MARINE RADIO Q & A

Emergencies can go from bad to worse in seconds so try to get as much information across in as little time as possible

Marine radios are essential safety equipment and can be the only way to:

communicate with other boats or marine rescue groups

receive navigational warnings and weather updates.

Marine radios are essential safety equipment and can be the only way to:

  • communicate with other boats or marine rescue groups

     

  • receive navigational warnings and weather updates

     

All Skippers and crew should know:

  • how to operate all marine radios on board your vessel

     

  • the distress and safety frequencies

     

  • how to properly format and transmit distress and safety messages

Licences and certificates

Under federal regulations, you need an operating certificate to use a VHF and HF radio.

SEQUEST also provides radio courses or can tell you where a local course is available. More information about the licensing of radios and operators can be found on the Australian Communications and Media Authority website

Coastal distress marine radio network

Maritime Safety Queensland has a 24-hour listening watch service to cover most of the adjacent coastal waters between Cooktown and the New South Wales border on VHF channels 16 and 67 for distress and urgency calls.

Volunteer marine rescue organisations (Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and Volunteer Marine Rescue) play an important role in delivering the coastal distress marine radio network service. They maintain a listening watch during their operating hours, which is then handed over to Maritime Safety Queensland vessel traffic service centres after hours

Logging On & Logging Off

All watercraft users should Log On & Log Off with their nearest Marine Rescue or Coast Guard unit whenever they head out on the water.

This is a simple process that lets them know when you’re leaving, where you’re heading and when you expect to return.

This way, someone responsible knows that you’re out on your boat and that you’ve returned safely at the end of your trip.

If you don’t Log Off, they can take steps to try to find you to ensure you are safe.

Here are a few FAQs to help you!

 

Do I have to be a member of VMR or Coast Guard to use a log-on service?

No! The service is free of charge for all members of the public

 

I have a kayak or canoe, can I log on/off when heading out?

Yes! Simply provide a call sign that you wish to be addressed by to identify you

 

I'm on a jet ski. Can I log on/off too?

100% yes! In fact, it is highly encouraged that jetski riders log their journeys

 

Do you need a radio to log on/off?

No! You can call your nearest unit and speak to Radio Operators that can log your trip by phone, as well as guide you through the log on/off process

 

Is the log-on/off service only for vessels going offshore?

No! All vessels, no matter their destination, can use this service

 

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