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DH is thinking of bringing a little radio with us.

He want to know if anyone knows:

what frequency the cruise ship uses to communicate with port, the pilot boat, and other ships?

Anyone know?
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DH is thinking of bringing a little radio with us.

He want to know if anyone knows:

what frequency the cruise ship uses to communicate with port, the pilot boat, and other ships?

Anyone know?
It probably differs from port to port.

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Some type of VHF Marine radio, you will need a VHF scanner to listen in on the comms.

Go here and check out the VHF Channels that are used:

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/marcomms/vhf.htm

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In order to monitor ships’ communications you would need a marine VHF radio or a scanner that operates in the 156.050 MHz to 162.025 MHz range. Since cruise ships travel between U.S. ports and international ports they are required to broadcast radio communications following the regulations of the International Maritime Organization and the International Telecommunications Union. The International Maritime Organization regulates the outfitting and operation of most vessels engaged on international voyages, except warships. Most IMO radio regulations affect all passenger ships and other ships of 300 gross tonnage and upward. IMO rules affecting radio are promulgated in the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention which has been ratified in the U.S. The International Telecommunications Union regulates all use of radio spectrum by any person or vessel outside U.S. waters. ITU rules affecting radio, which have treaty status in the U.S. and most other nations, are published in the ITU Radio Regulations. The ITU has established three VHF marine radio channels recognized worldwide for safety purposes:[/font]

Channel 16 (156.800 MHz) - Distress, safety and calling
Channel 13 (156.650 MHz) - Intership navigation (bridge-to-bridge)
Channel 70 (156.525 MHz) - Digital Selective Calling

Within U.S. territorial waters the following marine VHF radio channels have been established for distinct purposes.

HAILING & EMERGENCY: Channel 16 - Use channel 16 when making initial contact with other stations, to make distress calls or conduct emergency communications with the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard uses channel 9 as a hailing frequency in the northeast United States.

VESSEL TO VESSEL NAVIGATIONAL SAFETY: Channel 13 - Conversations on this channel are limited to safety communications between vessels. Some also call it the bridge-to-bridge channel. This is where you communicate your intentions to another boat. This could be something like telling the other boat that you will pass them port to port or plan to overtake them from their starboard side. Vessels over 20 meters in length operating in the U.S. Territorial Waters are required to monitor both channels 13 and 16.

INTERSHIP SAFETY: Channel 06 - This channel is used for intership or ship to ship emergency communications. The Coast Guard also uses the channel for search and rescue missions, and emergency operations. This can include communications with aircraft like helicopters or C-130s to boats.

COAST GUARD: Channel 22A - 22A is the channel assigned as a working channels for boaters and the Coast Guard. Once you make contact with the Coast Guard on 16, they will ask you to switch to 22A.

All other channels are used for general communications.

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I'll let him know, thanks!
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Be careful.

If you read the fine print in your Carnival ticket, Carnival specifically prohibits possession of ham radios by passengers while they are on the cruise. This is because they can transmit.

Now, some scanners and VHF receivers look alot like ham radios so if your bag is checked by security they may have some questions to ask.

On my cruise last summer I noticed the usual VHF and sat-com antennas. there were also a couple of HF (shortwave band) antennas for HF marine frequencies. Im not sure how much ships use HF anymore, probably only occasionally.

Im bringing a battery powered AM/FM/shortwave radio with me this summer. I think it will beinteresting to listen to local radio stations while in port and to see what broadcasts I can receive while at sea.


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Sure could use some help from you that know about scanners since I know nothing.

I would like to get one for my husband to use on cruises to listen to communications. From reading the above posts you need a VHF marine scanner with a certain range.

Bearcat is the ones I found but don't know if they are what I should get or if there others that would be better. From reading about the BCD396XT I don't know if it has what he would need.

I could really use some help.

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Sure could use some help from you that know about scanners since I know nothing.

I would like to get one for my husband to use on cruises to listen to communications. From reading the above posts you need a VHF marine scanner with a certain range.

Bearcat is the ones I found but don't know if they are what I should get or if there others that would be better. From reading about the BCD396XT I don't know if it has what he would need.

I could really use some help.

Thanks, Susan

Here you go, this one is nice and compac and falls within the VHF freqs:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...odsInSession=1

Hear stuff as it happens in your area.

This Uniden BC95XLTB scanner is fully PC programmable (software not included) and includes the most interesting "action" bands where you can hear police, ambulance, fire, amateur radio, public utilities, weather and more. Frequencies include 25-54/108-174/406-512/806-956MHz (excluding cellular). This very cool handheld scanner is great for NASCAR!

Only 129.00 at Radio Shack






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You see above where it says (excluding cellular), all of these scanners can be modified to open all freqs including the Cellular freqs so you can hear people chatting on their Cell phones too.



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wennfred,

Thanks for the reply.

Just because, what do you think of the Bearcat I mentioned?

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Thanks for the reply.

Just because, what do you think of the Bearcat I mentioned?

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Forget about it !!! That Bearcat one I checked on Ebay just to read the features and on Ebay they want over 500.00 for it. First of all, its too big, the Uniden is smaller and fits will in your pocket. 2nd, the Uniden one has a BNC connector so you can change the Antenna or add a Massive Base Station antenna on your rooftop and connect it to the Uniden with a cable. The Bearcat has a Fixed Antenna on it that if it falls and breaks your lost your radio and your 500.00 dollars.

I'm a Ham Radio Operator and would go with Uniden in a heart beat.



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Wennfred,

Thanks so much, I could have made a BIG mistake!

I totally forgot about one my husband got me one years ago but I don't have a clue how to use it. Maybe you could tell me if it would work. It is a Radio Shack PRO-39 hyperscan. I'm sure the new ones are a bit smaller than it is though.

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Thanks so much, I could have made a BIG mistake!

I totally forgot about one my husband got me one years ago but I don't have a clue how to use it. Maybe you could tell me if it would work. It is a Radio Shack PRO-39 hyperscan. I'm sure the new ones are a bit smaller than it is though.

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That radio you have is a nice one also and also hits the VHF freqs, its currently selling on ebay for 50.00. And your radio also has a BNC connector to change out the antenna.

http://cgi.ebay.com/RADIO-SHACK-PRO-...1|293:1|294:50

PRO-39 (200-0303) Specifications Faxback Doc. # 8991

Frequency Coverage:

VHF-Lo...........................................30-50 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)

Ham..............................................5 0-54 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)

Aircraft..................................108-136.975 MHz (in 25 kHz steps)

Government.....................................137-144 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)

Ham............................................144-148 MHz (in 5 kHz steps)

VHF Hi.........................................148-174 MHz (in 5 KHz steps)

Ham/Government..............................380-450 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)

UHF-Lo......................................450-470 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)

UHF-TV......................................470-512 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)

UHF-Hi.................................806-823.9375 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
851-868.9375 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
896-960 MHz (in 12.5 kHz steps)
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Since you already have a Scanner, get him a Kindle-2 if he likes to read or a I-Touch so he can store tons of movies on it.


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The kindle may be the way to go.

Radio shack is out on line and the local store don't have them either. I think I remember hearing cell calls but not sure so how would you modify for cell calls (not that I really would want to listen to others on their phones).

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He bought me an itouch for Christmas and in passing mentioned him having one and he said he probably wouldn't use one too much. But I do appreciate all your suggestions.

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The kindle may be the way to go.

Radio shack is out on line and the local store don't have them either. I think I remember hearing cell calls but not sure so how would you modify for cell calls (not that I really would want to listen to others on their phones).

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There is a new Kindle DX thats much bigger. You can Chip or Modify the Scanner by removing a Cap or Resistor, there are Hacks online somewhere on that depending on the actual radio.


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