VHF In Collision Avoidance

Never mind VHF radios with buddy lists, there is still a lot of room for error when using VHF equipment. The latest Ocean Navigator newsletter looks at the role of VHF communications in a collision avoidance context.
“Warnings continue to surface periodically about the dangers inherent in VHF communications as used for avoidance — most because of the uncertainty of who is talking to whom. One master commented (in discussing the explosion of electronics, etc., available to the bridge) that sometimes it�s necessary not to forget to look out the window!”

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