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U.S. Coast Guard Considering Changes to the Broadcast of Marine Weather Forecasts and Warnings

The U.S. Coast Guard is requesting public comment on the need to continue providing high frequency radio broadcasts of weather forecasts and warnings. These comments will help the Coast Guard to assess the demand for the high frequency radio broadcasts of weather forecasts in each of three forms: 1) radiofacsimile; 2) voice; and, 3) Simplex Teletype Over Radio (SITOR), also known as Narrow Band Direct Printing (NBDP). The equipment necessary to provide these services is no longer manufactured, repairs are difficult to accomplish, and spare parts generally are not available. Because of the significant costs required to continue these specific high frequency radio services, the Coast Guard is seeking information on the extent to which these services are used by the public and what alternative services are being used or are available to obtain weather forecasts and warnings.

Comments may be submitted online until August 24, 2007. For more information, read the Federal Register notice.

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