Coast Guard maintenance on VHF radio system postponed

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The 17th Coast Guard District was scheduled to conduct maintenance on its VHF radio system Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    However, due to technical difficulties, the scheduled maintenance has been postponed.

    The Coast Guard anticipates that there may be intermittent service outages throughout the state.

    The Coast Guard encourages all mariners throughout Alaska to remain vigilant and have a redundant means of communication with them such as EPIRBs/PLBs, satellite messengers, cellphone when in range, high-frequency radio communications on 4,125 kHz, 6,215 kHz, and 8,291 kHz, DSC-equipped radios that are registered with a Maritime Mobile Service Identity number and have GPS activated.

    Mariners that are equipped with capable radios can contact the Coast Guard through Communications Detachment Kodiak via high frequency on 4125 kHz.

    Mariners can also contact the Coast Guard via cellular or satellite phone at Joint Rescue Coordination Center Juneau at 907-463-2000; Sector Juneau command center at 907-463-2980, or Sector Anchorage command center at 907-428-4100.

    Mariners are reminded that Western and Northern Alaska has no VHF-FM coverage. Contact in areas without VHF/FM coverage to the Coast Guard is via Communications Detachment Kodiak on HF or JRCC Juneau by phone. Mariners are requested to relay any unanswered calls for assistance to the Coast Guard.

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