Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86
Deeps breaths there pal, the "other boats" have friends of mine on there and I send them around 3am to mess with them. I know what it does and I know it works because they let me know.
Sorry, too much caffeine I think.
I use known friends too whenever they are available or in range. It is of mutual benefit too.
Unfortunately, where I do most of my boating, you can get a lot of novice responses to radio checks that are, shall we say, less than usable. Other than the fact that your VHF just transmitted something, there is no indication of strength or their location. Or, on weekdays, silence.
When I found out about the automated system I figured it was a quick no-brainer, and thought I'd pass it along.
I think I need to find more of those friends with radios I can mess with like you do.