Marine VHF channels

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Marine VHF radios are used for marine communications including commercial, recreational and emergency uses.  
Marine VHF channels usage in Australia are illustrated below.  

Notes: 
  • Channel use may vary in other countries - always check local regulations and standards.
  • A marine radio operators licence may be required.

Marine VHF channels

16Emergency channel
67Emergency channel - supplementary
72, 73, 77Recreational, non commercial
21, 22
80, 81, 82
Repeaters
Repeaters -safety usage
13 Ship to ship safety information
71, 72, 77Professional fishing
6,
8 to 14
20
68, 72, 79
Port operations
6, 8
72, 74, 78
Commercial operations
70Digital sel calling

Channels that may be used for recreational water craft including kitesurfers are in bold.