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Sea Tow Boston Dispatch Center

The Sea Tow Boston local dispatch center is an integral part of the Sea Tow System. The local Dispatch Center, staffed by captains that know the area, is equipped with state-of-the-art communications hardware. With its antenna on the top of a 110 foot radio tower Sea Tow Boston can hear and respond to a boater calling for assistance anywhere from Cape Ann on the North Shore, to Plymouth on the South Shore as well as offshore locations such as Stellwagon Bank and beyond.

Sea Tow Boston, during the Search and Rescue season, maintains a radio watch on three VHF radios. The primary radio is tuned to guard VHF channel 16 and is switched to a working channel to communicate with boaters . The secondary VHF radio scans several other marine frequencies in addition to channel16. A third VHF radio is used as a back-up and monitors channel 9.

For safety and security and to replay faint calls, all radio communications and a time/date stamped video feed of the Dispatch Center are continuously logged and recorded on a series of 8 hour tapes. The radio log tapes are held for seven days and then recorded over.

Dispatch call involving a disabled boater.

Sea Tow response involving a disabled boater 3 Sea Tow vessels and the Dispatch Center

The Sea Tow Vantage Pro weather station by Davis instruments is also continuously recording and storing weather data on the Sea Tow Computer network. Contemporaneous weather station data is uploaded to this web site by the weather computer every 15 minutes.

A network of five computers, with high speed internet access, are utilized at the Dispatch Center to track local membership records, Interface with national membership records, manage marketing data, track assistance towing information, and run the business accounting system.




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