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Offical FM.com marine band channel for Mille Lacs


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D-man
I run on Ch. 23 most of the time, my buddies and I always run 23 on Mille Lacs and Leech.

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I know Mille Lacs lake isn't a great lakes port. But a VHF radio is not a CB radio. The channels open to public correspondence are #'s 24,25,26,27,28,84,85,86,and 87. Others open for non-commercial use are #'s 68,69,70,72 and 78. I would suggest channel #69. It seems to be an easy one to remember. wink.gif

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With everything else that's happened since Sept 11, I suspect the feds are watching marine radio use. Be careful with your transmissions and channel use, especially if you are operating (as many do) without an FCC radio station license. On the Great Lakes most anglers are pretty good, but I've noticed it can get sloppy (shades of CBs) on inland water.

To make a point, the FCC really slapped heavy fines on a couple walleye tournament pros a few years ago. And, the fines can be excessive. If you use 9 or 16 to reach someone, be sure to use your station call numbers -- otherwise, sit on an open channel and monitor or respond, but respond only briefly. Be especially careful if you are using hand-held (a no-no if you transmit from shore).

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Clay/ my manual in my new Raytheon says a license is not needed on any "inland waters" and it lists the channels for generally communications with no restrictions. It also says call station numbers are only needed on coastal waters.

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Do you really have to have them licenced on inland waters like mille lacs?
Thanks Willie ><(((>

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If no license is required, then that's a fairly new change in the regs.

I got my first license when the fee was $30. It went up in increments to $115. It was repealed, but license still required, as well as use restrictions. Maybe it no longer matters, but I have seen situations in which folks have been heavily fined for casual use -- not to mention the very steep fines for false May Day transmissions.

I use mine mostly on Lake Michigan, but there the call numbers and restricted channels are widely adhered to. I would still be careful on inland water.

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When I got my radio four years ago to use on Lake Michigan my manual also led me to believe that a license was no longer needed. Not wanting to chance a hefty fine I called the FCC in D.C. to clarify the law. As long as your aren't operating from a foreign port in U.S. waters a license is absolutely not required. But, if you are staying at a Canadian resort and then crossing back in to U.S. waters it is considered operating from a foreign port. Unless things have changed since then a license is not needed. If you use channel 16 for anything other than an emergency you are broadcasting illegally. The Coast Guard is always kind enough to point that out to people on Michigan that use the channel incorrectly. You are still free to use channel 9 to hail people for any reason but are expected to move to another channel to continue your conversation.
Channel 69 sounds like a plan. I'll be tuned in on Sat, Sun & Mon. Catch lots everyone.

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Tried it out on Saturday but no one answered me.I was up on the noth end out of Agete Bay.I called for anyone from FM.COM , some one did ask what I meant but no one from our forum.May be every one was back in for lunch as it was around noon or so.
I will be back up there same place on the 14th of June, maybe some of you will be there as well?
Benny

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Will be up on the big pond by 4PM Friday, should be on the water some time that night.I plan on staying out till I get to tired to see.Will be out a gain Saturday and Saturday night, fishing out of Agate Bay, and where ever the fish may be.Any one wishing to see how we are doing or just get bored, I go by Benny on the air also.
Thanks, Benny

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Just as Ch 16 has been restricted to emergency and hailing, Ch 9 has been added for the same purpose.

FCC fines can be steep, and there are many instances where regs have been strictly enforced on inland waters. Be careful.

A marine radio is the best safety item you can have aboard.

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Clayton,

As of three years ago channel 16 is for emergency only. Hailing is not allowed on 16.
Channel 9 is the channel that should be used for hailing.

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