#AceNewsReport – Feb.15: Sites that the U.S. Coast Guard are still unable to receive communications from or have intermittent VHF communications include Mt. McArther, Deception Hills, Sukkwan Island, Althorp Peak, Cape Gull and Raspberry Island:
UPDATE: ‘VHF radio system repairs ongoing near Southeast and Southcentral Alaska: Repairs are ongoing, but due to extreme weather and remote locations, intermittent outages are expected to continue in various locations’
U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 02/14/2021 05:01 PM EST
Update: VHF radio system repairs ongoing near Southeast and Southcentral Alaska
Mariners are reminded that, due to mountainous terrain and limited VHF coverage, even with fully operational VHF sites, the Coast Guard cannot hear VHF calls in all areas: Mariners should have secondary means of communications onboard at all times, file a float plan with a trusted person and carry safety equipment onboard in the event you are in a survival situation: As always, boaters should carefully evaluate their ability to assist distressed mariners and always relay any heard distress calls to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard encourages mariners to practice extra caution in areas serviced by the VHF towers listed below:
The following phone numbers can be used to reach the Coast Guard in emergencies:
- Sector Juneau Command Center: 907-463-2980
- Sector Anchorage Command Center: 907-428-4100
- 17th District Command Center: 907-463-2000
Charts showing the locations of VHF tower sites in Alaska can be seen at the Coast Guard’s Navigation Center’s websites here:
The weekly Local Notice to Mariners (LNMs) Section I Special Notes shows VHF sites that are down. This is a weekly publication and not considered real-time information:
For media inquiries regarding the VHF outages, please contact the D17 Public Affairs office at 907-463-2065.
#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Feb.15: 2021:
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