USCG Possibly Ending HF Radio Services; Needs Public Comment

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a federal register notice soliciting public comment on the need to continue providing high frequency (HF) radio broadcasts of weather forecasts and warnings via radiofacsimile, voice and SITOR/NBDP.
A copy of the notice may be found at:

The deadline for comments is August 24 2007.

Quote: “The infrastructure necessary to provide these services has exceeded its life expectancy; the equipment is no longer manufactured, repairs are difficult to accomplish, and spare parts generally are not available. Because of the very significant costs involved to continue these specific HF radio services, the Coast Guard requires 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.”