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Old 06-28-2020, 05:07 PM   #1
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Now with cell phones so popular who remembers the blind vet who monitored ch16 and did his best to help boaters??
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Old 06-28-2020, 05:23 PM   #2
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Now with cell phones so popular who remembers the blind vet who monitored ch16 and did his best to help boaters??
I do. Too bad it had to end.
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There are lots of threads here about Mighty Mo. Here's a couple:

https://www.winnipesaukee.com/forums...ead.php?t=5398

https://www.winnipesaukee.com/forums...ad.php?t=16897
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:05 AM   #4
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Thanks for sharingósounds like an amazing man who would've probably inspired me to listen on the radio.

Is there anyone like him still around? I think most of what I've read is that VHF is mostly just monitored for safety these days.

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I remember Mighty Mo, and can't tell you how many times he kept us from getting wet. Plus as I understand it he assisted many boaters with other issues especially coordinating with Marine Patrol and others for assistance.

Rest in Peace Mighty Mo,

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His best reports were of severe lightning approaching the area.

Being blind & ingenious, his method was quite simple, he'd listen to lower frequency of an AM radio and listen for the intensity of the interference (crackling sound) caused by an approaching storm .
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Its amazing. When I was a kid in the 80s/90s CH16 was so alive. Everyone had one. On a busy Saturday you could hardly get a word in on it!

Now, I bet I yelled MAYDAY - I would get - Crickets.

Does MP even monitor it anymore?
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Does MP even monitor it anymore?
MP does to some degree monitor 16 ( at least last season) but they only do so on a few of their boats. No longer from MP Headquarters, which is a crying shame.

The problem with raising MP today is that if that particular patrol boat is underway, or in some obscure Cove they will not hear you. Thus I have found it to be "hit or miss".

It is rather sad, as I have had a couple of occasions whereby we became the "Samaritan" and I could not raise a MP boat. Calling Concord took more time to explain what the situation was and for them to figure out my approximate location than anyone should have to do as opposed to a 2 way conversation with the responders.
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Its amazing. When I was a kid in the 80s/90s CH16 was so alive. Everyone had one. On a busy Saturday you could hardly get a word in on it!

Now, I bet I yelled MAYDAY - I would get - Crickets.

Does MP even monitor it anymore?
VHF channel 12 is used quite often by Winni fishermen. Pretty busy channel on a Saturday and Sunday morning...

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MP does to some degree monitor 16 ( at least last season) but they only do so on a few of their boats. No longer from MP Headquarters, which is a crying shame.

The problem with raising MP today is that if that particular patrol boat is underway, or in some obscure Cove they will not hear you. Thus I have found it to be "hit or miss".

It is rather sad, as I have had a couple of occasions whereby we became the "Samaritan" and I could not raise a MP boat. Calling Concord took more time to explain what the situation was and for them to figure out my approximate location than anyone should have to do as opposed to a 2 way conversation with the responders.
I agree. MP is not at all like it used to be. When you call they have no idea where the lake is let alone where the areas are. From what little I have seen the guys in the boats don't know the rules either. Capt. is a great guy. It must be tough for him now.
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I thought if you had a VHF radio on board, it was mandatory to have it on and tuned to Ch. 16. When sailing on SF Bay, Ch. 16 was always on and it was mandatory to respond to emergency calls if you were in the immediate area. Is this no longer the case?
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I thought if you had a VHF radio on board, it was mandatory to have it on and tuned to Ch. 16. When sailing on SF Bay, Ch. 16 was always on and it was mandatory to respond to emergency calls if you were in the immediate area. Is this no longer the case?
I don't believe it ever was mandatory on the lake. I had VHF radios on boats in the 70's and 80's but I think they are more the exception now. With cell phones you can just call the Marine Patrol if you have a need.

I do know that some of the marina offices have VHF radios but they generally use other channels and do not monitor channel 16
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Radio on pleasure craft was never required
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Having your VHF on 16 is definately not mandatory but if I am in the boat it is ALWAYS one of the 3 channels I scan.

And yes, maritime Code is if you see a boat in distress you (as a good Captain) are duty bound to lend assistance in whatever fashion you are capable.
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Old 06-30-2020, 03:33 PM   #15
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My family and I have boated all over the east coast since 1970. We did so always monitoring ch. 16 and kept out of trouble by doing so. People serious about keeping their ears to the ground for weather and other critical issues will continue to monitor 16. From 2001 to 2010 Shep Browns monitored 16 in the store and were often able to be of service in many ways.
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Does anybody ever see Brian from Sheps now?
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We would be up in Center Harbor or near Long Island and be the radio go between for Mo and Marine Patrol or a Boater and MP. We relayed many messages for stranded boaters for Mo. He was a special caring voice for the boaters on Winni and we will never forget him

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I remember Mighty Mo! Wow...thank you for that blast from the past! He was an iconic part of this Lakeís boating culture.


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Brian was very good to us when we first got into boating on Winni on our Wellcraft Nova. His integrity and honest business practices were a deciding factor as to whether we stayed in boating or not early on. Shep Browns was our first marina.

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Brian was very good to us when we first got into boating on Winni on our Wellcraft Nova. His integrity and honest business practices were a deciding factor as to whether we stayed in boating or not early on. Shep Browns was our first marina.

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I couldn't agree more. That's why I wondered where he is.
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Some of you may not know how he got his name. Mighty Mo (Bill) served on the USS Missouri during the Korean war. He was justly proud of that.

The nick nave of the Missouri was the Mighty Mo.

Mighty Mo kept and eye (or maybe better said "ear") out for the boaters on the Lake. I would sometimes contact him and he would watch out for my girls when they were underway.

Before he passed he gave me a really neat present. A ships compass probably stolen from one of the Battleships small boats. Coool!

Rest in peace, My friend.

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Some knit-whit was just on Channel 16 talking with someone about Mighty Mo! Mighty Mo respected the use of Channel 16 as an emergency channel! Take your idle chit-chat off frequency!


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During my years on the Marine Patrol, I grew to appreciate Mighty Mo's many talents. He knew the lake better than most and there were many times where he guided me to a boat in distress and saved response time. His weather reports and warnings were a big help to all of us. I had never actually met him, though we both lived in Melvin Village, until one day, by accident, I entered the barber shop in Wolfeboro. There were a couple of gents waiting and one in the chair. I said hello to them and was astounded when the man in the chair said "Hello, Marine 9". He had recognized my voice! We introduced ourselves and thus began what turned out to be a lasting friendship. A sad day when he passed.
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Some knit-whit was just on Channel 16 talking with someone about Mighty Mo! Mighty Mo respected the use of Channel 16 as an emergency channel! Take your idle chit-chat off frequency!


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That “knit-whit” was ME ! and I was talking to Capt Peter aboard Tow Boat USA (whom I have helped out many times in the past). The “conversation” lasted all of about 4 exchanges between each other & YES “Mighty Mo’s” name came up.

As a long time boater here - I am FULLY AWARE of the purpose of Ch16. However, I think that you have (respectfully) - your wires crossed as Ch 16 appears no longer an emergancy channel for this lake. I have & I have heard many others attempt to raise MP - which I know for a fact have VHF’s in their boats - to no avail !!

Please do not lecture me on radio ettiquitte nor off handidly refer to me as a “nit-whit” until we have met.
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Ha! Well I already like you if you’re even open to being called a knit-whit once we have met! LOL While clearly the use of Channel 16 is not what it used to be, it’s designation has not changed as a marine distress frequency. Maybe because I work in the emergency services I’m more tightly wound on the use of said frequency. Frankly I’m glad there is a subset of us that still monitors it and for that I thank you. I humbly withdraw my knit-whit comment until such time as we meet! I reserve the right to re-bestow said title at that time.....If you don’t bestow it on me first! LOL Be well!
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Ha! Well I already like you if youíre even open to being called a knit-whit once we have met! LOL While clearly the use of Channel 16 is not what it used to be, itís designation has not changed as a marine distress frequency. Maybe because I work in the emergency services Iím more tightly wound on the use of said frequency. Frankly Iím glad there is a subset of us that still monitors it and for that I thank you. I humbly withdraw my knit-whit comment until such time as we meet! I reserve the right to re-bestow said title at that time.....If you donít bestow it on me first! LOL Be well!
Correct me I am wrong but while channel 16 is the main distress channel it is also the main hailing channel and very brief conversations are allowed.

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Channel 16 VHF is a marine VHF radio frequency designated as an international distress frequency. Primarily intended for distress, urgency and safety priority calls, the frequency may also carry routine calls used to establish communication before switching to another working channel.

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Correct me I am wrong but while channel 16 is the main distress channel it is also the main hailing channel and very brief conversations are allowed.

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From the BoatUS Foundation website: “When hailing other boats for routine communication, you'll need to hail them on 16 or 09, and then move to an available working channel, usually 68, 69, 71 or 72.” There are various other references as well and none state anything about allowing brief conversations. Hail, make contact, move to another frequency. But alas, with cell technology this is all going the way of the Dodo!


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