Cobra Electronics MR F75 Portable Radio User Manual

Printed in China Part No. 480-086-P
Owner’s Manual
VHF MARINE RADIO
MR F75
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English
Introduction
Our Thanks To You And
Customer Assistance
Thank you for purchasing a CobraMarine™ VHF radio.
Properly used, this Cobra® product will give you
many years of reliable service.
How Your CobraMarine™ VHF Radio Works
This radio is a VHF transceiver for fixed mounting on your boat. It gives you 2-way
vessel-to-vessel and vessel-to-shore station communications, primarily for safety
and secondarily for navigation and operational purposes. With it, you can call for
help, get information from other boaters, talk to lock or bridge tenders, and make
radiotelephone calls to anywhere in the world through a marine operator.
Besides 2-way communications, in the U.S.A., the radio can provide quick
access to receive all ten (10) NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Administration) weather channels and alert you to weather emergencies with
a tone on a weather channel you can select for your area.
Customer Assistance
Customer Assistance
Should you encounter any problems with this product, or not understand
its many features, please refer to this owner’s manual. If you require further
assistance after reading this manual, Cobra® Electronics offers the following
customer assistance services:
For Assistance In The U.S.A.
Automated Help Desk English only.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week 773-889-3087 (phone).
Customer Assistance Operators English and Spanish.
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT Mon. through Fri. (except holidays) 773-889-3087 (phone).
Questions English and Spanish.
Faxes can be received at 773-622-2269 (fax).
Technical Assistance English only.
www.cobra.com (on-line: Frequently Asked Questions).
English and Spanish. productinfo@cobra.com (e-mail).
For Assistance Outside The U.S.A.
Contact Your Local Dealer
A1 English
© 2003 Cobra® Electronics Corporation
6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA
www.cobra.com
Transceiver Controls,
Indicators And Connections
Introduction
Radio Status and
Data Display
Instant
Channel
16/9 Button
Backlit LCD
Screen
Active
Channel
Number
Down
Button
Weather/
UIC Button
Introduction
Microphone/Speaker
And Product Features
Introduction
Microphone/Speaker With Auxiliary Controls
Up
Button
Memory Scan/
Memory Clear
Button
On-Off
Power/
Volume
Knob
Up/Down Buttons
Can be used instead of
those on the transceiver.
Volume
Down
Button
Volume Up
Button
Talk
Button
Instant Channel
16/9 Button
Can be used instead of
the one on the transceiver.
Volume Up/Down Button
Can be used instead of the
On-Off Power/Volume knob
on the transceiver.
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Down
Button
Microphone/
Speaker
Up
Button
Instant
Channel
16/9 Button
Product Features
Microphone/
Speaker Cord
Connection Socket
High/Low
Power Button
Antenna
Socket
Tri-Watch
Button
Call/Set
Button
Squelch
Knob
Simplex
Operation
DSC Distress Button
Icon
(Behind Red Spring
Position Coordinates — Loaded Cover)
Latitude and Longitude
Power
Connection
Global Positioning
System (GPS) Jack
Memory Scan
Lets you scan through all selected memory
channels to find conversations in progress.
USA/International/Canada Channels
Allows operation on any of the three (3)
different channel maps established for
these areas.
Tri-Watch
Lets you monitor three (3) channels
at once — Channel 16, Channel 9,
and one (1) user selectable channel.
Ten (10) NOAA Weather Channels
Instant access to all of the National
Weather Channels, 24 hours a day.
Noise Canceling Microphone/Speaker
Blocks background noise to let your
voice be heard at the receiving station.
Emergency Weather Alert
Can alert you with an audible
tone and visual alarm if threatening
weather is nearby.
Controls on the Microphone/Speaker
Handy control buttons on the
microphone/speaker let you operate one
(1) handed at a distance from the radio.
Instant Channel 16/9
Instant access to the priority
Channel 16 and calling Channel 9.
Illuminated Buttons
Helps you quickly find the buttons
you need in low light conditions.
Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
Allows sending a distress message
at the touch of a button as well as
specific station-to-station calls.
Mounting Kits Included
Radio can be mounted on, under, or in
almost any flat surface using one (1) of
the included brackets.
External Speaker
and PA Jack
A2 English
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Dual Power
Selectable to one (1) or 25 watts output
power for near or distant calling.
A3 English
Waterproof
Submersible to one (1) meter of water
for 30 minutes — meets JIS7 Standards.
Table Of Contents
Introduction
Our Thanks To You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Transceiver Controls, Indicators And Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2
Microphone/Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
Product Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
Important Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Recommendations For Marine Communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
FCC Licensing Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
VHF Marine Radio Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Voice Calling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Digital Selective Calling (DSC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Radiotelephone Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Emergency Messages And Distress Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Marine Distress Procedure – DSC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
VHF Marine Channel Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
World City Time Zones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
NOAA Weather Channels And Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Installation and Start-Up
Included In This Package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Mounting and Powering The Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Antenna Requirements And Attachment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
External Devices And Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Operating Your Radio
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Set-Up Routines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Voice Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
NOAA All Hazards/Weather Radio And Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Advanced Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
DSC Set-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
DSC Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Warranty
Limited 3-Year Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Customer Service
Product Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Order Form And Optional Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Flush Mount Template . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
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Introduction
Important Safety Information
Important Safety Information
Introduction
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™
Before installing and using your CobraMarine VHF radio,
please read these general precautions and warnings.
Warning And Caution Statements
To make the most of this radio, it must be installed and used properly.
Please read the installation and operating instructions carefully before
installing and using it. Special attention must be paid to the WARNING
and CAUTION statements in this manual.
WARNING
Statements identify conditions that could result in personal injury or loss of life.
CAUTION
Statements identify conditions that could cause damage to the radio
or other equipment.
Safety Training Information
This CobraMarine™ radio is designed for and classified as “Occupational Use Only.”
It must only be used in the course of employment by individuals aware of both the
hazards and the ways to minimize those hazards. This radio is NOT intended for
use in an uncontrolled environment by the “General Population.”
This radio has been tested and complies with the FCC RF exposure limits for
“Occupational Use Only.” This CobraMarine™ VHF radio also complies with the
following guidelines and standards regarding RF energy and electromagnetic
energy levels as well as evaluation of those levels for human exposure:
■ FCC OET Bulletin 65 Edition 97-01 Supplement C, Evaluating
Compliance with FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radio
Frequency Electromagnetic Fields.
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■
American National Standards Institute (C95.1-1992), IEEE Standard
for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency
Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz.
■
American National Standards Institute (C95.3-1992), IEEE
Recommended Practice for the Measurement of Potentially
Hazardous Electromagnetic Fields — RF and Microwave.
English
Important Safety Information
The following WARNINGS and CAUTIONS will make you aware of RF exposure
hazards and how to assure you operate the radio within the FCC RF exposure
limits established for it.
WARNINGS
Your radio generates electromagnetic RF (radio frequency) energy when
it is transmitting. To insure that you and those around you are not exposed
to excessive amounts of that energy, DO NOT touch the antenna when
transmitting and KEEP yourself and all others on your vessel the required
distance away from the antenna while transmitting. SEE page 30 in the
antenna requirements section for further information.
DO NOT operate the radio without a proper antenna or equivalent
dummy load attached. Doing so may expose you to excessive RF
energy and will damage the radio.
DO NOT transmit more than 50% of the time the radio is in use —
50% duty cycle. The radio is transmitting when the Talk button is
pressed and the transmit information shows on the LCD screen.
ALWAYS use only Cobra® authorized accessories.
DO NOT operate the radio in an explosive atmosphere, near blasting sites,
or in any area where signs are posted prohibiting radio transmissions.
NEVER connect the transceiver to AC power. It can be a fire hazard, may
cause an electric shock, and may damage the transceiver.
NEVER mount the transceiver or microphone/speaker where they might
interfere with operation of your vessel or cause injury.
DO NOT allow children or anyone unfamiliar with proper procedures to
operate the radio without supervision.
Failure to observe any of these warnings may cause you to exceed
FCC RF exposure limits or create other dangerous conditions.
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Introduction
Recommendations For
Marine Communication
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
CAUTIONS
FCC LICENSING INFORMATION
AVOID using or storing the radio at temperatures below -4°F (-20°C) or
above 140°F (60°C).
CobraMarine™ VHF radios comply with the FCC (Federal Communication
Commission) requirements that regulate the Maritime Radio Service.
NEVER connect the transceiver to DC power greater than 16 volts or to
any DC source with reversed polarity. Doing so will damage the transceiver.
This CobraMarine™ radio incorporates a VHF FM transceiver designed for use in
the frequency range of 156.025 to 163.275 MHz. It requires 13.8 volts DC and
has a switchable RF output power of one (1) or 25 watts.
DO NOT cut the power cables attached to the transceiver. Improper
reconnection with reversed polarity will damage the transceiver.
DO NOT attempt to service any internal parts yourself. Have any
necessary service performed by a qualified technician.
The radio operates on all currently allocated marine channels and is switchable for
use according to U.S.A., International, or Canadian regulations. It features instant
access to emergency Channel 16 and calling Channel 9 as well as NOAA (National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) All Hazards Radio with Alert that can be
accessed by pressing one key.
Station License
DO NOT drop the transceiver or microphone/speaker. Doing so may
crack the case or damage a waterproof seal. Once these items have
been dropped, the original waterproofing cannot be guaranteed.
An FCC ship station license is no longer required for any vessel traveling in U.S.A.
waters which uses a VHF marine radio, RADAR, or EPIRB (Emergency Position
Indicating Radio Beacon), and which is not required to carry radio equipment.
However, any vessel required to carry a marine radio on an international voyage,
carrying a HF single side band radiotelephone, or carrying a marine satellite
terminal must obtain a station license.
DO NOT use chemicals or solvents such as mineral spirits and alcohol
to clean your radio. They may damage the case surfaces.
Changes or modifications to your radio MAY VOID its compliance with FCC rules
and make it illegal to use.
Recommendations For Marine Communication
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The transceiver is capable of RTCM SC 101 DSC (Digital Selective Calling) operation.
POSITION your radio, external speakers, and cables at least three (3) feet (0.9 m)
away from your vessel’s magnetic navigation compass. CHECK your compass
before and after installation to be sure that it has not introduced any deviation.
FCC license forms and applications for ship and land stations can be downloaded
through the Internet at www.fcc.gov/forms. Forms can also be obtained by calling
the FCC at 888-225-5322.
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The frequencies your radio uses are set aside to enhance safety afloat and for
vessel navigation and operational messages over a range suitable for nearshore
voyages. If the 25 watt maximum output of your radio isn’t sufficient for the
distances you travel from the coast, consider installing more powerful radio
equipment such as HF single side band or satellite radio for your vessel.
International Station License
The U.S. Coast Guard does not endorse cellular telephones as substitutes for
marine radios. They generally cannot communicate with rescue vessels and,
if you make a distress call on a cellular telephone, only the party you call will
be able to hear you. Additionally, cellular telephones may have limited coverage
over water and can be hard to locate. If you don’t know where you are, the
Coast Guard will have difficulty finding you if you’re using a cellular telephone.
Currently, the FCC does not require recreational boaters to have a license. The United
States Coast Guard recommends that the boat’s registration number and state of registry
(e.g., Illinois 1234 AB) be used as a call sign and be clearly visible on the vessel.
However, cellular telephones can have a place on board where cellular coverage
is available — to allow social conversations and keep the marine frequencies
uncluttered and available for their intended uses.
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FCC Information
English
If your vessel will be entering the sovereign waters of a country other than the
U.S.A. or Canada, you should contact that country’s communications regulatory
authority for licensing information.
Radio Call Sign
Canadian Ship Station License
You need a Radio Operator’s Certificate if your vessel is operated in Canadian waters.
Radio Operator training and certification is available from the Canadian Power
Squadron. Visit their website (http://www.cps-ecp.ca/english/newradiocard.html),
contact the nearest field office or write: Industry of Canada, Radio Regulatory
Branch, Attn: DOSP, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0C8.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
VHF Marine Radio
Procedures
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
User Responsibility And Operating Locations
Limits On Calling
All users are responsible for observing domestic and foreign government
regulations and are subject to severe penalties for violations. The VHF frequencies
on your radio are reserved for marine use and require a special license to operate
from land, including when your boat is on its trailer.
You must not call the same station for more than 30 seconds at a time.
If you do not get a reply, wait at least two (2) minutes before calling again.
After three (3) calling periods, wait at least 15 minutes before calling again.
Change Channels
NOTE
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is
subject to the following two (2) conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) This device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
After contacting another station on a calling channel, change immediately
to a channel which is available for the type of message you want to send.
Station Identification
Identify, in English, your station by your FCC call sign, ship name, the state registration
number, or other official number at both the beginning and end of each message.
FCC Warnings: Replacement or substitution of transistors, regular diodes,
or other parts of a unique nature, with parts other than those recommended
by Cobra® may cause a violation of the technical regulations of part 80 of the
FCC Rules, or violation of type acceptance requirements of part 2 of the rules.
VHF Marine Radio Procedures
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Prohibited Communications
You MUST NOT transmit:
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False distress or emergency messages.
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Messages containing obscene, indecent, or profane words or meaning.
■
General calls, signals, or messages (messages not addressed to a particular
station) on Channel 16, except in an emergency or if you are testing your radio.
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When you are on land.
Maintain Your Watch
Whenever your boat is underway, the radio must be turned On and
be tuned to Channel 16 except when being used for messages.
Power
Voice Calling
Try one (1) watt first if the station being called is within a few miles. If there
is no answer, switch to a higher power. This will conserve your battery and
minimize interference to other users.
To Call Another Vessel Or A Shore Installation Such As A Lock Or Bridge Tender:
Calling Coast Stations
Make sure your radio is On.
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Select Channel 16 and listen to make sure it is not being used.
NOTE
Channel 9 may be used by recreational vessels for general-purpose
calling. This frequency should be used whenever possible to relieve
congestion on Channel 16.
Calling Other Vessels
Call other vessels on Channel 16 or on Channel 9. (Channel 9 is preferred
for recreational vessel use.) You may also call on ship-to-ship channels
when you know that the vessel is listening on a ship-to-ship channel.
English
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Call a coast station on its assigned channel. You may use Channel 16
when you do not know the assigned channel.
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Voice Calling
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When the channel is quiet, press the Talk button and call the ship you wish
to call. (Hold the microphone/speaker a few inches from your face and speak
directly into it in a normal tone of voice — clearly and distinctly.) Say “[name
of station being called] THIS IS [your vessel’s name or call sign].”
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Once contact is made on the calling channel, you must switch to a proper
working channel. See the channel listing on page 14 through 15.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI)
For Example
The vessel Corsair calling the vessel Vagabond:
Vagabond: “Corsair, this is Vagabond. Reply 72 (or any proper working channel).”
For your CobraMarine™ radio to operate in the DSC mode, you must enter your
maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) number. See page 51 for instructions
on how to enter it.
Corsair: “72” or “Roger”
After communications are completed, each vessel must sign off with its
call sign or vessel name and switch to Channel 16.
The MMSI Number Is Available In The U.S.A. From Any Of Three (3) Sources:
■ BoatU.S.: 1-800-563-1536 – www.boatus.com/mmsi
NOTE
For best sound quality at the station you’re calling, hold the microphone/speaker
at least two (2) inches [five (5) cm] from your mouth and slightly off to one (1)
side. Speak in a normal tone of voice.
Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
Digital selective calling is a semi-automated system for establishing a radio
call. It has been designed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
as an international standard for VHF, MF, and HF calls and is part of the
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
DSC will eventually replace aural (listening) watches on distress frequencies
and will be used to announce routine and urgent maritime safety information
broadcasts. Until DSC is fully implemented, it is still necessary to maintain a
listening watch on Channel 16.
The DSC system allows mariners to instantly send a distress call with GPS
position coordinates (requires a GPS receiver to be connected to the radio)
to the Coast Guard and other vessels within range of the transmission.
DSC also allows mariners to initiate and receive distress, urgent, safety,
routine, position request, position send, and group calls between vessels
equipped with DSC capable radios.
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English
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An MMSI is a nine (9) digit number used on a marine radio capable of using digital
selective calling (DSC). It is used to selectively call other vessels or shore stations
and is similar to a telephone number.
Corsair: “Vagabond, this is Corsair.”
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Maritime Mobile
Service Identity (MMSI)
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Maritel: 1-888-Maritel (1-888-627-4835)
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Sea Tow International: 1-631-765-3660 – www.seatow.com
In Canada, Contact:
■ Industry Canada Spectrum Management Office (only available on the Internet):
http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/epic/internet/insmt-gst.nsf/vwGeneratedInterE/sf01742e.html
To Obtain An MMSI Number Outside The U.S.A.:
Users can obtain an MMSI from their country’s telecommunications authority
or ship registry. This may involve amending or obtaining a ship station license.
WARNING
This equipment is designed to generate a digital maritime distress and
safety signal to facilitate search and rescue. To be effective as a safety
device, this equipment must be used only within communication range
of a shore-based VHF marine channel to distress and safety watch system.
The range of the signal may vary, but under normal conditions should be
approximately 20 nautical miles.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Radiotelephone Calls
Radiotelephone Calls
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
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Boaters may make and receive radiotelephone calls to and from any number on
the telephone network by using the services of public coast stations. Calls can be
made — for a fee — between your radio and telephones on land, sea, and in the air.
See pages 14 through 23 for the public correspondence (marine operator) channels.
The Coast Guard monitors Channel 16, responds to all distress calls, and
coordinates all search and rescue efforts. Depending on the availability of
other capable vessels or commercial assistance operators in your vicinity,
Coast Guard or Coast Guard Auxiliary craft may be dispatched.
In any event, do communicate with the Coast Guard as soon as you experience
difficulties and before your situation becomes an emergency. Use the emergency
message procedures only after your situation has become grave or you are faced
with a sudden danger threatening life or property and requiring immediate help.
If you are merely out of gas, do not send an emergency message. Drop your
anchor and call a friend or marina to bring the fuel you need or give you a tow.
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The three (3) spoken international emergency signals are:
The distress signal MAYDAY is used to indicate that a station is threatened
by grave and imminent danger and requests immediate assistance.
PAN
The urgency signal PAN is used when the safety of the vessel or person
is in jeopardy. (This signal is properly pronounced pahn.)
CAUTION
You may disclose privileged information during a radiotelephone call.
Keep in mind that your transmission is NOT private, as it is on a regular
telephone. Both sides of the conversation are being broadcast and can be
heard by anyone who has a radio and tunes to the channel you are using.
The ability to summon assistance in an emergency is the primary reason
to have a VHF marine radio. The marine environment can be unforgiving,
and what may initially be a minor problem can rapidly develop into a
situation beyond your control.
Marine Emergency Signals
MAYDAY
If you plan to use these services, consider registering with the operator of the
public coast station that you plan to work through. Those services can provide
you with detailed information and procedures to follow.
Emergency Messages And Distress Procedure
Emergency Messages
And Distress Procedure
SECURITE
The safety signal SECURITE is used for messages about the safety of navigation or
important weather warnings. (This signal is properly pronounced see-cure-it-tay.)
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When using an international emergency signal, the appropriate
signal is to be spoken three (3) times prior to the message.
If You Hear A Distress Call
You must give any message beginning with one (1) of these signals priority
over any other messages. ALL stations MUST remain silent on Channel 16
for the duration of the emergency unless the message relates directly to
the emergency.
If you hear a distress message from a vessel, stand by your radio. If it is
not answered, YOU should answer. If the distressed vessel is not nearby,
wait a short time for others who may be closer to acknowledge. Even if
you cannot render direct assistance, you may be in a position to relay
the message.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Emergency Messages
And Distress Procedure
Marine Distress Procedure
Speak slowly — clearly — calmly.
1. Make sure your radio is On.
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Emergency Messages
And Distress Procedure
Keep the radio nearby. Even after your message has been received, the Coast Guard
can find you more quickly if you can transmit a signal for a rescue boat to hone in on.
For Example
2. Select VHF Channel 16.
“Mayday — Mayday — Mayday”
3. Press Talk button and say:
“MAYDAY — MAYDAY — MAYDAY.”
(Or “PAN — PAN — PAN,”
or “SECURITE — SECURITE — SECURITE.”)
“This is Corsair — Corsair — Corsair” [or “Illinois 1234 AB” three (3) times]
4. Say:
“THIS IS [your vessel name or call sign].”
“Struck submerged object and flooding — need pump and tow”
5. Say:
“MAYDAY (or “PAN” or “SECURITE”)
[your vessel name or call sign].
“Estimate we will remain afloat one-half (1⁄2) hour”
“Corsair (or Illinois 1234 AB) is 26 foot sloop with blue hull and tan deck house”
6. Tell where you are:
(what navigational aids or landmarks are near).
“This is Corsair (or Illinois 1234 AB)”
7. State the nature of your distress.
8. State the kind of assistance needed.
9. Give number of persons aboard and conditions of any injured.
“Mayday Corsair (or Illinois 1234 AB)”
“Navy Pier bears 220 degrees magnetic — distance five (5) miles”
“Four adults, three children aboard — no one injured”
“I will be listening on Channel 16”
“Over”
It is a good idea to write out a script of the message form and post it where you
and others on your vessel can see it when an emergency message needs to be sent.
10. Estimate present seaworthiness of your vessel.
Marine Distress Procedure – DSC
11. Briefly describe your vessel (length, type, color, hull).
Once your radio is connected to a GPS device and is properly set-up with your
MMSI, simply lifting the red spring-loaded door and pressing the button will
automatically send a complete distress call on Channel 70. See the DSC operation
section on pages 56 through 69 for further information and page 57 instruction
on sending a manual DSC distress call.
12. Say:
“I WILL BE LISTENING ON CHANNEL 16.”
13. End message by saying:
“THIS IS [your vessel name or call sign] OVER.”
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14. Release Talk button and listen. Someone should answer.
If not, repeat the call, beginning at item 3 above.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
VHF Marine Channel Assignments
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
•
Three (3) sets of VHF channels have been established for marine use in the U.S.A.,
Canada, and the rest of the world (International). Most of the channels are the same
for all three (3) maps, but there are definite differences (see table on the following
pages). Your radio has all three (3) maps built into it and will operate correctly in
whichever area you choose.
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Channels 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 84, 84A, 85, 85A, 86, 86A, 87, 87A, 88*
For calls to marine operators at public coast stations. You can make and receive
telephone calls through these stations.
Port Operations
The following is a brief outline of the channel assignments in the U.S.A.
Channel Map.
Channels 1A*, 5A*, 12*, 14*, 20A, 63A*, 65A, 66A, 73, 74, 77*
Used for directing the movement of ships in or near ports, locks, or waterways.
Messages must be about operational handling, movement, and safety of ships.
Distress, Safety, And Calling
Navigational
Channel 16
Getting the attention of another station (calling) or in emergencies
(distress and safety).
Channels 13, 67
Channels are available to all vessels. Messages must be about navigation, including
passing or meeting other vessels. These are also the main working channels for
most locks and drawbridges. You must keep your messages short and power output
at no more than one (1) watt.
Calling
Channel 9
General purpose (non-emergency) calling by non-commercial vessels.
Recreational boaters are urged to use this channel to reduce congestion
on Channel 16.
Intership Safety
Channel 6
Ship-to-ship safety messages and for search and rescue messages to
Coast Guard ships and aircraft.
Maritime Control
Channel 17
For talking to vessels and coast stations operated by state or local governments.
Messages must be about regulation and control, boating activities, or assistance.
Digital Selective Calling
Coast Guard Liaison
Channel 70
This channel is set aside for distress, safety, and general calling using only digital
selective calling techniques. Voice communication is prohibited; your radio cannot
transmit voice messages on this channel.
Channel 22A
To talk to the Coast Guard (non-emergency) after making contact on Channel 16.
Weather
Non-Commercial
Channels Wx 1 Thru 10
Receive-only channels for NOAA weather broadcasts. You cannot transmit on them.
Channels 68*, 69, 71, 72, 78A, 79A*, 80A*
Working channels for small vessels. Messages must be about needs of the
vessel, such as fishing reports, berthing, and rendezvous. Use Channel 72 only
for ship-to-ship messages.
Commercial
NOTE
* These channels are restricted to the listed uses in certain parts of
the country or for certain types of users only. Consult FCC rules
or a knowledgeable radio operator before using them.
Channels 1A, 7A, 8, 9, 10, 11, 18A, 19A, 63A, 67, 72, 79A, 80A, 88A*
Working channels for working ships only. Messages must be about business or
needs of the ship. Use Channels 8, 67, 72, and 88A only for ship-to-ship messages.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Channel
Number
Channel Map
Frequency
USA
Int’l Canada Transmit Receive
01
01A
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03
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04A
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05
06
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07
07A
08
09
10
11
12
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04
05A
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02
03A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Power
Limits
Channel
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
Use
156.050
160.650
01
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
156.050
156.050
01A
156.100
160.700
02
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
156.150
160.750
03
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
156.150
156.150
03A
156.200
160.800
04
156.200
156.200
04A
156.250
160.850
05
156.250
156.250
05A
156.300
156.300
06
Intership Safety
156.350
160.950
07
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
156.350
156.350
07A
156.400
156.400
08
Commercial (Intership Only)
156.450
156.450
09
Boater Calling Channel, Non-Commercial (Recreational)
156.500
156.500
10
Commercial
156.550
156.550
11
Commercial, VTS in selected areas
156.600
156.600
12
Port Operations, VTS in selected areas
13
Intership Navigation Safety (Bridge-to-Bridge). In U.S. waters,
large vessels maintain a listening watch on this channel.
Port Operations and Commercial, VTS in selected areas
Government Only
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
West Coast (Coast Guard Only); East Coast (Commercial Fishing)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
Port Operations, VTS in selected areas
Commercial
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156.650
156.650
14
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156.700
156.700
14
Port Operations, VTS in selected areas
Rx Only
156.750
15
Environmental (Receive Only). Used by class C EPIRB’s.
156.750
156.750
15
Canada (EPIRB Buoys Only); International (On-Board Communication)
156.800
156.800
156.850
156.850
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15
16
17
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1 Watt USA and CAN
1 Watt CAN and INT
1 Watt CAN
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International Distress, Safety and Calling
17
State Controlled (U.S.A. Only)
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Channel
Number
Channel Map
Frequency
USA
Int’l Canada Transmit Receive
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18
18A
•
20
20A
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•
•
•
21
21A
•
22A
•
•
23
23A
24
25
26
27
28
•
•
•
•
•
•
60
61
61A
62
62A
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Channel
Use
18
156.900
156.900
18A
156.950
161.550
19
156.950
156.950
19A
157.000
161.600
157.000
157.000
20A
157.050
161.650
21
157.050
157.050
21A
157.100
161.700
22
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157.100
157.100
•
157.150
161.750
23
157.150
157.150
23A
157.200
161.800
24
157.250
161.850
25
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.300
161.900
26
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.350
161.950
27
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.400
162.000
28
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
156.025
160.625
60
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
156.075
160.675
61
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operation, Ship Movement
156.075
156.075
156.125
160.725
62
156.125
156.125
62A
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Power
Limits
161.500
•
•
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
156.900
•
19
19A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
•
•
•
•
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1 Watt CAN
20
22A
61A
Port Operations, Ship Movement
Commercial
Port Operations, Ship Movement
Commercial
Canada (Coast Guard Only); International (Port Operations, Ship Movement)
Port Operations
Port Operations, Ship Movement
U.S. (Government Only); Canada (Coast Guard Only)
Port Operations, Ship Movement
U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard Liaison and Maritime Safety Information
Broadcasts that are announced on Channel 16
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Government Only
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
U.S. (Government Only); Canada (Coast Guard Only);
West Coast (Coast Guard Only); East Coast (Commercial Fishing)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
West Coast (Coast Guard Only); East Coast (Commercial Fishing)
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Channel
Number
Channel Map
Frequency
USA
Int’l Canada Transmit Receive
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63
63A
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•
63
156.175
63A
156.225
160.825
64
156.225
156.225
64A
156.275
160.875
65
156.275
156.275
65A
156.325
160.925
66
•
156.325
156.325
1 Watt CAN
1 Watt USA
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67
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156.375
156.375
68
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156.425
156.425
69
•
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•
156.475
156.475
70
•
•
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RX only
156.525
71
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156.575
156.575
72
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156.625
156.625
73
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156.675
156.675
74
•
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156.725
156.725
77
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156.875
156.875
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Channel
156.175
66A
65A
Power
Limits
160.775
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•
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
156.175
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64
64A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
•
1 Watt CAN
66A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
Use
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
Port Operations and Commercial, VTS in selected areas
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
U.S. (Government Only); Canada (Commercial Fishing)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
Port Operations
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
Port Operations
67
U.S. (Commercial). Used for bridge-to-bridge communications in lower
Mississippi River (Intership Only); Canada (Commercial Fishing), S&R
68
Non-Commercial (Recreational)
69
U.S. (Non-Commercial, Recreational); Canada (Commercial Fishing Only);
International (Intership, Port Operations, Ship Movement)
70
Digital Selective Calling (Voice communications not allowed)
71
U.S. and Canada (Non-Commercial, Recreational);
International (Port Operations, Ship Movement)
72
Non-Commercial (Intership Only)
73
U.S. (Port Operations); Canada (Commercial Fishing Only);
International (Intership, Port Operations, Ship Movement)
74
U.S. (Port Operations); Canada (Commercial Fishing Only);
International (Intership, Port Operations, Ship Movement)
77
Port Operations (Intership only). Restricted to communications
with pilots for movement and docking of ships.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Channel
Number
Channel Map
Frequency
USA
Int’l Canada Transmit Receive
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78
78A
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•
83
83A
84
84A
85
85A
86
86A
87
87A
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82
82A
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81
81A
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80
80A
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•
79
79A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
•
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•
•
•
•
•
•
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88
•
88A
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Power
Limits
Use
156.925
161.525
78
156.925
156.925
78A
Non-Commercial (Recreational)
156.975
161.575
79
Port Operations, Ship Movement
156.975
156.975
79A
157.025
161.625
80
157.025
157.025
80A
157.075
161.675
81
157.075
157.075
81A
157.125
161.725
82
157.125
157.125
82A
157.175
161.775
83
157.175
157.175
83A
157.225
161.825
84
157.225
157.225
84A
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.275
161.875
85
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.275
157.275
85A
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.325
161.925
86
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.325
157.325
86A
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.375
161.975
87
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
157.375
157.375
87A
157.425
162.025
157.425
157.425
NOTE
Many of the plain numbered channels, such as 01, 02, and 03, transmit and
receive on different frequencies. This is termed duplex operation. The rest of
the plain numbered channels and all of the A channels, such as 01A, 03A,
and 04A, transmit and receive on a single frequency, which is termed simplex
operation. Your radio automatically adjusts to these conditions. When in simplex
operation, the A icon will appear on the LCD (see illustration on page A2).
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Channel
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
88
88A
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Commercial (Also Non-Commercial only in Great Lakes)
Port Operations, Ship Movement
Commercial (Also Non-Commercial only in Great Lakes)
Port Operations, Ship Movement
U.S. (Government Only; Environmental Protection Operations)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operation, Ship Movement
U.S. (Government Only); Canada (Coast Guard Only)
Canada (Coast Guard Only)
U.S. (Government Only); Canada (Coast Guard Only)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Public Correspondence (Ship to Coast). In U.S. only within
75 miles of Canadian Border.
Commercial Intership only
NOTE
All channels are pre-programmed at the factory according to international
regulations and those of the FCC (U.S.A.) and Industry Canada (Canada).
They cannot be altered by the user nor can modes of operation be changed
between simplex and duplex.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
World City Time Zones
World City Time Zones
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Longitudinal Zone
Offset
City
E172.50 to W172.50
-12
IDLW (International Date Line West)
W172.50 to W157.50
-11
Nome
W157.50 to W142.50
-10
Honolulu
W142.50 to W127.50
-9
Yukon STD
W127.50 to W112.50
-8
Los Angeles
W112.50 to W097.50
-7
Denver
W097.50 to W082.50
-6
Chicago
W082.50 to W067.50
-5
New York
W067.50 to W052.50
-4
Caracas
W052.50 to W037.50
-3
Rio de Janeiro
W037.50 to W022.50
-2
Fernando de Noronha
W022.50 to W007.50
-1
Azores Islands
W007.50 to E007.50 GMT
+0
London
E007.50 to E022.50
+1
Rome
E022.50 to E037.50
+2
Cairo
E037.50 to E052.50
+3
Moscow
E052.50 to E067.50
+4
Abu Dhabi
E067.50 to E082.50
+5
Maldives
E082.50 to E097.50
+6
Dhuburi
E097.50 to E112.50
+7
Bangkok
E112.50 to E127.50
+8
Hong Kong
E127.50 to E142.50
+9
Tokyo
E142.50 to E157.50
+10
Sydney
E157.50 to E172.50
+11
Solomon Islands
E172.50 to W172.50
+12
Auckland
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
NOAA Weather Channels
And Alert
NOAA Weather Channels And Alert
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Monitoring the weather will probably be a frequent use of your radio. The National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides continuous, around-theclock broadcasts of the latest weather information. Taped weather messages run
every four (4) to six (6) minutes and are revised every two (2) or three (3) hours,
or as needed. The Coast Guard also announces weather and other safety warnings
on Channel 16 and DSC Channel 70. Smart boaters keep an eye on safety and an
ear to the radio — and never let the weather catch them unaware.
NOAA Emergency Weather Alert
In the event of a major storm or other weather condition requiring vessels at sea
or on other bodies of water to be notified, NOAA broadcasts a 1050 Hz tone that
receivers such as your CobraMarine™ VHF radio can detect and warn you of a
weather alert condition. When the Weather Alert mode on your radio is On, this
signal will produce the weather alert alarm tone from the speaker and a “weather
alert” message on the LCD to signal that a weather alert is being broadcast.
The radio will automatically switch to Weather Radio mode.
Test
To test this system, NOAA broadcasts the 1050 Hz signal every Wednesday sometime
between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in each local time zone. Any receiver that can detect the
weather alert tone may use this feature to verify that this feature is functioning properly.
Weather Frequency
Channel
RX Frequency MHz
1
162.550
2
162.400
3
162.475
4
162.425
5
162.450
6
162.500
7
162.525
8
161.650
9
161.775
10
163.275
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Installation And Start-Up
Included In This Package
Included In This Package
•
You should find all of the following items in the
package with your CobraMarine™ VHF radio:
Transceiver*
Microphone/Speaker
Transceiver Flush Mount Kit
Mic/Spkr Mounting Kit
Installation And Start-Up
Transceiver Surface Mount Kit
Operating Instruction Manual
Mounting And
Powering The Radio
Mounting And Powering The Radio
•
Before using your CobraMarine™ VHF radio, it must be installed on your vessel.
Installing Your Radio
Choose a location for your radio where it will be conveniently accessible with the
following factors in mind:
■ The leads to the battery and the antenna are best kept as short as possible.
■
The antenna must be mounted at least three (3) feet from the transceiver.
■
The radio and all speakers need to be far enough from any magnetic
compass to avoid deviation due to the speaker magnet.
■
There needs to be free air flow around the heat-sink fins on the back
of the transceiver.
Surface Mount
A Surface Mounting kit is included with your CobraMarine™ VHF radio to allow its
installation on almost any flat surface.
Surface Mounting Kit
Warning Sticker
GPS Interface Cable
To Mount The Transceiver
On Almost Any Flat Surface:
1. Use the mounting bracket
as a template to drill holes
for the mounting screws.
2. Attach the mounting bracket
to the chosen surface.
3. Attach the transceiver to
the mounting bracket with
the locking knobs.
4. Tilt the transceiver to
a convenient angle and
tighten the locking knobs.
Tilt Lock Knobs
* The term transceiver will be used to identify the main unit containing the LCD screen and controls.
Radio will be used to identify the entire equipment including transceiver, microphone/speaker,
antenna, and any attached external speakers.
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Installation And Start-Up
Microphone/Speaker
Bracket
Mounting And
Powering The Radio
Installation And Start-Up
Microphone/Speaker Bracket
Warning Sticker
Mounting And
Powering The Radio
Warning Sticker
FCC regulations require that the Warning Sticker
supplied with this radio be applied to a spot where
it is easily seen by the radio operator. Be sure the
location is clean and dry before applying the sticker.
To Install The Microphone/Speaker Bracket:
1. Install the microphone/speaker bracket
on a vertical surface near the transceiver
using the supplied stainless steel screws.
Flush Mount
Electrical Power Connection
Power Connection Cables
™
A Flush Mounting kit is included with your CobraMarine
VHF radio to allow its installation in almost any flat surface.
Use Supplied Template
See page 75
for template.
Insert Transceiver
To Mount The Transceiver Flush In Almost Any Flat Surface:
1. Use the supplied template to mark and cut an opening
in the flat surface. See page 75 for template.
CAUTION
Before cutting, be sure the area behind the flat
surface is clear of any instruments or wires that
might be damaged in the process.
2. Insert the transceiver into the opening.
Attach Mounting Brackets
Adjust Screws
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3. Attach the mounting brackets to
the sides of the transceiver with
the adjusting screw flanges facing
the back of the flat surface.
–+
Red Cable
Positive (+)
Black Cable
Negative (-)
Your CobraMarine™ VHF radio is
powered from the vessel’s 13.8 volt
negative ground direct current electrical
system (12 volt nominal). A fused power
connection lead is provided at the back
of the transceiver.
To Connect To A Power Source:
1. Attach the black power wire to a
negative ground.
2. Attach the fused red power wire to
the positive side of the power system.
CAUTION
A reverse polarity connection will damage the radio.
4. Tighten the adjusting screws against
the back of the flat surface until the
flange on the front of the transceiver
is tight against the flat surface.
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Installation And Start-Up
Antenna Requirements
And Attachment
Antenna Requirements And Attachment
Antenna Requirements
Your CobraMarine™ VHF radio requires an external marine antenna
to send signals into the air and to receive them. The radio is arranged
to use any of the popular marine VHF antennas, but it is up to you to
choose which antenna to use.
Since it represents the link between your radio and the outside world,
Cobra® suggests you purchase the best quality antenna, coaxial cable,
and connectors you can. This is best accomplished with the advice
and guidance of a knowledgeable dealer who can assess the variables
involved with your particular boat and preferences.
WARNING
Compliance with FCC requirements for Radio Frequency Exposure is
the responsibility of both the antenna installer and the radio operator.
Safe Maximum Permissible Exposure (MPE) Radius
To avoid health hazards from excessive exposure to RF energy, FCC OET
Bulletin 65 establishes an MPE radius of 10' (3 m) for the maximum power
of your radio with an antenna having a maximum power gain of 9 dBi.
This means that all persons must be at least 10' (3 m) away from the
antenna when the radio is transmitting.
Installation And Start-Up
•
Antenna Requirements
And Attachment
Radio Operator Requirements
Do not transmit when anyone is within the MPE radius of the antenna unless
that person or persons are shielded from the antenna by a grounded metallic
barrier. This is especially important on vessels with antennas mounted as
described in B where no one may be within 9' (2.8 m) horizontally from the
base of the antenna during transmissions.
FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE ABOVE LIMITS MAY EXPOSE THOSE WITHIN
THE MPE RADIUS TO RF ENERGY ABSORPTION IN EXCESS OF THE FCC
MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE EXPOSURE. IT IS THE RADIO OPERATOR’S
RESPONSIBILITY TO INSURE THAT MPE LIMITS ARE HEEDED AND THAT
NO ONE IS WITHIN THE MPE RADIUS DURING TRANSMISSIONS.
Coaxial Cable Socket
Antenna Lead Attachment
Once the antenna is installed, the Coaxial Cable Lead can
be attached to the socket at the back of the transceiver.
CAUTION
Attempting to transmit without an antenna attached
will damage your CobraMarine™ VHF radio.
Installation Requirements
A) An omnidirectional antenna with a gain not greater than 9 dBi must
be mounted at least 16.4' (5 m) above the highest deck where people
may be during radio transmissions, measured vertically from the lowest
point of the antenna. This provides the minimum separation distance
to comply with RF exposure requirements and is based on the MPE
radius of 10' (3 m) plus the 6.6' (2 m) height of an adult.
B) For vessels without structure to mount the antenna as described in A,
it must be mounted as follows AND all persons must be outside the
10' (3 m) MPE radius during radio transmissions. The antenna must
be mounted so that its lowest point is at least 3.3' (1 m) vertically above
the heads of all persons during radio transmissions.
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External Devices
And Connections
Installation And Start-Up
External Devices And Connections
Installation And Start-Up
•
™
Your CobraMarine VHF radio is set up to connect auxiliary devices for navigation,
convenience, and added versatility. As is the case with the antenna, choosing these
devices is best done with the advice and guidance of a knowledgeable dealer.
Standard connectors are provided on the front and back of the transceiver.
Microphone/Speaker
Cord Connection Socket
Microphone/Speaker Attachment
Connect the Microphone/Speaker to the cord socket
located at the left side of the front of the transceiver.
To Connect The Microphone/Speaker Attachment:
1. Align the connector and push it firmly into the socket.
2. Tighten the captive nut to hold the connector in place.
3. Slide the waterproof sleeve over the nut until it seats
in the recess around the socket.
External Speaker
and PA Jack
External Speaker (Not Included)
An External Speaker can provide greater volume to
hear messages than the speaker incorporated in the
CobraMarine™ microphone/speaker.
To Install An External Speaker:
1. Connect the speaker lead to the standard jack
on the back of the transceiver.
External Speaker
and PA Jack
Public Address Speaker (Hailer)
(Not Included)
External Devices
And Connections
Global Positioning System (GPS) Device (Not Included)
Cobra® strongly recommends that you obtain and connect a GPS device to
your CobraMarine™ VHF radio. By having a GPS connected, your position will
be continuously indicated on the LCD and, most importantly, it will be included
automatically in any DSC distress message you may need to send. That will
take the “search” out of “search and rescue.”
GPS Connection
To Install A GPS Device:
1. Install the GPS device in a convenient location
according to its manufacturer’s directions.
2. Bond the NMEA out negative wire to the black
wire of the GPS interface cable.
3. Bond the NMEA out positive wire to the red
wire of the GPS interface cable.
NOTE
When bonding the wires, make sure connections
are secure and properly insulated.
4. Connect the new combination cable to the GPS
device and to the back of the transceiver.
NOTE
Satellite acquisition time is dependent on the
GPS device.
At times, it may be handy to hail other boats or give
instructions to line handlers on the dock. Your CobraMarine™
VHF radio can be switched to operate in the Public Address
mode through an attached PA speaker.
To Install A Public Address Speaker:
1. Connect the PA speaker lead to the standard
jack on the back of the transceiver.
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Operating Your Radio
Getting Started
Getting Started
Operating Your Radio
•
Refer to the foldout on the front cover of this manual to identify the various
controls and indicators on your radio.
Throughout this manual you will be instructed to press or to press and hold buttons
on the transceiver or on the microphone/speaker. Press means a momentary press,
then release; press and hold means to hold the button down.
Tones And Alarms
When your CobraMarine™ VHF radio is On, you can expect to hear the following
tones and alarms. The volume of these sounds is controlled by the circuitry in
the radio and is not affected by the volume set with the On-Off Power/Volume
knob or Volume Up/Down buttons.
Confirmation Tone
Single high-pitched beep confirms all button presses except the Talk button.
It can be turned On or Off. See set-up routines on page 40.
Error Tone
Single low-pitched beep indicates an invalid button press.
DSC Position Request Alarm
Medium-loud, continuous, low-pitched series of closely spaced, four (4) beeps
[three (3) short – one (1) long] groups — sounds when a position request call
is received. Press any button to turn it Off.
DSC Individual Alarm
Medium-loud, continuous, medium-pitched, two (2) beep groups —
sounds when an Individual call is received. Press any button to turn it Off.
Weather Alarm
Medium-loud, continuous, medium-pitched series of one-half (1⁄2) second beeps
spaced one-half (1⁄2) second apart — sounds when weather alert is turned On
and NOAA sends a 1050 Hz weather alert tone on the selected weather channel.
Press any button to turn it Off.
Power On-Off
Transceiver power can be turned On or Off by the On-Off Power/Volume
knob on the transceiver.
On-Off Power/
Volume Knob
DSC Distress Alarm
Loud, continuous, low-pitched series of closely spaced, three (3)
beep groups. Press any button to turn it Off. This alarm sounds for:
■
■
■
Distress call send, receive, and acknowledgement
Distress relay call received
All ships call received
NOTE
This alarm sounds only for DSC distress calls on Channel 70.
It does not sound for voice calls on Channel 16 — you still
must listen for those.
DSC Geographical Alarm
Loud, continuous, medium-pitched, high-low tones (warble) — sounds
when a geographical call is received. Press any button to turn it Off.
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Getting Started
On-Off Power/
Volume Knob or Volume
Up/Down Buttons
To Turn Your Radio On Or Off:
1. Press and hold the On-Off Power/Volume knob
on the transceiver.
When the radio is powered On, the confirmation tone
will sound.
The radio will return to the settings in effect when it was
last powered Off, the LCD will show the corresponding
information, and all controls will be operative. The radio
will then be in Standby mode.
Volume
The On-Off Power/Volume knob on the transceiver and
the Volume Up/Down buttons on the microphone/speaker
control the speaker volume. The volume adjustment applies
only to what you hear from the speaker and does not affect
the volume of your outgoing messages. That is controlled
by the circuitry of your radio.
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Operating Your Radio
On-Off Power/
Volume Knob or Volume
Up/Down Buttons
Getting Started
To Increase The Volume You Can
Choose One Of The Following:
a. Turn the On-Off Power/Volume knob clockwise.
b. Press and release the Volume Up button
on the microphone/speaker.
Operating Your Radio
Standby And Receive
Standby mode is the usual mode for the radio whenever it is turned On.
Standby Mode
To Decrease The Volume You Can
Choose One Of The Following:
a. Turn the On-Off Power/Volume knob counter-clockwise.
b. Press and release the Volume Down button on the
microphone/speaker.
When adjusting the volume while using the microphone/
speaker, press and hold the Volume Up or Volume Down
buttons for rapid advance.
Squelch control filters weak signals and radio frequency noise so that you can more
clearly hear the signals you want. You can think of it as a variable barrier that blocks
what you don’t want to hear.
Squelch Knob
Turn Till Hissing
Sound Starts
Turn Till Hissing
Sound Stops
Lower Bearier
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To Squelch Your Radio:
1. With the Squelch knob turned fully counter-clockwise,
turn the On-Off/Volume knob clockwise until you hear
a hissing (noise) sound.
Channel 16/9 Button
NOTE
The Volume Up/Down buttons on the microphone/
speaker cannot be used in the squelch process.
You must use the On-Off Power/Volume knob.
2. Turn the Squelch knob clockwise until the hissing
sound stops.
Turning the Squelch knob further clockwise (higher bearier)
will filter weak and medium strength signals until only
the strongest signal can get through at the highest
squelch setting.
From Standby Mode, You Can:
■ Change your radio’s settings using set-up routines.
■ Receive messages on the current channel as well
as DSC messages.
■ Receive NOAA alerts if Weather Alert mode is turned On.
■ Switch to Transmit mode using the Talk button.
While the radio is in Standby mode, the Receive mode is
entered whenever a strong enough signal to break squelch
is sent to the radio. You will hear the message through
whichever speakers are connected to the radio.
Up/Down Buttons
Squelch
Getting Started
To Change The Channel You Are Listening To,
You Can Choose One Of The Following:
a. Press the Up/Down buttons. This will take you to
the next higher or lower VHF channel. For rapid
advance, press and hold the Up or Down button.
b. Press the Channel 16/9 button. This will take
you to Channel 16 with one (1) press and to Channel 9
with a second press. Additional presses will toggle
between Channels 16 and 9.
c. Press the Weather/UIC button. This will toggle the
radio between Standby mode and Weather Radio mode.
When in Weather Radio mode, the Up/Down buttons
will change the weather channel.
Weather/UIC Button
To Receive Weaker Signals:
1. Turn the Squelch knob counterclockwise (lower bearier).
If the squelch is set so that you can hear a continuous
hissing sound, the memory scan and tri-watch functions will
be blocked.
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Operating Your Radio
Set-Up Routines
Set-Up Routines
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Settings Menu
The Settings menu in the CobraMarine™ VHF radio allows you to turn On and Off
many of its features, to adjust other features to suit your preferences, and to enter
your user MMSI number.
Call/Set Button
Settings Menu
Up/Down Buttons
Exit
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Operating Your Radio
To Enter The Settings Menu:
1. Press and hold the Call/Set button.
The Settings menu will appear on the LCD.
After entering the Settings menu, you can scroll
through it to make as many entries as you like.
Whenever the setting selection arrow appears in
a feature portion of the menu, it will point to the
setting that was in effect when you entered the menu.
When you are finished with changes, you can exit
the Settings menu and return to Standby mode.
To Exit The Settings Menu:
1. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll down to
EXIT at the bottom of the menu.
2. With the arrow pointing to EXIT, press the Call/Set
button to return the radio to Standby mode.
NOTE
Basic set-up routines are described here. For set-up
routines that apply specifically to a particular function,
they are included in the section for that function.
Set-Up Routines
LCD Backlight
The LCD has a Backlight lamp to make it visible in the dark.
This lamp can be adjusted for brightness or turned Off.
Lamp Adjustment
High/Medium/Low/Off
To Adjust The Backlight Level:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to LAMP ADJ
(lamp adjustment) with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current
backlight setting — HIGH, MEDIUM, LOW or OFF.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to switch to the setting you want.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the backlight setting.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the Settings menu.
When the backlight is turned On to any intensity,
the lamp will be lit whenever the radio is On.
LCD Contrast
The LCD backlight will not be visible in daylight, but the LCD Contrast
can be adjusted to make it easier to read in different light conditions.
Contrast
Contrast Setting
To Change The Contrast:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to CONTRAST
with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current
contrast setting — a number between one (1) and 16.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to change the number
up or down.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select a contrast level.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the Settings menu.
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Operating Your Radio
Set-Up Routines
Operating Your Radio
Set-Up Routines
Confirmation Tone
U.S.A./International/Canada Channel Maps
The Confirmation Tone sounds when your CobraMarine™ VHF radio is turned On
and to confirm all button presses except for the Talk button. If you would prefer
not to hear the Confirmation Tone, you can turn it Off and On as you choose.
Three (3) sets of VHF Channel Maps have been established for marine use in the
U.S.A., Canada, and the rest of the world (International). Most of the channels
are the same for all three (3) maps, but there are definite differences (see table
on pages 14 through 23). Your radio has all three (3) maps built into it and will
operate correctly in whichever area you choose.
Key Tone
On/Off
To Turn The Confirmation Tone On Or Off:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to KEY TONE
with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current
confirmation tone setting — ON or OFF.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to switch to the setting
you want.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the setting.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Settings menu.
Weather/UIC Button
Active Channel Map
To Set Your Radio For The Area In Which
You Will Be Using It:
1. From Standby mode, press and hold the Weather/UIC
button. The radio will shift one (1) channel map and the
active channel map will show on the top line of the LCD.
2. Repeat step 1 to shift to the next channel map(s)
in the sequence USA, INT (International),
CAN (Canada) then back to USA.
The radio will return to Standby mode each time the
button is released.
Time Offset
All VHF, DSC, and GPS activities use a 24-hour clock and Universal Coordinated
Time (UTC) which was formerly known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Time Offset
uses your connected GPS to gather time inputs. For time inputs to be converted to
local time, you need to enter the hour offset of your local time zone from Greenwich.
(See world city time zone chart on page 24.)
Time Offset
Set Time
To Change The Time Offset:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to TIMEOFST
(time offset) with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current setting.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to change to the setting for
your local time zone.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the setting.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the Settings menu.
NOTE
If you leave the time offset at zero, the LCD will show
the time as UTC. If you enter the hour offset for your
time zone, the LCD will show the local time. In either
event, DSC messages will always be based on UTC.
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Operating Your Radio
Voice Transmission
Voice Transmission
Transmit mode gives you the ability to communicate with safety services, other
vessels, and shore stations. When you use this capability, be sure to follow the
procedures and to observe the courtesies that govern its use so everyone benefits.
(The tables on pages 14 through 23 will help you select the proper channels.)
Before pressing the Talk button to transmit a message, you should select the
appropriate channel and transmit power output.
Operating Your Radio
•
Transmit Power Output
Your radio can Transmit selectively at one (1) or 25 watts of power. Cobra®
suggests you maintain the low power setting for short-range communications
and to avoid overpowering nearby stations with your signal. Use the high power
setting for long-range communications or when you do not receive a response
to a signal sent at one (1) watt.
High/Low Power Button
Channels
You can transmit voice messages on most VHF Channels. Refer to the VHF marine
channel assignments on pages 14 through 23 to select a channel according to the
type of message you are going to send.
Up/Down Buttons
Channel 16/9 Buttons
To Change The Channel You Can Choose
From One (1) Of The Following:
a. Press the Up/Down buttons. This will take you to the
next higher or lower VHF channel. (When on Channel
88A, the next higher channel is Channel 1 and vice
versa.) For rapid advance, press and hold the Up or
Down buttons. (The confirmation tone will sound
only for each button press, not during rapid advance.)
b. Press the Channel 16/9 button. This will take you to
Channel 16 with one (1) press and to Channel 9 with
a second press. Additional presses will toggle between
Channel 16 and Channel 9. Press and hold the Channel
16/9 button to return to Standby mode.
High/Low Power
To Toggle Between The High And Low Power Modes:
1. Press the High/Low Power button.
The LCD will show which mode is in effect.
Some channels are restricted to use at a maximum of
one (1) watt. Your radio will automatically set the power
to Low Power mode when you select those channels.
While using the U.S.A. channel map, if, in an emergency,
you need to increase the output power on Channel 13 and
Channel 67 for your signal to be heard, you can override
the Low Power mode by pressing and holding the High/
Low Power button.
Transmit A Message
Low Power Setting
2 Inches From Mouth
Talk Button
Transmit Icon
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Voice Transmission
To Transmit A Message:
1. Check to see that your unit is set to a proper
channel for the type of message you plan to send.
2. Toggle to the low power setting.
3. With the microphone/speaker about two (2) inches
[five (5) cm] from your mouth, press and hold the
Talk button and speak into the microphone/speaker.
Transmit will be indicated on the LCD.
4. Release the Talk button when you are finished speaking.
Your unit can only operate in either the Transmit or the
Receive mode at any given time. You will not hear the
response to your message unless the Talk button is released.
NOTE
If the Talk button is held down for five (5) minutes,
the radio will automatically cease transmitting to
prevent unwanted signal generation. As soon as
the Talk button is released, it can be pressed
again to resume transmission.
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Operating Your Radio
Voice Transmission
Operating Your Radio
Weather Radio And Alert
Public Address
NOAA All Hazards/Weather Radio And Alert
Another form of voice transmission is available on your radio. It can be used in
Public Address (PA) mode to hail other vessels or people near the shore if you
have mounted and connected an optional PA speaker.
NOAA broadcasts Weather information as described in the NOAA Weather Channels
section on page 25 of this manual. You can listen to one (1) or two (2) of these
ten (10) receive-only channels at any time.
PA Mode
On/Off
Talk Button
To Switch The Radio From RF Transmit To PA Mode:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to PA MODE
with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current
setting — ON or OFF.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to change to the setting.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the setting.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the Settings menu.
To Broadcast On The PA Speaker:
1. Switch to the PA mode.
2. Press the Talk button and speak into the
microphone/speaker.
NOTE
While in the PA mode:
■ When the Talk button is pressed, the output is
directed to the PA speaker and not transmitted
as a radio signal through the antenna.
■ Received radio messages will be directed to the
PA speaker unless the Talk button is pressed.
NOTE
Usually only one (1) or two (2) of the weather channels will be operating in any
given location. You will need to select the channel with the strongest signal in
your location. This is the channel the radio will scan for the weather alert signal.
Weather/UIC Button
Weather Mode
To Listen To The Weather Channels:
1. From Standby mode, press the Weather/UIC
button. The unit will enter the Weather mode
and show it on the LCD.
2. Press the Up/Down buttons to change the
weather channels — hold the button for
fast advance.
To exit the Weather mode and return to
Standby mode, press the Weather/UIC
button again.
Weather Alert Set-Up
You must have Weather Alert mode turned On to benefit from the Weather Alert
condition signal described in the NOAA weather channels section on page 25.
Weather Alert
On/Off
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To Turn Weather Alert On:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to WX ALERT
(weather alert) with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current
setting — ON or OFF.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to change to the setting.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the setting.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Settings menu.
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Operating Your Radio
Advanced Operation
Operating Your Radio
Advanced Operation
Weather Alert Signal
Tri-Watch
When NOAA broadcasts a Weather Alert Signal and your radio is in the Weather
Alert mode, you will hear a continuous audible tone and the radio will automatically
switch to Weather Radio mode. The alert indicators will sound regardless of what
channel you are operating on as soon as a NOAA alert signal is received.
Tri-Watch gives you one (1) button access to scan the three (3) locations of most
importance to you. Channel 16 and Channel 9 will always be included as scanned
locations. The remaining location will be the VHF channel in effect when you enter
Tri-Watch mode.
When You Hear The Alert:
1. Press any key to turn Off the alert alarm and LCD indicator.
Advanced Operation
NOTE
The radio must be squelched for tri-watch to function. See page 36
for squelch procedure.
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Cobra® has incorporated several features in your CobraMarine™ VHF radio to give
you quick access to the voice calling channels and to let you monitor more than
one (1) channel at once.
Standby Mode
Channel 16/9
This function gives you quick access to calling Channel 16 or Channel 9
from any operational mode.
Channel 16/9 Buttons
Channel 16/9 Toggle
To Switch To Channel 16 Or Channel 9:
1. Press the Channel 16/9 button to change to Channel 16.
2. Press the Channel 16/9 button again to change to
Channel 9.
Additional presses of the Channel 16/9 button will toggle
back and forth between the two (2) channels.
To exit the Channel 16/9 mode and return to the previous
channel, press and hold the Channel 16/9 button.
While at Channel 16 or Channel 9 in the Channel 16/9
mode, you can also press the Up/Down buttons to
change to other channels. In that event, another press
of the Channel 16/9 button will switch your radio to
Channel 16 and the sequence will start over at step 1.
Tri-Watch Button
To Enter Tri-Watch Mode:
1. In Standby mode, use the Up/Down buttons to go
to the channel you want to add as the third location
to be scanned.
2. Press the Tri-Watch button.
Tri-watch will be indicated on the LCD and the radio
will scan among Channel 16, Channel 9, and the third
tri-watch location you selected. A signal on any one (1)
of the three (3) channels will stop the scan to allow you
to listen to the traffic on the channel. The channel
number will be displayed on the LCD.
To Exit Tri-Watch Mode:
1. Press the Tri-Watch button. The radio will
return to Standby mode.
Tri-Watch Mode
During Tri-Watch (while receiving an incoming
transmission), You Can Choose From The Following:
a. Press the Talk button to remain on that
tri-watch location and return to Standby mode.
b. Press the Up/Down buttons to resume scanning
tri-watch locations.
If you do not press any buttons, your radio will
automatically resume scanning tri-watch locations
when the incoming transmission is complete.
During Tri-Watch (while not receiving a transmission):
a. Press the Talk button to communicate on the last
tri-watch location scanned and return to Standby mode.
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Advanced Operation
Operating Your Radio
Operating Your Radio
Memory Channels
NOTE
If there are fewer than two (2) channels tagged,
the Memory Scan mode will not be available.
[See page 48 under program memory channels
to tag at least two (2) channels.]
You can program (or tag) any or all channels to be scanned in the Memory
Scan mode.
To Program Memory Channels:
1. From Standby mode, select a channel to be tagged using
the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press and hold the Memory Scan/Memory Clear button
for three (3) seconds. The channel will be tagged for
scanning and MEM (memory channel) will appear on
the LCD whenever that channel is selected.
The radio will return to Standby mode as soon as the
Memory Scan/Memory Clear button is released.
Repeat steps 1 through 2 to tag as many channels
as you wish.
Standby Mode
Memory Scan/
Clear Button
Memory Channel
To Clear Memory Channels:
1. From Standby mode, select a channel to be cleared
from a memory tagging using the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press and hold the Memory Scan/Memory Clear
button for three (3) seconds. The channel will be
untagged and MEM (memory channel) will no longer
appear on the LCD whenever that channel is selected.
The radio will return to Standby mode as soon as
the Memory Scan/Memory Clear button is released.
Repeat steps 1 through 2 to clear additional channels
from memory locations.
Memory Scan
Scanning
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During Memory Scan, the radio will rapidly switch from
tagged channel to tagged channel. Whenever any activity is
detected, the radio will stop the scan for ten (10) seconds to
allow you to listen briefly on that channel. It will then continue
to scan unless you switch out of the Memory Scan mode.
Advanced Operation
NOTE
The radio must be squelched for the Memory Scan
mode to function. See page 36 for squelch procedure.
Standby Mode
Memory Scan/
Clear Button
To Enter Memory Scan:
1. From Standby mode, press the Memory Scan/
Memory Clear button.
The radio will immediately begin to scan the channels you
tagged. MEM SCAN (memory scan) will show on the LCD.
To Exit Memory Scan:
1. From Memory Scan mode, press the Memory
Scan/Memory Clear button.
This will return the radio to Standby mode on the last
scanned memory location.
Memory Channel
During Memory Scan (while receiving an incoming
transmission), You Can Choose From The Following:
a. Press the Talk button to remain on that memory
location and end scanning. This will return the radio
to Standby mode.
b. Press the Up/Down buttons to resume scanning.
If you do not press any buttons within ten (10) seconds,
your radio will automatically resume scanning.
During Memory Scan (while not receiving a transmission):
a. Press the Talk button to communicate on the last
channel scanned and return to Standby mode.
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Operating Your Radio
DSC Set-Up
DSC Set-Up
Operating Your Radio
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Digital selective calling — DSC — employs digital RF signals which tend to carry
further and be less susceptible to distortion from noise and atmospheric conditions
than analog ones. The result is greater range and more reliable message delivery
per watt of output power.
But, that is not the only advantage of DSC equipped radios. Those radios are set up
to interface with GPS and to automate many of the operations involved in sending
and receiving messages. That results in more compact and accurate messages and
less congestion of the airwaves.
The price of these benefits to the user is the time it takes to do the required set-up
to make the DSC features work. A little time spent when your radio is new will pay
dividends over its life.
These procedures use the Settings menu. Refer to page 38 for information on
entering and exiting the Settings menu.
User MMSI
User MMSI ID Entry
DSC Set-Up
To Enter Your MMSI Number:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to USERMMSI
with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and the blinking cursor will
appear at the first digit under USER MMSI ID ENTRY.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll through the number
list to that digit of your number.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the digit and the
blinking cursor will move to the next digit of the number.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all nine (9) digits of your
MMSI number are entered.
NOTE
Press the High/Low Power button to backspace
and erase the last selected number.
User MMSI Number
This nine (9) digit number is similar to a telephone number in that it is a unique
identifier for you and your vessel. DSC uses this number in every message it
sends and receives. That is why your radio will not operate in the DSC mode
until you enter your MMSI Number. You should enter it as soon as you receive
it from one of the issuing agencies listed on page 9.
6. Check that you have entered the number correctly.
7. Press and hold the Call/Set button to return to the
Settings menu.
Error Message
Call/Set Button
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If You Incorrectly Enter Your MMSI Number
You can repeat steps 1 through 7 to correct it. HOWEVER,
YOU CAN DO THIS ONLY ONCE! A third attempt to enter
an MMSI number will result in an error message as shown.
Pressing the Call/Set button from the error message
will return the radio to the Settings menu.
Once the error message appears, the radio will still
operate in all non-DSC modes. But you will have to
return the radio to Cobra® Electronics (see product
service on page 73 for details) for reset before you
can enter your MMSI number and use the radio in
DSC mode.
Because the MMSI number is so important to DSC
operation, this limitation is imposed on all DSC capable
radios to prevent constant changes and the potential
introduction of errors in the process. If, for any reason,
it is necessary to change the MMSI number in the radio
more than once, you can return it to Cobra® Electronics
for reset.
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Operating Your Radio
DSC Set-Up
Operating Your Radio
DSC Set-Up
If You Transfer Your Radio To A Different Vessel
Group MMSI Number
Contact the MMSI issuing agency from which you obtained your number
and change the information associated with your number to correspond
to vessel in which it will be mounted.
Nautical organizations such as yacht clubs and the organizers of events
such as regattas can establish Group MMSIs. These allow a message to be
sent automatically to all members of the group without having to call each
one individually.
Each member of the group must enter the group MMSI number in his radio
in order to receive group messages.
User MMSI
User MMSI ID Entry
To View Your MMSI Number At Any Time:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to
USERMMSI with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and the blinking
cursor will appear at the first digit of your
already entered number under USERMMSI
ID ENTRY.
3. Press and hold the Call/Set button to
return to the Settings menu.
DSC Scanning
If you choose not to have your radio scan Channel 70,
you can turn DSC Scanning Off. If you do so, you can
still send DSC messages, but will not hear DSC alarms
nor receive DSC messages except when you are tuned
to Channel 70 or you have sent a distress message.
The acknowledgement to the distress message will
be received whether DSC Scanning is On or Off.
DSC Scan
On/Off
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To Turn DSC Scanning On Or Off:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to DSC SCAN
with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe the current
setting — ON or OFF.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to select the setting
that you want.
4. Press the Call/Set button to return to the Settings menu.
Group MMSI
Group MMSI ID Entry
To Enter A Group MMSI Number:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to GRP MMSI
(group MMSI) with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and the blinking cursor will
appear at the first digit under GRP MMSI ID ENTRY.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll through the
number list to that digit of your number.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the digit and the
blinking cursor will move to the next digit of the number.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all nine (9) digits of
the group MMSI number are entered.
NOTE
Press the High/Low Power button to backspace
and erase the last selected number.
6. Check that you have entered the number correctly.
7. Press and hold the Call/Set button to return
to the Settings menu.
The group MMSI is established by modifying the MMSI
assigned to one (1) of the group members. The last digit
of that member’s MMSI number is dropped and a zero (0)
is inserted at the beginning. For example, member MMSI
number 366123456 becomes group MMSI number
036612345.
Group MMSIs can be entered and changed any number
of times without encountering the need to have your
radio reset.
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Operating Your Radio
DSC Set-Up
Position Request Reply Type
Operating Your Radio
New Individual
The ability to send your position to another station is an added feature of DSC
radios that have GPS attached. It is handy for rendezvous and rescue situations.
Your CobraMarine™ VHF radio allows you to choose whether to have the radio
automatically respond to all Position Requests it receives or to alert you to a
Position Request and allow you to choose whether to respond or not —
manual reply.
Position Reply
Auto/Manual/Exit
To Set The Position Request Reply Type:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to
POS RPLY (position reply) with the
Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button and observe
the current setting — AUTO or MANUAL.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to change the setting.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the setting.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Settings menu.
Individual Directory
Location 01
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To Enter Or Edit Names And MMSI Numbers
In The Directory:
1. Enter the Settings menu and scroll to INDV DIR
(individual directory) with the Up/Down buttons.
2. Press the Call/Set button to enter a
memory location (1-10).
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll through the
memory locations to one you want to select.
4. Press the Call/Set button to select the memory location.
The cursor will begin to blink at the first character under
NAME.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll through the character list.
6. Press the Call/Set button to select a character. This will also
move the blinking cursor to the next character under NAME.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to enter additional characters —
up to a maximum of nine (9) — for the name.
NOTE
Press the High/Low Power button to backspace
and erase the last selected character.
Enter MMSI
Individual Directory
DSC calling allows you to call another vessel or station directly if you know its
MMSI number. Your CobraMarine™ VHF radio allows you to store up to ten (10)
names and their associated MMSI numbers for quick access.
DSC Set-Up
Next/Exit
8. After entering the name, press and hold the Call/Set
button to move the blinking cursor to the first character
under MMSI.
9. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll through the number list.
10. Press the Call/Set button to select the number and
move the cursor to the next character under MMSI.
11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 until the nine (9) digit
MMSI is entered.
12. Press and hold the Call/Set button to move to the
next memory location or exit.
13. Select NEXT or EXIT with the Call/Set buttons.
If NEXT is selected, pressing the Call/Set button will
move to the next memory location where another
name can be entered by repeating steps 3 through 11.
If EXIT is selected, pressing the Call/Set button
will return you to the Settings menu.
You can enter a total of ten (10) names and MMSI
numbers in the directory.
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Operating Your Radio
DSC Operation
DSC Operation
Operating Your Radio
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Sending DSC calls is done from menus similar to the Settings menu. Whereas
entering the Settings menu required a press and hold of the Call/Set button,
the sending menus appear with a press of the Distress button.
All received DSC calls will sound one (1) or another of the alarms to alert you to them.
See pages 34 through 35 for descriptions of the different alarms. Pressing any button
will turn Off the alarm while maintaining the received call information on the LCD.
Distress Button
NOTE
The DSC call will:
■ Sound the distress alarm at all receiving stations.
■ Inform receiving stations of your identity (MMSI).
■ Inform receiving stations of your position if you have a GPS
device connected or you have manually entered your position.
It will not provide the receiving stations with other distress information
such as the nature of your problem, number of persons aboard, injuries,
or the like. For that, you will have to communicate by voice on Channel 16
with the station that acknowledges your DSC distress call.
Distress Button
Send/Manual/Exit
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To Begin Sending A DSC Distress Call:
1. From Standby mode, lift the spring-loaded red door on
the transceiver and press the Distress button under it.
This will open the Distress menu with the arrow
pointing to SEND. You will have three (3) choices:
■ Send the distress call automatically with either
no position information if a GPS is not connected
or with the position provided by a connected GPS.
■ Manually enter your position, then send the
distress call.
■ Abort the distress call process and return to
Standby mode.
2. Choose one (1) of the following:
a. To Send An Automatic Distress Call:
1) Press and hold the Distress button.
Manual
Sending Distress Calls
The ability to send and receive distress calls and their acknowledgements
on Channel 70 can literally be a lifesaver for you or another mariner.
DSC Operation
Position Entry Screen
Exit
Transmit USA High
Distress Waiting
Distress
Acknowledgement
b. To Send A Manual Distress Call:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to move the arrow
to MANUAL.
2) Press the Call/Set button to go to the position
entry screen.
3) Use the Up/Down buttons to manually set the
position of your vessel.
4) Press the Call/Set button to send the message.
5) Press and hold the Distress button.
c. To Abort The Distress Call Process:
If you pressed the Distress button by mistake or
if you have not received an acknowledgement and
want to discontinue the automatic resending of
your distress message:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to move the arrow
to EXIT.
2) Press the Call/Set button to return to
Standby mode.
The distress alarm will sound to let you know that the
message is being sent. At the end of the transmission,
the radio will maintain a watch on Channels 16 and
Channel 70 for an acknowledgement. Press any button
to turn Off the alarm and return to Standby mode.
If an acknowledgement is received, the distress
alarm will sound again and the responding party’s
MMSI number will show on the LCD.
If no acknowledgement is received, the radio will
resend the message at approximately four (4) minute
intervals until an acknowledgement is received or
you abort the distress call.
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Operating Your Radio
DSC Operation
Operating Your Radio
DSC Operation
Receiving Distress Calls
Sending An All Ships Calls
If your vessel is within range of a DSC Distress call, the radio will
receive the call, sound the distress alarm, and switch to Channel 16.
A DSC All Ships call is used for the same urgency and safety purposes as the Pan
and Securite voice calls as well as to send routine messages to all stations at once.
It will reach all stations within range of your radio. If you have an urgent, but not
life-threatening, situation or a safety warning to broadcast to all vessels in your
area, this is the type of call to use. It should be used judiciously for routine calls.
Distress Info on LCD
Distress Info on LCD
When A Distress Call Is Heard:
1. Press any button to turn Off the alarm and return
to Standby mode.
2. Read and write down the distress information on the
LCD (there may or may not be position data shown),
then determine whether you should answer the call.
3. Respond, if appropriate, by pressing and holding
the Talk button to transmit on Channel 16.
Standby Mode
All Ships
NOTE
Your radio will automatically switch to Channel 16
upon receiving a DSC distress call.
Regarding Distress Relay Calls
Urgency/Safety/Routine
Your radio cannot send Distress Relay calls. Only large ships and
shore stations with specially equipped radios can send these calls.
Receiving Distress Relay Calls
Your radio will respond to a received Distress Relay call in the same way
as it will to a distress call.
Urgency Waiting
Routine Waiting
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To Send An All Ships Call:
1. In Standby mode, select a channel on which you want
to communicate for a routine call. (The radio will use
Channel 16 for urgent and safety calls.)
2. Press the Call/Set button to enter the Call Send menu.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to ALLSHIPS.
4. Press the Call/Set button to move to the message
type menu.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to select a message type
— URGENCY, SAFETY or ROUTINE.
6. Press the Call/Set button to send the message.
7. Depending on the type of message you chose,
the radio will automatically switch to a voice channel.
a. After urgency and safety calls, the radio will switch
to Channel 16 and wait for you to press the Talk button
to send the urgent or safety message by voice.
b. After a routine call, the radio will switch to the channel
you selected in step 1 and wait for you to press the
Talk button to send the routine message by voice.
DSC equipped radios that receive your message will be
automatically switched to Channel 16 or the channel you
selected to hear your voice message.
To return to Standby mode without sending a message,
use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT and
press the Call/Set button.
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Operating Your Radio
DSC Operation
Operating Your Radio
DSC Operation
Receiving An All Ships Call
Sending An Individual Call
All Ships calls sent by stations within range of your radio will sound
the distress alarm on your radio and switch your radio to Channel 16.
The DSC Individual call feature allows you to notify one (1), and only one (1),
station that you want to communicate with that station. It does not alert all
other stations within range that you will be sending a message as a voice
call on Channel 16 or Channel 9 would.
All Ships Call
When An All Ships Call Is Heard:
1. Press any button to turn Off the alarm and return to
Standby mode.
2. Read and write down the MMSI of the vessel sending
the call as well as the date and time of the call in case
you will want to respond.
3. Listen to the voice message sent on the channel your
radio was switched to by the incoming all ships call.
Standby Mode
Individual
Sending A Geographical Call
Your radio cannot send Geographical calls. Only large ships and shore
stations with specially equipped radios can send these calls.
Receiving A Geographical Call
Geographical calls are sent by specially equipped radios to all stations in a
particular geographical area to alert only those stations of the call and not
stations in unaffected areas. If you are in an area to which a Geographical
call is made, it will sound the geographical alarm on your radio and switch
your radio to the channel chosen by the sending station.
Geographical Call
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When A Geographical Call Is Heard:
1. Press any button to turn Off the alarm.
2. Read and write down the MMSI of the vessel
sending the call as well as the date and time
of the call in case you will want to respond.
3. Listen to the voice message sent on the channel your
radio was switched to by the incoming geographical call.
4. Press one (1) of the following three (3) buttons to
switch from geographical call receive to Standby mode:
Call/Set button, Channel 16/9 button, or Talk button.
Select Name
Individual Waiting
Send/Exit
To Send An Individual Call:
1. In Standby mode, select a channel on which you
want to communicate.
2. Press the Call/Set button to enter the Call Send menu.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to INDIV (Individual).
4. Press the Call/Set button to move to the individual directory.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to select the name you
want to call from the directory.
6. Press the Call/Set button to send the message or
return to Standby mode if EXIT was chosen.
If the radio you are calling sends back an automatic DSC
response of “able to comply,” the individual alarm will
sound. Wait for a voice message from the called station.
If the called radio does not send an “able to comply”
response, your radio will wait eight (8) seconds and
resend the message.
If an “unable to comply” response or no reply is
received, your radio will go to the Unavailable menu.
At the Unavailable menu, you can choose SEND or
EXIT with the Up/Down buttons. If you choose SEND,
your radio will restart the individual call. If you choose
EXIT you will be returned to the individual location
on the Call Send menu.
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Operating Your Radio
Caller Identified
DSC Operation
Operating Your Radio
Receiving An Individual Call
Receiving A Group Call
When another station makes an Individual call to your radio,
the individual alarm will sound, the caller will be identified
on the LCD, and your radio will be switched to the channel
selected by the caller. Press any button to turn Off the alarm.
When another station makes a Group call to your radio, the individual alarm
will sound, the caller will be identified on the LCD, and your radio will be
switched to the channel selected by the caller, just as for an individual call.
Press any button to turn Off the alarm.
To Receive An Individual Call:
1. Press the Talk button and greet the caller —
almost as if you were answering the telephone.
Caller Identified
Sending A Group Call
Sending a Group call is very similar to sending an individual call, except that
the group MMSI is used and the resend and DSC responses do not apply.
Standby Mode
Group
Send/Exit
DSC Operation
To Send A Group Call:
1. In Standby mode, select a channel on which you want
to communicate.
2. Press the Call/Set button to enter the Call Send menu.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to GROUP.
4. Press the Call/Set button to move to the send
or exit menu.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to select SEND or EXIT.
6. Press the Call/Set button to send the message or
return to the Call Send menu if EXIT was chosen.
All radios will be switched to the channel selected in
step 1. Press and hold the Talk button to send your
voice message to everyone in the group.
Anyone in the group can now also transmit on
that channel.
To Receive A Group Call:
1. Listen for the group voice message.
2. Press the Talk button and respond
only if appropriate.
Sending A Position Request
Position Request mode enables a DSC radio to obtain the position
(latitude and longitude) of a station that has a GPS device connected
to the DSC radio at that station.
Standby Mode
Position Request
Individual Directory
To Request The Position Of Another Station:
1. In Standby mode, select a channel on which
you want to communicate.
2. Press the Call/Set button to enter the
Call Send menu.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to
POSREQST (position request) on
the menu.
4. Press the Call/Set button to enter the
Individual Directory menu.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to the
name of the station whose position you
want to request.
Group Waiting
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Operating Your Radio
Position Request
Receiving a Position
No Position Data
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DSC Operation
6. Press the Call/Set button.
Your radio will send the position request and there
will be one (1) of three (3) possible responses:
■ You will receive the position.
■ You will receive a no position data response,
meaning the station you queried is not connected
to a GPS device and cannot send its position.
■ You will receive a no reply response, meaning the
operator of that station has chosen not to reply
to your request.
Choose one (1) of the following:
a. If You Receive A Position:
The requested position with the station name
and MMSI will show on your screen.
1) Press the Call/Set button to return to Standby
mode after you have noted the station’s position.
b. If The Station You Called Cannot Send Its Position:
NO POS. DATA (no position data) will show
on your screen.
1) Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Individual Directory menu.
2) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
3) Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Call Send menu.
4) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
5) Press the Call/Set button to return to
Standby mode.
Operating Your Radio
Resend The Request
DSC Operation
c. If The Station You Called Chose Not To Reply:
NO REPLY will show on your screen.
You will have two (2) choices:
■ RESEND the request.
■ EXIT the Position Request mode.
a. To Resend Your Position Request:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to RESEND.
2) Press the Call/Set button.
b. To Exit The Position Request Mode:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
2) Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Individual Directory menu.
3) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
4) Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Call Send menu.
5) Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to EXIT.
6) Press the Call/Set button to return to
Standby mode.
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Operating Your Radio
DSC Operation
Operating Your Radio
DSC Operation
Receiving A Position Request
Sending A Position Send
When you went through the DSC set-up process, you set a position request reply
type. (See page 54 to change your setting.) Depending on the setting you chose,
when a Position Request message is received, your radio will enter either:
■ The Auto Reply mode.
■ The Manual Reply mode.
Position Send uses your connected GPS in similar fashion to the position request
function, except that you initiate the activity to let another station know where you are.
Position Request
Position Request
Reply/Exit
When The Radio Is In Auto Reply Mode:
A position request will sound the position request
alarm and show the name of the requesting station
on the LCD. Your radio will automatically respond.
It will send your position, if you have a GPS connected
to your radio, or NO POS. DATA (no position data),
if you do not have a GPS device connected.
1. Press any button to silence the alarm and
exit the display.
When The Radio Is In The Manual Reply Mode:
A position request message will sound the position
request alarm and show the name of the requesting
station. You can choose to:
■ Reply and send your position.
■ Exit without sending your position.
a. If You Choose To Reply With Your Position:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to select REPLY.
2) Press the Call/Set button to send your position.
3) Press any button to return to Standby mode.
Standby Mode
Position Send
Individual Directory
Transmit Position
Send/Exit
To Send A Position Send Message:
1. In Standby mode, select a channel on which you want
to communicate.
2. Press the Call/Set button to enter the Call Send menu.
3. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to POS SEND
(position send).
4. Press the Call/Set button to enter the individual directory.
5. Use the Up/Down buttons to select the station
to which you want to send your position.
6. Press the Call/Set button to send your position.
After your position is sent, the LCD will show POS SEND
(position send). You will have two (2) choices.
■ Resend your position to the same station.
■ Exit from Position Send mode.
a. To Resend Your Position:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to select SEND.
2) Press the Call/Set button to resend your position.
b. To Exit From The Position Send Mode:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to select EXIT.
2) Press the Call/Set button to return to the
Call Send menu.
b. If You Choose Not To Reply:
1) Use the Up/Down buttons to select EXIT.
2) Press the Call/Set button to return to
Standby mode without sending your position.
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Operating Your Radio
Position Send
DSC Operation
Call Waiting
When another station sends you its position in
Position Send mode, the individual alarm will sound
and the station’s name and position will be shown
on the LCD. Press any button to turn Off the alarm
and return to Standby mode.
Call Waiting functions similarly to the caller ID function on your telephone.
It will capture the caller’s MMSI identification number and any other data
included in a DSC message.
If you will be away from your radio or otherwise unable to answer calls,
you can put the radio into DSC Standby mode. When in DSC Standby mode,
your radio will log all calls received into its call waiting memory and respond
automatically to individual calls with an UNATTENDED message. You will
then be able to retrieve those calls from the call waiting memory.
NOTE
The call waiting memory can retain up to twenty (20) calls.
See the following section for information on call waiting.
Standby Mode
To Enter Standby Mode:
1. From Standby mode, press the Call/Set button to
enter the Call Send menu.
2. Use the Up/Down buttons to select STANDBY.
3. Press the Call/Set button to enter DSC Standby mode.
The radio will then remain in DSC Standby
mode until you exit from that mode.
To Exit DSC Standby Mode:
1. From DSC Standby mode, press the Call/Set
button to return the radio to Standby mode.
DSC Standby Mode
DSC Operation
Receiving A Position Send
Standby Mode Signal
Standby Mode
Operating Your Radio
NOTE
The call waiting memory can hold up to 20 messages. Once the memory
becomes full, each new call will erase the oldest call information on a
first-in first-out basis.
Standby Mode
Call Waiting
To Review Call Waiting Messages Received
While In DSC Standby Mode:
1. From Standby mode, press the Call/Set button
to enter the Call Send menu.
2. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to CALLWAIT
(call waiting).
3. Press the Call/Set button to enter the Call Waiting mode.
NOTE
The fourth line will show the type of message.
Reviewing Messages
4. Use the Up/Down buttons to move from message
to message in the call waiting memory.
5. Press the Call/Set button to return to Standby mode.
To Clear Messages From The Call Waiting Memory:
1. From Standby mode, press the Call/Set button
to enter the Call Send menu.
2. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to CALLWAIT
(call waiting).
3. Press the Call/Set button to enter the Call Waiting mode.
NOTE
The fourth line will show the type of message.
4. Use the Up/Down buttons to select the message
you want to delete.
5. Press and hold the Memory Scan/Memory Clear button
for one (1) second or more.
Repeat steps 4 through 5 to delete additional messages.
6. Press the Call/Set button to return to Standby mode.
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Operating Your Radio
Maintenance And
Troubleshooting
Operating Your Radio
Maintenance
•
Very little maintenance is required to keep your CobraMarine VHF radio in good
operating condition.
■ Keep the radio clean by wiping with a soft cloth and mild detergent.
Rinse with fresh water. Do not use solvents or harsh or abrasive cleaners,
which could damage the case or scratch the LCD screen.
Specifications
Specifications
•
™
■
General
If the radio is exposed to salt water, rinse it in fresh water at least once
a day to prevent build-up of salt deposits, which could interfere with
button operation.
Troubleshooting
•
Number of Channels
All U.S.A., Canadian, and International
10 NOAA Weather Channels
Channel Spacing
25 kHz
Modulation
5 kHz Max.
Input Voltage
13.8 VDC
Current Drain:
Stand-by
Receive
Transmit
20 mA
200 mA
5A @ High power
1A @ Low
Problem
Possible Cause(s)
Solution(s)
Temperature Range
-20˚ C to 60˚ C
No display on LCD when
radio is turned On
Improper power
connection
Insure power connections
are proper and secure
Unit Dimensions
6.25" x 2.25" x 7.125"
(15.9 cm x 5.7 cm x 18 cm)
Will transmit at
one (1) watt, but not
at 25 watts
Selected channel is
limited to one (1) watt
Switch to
another channel
Unit Weight
2 lbs., 6.8 oz. (1100 g)
Will not transmit
Selected channel is
limited to receive only
Switch to
another channel
No sound from speaker
Volume level is too low or
squelch level is too deep
Readjust volume
and squelch
No answer to calls
Out of range of
other station
Switch to high power
(25 watts) or move closer
Signal is blocked
by terrain
Move until you have
a “line-of-sight” to
the other station
DSC distress
cannot be sent
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MMSI
(DSC self-identification)
number is not entered
Enter your MMSI number
Receiver
Frequency Range
156.050 to 163.275 MHz
Receiver Type
Double Conversion Super-Heterodyne
Sensitivity:
20 dB Quieting
12 dB Sinad
0.35 uV
0.30 uV
Adjacent Channel Selectivity
-60 dB
Intermodulation and Rejection
-60 dB
Spurious and Image Rejection
-60 dB
AF Output
4 Watts @ 8 Ohms
Transmitter
Frequency Range: TX
156.025 to 157.425 MHz
RF Output Power
1 and 25 Watts
Spurious Emissions
-60 dB High -55 dB Low
Microphone Type
Electret
Frequency Stability
+/-10 ppm
FM Hum and Noise
40 dB
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Warranty
Warranty
Limited 3-Year Warranty
Customer Service
•
For Products Purchased In the U.S.A.
Cobra® Electronics Corporation warrants that its CobraMarine™ VHF radio, and the
component parts thereof, will be free of defects in workmanship and materials
for a period of three (3) years from the date of first consumer purchase. This
warranty may be enforced by the first consumer purchaser, provided that the
product is utilized within the U.S.A.
Cobra® will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option, defective radios,
products or component parts upon delivery to the Cobra® Factory Service
department, accompanied by proof of the date of first consumer purchase,
such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt.
You must pay any initial shipping charges required to ship the product for warranty
service, but the return charges will be at Cobra®’s expense, if the product is repaired
or replaced under warranty. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you
may also have other rights which may vary from state to state.
Exclusions: This limited warranty does not apply:
1. To any product damaged by accident.
2. In the event of misuse or abuse of the product or as a result
of unauthorized alterations or repairs.
3. If the serial number has been altered, defaced, or removed.
4. If the owner of the product resides outside the U.S.A.
All implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose are limited in duration to the length of this warranty. Cobra®
shall not be liable for any incidental, consequential or other damages; including,
without limitation, damages resulting from loss of use or cost of installation.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts and/or
do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages,
so the above limitations may not apply to you.
Product Service
Product Service
•
If you have any questions about operation or installing your
new CobraMarine™ VHF product, or if you are missing parts…
Please call Cobra® first! DO NOT RETURN THIS PRODUCT TO THE STORE!
See customer assistance on page A1.
If your product should require factory service, please call Cobra® first before sending
your radio. This will ensure the fastest turn-around time on your repair. You may be
asked to send your radio to the Cobra® factory. It will be necessary to furnish the
following to have the product serviced and returned:
1. For warranty repair include some form of proof-of-purchase, such as a
mechanical reproduction or carbon of a sales receipt. If you send the original
receipt, it cannot be returned.
2. Send the entire product.
3. Enclose a description of what is happening with the radio. Include a typed
or clearly printed name and address of where the radio is to be returned.
4. Pack radio securely to prevent damage in transit. If possible, use the
original packing material.
5. Ship prepaid and insured by way of a traceable carrier such as United Parcel
Service (UPS) or Priority Mail to avoid loss in transit to: Cobra® Factory Service,
Cobra® Electronics Corporation, 6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, Illinois
60707 U.S.A.
6. If the radio is in warranty, upon receipt of your radio it will either be repaired
or exchanged depending on the model. Please allow approximately three (3)
to four (4) weeks before contacting Cobra® for status. If the radio is out of
warranty, a letter will automatically be sent informing you of the repair
charge or replacement charge.
If you have any questions, please call 773-889-3087 for assistance.
For Products Purchased Outside the U.S.A.
Please contact your local dealer for warranty information.
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Customer Service
Order Form And
Optional Accessories
Order Form
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Name
State/Province
Zip
Country
Telephone
Credit Card Number
Type: ❒ Visa ❒ MasterCard ❒ Discover
Exp. Date
Customer Signature
Amount Shipping/Handling*
$10.00 or less . . . . . $3.00
Item #
U.S. Cost Each
Qty
Amount
$10.01-$25.00 . . . . . $5.50
$25.01-$50.00 . . . . . $7.50
$130.01-$200.00 . . $16.50
Tax Table
$200.01 plus . . . . . 10% of
purchase
Wisconsin add 5%
*For AK, HI and PR add
additional $26.95 for FedEx
Next Day or $10.95 for
FedEx 2nd Day. Excludes
weekend and holiday
shipments.
Please allow 2-3 weeks
for delivery in the U.S.
Prices subject to change
without notice.
The Cobra®
line of quality
products includes:
CB Radios
microTALK® Radios
Radar/Laser Detectors
Safety Alert® Traffic
Warning Systems
Accessories
GPS (Global
Positioning System)
HighGear® Accessories
VHF Marine Radios
Power Inverters
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U.S. Subtotal
(Tax if Applicable)
Indiana, Ohio, Michigan add 6%
California add 7.25%
Illinois add 8.75%
Shipping/Handling
Total
Optional Accessories
You can find quality Cobra® products and accessories at
your local Cobra® dealer, or in the U.S.A., you can order
directly from Cobra®.
Ordering From U.S.A.
Call 773-889-3087 for pricing or visit www.cobra.com.
For credit card orders, complete and return this order
form to fax number 773-622-2269. Or call 773-889-3087
(Press 1 from the main menu) 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT,
Monday through Friday.
Make check or money order payable to:
Cobra® Electronics, Attn: Accessories Dept.
6500 West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707 USA
To order online, please visit our website: www.cobra.com
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Customer Service
$90.01-$130.00 . . . $13.50
Flush Mount Template
$50.01-$90.00 . . . . $10.50
Use the supplied template to mark and cut an opening in the flat surface.
City
CAUTION
Before cutting, be sure the area behind the flat surface is clear of any
instruments or wires that might be damaged in the process.
Address (No P.O. Boxes)
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