Coast Guard experiencing VHF-FM radio outages throughout Southeast Alaska, reminds public of secondary means of emergency communication

JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Sector Juneau personnel are experiencing multiple VHF-FM radio outages throughout Southeast Alaska and may not be able to hear or respond to distress calls on channel 16.

Currently, waterways affected by Coast Guard VHF-FM radio site outages include the Gulf of Alaska between Yakutat and Sitka, Cross Sound, Peril Strait, Hoonah Sound, Southern Chatham Strait, Sumner Strait, the waters surrounding Zarembo Island and the west side of Prince of Wales Island.

All mariners transiting these waterways should remain vigilant and have another means of emergency communication such as:

Cellphone, when in range

Satellite phone

High Frequency radio communications on 4125 kHz, 6215 kHz and 8291 kHz

EPIRBs/Personal locating beacons

Satellite messengers

You can contact the Sector Juneau Command Center at 907-463-2980


U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Alaska
Contact: 17th District Public Affairs
Office: (907) 463-2065
After Hours: (907) 209-8731
17th District online newsroom

8:29 PM (6 minutes ago)