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AZdave posted 02-08-2008 11:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for AZdave   Send Email to AZdave  
I am well aware of the value of a VHF radio for those who navigate coastal areas. However, all my fishing is freshwater, on lakes of modest size. If I invest in this form of communication, will anyone be listening? Thanks. Dave
Moe posted 02-09-2008 06:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
On the lake where we keep our sailboat, few if any use VHF. Although the Ohio DNR Watercraft patrol boat has one, they sometimes don't have it on. We carry a handheld just the same, but the DNR officers tell you for help to call 911 since the lake has good cell phone coverage.

On the other hand, another larger local lake is patrolled by the USCG Auxiliary and they do monitor channel 16.

AZdave posted 02-09-2008 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for AZdave  Send Email to AZdave     
Thanks, that seems to be the case here as well. The big lakes on the Colorado (Powell and Mead) seem to have different safety rules and coverage because they lie on state lines.
Don88outrage posted 02-09-2008 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Don88outrage  Send Email to Don88outrage     
With a VHF radio being for the most part a line of sight communication device I would think it's value is directly related to the shape of the body of water it's used on.

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