Below is a list of VHF
channels and their uses.
You might want to copy
this and keep it handy
- Calling Only
Call here then switch to a working channel for any conversation.
Channels 09-14, 17-19, 69-72.
The usual working channels
Try to listen on 16 for a minute or so before making a call, then switch
to a working channel that hasn't been used by the previous parties. All too
often the usual switch is to "One Fo" with just a big pileup there.
Channel 17, which is a low power channel on most new radios, is an excellent
choice for working nearby stations.
Channel 06 - The Taxis
If you need a taxi any where on Abaco, just
call "Any Taxi" here on VHF 06 with your location and any taxi
within range will come back. If you have a favorite driver, remember the Taxi
Number, and call him directly, "Taxi 88". For short conversations it
is OK to stay on 06, but be prepared to switch to a working channel if things
Channel 68 - Cruiser's
Many visiting boats leave their radios on
this channel after the Cruiser's Net. If you cannot reach a boat on VHF 16,
Channel 83 - Medical and BASRA
The medical clinic in Treasure Cay
stands by on VHF 83 with a powerful radio that covers most of the usual
cruising waters. BASRA (Bahamas Air Sea Rescue) is a voluntary organization
that has the closest we have to the rescue functions of the US Coast Guard.
Channel 65 - Dolphin Research
There is an active dolphin and whale research
program on Abaco. We leave this channel for them and urge anyone spotting
marine mammals to call "Dolphin Research" on 65 and be
prepared to give a position report, number of animals, and especially any
identifying marks such as nicks on fins and body scars.
Channel 72 - The Elbow Cay
Rescue Squad, Emergencies only
Especially stay off this channel. The members
of this active and capable unit, the Elbow Cay Fire department and paramedic
organization, monitor 72 with handheld VHFs that they carry on their belts.
But if you need help in the vicinty of Hope Town, this is the channel to use
in getting assistance.
All the other Channels -
Just because a channel is quiet don't think no one is listening, and often
the VHF is in the Living Room and the whole family can hear.
For instance there are residents on Treasure Cay that stand by on VHF 66, VHF
08 is heavily used on Guana Cay, and on and on... When you hear someone on VHF
16 answer "Go Over", you can bet they are going to "their"
channel. In fact you know you've finally arrived when you know where