Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Barrow, AK

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NOAK49 PABR 142237

237 PM AKDT WED JUN 14 2017

...Discontinuation of Marine VHF Radio Broadcasts in Alaska
Region on August 1, 2017...

Effective August 1, 2017, the National Weather Service (NWS)
Alaska Region plans to discontinue all voice marine weather
broadcasts via VHF radio. Marine weather and forecast
information will continue to be available on NOAA Weather
Radio All Hazards (NWR), which also broadcasts in the VHF
radio band. These NWR broadcasts are an improvement over
the voice VHF broadcasts because they provide continuous and
more comprehensive weather information.

Originally, VHF voice broadcasts were performed not only to
disseminate marine weather information, but to receive weather
observations from mariners. With improvements in technology
(NWR, smartphones and the Internet), WSOs have observed
an apparent decline in the number of VHF users, and a
tremendous decline in the number of weather observations
received from mariners during these broadcasts. For these
reasons, and because NWR already provides observations and
marine forecasts 24x7, the NWS in Alaska Region plans to
discontinue the VHF broadcasts.

WSO Barrow is currently scheduled to perform daily VHF
broadcasts on channel 68 at 0700, 1200 and 1600 local time
between April 1st and October 31st. These broadcasts will be
discontinued as of August 1, 2017.  On or before that date,
mariners are encouraged to access NWR broadcasts using the
station listing provided in the following URL.

If you have comments or questions, please contact:

Angel Corona
Acting Chief, Systems Operation Division
National Weather Service, Alaska Region Headquarters
Anchorage, AK 99513
Work 907-271-5119

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