This request is for Stations who happen to be in an area where on occasion there are no ships in reception range, so most station wouldnt have this issue. I report from the Middle Chesapeake area where normally there are ships; however at certain infrequent times I will show nothing for over the 30 minute time frame, where my station will be logged as "Off the Air" and I go Red for awhile. I get the advisory Email that my station is Off the Air. This kind of bugs me because I have worked to keep my station On the Air with direct connectivity to MT and my station equipment and Network equipment on UPS power. I normally run 99+ percent available but just cant get to 100% because of a lack of ships at least once every 3 months.
However I have noted something which would correct this. I continuously report Base Station contacts from US Coast Guard ground stations. They transmit strong signals which show up simply as Base Stations and are identified as a Yellow dot on the maps and no other details. I normally report 5 of them continously. They do indicate on MT which station is reporting them. These contacts are always on my Coverage Map even when my Station is shown as Off the Air because of a lack of ships. Apparently MT does not count these receptions as being on the air even when I can see that they are accepting them from me. I would like to see MT count these Base Station contacts and reports as showing the station being On The Air, which it is. Several other stations around the Middle Chesapeake would benefit as well.
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