Marine Radio

Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) Coastal Radio Network

Due to arrangements and significant VHF infrastructure, members of VMR actively promote VHF radio as the preferred form of communication when transiting waters adjacent to the South Australian coast line.

The VHF repeater network established by the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and periodically monitored by members of VMR and the State Emergency Service (SES) in South Australia is complementary to the State Government funded 'Coast Radio Adelaide' VHF 16/67 network and is currently not linked.

The primary function of the network is to log vessel movement, provide weather and safety message reports, and receive distress and emergency transmissions.

The network is monitored periodically by Limited Coastal Listening Stations positioned around the coastline (refer to the table below).

Users are asked to adhere to recognised radio procedure and, to avoid the potential to interfere with emergencies, keep transmissions brief.  The VHF repeater coverage is depicted in the map below.

The following times currently apply for monitoring hours, scheduled contacts - or skeds - and regular weather reports.

STATION TIME FREQUENCY MONITOR
Sea Rescue Adelaide
[0700 - 1800 hrs]
0740 Hrs
1210 Hrs
1710 Hrs
27 MHz Ch 86
VHF Ch 67
HF 2524
27 MHz Ch 88, 86
VHF Ch 16, 80 DSC
HF Scanning 2 - 16 MHz /DSC
Coast Guard-Ardrossan
[0700 - 1800 hrs]
0835 Hrs
1805 Hrs
27 MHz Ch 88
VHF Ch 80
27 MHz Ch 88
VHF Ch 16, 80
VMR Tumby Bay
[0700 - 1800 hrs]
0745 Hrs
1715 Hrs
27 MHz Ch 88, 86
VHF Ch 81
HF 2524
27 MHz Ch 88, 86
VHF Ch 16, 81
HF 2524
Whyalla Sea Rescue
[0800 - 1600 hrs]
0805 Hrs
1545 Hrs
27 MHz Ch 88, 91
VHF 73
27 MHz Ch 88
VHF Ch 16, 82
UHF Ch 11

Note: Coast Stations may provide weather reports outside of routine broadcast times on request. Warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology will be broadcast as they come to hand. Some Coastal Stations offer 'sked' calling services. Mariners wishing to enquire about or be included in 'skeds' should contact the relevant Coastal Station.

Voyage Reporting  - logging on and off

Mariners are encouraged to contact the relevant Coast Station as soon as practicable after launching or putting to sea advising the following :-

  • Vessel's call sign
  • Place of launch/mooring
  • Destination
  • Number of persons on board
  • Estimated time of return


Calling and Traffic Protocol

  • Inform Coast Station of arrival at your destination and upon return to shore
  • Listen before transmitting and avoid interfering with other stations
  • Do not transmit unnecessarily, keep the message brief and clear
  • Always use your call sign or the name of your vessel for identification - use of given or surnames is not permitted
  • Do not turn off your radio whilst on the water, maintain a listening watch on the calling and distress frequencies, ie 27MHz Ch 88 / VHF Ch16
  • VHF marine repeater channels are allocated for communications relating to vessel movements, safety of vessels and persons only
  • Unlicensed and/or inappropriate use is an offence under the Commonwealth Radiocommunications Act 1992, and can attract severe penalties.

Note: A mobile telephone, while useful, is not a substitute for a marine radio. If you intend operating a motor boat in Unprotected Waters, you must have a marine radio aboard that is in working order and capable of communicating with a shore based station, and you must know how to operate it.

Volunteer Marine Base Stations

To view a list of Volunteer Marine Base Stations (periodically manned by volunteers) [Click here].  Note these details are subject to change without notice.  Newly opened bases my not be fully operational.

 

VMR - Coastal Radio Network - click to open Coastal VHF Marine Safety Communications Network, Coast Radio Adelaide, click to open

Click on the map to open the image in PDF.

Useful Contact Information

Bureau of Meteorology
General enquiries telephone: (08) 8366 2600 | www.bom.gov.au
Marine weather telephone service | Telephone: 1900 969 975 (calls cost 77 cents/minute — includes GST, more from international, satellite, public or mobile phones).
Marine warnings | Telephone: 1300 659 215 (local call cost — more from international, satellite, public or mobile phones)


Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Telephone: (08) 8124 4900 | www.environment.sa.gov.au
-- Shipwrecks
-- Marine Mammals
-- Coast Protection


Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
General enquiries telephone: (08) 8343 2222 | www.dpti.sa.gov.au
Marine Services | Telephone: (08) 8348 9575
-- Ship Survey
-- Qualifications
Marine facilities | Telephone: (08) 8343 2382
-- Marinas
-- Boat Ramps
Navigation Beacons - faults & emergencies
| Telephone: 1800 018 313
Report oil spills
| Telephone: (08) 8248 3505 or Call VHF Radio Channel 12 (24 hours, 7 days)
Boating and Marine news
| www.ondeck.sa.gov.au


Customs Hotline (open 24 hours, 7 days)
Telephone: 1800 06 1800 | www.customs.gov.au


Diving Emergency Service (DES) Hotline (24 hour)
Toll Free: 1800 088 200 (within Australia)
User Pays: +61-8-8212 9242 (outside Australia)
 

Environmental Protection Authority
Telephone: (08) 8204 2000 | www.epa.sa.gov.au
Freecall: 1800 623 445 (Outside Metro Area)
-- Marine pollution


Flinders Ports Pty Ltd
General enquiries telephone: (08) 8447 0611 | www.flindersports.com.au
Level 1, 296 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide SA
-- Metropolitan and Regional Ports
-- Shipping Information
Flinders Ports emergency number
| Telephone: (08) 8447 0600
HydroSurvey | Telephone: 1800 060 450 | www.hydrosurvey.com.au
-- South Australian tidal information
Report oil spills
| Telephone: (08) 8248 3505 or
Call VHF Radio Channel 12 (24 hours, 7 days)


National Tidal Centre
Telephone: (08) 8366 2730
www.bom.gov.au/oceanography/projects/ntc/ntc.shtml


Primary Industries and Resources SA - Fisheries
General enquiries telephone: (08) 8204 1380 | www.pir.sa.gov.au
-- Artificial Reefs
-- Aquatic Reserves
-- Fishing Regulations
Fishwatch | Telephone: 1800 065 522 (24 hours, 7 days)


Service SA Customer Service Centres
Telephone: 13 10 84 | For locations see www.sa.gov.au/customerservice
-- Registration and licensing enquiries
-- General government enquiries
-- Sale of Tide Tables books
 

Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) coastal radio network.
In an emergency phone the SA Police on 131 444 or 000

 

Volunteer Marine Rescue

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