Cobra Electronics MR HH90 VP Portable Radio User Manual

Owner’s Manual
VHF MARINE RADIO
MR HH90 VP
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Printed in the China
Part No. 480-183-P
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 battery powered portable transceiver for use afloat. It gives you
two-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 two-way communications, the radio can provide quick access to receive all
10 NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) weather channels
and alert you to weather emergencies on a weather channel you can select for your area.
NOTE
Your equipment will be black. White images are shown in this manual for
illustration purposes only.
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
© 2004 Cobra® Electronics Corporation
6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA
www.cobra.com
Introduction
Controls and Indicators
External Speaker/
Microphone Jack
Backlit LCD Screen
and Product Features
Introduction
Wrist Strap
Connector
Backlit LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Screen
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Button
Lock Icon
Belt
Clip
On-Off Power/
Volume Knob
Keystroke
Tones Icon
Antenna
U-I-C Active
Channel Map
Icons
Receive or Transmit
Signal Strength Icons
Backlit
LCD
Screen
Transmit
Icon
Talk
Button
Weather
Alert Icon
Battery Power
Icon
Busy
Icon
Scan Icon
Power Saver
Icon
High/Low
Power Icons
Battery
Door
Latch
Weather
Channel
Icon
Battery
Compartment
Channel
Numbers
Simplex
Operation
Icon
Product Features
High/Low Power –
Lock Button
Mode
Button
Backlight/
Monitor
Button
Weather/
UIC Button
Instant
Channel
16 Button
Channel
Down Button
Speaker/
Microphone
A2 English
Button Lock
Prevents accidental changes to your
settings when you set this feature.
U.S.A./International/Canada Channels
Allows operation on any of the three
different channel maps established
for these areas.
Instant Channel 16
Instant access to priority Channel 16.
Ten NOAA Weather Channels
Instant access to all of the national
weather channels, 24 hours a day.
Emergency Weather Alert
Can alert you with an audible tone
and visual alarm if threatening
weather is nearby.
Channel
Up Button
Charge
Jack
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Dual Power
Selectable to 500 mW or 2 watts output
power for near or distant calling.
Waterproof
Meets JIS4 waterproof standards.
Channel Scan
Lets you scan through all channels
to find conversations in progress.
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Power Saver
Uses battery saver circuitry to
extend the life of your batteries.
Keystroke Tones
Can be turned on or off.
Waterproof Pouch
Makes the unit completely waterproof
(one pouch per radio included).
Four AAA Rechargeable
NiMH Batteries Included
Provides extended operating time compared
to alkaline batteries with no memory effect
(one set of batteries per radio included).
Adapter/Charger Included
Lets you charge the batteries right in the
radio (one charger per radio included).
Introduction
Table of Contents
Introduction
Our Thanks to You . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1
Controls and Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2
Backlit LCD Screen and Product Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3
Important Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Recommendations for Marine Communication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
FCC Licensing Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
VHF Marine Radio Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Voice Calling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Radiotelephone Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Emergency Messages and Distress Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
VHF Marine Channel Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
NOAA Weather Channels and Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Installation
Included in this Package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Wrist Strap, Belt Clip and Speaker/Microphone Jack . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Batteries and Adapter/Charger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Operating Your Radio
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Standby/Receive and Transmit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
NOAA All Hazards/Weather Radio and Alert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Advanced Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Warranty
Limited One-Year Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Customer Service
Product Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Order Form and Optional Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
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Introduction
Important Safety Information
Important Safety Information
Before assembling 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 assembled and used properly.
Please read the assembly and operating instructions carefully before assembling
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.
General Precautions
The following WARNINGS and CAUTIONS will make you aware of RF exposure
hazards and how to assure you operate the radio within the recommended RF
exposure limits established for it.
Introduction
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Important Safety Information
CAUTIONS
Your radio is splashproof only when the batteries are properly installed.
AVOID using or storing the radio at temperatures below -4˚F (-20˚C)
or above 140˚F (60˚C).
KEEP your radio at least three feet (1 m) away from your vessel’s magnetic
navigation compass.
DO NOT attempt to service any internal parts yourself. Have any
necessary service performed by a qualified technician.
This radio is supplied with four NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride)
rechargeable batteries.
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Use only the Cobra® charger to recharge NiMH batteries in the radio.
■
Do not short circuit the batteries.
■
When replacing the batteries, dispose of the old batteries
properly. NiMH batteries may explode if disposed of in a fire.
Changes or modifications to your radio MAY VOID its compliance
with FCC rules and make it illegal to use.
WARNINGS
Your radio generates electromagnetic RF (radio frequency) energy when it is
transmitting. To ensure that you and those around you are not exposed to
excessive amounts of that energy:
ALWAYS hold the radio at least two inches (5 cm) away from you when
you are transmitting.
NEVER allow the antenna to touch any part of your body when transmitting.
KEEP the radio at least as far from bystanders as from yourself.
DO NOT transmit more than 50% of the time the radio is in use.
DO NOT operate the radio in an explosive atmosphere, near blasting sites,
or in any area where signs are posted prohibiting radio transmissions.
DO NOT allow children or anyone unfamiliar with proper procedures
to operate the radio without supervision.
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Introduction
Recommendations for
Marine Communication
Recommendations for Marine Communication
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
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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 two watts maximum output of your radio isn’t sufficient for the distances you
travel from the coast, consider purchasing a CobraMarine™ hand held radio with up
to five watts of output power or installing a Cobra® fixed mount radio with up to
25 watts of output power. (Visit www.cobra.com or your local dealer for
model availability.)
FCC Information
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.
International Station License
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
If you will be going far offshore, you should consider adding even more powerful
radio equipment such as HF single side band or satellite radio for your vessel.
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.
However, cellular telephones can have a place on board where cellular coverage
is unavailable — to allow social conversations and keep the marine frequencies
uncluttered and available for their intended uses.
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.
Canadian Ship Station License
This portable VHF radiotelephone is suitable ONLY for voluntary carriage onboard
Canadian ships NOT subject to the Ship Station (Radio) Regulations, 1999. You may
need a license if your vessel is operated in Canadian waters. Please contact the
nearest field office or write: Industry of Canada, Radio Regulatory Branch,
Attn: DOSP, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0C8.
User Responsibility and Operating Locations
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
FCC LICENSING INFORMATION
CobraMarine™ VHF radios comply with the FCC (Federal Communications
Commission) requirements that regulate the Maritime Radio Service.
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
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.
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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.
NOTE
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is
subject to the following two 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.
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.
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
VHF Marine Radio
Procedures
VHF Marine Radio Procedures
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
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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
Try one half 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.
Calling Coast Stations
Call a coast station on its assigned channel. You may use Channel 16
when you do not know the assigned channel.
Voice Calling
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To call another vessel or a shore installation such as a lock or bridge tender:
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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.
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When the channel is quiet, press the Talk button and call the ship you wish to
call. (Hold the microphone 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 12 – 13.
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.
Voice Calling
For Example
Limits on Calling
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 minutes before calling again.
After three calling periods, wait at least 15 minutes before calling again.
Change Channels
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.
Prohibited Communications
The vessel Corsair calling the vessel Vagabond:
Corsair: “Vagabond, this is Corsair.”
Vagabond: “Corsair, this is Vagabond. Reply 72 (or any proper working channel).”
Corsair: “72.” or “Roger.”
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After communications are completed, each vessel must sign off with its
call sign or vessel name and switch to Channel 16.
NOTE
For best sound quality at the station you are calling, hold the radio
at least two inches (5 cm) from your mouth and slightly off to one side.
Speak in a normal tone of voice.
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.
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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.
English
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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 VHF radio and telephones on land, sea and in the air.
See pages 12 – 21 for the public correspondence (marine operator) channels.
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.
English
The three 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 PAN
The urgency signal PAN PAN is used when the safety of the vessel or person
is in jeopardy. (This signal is properly pronounced pahn-pahn.)
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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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.
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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Marine Emergency Signals
MAYDAY
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.
Emergency Messages and Distress Procedure
Emergency Messages
and Distress Procedure
When using an international emergency signal, the appropriate
signal is to be spoken three times prior to the message.
If You Hear a Distress Call
You must give any message beginning with one 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 home 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 PAN — PAN PAN,”
or “SECURITE — SECURITE — SECURITE.”)
“This is Corsair — Corsair — Corsair” (or “Illinois 1234 AB” three 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 PAN” or “SECURITE”)
[your vessel name or call sign].
“Estimate we will remain afloat one half hour”
6. Tell where you are:
(your position or what navigational aids or landmarks are near).
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 miles”
“Four adults, three children aboard — no one injured”
“Corsair (or Illinois 1234 AB) is 26 foot sloop with blue hull and tan deck house”
“I will be listening on Channel 16”
“This is Corsair (or Illinois 1234 AB)
“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.
11. Briefly describe your vessel (length, type, color, hull).
12.Say:
“I WILL BE LISTENING ON CHANNEL 16.”
13.End message by saying:
“THIS IS [your vessel name or call sign] OVER.”
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
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Three 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 maps, but there are definite differences (see table on the following
pages). Your radio has all three 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 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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02
03
03A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
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04
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04A
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05
05A
06
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07
11
15
17
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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
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator), Port Operations, Ship Movement
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
07
156.350
07A
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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
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156.650
156.650
13
Intership Navigation Safety (Bridge-to-Bridge). In U.S. waters,
large vessels maintain a listening watch on this channel.
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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
16
International Distress, Safety and Calling
156.850
156.850
17
State Controlled (U.S.A. Only)
15
16
156.050
160.950
14
10
Use
156.350
13
09
Channel
156.350
12
08
Power
Limits
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•
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•
07A
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VHF Marine Radio Protocols
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
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1 Watt USA and CAN
1 Watt CAN and INT
1 Watt USA and CAN
Commercial
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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
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20
20A
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•
•
•
21
21A
•
22A
•
•
23
23A
24
25
26
27
28
•
•
•
•
•
•
60
61
61A
62
62A
16 English
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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
•
157.100
157.100
•
157.150
161.750
23
157.150
157.150
23A
157.200
161.800
24
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
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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•
•
•
•
22
Power
Limits
161.500
•
•
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
156.900
•
19
19A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
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
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
•
63
63A
•
•
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Power
Limits
160.775
63
156.175
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
•
•
66A
•
•
•
•
•
67
•
•
•
156.375
156.375
68
•
•
•
156.425
156.425
69
•
•
•
156.475
156.475
70
•
•
•
RX only
156.525
71
•
•
•
156.575
156.575
72
•
•
•
156.625
156.625
73
•
•
•
156.675
156.675
74
•
•
•
156.725
156.725
77
•
•
•
156.875
156.875 1 Watt USA and CAN
65
65A
•
66
18 English
Channel
156.175
•
64
64A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
•
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
78
78A
79
79A
80
80A
81
81A
82
82A
83
83A
84
84A
85
85A
86
86A
87
87A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
Channel Map
Frequency
USA
Int’l Canada Transmit Receive
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
88
•
88A
•
156.925
156.925
156.975
156.975
157.025
157.025
157.075
157.075
157.125
157.125
157.175
157.175
157.225
157.225
157.275
157.275
157.325
157.325
157.375
157.375
161.525
156.925
161.575
156.975
161.625
157.025
161.675
157.075
161.725
157.125
161.775
157.175
161.825
157.225
161.875
157.275
161.925
157.325
161.975
157.375
157.425
162.025
157.425
157.425
VHF Marine Radio Protocols
Power
Limits
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 A3).
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Channel
78
78A
79
79A
80
80A
81
81A
82
82A
83
83A
84
84A
85
85A
86
86A
87
87A
88
88A
VHF Marine
Channel Assignments
Use
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Non-Commercial (Recreational)
Port Operations, Ship Movement
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 (Marine Operator)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)
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 the listed channels are pre-programmed at the factory according
to the FCC (U.S.A.), international regulations and those of 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
NOAA Weather Channels
and Alert
NOAA Weather Channels and Alert
Included in this Package
Installation
•
Monitoring the weather will probably be a frequent use of your VHF radio. The
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides continuous,
around-the-clock broadcasts of the latest weather information. Taped weather
messages run every four to six minutes and are revised every two to three hours,
or as needed. The Coast Guard also announces weather and other safety warnings
on Channel 16. Smart boaters keep an eye on safety and an ear to the VHF radio —
and never let the weather catch them unaware.
Included in this Package
•
You should find all of the following items in the
package with your CobraMarine™ VHF radio:
Radio
Cigarette Lighter Plug
Operating Instruction Manual
Belt Clip
Wrist Strap
Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
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 signal is sent on the weather channel you last
used, your radio will switch from Standby mode to that weather channel. You will
not hear the tone signal, but you will hear the weather alert message. The Weather
Alert icon can be turned on or off by pressing the Mode button.
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
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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
Wrist Strap, Belt Clip and
Speaker/Microphone Jack
Wrist Strap, Belt Clip and Speaker/Microphone Jack
The radio is shipped with a Wrist Strap and Belt Clip in the package.
The Speaker/Microphone Jack can be used with additional accessories.
Contact your local Cobra® dealer or Cobra® directly for optional accessories.
Wrist Strap
Wrist Strap
Your radio comes with the Wrist Strap already
attached. It can be easily removed if you choose
not to use it.
Belt Clip
Installation
•
Batteries and Adapter/Charger
Remove Belt Clip
Use the Belt Clip to carry your radio around with
you. Simply squeeze the clip and place it where
you prefer.
External Speaker/Microphone Jack
Speaker/Microphone Tab
•
Your radio includes four rechargeable NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride)
Batteries (part No. FA-BP) and a 12V DC Adapter/Charger in the
package. Your adapter/charger is capable of recharging one radio
with batteries installed in battery compartment.
You should fully charge the included rechargeable NiMH batteries
before using your radio for the first time.
Belt Clip
Your radio can be fitted with an optional External Speaker/Microphone
(not included), freeing your hands for other tasks. Contact your local
CobraMarine™ dealer or Cobra® directly for optional accessories.
Batteries and Adapter/Charger
Remove Battery Cover
Installing the Batteries
To install or replace batteries:
1. Remove belt clip by releasing belt clip latch
and sliding clip down.
2. Pull down on the battery door latch to remove
the battery compartment cover.
3. Insert the rechargeable NiMH batteries
(part No. FA-BP) according to polarity markings.
4. Replace battery compartment cover and belt clip.
NOTE
Your radio can also be operated with four
standard AAA alkaline batteries. Always use
high quality alkaline batteries. Position batteries
according to polarity markings.
To attach the external speaker/microphone:
1. Open the speaker/microphone tab on top
of the radio.
2. Insert the plug into the speaker/microphone jack.
Insert Four (4) Batteries
NOTE
Contact your local CobraMarine™ dealer or Cobra®
directly for optional accessories.
WARNING
Only the rechargeable NiMH batteries
(part No. FA-BP) can be recharged.
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Installation
Charge Tab
Batteries and Adapter/Charger
Getting Started
Charging the Batteries
Getting Started
To recharge the rechargeable NiMH battery pack in radio:
1. Insert NiMH batteries (part No. FA-BP) in the
battery compartment. (See page 25 for
installing batteries.)
2. Open the charge tab on the side of the unit.
3. Insert the plug into the charge jack.
4. Plug power supply into a 12 volt DC port.
A full charge will take approximately 15 hours.
You can leave the unit in trickle charge indefinitely.
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 radio. Press means a momentary press, then release;
press and hold means to hold the button down.
Whenever you press any button except the Talk button on your radio, a brief
tone (beep) will sound to confirm the button press. With all button presses,
the appropriate icon will appear on the LCD and the backlight will turn on.
The backlight will stay on for five seconds after the button is released.
At times you will hear two other sounds. Two beeps will sound to confirm
your setting changes and three beeps will sound to notify you of an error.
NOTE
Your radio can also be operated with four
standard AAA alkaline batteries.
WARNING
Only the rechargeable NiMH batteries (part No. FA-BP)
can be recharged.
Fully Charged
Operating Your Radio
•
Power On-Off
The On-Off Power/Volume knob on the top of the radio is held in the off
position by a click stop.
On-Off Power/Volume Knob
Maintaining the Battery Charge
As you use your radio, the battery power icon will
show the battery power remaining. When the icon
shows only one or no segment, it is time to either
charge or change the batteries.
On-Off Power/Volume Knob
To turn your radio on:
1. Turn the On-Off Power/Volume knob clockwise
until you hear and feel a click.
When the radio is powered on, a brief tone will sound,
the display backlight will turn on, and the display will
show all icons for two seconds. All buttons will be
inoperative during these two seconds.
After two seconds, the radio will return to the settings in
effect when it was last powered off, the LCD will show
the appropriate icons, and all controls will be operative.
The radio will then be in Standby mode.
When first turned on or after memory loss,
the following defaults will be set:
■ Channel 1A
■ Transmit power high
■ Frequency channel map set to U.S.A.
■ Battery indicator set
To turn your radio off:
1. Turn the On-Off Power/Volume knob all the way
counter-clockwise until you hear and feel a click.
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Operating Your Radio
On-Off Power/Volume Knob
Getting Started
Volume
The On-Off Power/Volume knob also controls 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, which is controlled by the
circuitry of your radio.
Operating Your Radio
Channel Up or Down Buttons
Currently On Channel 88
To decrease the volume:
1. Turn the On-Off Power/Volume knob counter-clockwise.
Power Saver
Your radio has a unique circuit designed to extend battery
life. If there are no transmissions within 10 seconds, the
radio will automatically switch to Power Save mode and the
Save icon will flash in the LCD. This will not affect the radio’s
ability to receive incoming transmissions.
Weather/UIC Button
Active Channel Map Icon
U.S.A./International/Canada Channel Maps
Three 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 maps, but there are definite differences
(see information on pages 14 – 21). Your radio has all
three maps built into it and will operate correctly in
whichever area you choose.
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 for three seconds. The U, I or C icon will blink on
the LCD.
Repeat step 1 to shift to the next channel map(s).
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Channels
Your radio will receive and transmit VHF signals on
the Channel indicated on the LCD. You can change
the Channel at any time using the Channel Up and
Channel Down buttons.
To increase the volume:
1. Turn the On-Off Power/Volume knob clockwise.
Power Saver Icon
Getting Started
Low Power Mode
High Power Mode
High/Low Power – Lock Button
To change channels:
1. Press the Channel Up or Channel Down button.
You are on Channel 88, pressing the Channel Up
button will advance to Channel 1. If you are on
Channel 1, pressing the Channel Down button
will advance to Channel 88.
You can hold the Channel Up or Channel Down
button for fast advance.
The beep sound will occur only at the first press
of the button and not during fast advance.
If the radio is in the Key Lock mode, the channel will not
change and the three beep error signal will sound.
Transmit Power Output
Your radio can Transmit selectively at one half or two watts
of power. Cobra® suggests you maintain the low power
setting for short-range communications, to conserve
battery life 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 half watt.
To toggle between the High and Low Power modes:
1. Press the High/Low Power – Lock button.
The LCD will show which mode is in effect.
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Operating Your Radio
Getting Started and
Standby/Receive and Transmit
Backlight/Monitor Button
Backlight
Locked Buttons
The LCD will be illuminated by the Backlight whenever the
Backlight/Monitor button is pressed. It will remain on for
10 seconds. If a button on the front panel is pressed while
the Backlight is on, it will remain on for 10 seconds after
that button is pressed.
Operating Your Radio
Check Channel Number
To prevent accidental changes to your settings, you can Lock:
■ Channel Up Button
■ Channel Down Button
■ High/Low Power Feature
■ Mode Button
■ Weather/UIC Button
High/Low Power-Lock Button
To lock or unlock the buttons:
1. Press and hold the Hi/Lo Power-Lock button for three
seconds. The Lock icon will appear or disappear in the LCD.
When key lock is on, pressing any of the listed
buttons on the front of the radio will result in a
three beep error message. Both the Backlight/
Monitor button and the Talk button are active —
you can receive or transmit a message with key
lock on, but you cannot change the channel.
Standby/Receive and Transmit
Transmit
Transmit mode gives you the ability to interact 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. (See pages 12 – 21 to help
you select the proper channels.)
Key Lock
Key Lock Icon
Standby/Receive and Transmit
Low Power Mode
2 Inches (5 cm) From Mouth
Talk Button
•
To transmit a message:
1. Check to see that your radio 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 about two inches (5 cm)
from your mouth, press and hold the Talk button
and speak into the microphone. The Transmit icon
will appear on the LCD.
4. Release the Talk button when you are finished
speaking. Your radio 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.
When the last segment disappears from the Battery
Power icon, the battery outline of the icon will start to
blink to indicate very little power is left. The radio will
still transmit until the battery voltage drops below the
minimum required to operate the radio.
Standby and Receive
Standby mode is the usual mode for the radio whenever it is turned on. From this
mode, you can change your settings using the buttons on the front of the radio
and switch to Transmit mode using the Talk button. Signals will be Received
on the selected channel(s) and alerts broadcast by the Coast Guard and NOAA
will activate the corresponding routines in your radio.
Transmit Icon
NOTE
Coast Guard alerts are broadcast on Channel 16 and you
need to have weather alert turned on to receive NOAA alerts.
While in Standby mode, you will receive any messages sent on the
channel to which you are tuned.
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Operating Your Radio
Weather Radio and Alert
NOAA All Hazards/Weather Radio and Alert
Operating Your Radio
•
Weather Radio
NOAA broadcasts Weather information as described in the NOAA Weather channels
section on page 22 of this manual. You can tune to these 10 channels at any time
(only in the Receive mode).
NOTE
Only one or two 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.
Mode Button
Weather Mode
Channel Up or Down Buttons
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To listen to the weather channels:
1. From Standby mode, press the Weather/UIC button.
The radio will enter the Weather mode and the icon
will show on the LCD.
2. Press the Channel Up or Channel Down button to
change the weather channels — hold the button
for fast advance.
3. To exit the Weather mode and return to Standby
mode, press the Weather/UIC button again.
Weather Radio and Alert
Weather Alert
NOAA also broadcasts special Weather Alerts to warn of severe weather.
These are preceded by a special signal that your radio can detect. However,
you must set your radio to the weather channel that broadcasts a strong signal
in the area where you are, and you must activate the Weather Alert mode on
your radio to benefit from this signal.
Mode Button
Weather Alert Icon
Channel Up or Down Buttons
To activate weather alert:
1. Press the Mode button until the Weather Alert icon
flashes and the current on or off setting is displayed.
2. Press the Channel Up or Channel Down button
to turn Weather Alert mode on or off.
3. Alert icon will continue to be displayed when
weather alert is on.
a. Press the Mode button to enter the new
setting and proceed to other functions.
b. Press the Talk button to enter the new
settings and return to Standby mode.
Weather Alert Signal
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 signal is sent
on the weather channel you last used, your radio
will switch from Standby mode to that weather
channel. You will not hear the tone signal, but
you will hear the Weather Alert message. The
Weather Alert icon can be turned on or off by
pressing the Mode button.
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Operating Your Radio
Advanced Operation
Advanced Operation
Channel 16 Button
Operating Your Radio
•
Talk or Channel Up/Down
Channel 16
This function gives you quick access to the calling
Channel 16 — from any operational mode.
To switch to Channel 16:
1. Press the Channel 16 button to change to Channel 16.
To exit the Channel 16 mode and return to whatever status
existed before entering this mode, press the Channel 16
button a second time.
While at Channel 16 in the Channel 16 mode, you can also press the Channel Up
and Channel Down buttons to change channels. In that event, another press of the
Channel 16 button will switch your radio to Channel 16 and the sequence will start
over at step 1.
If you press the Channel Up or Channel Down button when Key Lock mode is on,
you will get a three beep error message and your radio will not change mode.
Channel 16
Channel Scan
During Channel Scan, the radio will rapidly switch from channel to channel.
Whenever any activity is detected, the radio will stop the scan for 10 seconds
to allow you to listen briefly on that channel. It will then continue to scan
unless you switch out of the Scan mode.
Mode Button
Scan Icon
Channel Up or Down Buttons
To enter channel scan:
1. Press the Mode button until the Scan icon
flashes on the display.
2. Press the Channel Up or Channel Down
button to begin scanning channels.
The radio will immediately begin to scan the entire
channel map selected in the active channel map.
The Scan icon will show on the LCD.
NOTE
The radio’s operation will be suspended indefinitely
until the Channel Up or Channel Down button is
pressed while the Scan icon is flashing.
To exit channel scan:
1. From Scan mode, press the Talk button. This will return
the radio to Standby mode on the last scanned channel.
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a
b
Advanced Operation
During channel scan (while receiving an incoming
transmission), you can choose from the following:
a. Press the Talk button to remain on that channel and end
scanning. This will return the radio to Standby mode.
b. Press the Channel Up or Channel Down button
to resume scanning channels.
If you do not press any buttons within 10 seconds,
your radio will automatically resume scanning channels.
During channel scan (while not receiving a transmission),
you can choose from the following:
a. Press the Talk button to communicate on the last
memory location scanned and return to Standby mode.
b. Press the Channel Up or Channel Down button to
change scan direction.
Keystroke Tones
With Keystroke Tones turned on, your radio will sound beeps each time
you press a button or change a setting.
Mode Button
Keystroke Tones Icon
Channel Up or Down Buttons
To turn keystroke tones on or off:
When you turn on your radio for the first time,
keystroke tones will be on.
1. Press the Mode button until the Keystroke Tones
icon flashes on the display. The current on or off
setting is displayed.
2. Press the Channel Up or Channel Down button to
turn keystroke tones on or off.
3. When your desired Keystroke Tone mode setting
is displayed, choose one of the following:
a. Press the Mode button to enter the new
setting and proceed to other functions.
b. Press the Talk button to enter the new
setting and return to Standby mode.
The setting you select will be saved when you turn
your radio off and on again. When keystroke tones
are on, the Keystroke Tone icon will be displayed.
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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 and adapter/charger clean by wiping with a soft cloth
and mild detergent. Do not use solvents or harsh or abrasive cleaners,
which could damage the case or scratch the LCD screen.
■
If the radio is exposed to salt water, wipe with a soft, moist cloth
at least once a day to prevent build-up of salt deposits, which could
interfere with button operation.
■
If the radio will be stored for a long period, such as over the winter,
remove the batteries from the battery compartment and store them in a
separate package. This is especially so if you are using alkaline batteries.
Troubleshooting
Specifications
•
General
Frequency Range: TX
Frequency Range: RX
Number of Channels
•
Problem
Possible Cause(s)
No display on LCD
when radio is turned
on
Batteries are exhausted
Replace or recharge batteries
Batteries not installed
properly
Remove batteries and
reinstall according to
polarity markings
NiMH batteries run
down quickly
Batteries are at the
end of their life
Replace with new batteries
Will transmit at one
half watt, but not at
two watts
Batteries are low
Replace or recharge batteries
Selected channel is
limited to one watt
Switch to
another channel
Will not transmit
Selected channel is
limited to receive only
Switch to
another channel
No sound from speaker
Volume level is too low
Re-adjust volume
No response to
button press
Button Lock is on
Press and hold
High/Low Power-Lock button
No answer to calls
Out of range of
other station
Switch to two watts
or move closer
Signal is blocked
by terrain
Move until you have
a “line-of-sight” to
the other station
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Specifications
Solution(s)
Channel Spacing
Modulation
Input Voltage
Battery Life:
5% TX, 5% RX, 90% Stand-by
Current Drain:
Stand-by
Receive
Transmit
Temperature Range
Radio Dimensions W x D x H
Radio Weight
156.025 to 157.425 MHz
156.050 to 163.275 MHz
All U.S., Canadian and International
10 NOAA Weather Channels
25 kHz
16 KOF3E
6 VDC
Alkaline Batteries:
20 Hours @ 2 Watts, 24 hours @ 1⁄2 Watt
10 mA
35 mA
700 mA @ High power 200 mA @ Low
-20˚C to 60˚C
2.13" x 1.2" x 8.77" (including antenna)
(54.1 mm x 30.5 mm x 222.8 mm )
4 oz. (without batteries)
(113.5 g)
Receiver
Frequency Range
Receiver Type
Sensitivity:
20 dB Quieting
12 dB Sinad
Adjacent Channel Selectivity
Intermodulation and Rejection
Spurious and Image Rejection
AF Output
156.050 to 163.275 MHz
Double Conversion Super-Heterodyne
0.35 uV
0.30 uV
-50 dB
-60 dB
-50 dB
250 mW @ 8 Ohms
Transmitter
Frequency Range: TX
RF Output Power
Spurious Emissions
Microphone Type
External Microphone Impedance
Frequency Stability
FM Hum and Noise
156.025 to 157.425 MHz
⁄2 Watt and 2 Watts
-60 dB High -55 dB Low
Condenser
1000 Ohms
+/-10 ppm
-45 dB
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Warranty
Warranty
Limited One-Year Warranty
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 one year 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.
Customer Service
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Product Service
Product Service
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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 to four 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.
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.
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
Address (No P.O. Boxes)
City
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
$50.01-$90.00 . . . . $10.50
$90.01-$130.00 . . . $13.50
$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
Handheld GPS Receivers
Mobile GPS
Navigation Systems
HighGear® Accessories
CobraMarine™ VHF Radios
Power Inverters
Accessories
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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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