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Automated Radio Checks

Sea Tow's Automated Radio Check Services helps ensure your VHF radio is functioning properly, one of the most important things to have every time you go out on the water!

Automated Radio Checks

Sea Tow's Automated Radio Check Services helps ensure your VHF radio is functioning properly, one of the most important things to have every time you go out on the water!

Sea Tow Automated Radio Check Service

We all know that having a functioning VHF radio on board is a necessity. Checking your radio to ensure it is working should be done every time you go out boating. In the past you used to need to make a radio check request and wait for a response, but no longer!

Now you can do it yourself with Sea Tow’s Automated Radio Check Service. Provided as a FREE public service to boating communities nationwide, Sea Tow’s innovative Automated Radio Check Service reduces the volume of non-urgent communications traffic on VHF channel 16, the international hailing and distress channel, while still allowing you to perform the check to ensure that your radio is functioning properly.

Safety Tip: Have Sea Tow, check the weather and monitor it, have a radio that works, do a Sea Tow Radio Check and have life jackets on board.

- Eddie S, West Islip, NY


It’s simple to use:


  1. Automated Radio Check Service uses one of VHF Channels 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 84. Simply tune your radio to the proper channel for your community.
  2. Conduct a radio check as you normally would.
  3. Upon releasing the mic, the system will replay your transmission, letting you hear how you sound.

View a video of how to use:

Automated Radio Checks

Having a functioning VHF radio on board is a necessity. Now you can check your radio to ensure it is working every time you go out boating.

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