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Cruising Association - Marine Radio Info

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Operator Requirements

If your boat is fitted with a radio, chances are that you will need some form of qualification to operate it. Both VHF and HF require as a minimum, a Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP).

The Australian Communication and Media Authority have an extensive website on the subject of operator requirements and we urge you to visit their website page for more information.

There are various courses held from time to time to acquire the appropriate qualification but in the first instance club members should look to our own Marine Academy where courses are held regularly.

Radio Bases for Local Waters
The channel most widely used for local waters is 80 on VHF

Bases for log on/off are:
Coast Guard Adelaide - 6.00 am to 6.00 pm
Coast Guard Ardrossan - 7.00am to 6.00 pm
VMR American River/Tiddy Widdy Beach 24hr

At the bottom of Gulf St Vincent switch to Channel 21 VMR American River for cover to Cape Spencer then go to Channel 81 to contact Tumby Bay for Spencer Gulf to Port Lincoln.

There are several other radio bases operating on weekends that may be useful depending on your destination, but the above will cover most local needs.

Note: Adelaide Ports are monitoring both 80 and 16 24/7 so that contact can always be made if the station you are using is not on the air.

The following links will provide more extensive information on operating bases throughout the state:

Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Coastal Radio Network (PDF)
SA SES Website - (Click on the VMR section for links and detailed information about base stations)

Similar information can be found for other states by visiting

Marine and Safety Tasmania Website
Marine Radio In Tasmania - Stations
Maritime Safety Queensland - Marine Radio Contacts

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