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!
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.