Coast Guard upgrades Albion River Light 1

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – The Coast Guard is scheduled to install a radio-activated sound signal on the light that marks the mouth of the Albion River in Albion, Calif., Friday, April 23, at approximately 11 a.m. weather permitting.

Coast Guard Aids-to-Navigation Team Humboldt Bay will be installing the RASS system at Albion River Light 1, Light List Number 8080. The Albion River light is a fixed navigational aid mounted on Mooring Rock at the mouth of the river.

The new RASS system allows mariners to activate the sound signal when needed by using a marine VHF-FM radio. It will no longer run continuously. Those approaching the Albion River can turn the sound signal on by keying their VHF-FM microphone on Channel 79A with a sequence of five pulses of half-a-second each, within 10 seconds. The sound signal will then sound for 30 minutes. Mariners can re-start the 30 minute cycle at any time during the sequence by following the steps above. A new 30 minute cycle will then begin.

The Coast Guard strongly encourages all mariners to consult their local Notice to Mariners, Light List and other navigational publications for the latest information on Coast Guard maintained aids to navigation.

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