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Tune in to understand VHF marine radio

ACMA Media Release 38- 31 May 2012

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has produced two new videos that provide recreational boaters with up to date information about using VHF marine radios.

The first video shows recreational boaters the importance of operating VHF marine radio correctly. It includes a re-enactment of an actual rescue by the NSW Office of Boating Safety and Maritime Affairs and Marine Rescue NSW.

The second video, produced in collaboration with the Bureau of Meteorology, is about how and why boaters should always check the weather on their VHF marine radio before setting sail and while at sea.

Both are lively and engaging, shot in and around Sydney Harbour, and will appeal to both individual boaters and marine-related organisations. They are part of a wider ACMA communications campaign to inform recreational boaters about the correct use of VHF marine radio.

The ACMA has also produced stickers reminding boaters of the purpose of each VHF channel and information cards which reinforce the importance of calling on Channel 16 and then switching to a working channel. The information card also reminds boaters to always listen on Channel 16 when not using the radio.

More information about VHF marine radio, including links to other organisations such as the Bureau of Meteorology, is available from the ACMA website.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Blake Murdoch on (02) 9334 7817, 0411 504 687 or media@acma.gov.au.

Last updated: 25 October 2013