Icom VHF Radio Tips: The Importance of Monitoring VHF Channel 16

Learn proper protocol for hailing other boats on VHF Channel 16.

In this video, our photoshoot crew shares their opinion why a VHF radio is an essential bit of boating equipment, and how valuable they thought it was during their running of the Sea Ray Sundancer 370 Outboard.

In the second half of the video, BOATING Electronics Editor Jim Hendricks speaks to the importance of monitoring VHF channel 16 (156.800 MHz) while out on the water. He also addresses protocols for speaking over 16, and when to switch to another channel. These procedures are made all the easier, if your radio offers easy-to-use features like Dual-Watch and Tri-Watch as does the Icom M94D handheld VHF used in this video. Look for more installments in this VHF tips series! A new episode airs every month, so subscribe to our channel and click on the bell icon so you will be notified as each episode goes live. Thanks: The Boating Tech Team.