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Boaters offered free automated radio check service

The marine assistance provider Sea Tow Services International announced that the Door County Maritime Museum is now a Sea Tow Automated Radio Check host station. Boaters in the Sturgeon Bay Shipping Canal — and five miles west out into the waters of Green Bay and five miles or more east out into the waters of Lake Michigan — can take advantage of this boating safety service free of charge by calling channel 28 on their VHF radio.

Sea Tow’s Automated Radio Check service, which is provided in association with MariTel, lets boaters quickly and easily check that their vessel’s VHF radio is in good working order. To use the service, they simply tune the VHF to the local Automated Radio Check channel, key the mic and request a radio check. They will hear an automated response and their call will be played back to them, confirming that the radio is operational and allowing them to assess transmission strength, a crucial safety check.

Sea Tow’s Automated Radio Check service also aids the U.S. Coast Guard by reducing non-emergency communications on VHF Channel 16, freeing the channel up for distress call activity.

“We are happy to be able to provide the free Automated Radio Check service to local boaters and all other mariners passing through the area,” Door County Maritime Museum executive director Bob Desh said. “A working VHF radio is one of the most important pieces of safety equipment on any boat.”

To find the dedicated Automated Radio Check channel in a particular area, all a boater needs to do is visit, enter their city, state or zip code and find their location on the interactive map.