FCC Notice Prohibiting Radio Checks on Channel 16

Section 80.369 of the FCC’s Rules states that VHF
Marine Channel 16 (156.800 MHz) is the international voice, distress, urgency, safety, call, and reply channel for ship,
public, and private coast stations. The Coast Guard continually monitors Channel 16 and treats any distress call
received as an emergency that should be immediately investigated. Prohibited Channel 16 communications include:
false distress or emergency messages, superfluous communications, messages containing obscene, indecent, or profane
words or meaning, general calls (calls not addressed to a particular station), routine messages and radio tests, and
communications when your ship is on land (for example, while the ship is on a trailer).
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