Common Mistakes When Using a VHF Radio

Keep the airwaves clear and other boaters happy by avoiding these VHF mistakes:

Q. What are common mistakes that VHF radio operators make?

A. Here are a few of my electronics pet peeves.

Listen before you talk. It is amateurish to talk on a channel when a conversation is already in progress. Wait until the other parties have ended their dialog.

Think before you speak. Hemming and hawing over the radio congests the airwaves and wastes time. Say “standby” when you need to collect your thoughts. And many others……

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