I have also wondered who supervises these wannabes (sincere apologies to those in the CG-Aux who actually want to serve boaters).
Every weekend (not on weekdays), every 20 or 30 minutes, channel 16 is interrupted by "attention all boaters, attention all boaters, this is coastguard auxiliary radio
Oceanside, this is coastguard auxiliary radio
Oceanside. Channel 16 is for hailing and distress
only, channel 16 is for hailing and distress
only, all other traffic is ... " and the written script goes on for 10's of seconds !
The occupation of channel 16 by these wannabes is almost never
in response to a misguided radiocheck that we can hear. I assume that they are transmitting on high power from a high elevation so that they both hear and blanket a large area way beyond the presumably offending channel 16 trespasser.
Apart from abusing channel 16 and making it a nuisance to monitor
as a responsible captain
, it actually interferes with legitimate traffic. The one time when it really got me angry was the day a few weeks ago when a father thought he'd lost
his free-diving son and a search was being coordinated to get as many boats as possible on scene. I don't know if the wannabes' vanity-calls actually interfered with the attempted rescue
but they sure didn't help when they drowned out all other traffic around us on 16 for what seemed like a very long time. In that instance the real coastguard actually moved the ongoing emergency
traffic to 22A but maybe not in response to the vanity-calls. (The son was found alive and well after about 20-30 minutes!).
Once again, apologies to those in the CG-aux who are there for the betterment of the community.