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06 April 2018

F Is For "Frecuencia" {Frequency} | A To Z Challenge


In my ongoing efforts to learn Spanish, I'm highlighting a Spanish word each day during April as part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I'm also sharing the random thoughts that pop into my head when I try to pronounce them.

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Today's Spanish word is >>frecuencia<< (frequency). And now for some random thoughts.

1 - Having a VHF radio on your boat is essential. Almost as essential as a supply of chocolate. It's how you communicate with other boats, marinas, your shore party, ports of entry, the Coast Guard etc.

2 - It's basically a party line. Everyone can hear what you're saying. Some people don't seem to realize this or they just don't care.

3 - It's important to keep your conversations short and sweet and keep certain frequencies / channels free for emergencies.

You can read more about communicating on the VHF in the Bahamas and how I annoy Scott with pet names here.


Have you ever used a VHF radio? What's your favorite word that starts with "F"?

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16 comments:

  1. Good way to communicate with a lot of people in a hurry.

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  2. We have one on our boat and we both use it. We stay off of channel 16 as that's the coast guards channel for emergencies. We usually use channel 69 to talk to other boats in our yacht club. What amazes me is when we're trying to dock and use the channel for instructions and other members of the flotilla who aren't near the dock are talking about the scenery and hogging up the radio. Makes me crazy.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

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  3. Being a sailor for so many years, it's probably pretty easy to guess my favourite word that begins with F . . . "furl" because I love putting the sails away and anchoring in a secluded spot for the night. :-)

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  4. While i remember VHF and UHF TV channels, i did not realize there were also VHF radio frequencies. It does make sense, though.

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    1. It does make sense, but I didn't figure it out either until we started boating.

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  5. Just finished the mystery I was reading and noticed that poor signals can sometimes cause frequency glitches - weather.

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    1. That is very true - you're not always in range and there can be propagation issues.

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  6. Reading blogs for the April #Challenge opens a whole new world every year. Certainly the world of Cynical and Sidekick is offering this to me. Stephenyhoughtlin.com

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    1. Discovering new blogs is one of the best parts about the challenge.

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  7. Funny - we were just talking about ham radios the other day and how you used to be able build one yourself. Not sure how it came up in conversation, but maybe we wandered there when we were talking about how Greg's dad built his own TV. I imagine people can't build TV's these days, but I bet you can still build radios - ham radios - and maybe even VHS - yourself. Wild the technology hasn't changed that much for something's.

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