I like collecting the weather forecast by listening to VHF radio. I do this each morning and evening.
Thing is the marine safety radio broadcasting is not well supported – lack of listeners and most people likely collect the information with their cell phone. Problem with government thinking that this is a workable solution is getting a cell signal is not guaranteed. I’ve been in many locations with no cell coverage – and I’m not really that for off the beaten path!
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Automated reading of the forecast is spread across channels that are for different zones, or areas, of the Salish Sea. (I’m old and remember when a person actually read the forecast not a computer!) For the Gulf Islands the channel that covers the area is #2. This summer the channel has been off the air more than it has been broadcasting. Listening to another channel isn’t a solution as some relevant information isn’t shared. Frustrating!
Yes I do collect the forecast using my phone if needed. But, as I wrote above, there has been times I’ve had incomplete information as Channel 2 isn’t broadcasting and the cellphone isn’t connected to the Internet.
Sadly repairing the failure of channel two isn’t a priority – as I type this it has been off the air for five days.