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Old 27-10-2010, 10:49   #1
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Is it Just Me ?

I've been listening to channel 16 now for about a year and most of the time I have no idea what is being said, especially by the CG. Is there any reason why they feel they have to speak as fast as possible and slur their words? If their messages and everyone's safety is so important, wouldn't it make sense that they would speak clearly?
Or am I just old and deaf?
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Old 27-10-2010, 10:51   #2
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It isn't you...

And if yer still on the Chessie they are saying "Radio check, radio check"

Glad I could remove the mystery.
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Old 27-10-2010, 10:57   #3
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Frank's right. I think usually it's a young kid on the VHF who hasn't learned to enuciate. Combined with yachties who don't know proper radio procedure.
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It's just you, Lorenzo. Must be the noise from the dry stack on your boat. But seriously, the CG has some of the worst radio operators I've ever heard. I really can't see what training they've had to speak clearly.

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Old 27-10-2010, 11:34   #5
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Its not just you--I get the part about the $25,000 fine and 5 years in jail real clear, its just the rest of the message that they read way too fast. They are probably trying to practice for a job reading the lawyer language on radio commercials when they get out of the coast guard.
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I have a feeling it isn't a reward to spend time in front of the CG radio. It's probably more like, "you've done something really bad"...

To their credit, I've been involved multiple times as an EMT responding with an ambulance with CG relay and assistance. In a medical emergency, they are top notch with wonderful radio procedure.
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Old 27-10-2010, 12:00   #7
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The few times I've spoken with USCG folks on the radio, they have communicated quite well. (Here), it's when they are reading bulletins that they do poorly. I especially like it when they say "Break", then immediately resume talking without ever taking their finger off the push-to-talk button.
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The more you listen, the easier it becomes to understand. No slight intended but the female CG operators seem to speak more clearly. I wonder if the CG would consider making all operators female.
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I have a 16 yo son I have not understood a things he has said for the last 2 years. This is how they talk at that age and he is thinking of joining the Coast Guard lol
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The more you listen, the easier it becomes to understand. No slight intended but the female CG operators seem to speak more clearly. I wonder if the CG would consider making all operators female.
They only seem to because you have been properly trained to listen more attentively when they are speaking to you.

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