Coast Guard reminds boaters about remote activated fog signals

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard reminds boaters that the Chetco River, Ore., South Jetty fog horn is now a user activated signal, an advance made under the new Coast Guard Short Range Aids to Navigation Strategic Plan.

Visibility detectors and remote activated phone line switches were problematic, sometimes causing continuous operation of the fog signal, which resulted in numerous complaints from nearby residents. The fog horn is now activated by mariners using VHF marine band radios. Keying the microphone five times while on channel 79a (156.975 MHZ) will activate the fog horn for a period of 30 minutes, after which the fog horn automatically shuts off.

The Coast Guard Short Range Aids to Navigation Strategic Plan and its usage of VHF radio’s for activation aligns with the emphasis of the Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Safety and Rescue 21 Programs to advocate the carriage of VHF radios by all mariners.

For more information or to report a problem with the operation of the Chetco River South Jetty fog horn please call Coast Guard Station Chetco River at(541) 469-3885.

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