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Old 02-11-2016, 10:02 PM   #1
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Marine/Radiotelephone Operator in British Columbia?

Good Day,

We cruise extensively in BC waters, and we do not maintain a telephone capability there.

Can anyone advise if there exists the capability to make a landline phone call from the boat via VHF these days, please?

Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2016, 02:20 PM   #2
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I don't know about Canada but in the US we did have the ability to call a "Marine Operator" via VHF radio and have them patch into a landline. It was expensive but very good quality. Check if the area you will be cruising has a Marine Operator and which channel they monitor. Make the calls collect or you will be announcing your credit card numbers to the listening audience.

I made what had to be the most expensive phone call ever. I was coming down the coast of New Jersey and called the Atlantic City Marine Operator to make a collect call to my wife on her cell phone back in the days of roaming charges. The few minutes it took to arrange a meeting place in Cape May cost over $50.00! Piece of mind, priceless.
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Old 02-17-2016, 11:25 AM   #3
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What about a Satellite phone or a product like the Delorme Inreach? With the price of Sat Phones and such so cheap now it wouldn't take much use to justify it - not to mention the hassle and potentially dubious reliability of a VFH radiotelephone operator. The other advantage being you can toss it in the dink/liferaft in the even of an emergency or take it on land with you.
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Holy thread resurrection!

Same question if anyone knows, please?
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I haven’t used a BC marine operator since 1994. Sorry my knowledge is too dated.
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Cell coverage in BC is less than 20% (Bell and Telus)!
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US marine telephone is no more that I know of.

I believe the system, really now that tech has blossomed the channels being the prize, were bought by Sea Tow...thats why you can get automated radio checks on 26/27 which I believe were the old radio telephone channels.

But thats not to say other countries or even local organizations dont provide the service.
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Good Day,

We cruise extensively in BC waters, and we do not maintain a telephone capability there.

Can anyone advise if there exists the capability to make a landline phone call from the boat via VHF these days, please?

Thanks!
An old link:
Pat's Boating in Canada: Making a Marine Telephone Call

You may check with CCG:
http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/Marine-Comm...s/MCTS-Reports
But be aware that the conversations from a VHF can be heard by anyone listening to the channel you're on.
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Thank you Le Mer. We do have phone service in BC now, but much of our planned travel is not serviced by our provider so I wanted options. Much appreciated.
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Thank you Le Mer. We do have phone service in BC now, but much of our planned travel is not serviced by our provider so I wanted options. Much appreciated.
You are welcome Jeff. Perhaps that old link is no longer relevant then just in case I advice you to check with Canadian Cost Guard - they are in charge of MCTSís procedures (Marine Communication & Traffic Service) - especially since the House Of Commons undertook new recommendations 2 years ago. Have a great journey !
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