Fitting a marine radio to your boat has the potential to save lives, but it must be used properly and responsibly.
VHF marine radio is the main form of marine radio communications these days and users should hold at least a Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency. As well as being a condition of the class licence that authorises their operation, having a certificate of proficiency helps boaters to use these types of marine radios effectively in an emergency.
Channel 16 is the VHF emergency channel. It is monitored by all coast stations and other boat users with a VHF marine radio. The ACMA has produced a series of short information videos on how to use your VHF marine radio that you can access here.
Unfortunately, there have been several recent instances where operators have misused marine radio equipment. This is an offence under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 and penalties can apply. If you have a problem with others misusing marine radio channels you can report this to the ACMA by calling 1300 850 115, faxing 02 6219 5346 or by email. Process and online forms can be found here.
Further information on marine radio is available on our marine radio pages.
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