape and Islands. “However, most boaters do them on channel 16—the hailing and distress channel—which leads to reminders from the Coast Guard that the checks are an improper use of the channel. By offering the automated radio check service we hope to help reduce unnecessary traffic on VHF 16 and encourage safe boating across southern Massachusetts, including the Cape and islands.”

The antenna hosting this service is centrally located at MacDougalls’ Cape Cod Marine Service on Falmouth Harbor.

About Captain Curt Jessup

Capt. Curt Jessup

Captain Curt Jessup purchased Sea Tow on Cape Cod in 2006 and has grown this region into one of the larger Sea Tow franchises in the Northeast. He currently has three Sea Tow offices in Southern Massachusetts; Falmouth, South Dartmouth and Cataumet. Capt. Jessup and his staff service over 1,500 Sea Tow members, as well as provide marine towing and salvage services for all of Southern Massachusetts including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Islands. In addition to owning and operating Sea Tow, Capt. Jessup offers guided saltwater fly fishing charters to a handful of loyal and longtime clients.

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