Editorial June 2007 Issue

Please Don’t Take Away My Iron Mike

The U.S. Coast Guard, stretched to the gills by an aging fleet and Homeland Security demands, is causing a bit of a stir among cruising sailors. Citing the sorry condition of its high-frequency (HF) radio broadcast equipment, the Coast Guard is asking for public comment on the importance of its HF weather broadcasts. The wording of the request suggests that if nobody is using these weather forecasts, why bother upgrading the equipment?

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