INTERFERENCE ON 156.8 MHZ, CHANNEL 16
maritime VHF calling and distress frequency
In the good old days, an Eastern fishing fleet comprised many ships off the east
coast of Canada. Sometimes these ships were "fishing" for more than fish.
Inevitably there would be breakdowns at sea which required a port call.
Sometimes it was not the machinery which would break down but the crew.
Purdy's Wharf in Halifax was a routine landing spot for the Eastern ships. Now
Purdy's Wharf is the site of the local casino. (The ladies are better dressed
Two radio inspectors were dispatched to the waterfront one day to find the
source of serious and continuous rf interference on Channel 16, 156.8 MHz.
Eventually the culprit was located at Purdy's wharf. The name of the ship is
long forgotten but a radio inspector in those days and in that environment never
forgot a call sign. After a great deal of argument the Canadian government pair
was permitted on the bridge. The source of the interference was a faulty
microphone on the bridge VHF.
After the interference was stopped the radio inspectors requested to speak to
the Captain. Presumably it was the ship's radio officer who escorted the
Canadian radio inspectors on board.
The captain was located, dead drunk in his cabin, his bathtub completely filled
with empty vodka bottles. The radio officer, who was also probably the ship's
political officer, allowed as though a friendly drink would be in order since
all problems seemed to have been resolved.
Language difficulties became less and less as the English of the Eastern radio
officer and the foreign language of the Canadian radio inspectors became more
Could it be that vodka improved the language competencies of these people?
When the visit was finished all conversation was summed up by "di di dah di dah".
From another Easterner ..