Coast Guard upgrades to Rescue 21 on Ohio River and Mississippi tributaries

Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley LogoLOUISVILLE, KY – The Coast Guard upgraded its very high frequency radio communications equipment in Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley changed its VHF communications from an obsolete analog system to a digital system called Rescue 21 to improve the quality of radio communications between the Coast Guard and mariners on the Ohio River and tributaries of the Mississippi River.

The most suitable Global Maritime Distress and Safety System communications system for recreational users is VHF Digital Selective Calling. Equipment is relatively inexpensive, simple to use and easy to install. It allows automated communications with all types of vessels.

It is important to note that DSC radios need to be registered.

For registration, mariners can obtain a Maritime Mobile Service Identity through approved organizations such as BOAT US (1-800-563-1536), SEA TOW (1-800-4SEATOW), U.S. Power Squadron, and Shine Micro.

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