Originally Posted by lockieboi
Is one allowed to use ones VHF in land for a radio check??
Not in the US. Don't know about you guys over there.
In the US, owning a boat and a VHF is all that is required to operate a marine VHF, but the one stipulation is that to be legal while transmitting, the boat must be on the water. Most people don't bother looking up regulations or protocols, so we hear all kinds of odd stuff.
Reminds me of a story about a boater trailering home from a day on the water, who breaks down in a fairly remote section of the woods. No cell phone reception, no passing traffic. As night falls, he uses his VHF to contact the coast guard, report that he's stranded, and request help.
"Where are you located?" The Coastie asks.
"Near the intersection of Highway 135 and Ridge Road." the boater replies.
A long silence ensues, before the Coastie comes back on.
"Errr... Exactly how fast were going when you hit the beach?"