VHF Weather Radio:
What's the weather
help inform us of changing weather conditions various organizations
broadcast continuous weather information.
To prevent overlapping interfering broadcasts depends
on your area, terrain and transmitter power, so radio towers may
transmitters on different frequencies. Hence one may pick up more than
one broadcast source in your area. Since our countries (Canada/USA) are
bordering, the radio standards used for each may be configured
differently. Even the weather receiver manufactures, can vary in their
channel line up or frequencies covered.
In Canada, Environment Canada and Weather Radio Canada
provide Continuous Marine Broadcasts (CMB) services.
In the United States, the National Weather Service and
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides the
Additionally are Weather Alert Services, that
automatically turn on compatible shore-based receivers when threatening
weather is approaching. These systems use an additional "Tone Alert" and
or are set with county codes and geographic codes for your area.
Although it is very important to watch weather broadcasts on
Television but the same should be done for Marine Radio Weather
Reports that are customized more for boaters during the "week
before" the day of departing for a sail. In doing so will provide
one with the extra knowledge of how the weather patterns are
developing. This will help to eliminate any last minute surprises
and allows one far in advance to prepare and rig their craft
accordingly to handle those conditions.