USCG – termination of 2182 kHz watchkeeping

“The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, effective 1 August, it will no longer maintain a watch on 2182 kHz, will no longer guard the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) channel 2187.5 kHz, and will no longer transmit Marine Information Broadcasts on 2670 kHz. The minimal use of these channels by mariners for distress and safety coupled with antenna site deterioration, costly upkeep, and extensive maintenance required to support the medium frequency (MF) system have led to a Coast Guard decision to terminate the MF services and direct the public mariner to use more modern safety and distress services which can be more reliably received by the Coast Guard. 78 Fed. Reg. 42102(July 15, 2013). The ending of an era – sad. Curiously, SOLAS still requires covered ships maintain listening watches on 2182 and 2187.5 kHz.”

 

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