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Marine radio & communications

State Government funded distress and safety monitoring services along the Victorian coast are provided by Coast Radio Melbourne on HF (High Frequency) and VHF (Very High Frequency). The information on this page provides information about:

Distress monitoring

Marine radio distress monitoring services are provided by Coast Radio Melbourne on HF frequencies 4125 kHz, 6215 kHz and 8291 kHz.

Complementary services operate around Australia in a network of stations including Coast Radio Sydney, Coast Radio Hobart and Coast Radio Adelaide. Together these stations provide coverage of most Victorian waters.

VHF distress monitoring services

Coast Radio Melbourne provides distress monitoring on VHF Channel 16 in and around Port Phillip and Western Port. For the latest VHF information including correct frequencies and protocols, visit:

Let someone know before you go

Coast Radio Melbourne will record vessel position but this service does not provide follow-up or exception reporting.

If you are going offshore, you should always let someone know before you go and make arrangements for someone on shore to notify the relevant authorities if you don't arrive at your destination as planned. It is also recommended that arrangements be made with an appropriate communications service provider regarding vessel tracking and to monitor voyage progress.

Contact us to receive a fridge magnet on which you can record the details of your trip and leave with a friend or relative.

The magnet is available to download as a PDF I've gone boating fridge magnet (PDF, 420.6 KB, 1 p.)

Navigation warnings

Navigation warnings are broadcast on HF frequency 8176 kHz.

Coast Radio Melbourne broadcasts navigation Warnings at 07:25 and 12:25 Eastern Standard Time. Consistent with HF broadcast characteristics, not all transmissions will be received by all vessels in all locations. Navigation warnings for waters around Port Phillip and Western Port are broadcast on VHF channel 67. These broadcasts follow the weather.

Weather services

How do I receive weather broadcasts with my HF radio?

Weather in Eastern Australia is broadcast on HF frequency bands:

  • 2, 6, 8, 12 MHz at night (1800 to 0700 EST)
  • 4, 8, 12 and 16 MHz during the day (0700 to 1800 EST).

The Bureau of Meteorology will broadcast weather on frequencies:

  • 2201 kHz, 6507 kHz, 8176 and 12365 kHz by night
  • 4426 kHz, 8176 kHz, 12365 kHz and 16546 kHz by day.

How do I receive weather broadcasts with my VHF radio?

Weather can be heard on VHF channel 67 by vessels in and around Port Phillip and Western Port. You can listen to VHF weather broadcast at 06:48 and 18:48 eastern standard time.

27 MHz Marine radio channels

  • Distress and Calling 88 & 86
  • Vessel to Vessel 96
  • Professional Fishermen 82 & 72
  • Safety Organisations 98
  • Commercial Vessels 68
  • Coast Stations 90 & 91
  • Coast Stations and Vessels 94

VHF Marine radio channels

  • Distress and Calling 16 & 67
  • Recreational Vessels 72, 73 & 77
  • Commercial Vessels 6, 8, 72, 74 & 78
  • Professional Fishermen 71, 72 & 77
  • Port Options 2, 6, 8, 9, 12,13,14,19 & 74
  • DSC 70
  • Search and Rescue Operations 6
  • VHF Repeaters 21, 22, 80, 81 & 82

More information

Information about VHF weather services in Victoria is provided on the Bureau of Meteorology website.

A marine radio communications factsheet is available to download in PDF or Word format. We also provide 27 MHZ and VHF marine radio channel stickers. Contact us if you would like to receive any of these publications in the post.