Marine radio

Marine radios provide a means of calling for assistance if a vessel is in distress, monitoring and/or updating rescue operations, and positioning a vessel by radio direction finding.

Marine radios operate on:

  • VHF marine radio channels
  • MF/HF marine radio frequencies
  • 27MHz marine radio channels

Marine Radio Victoria

In Victoria, VHF emergency radio traffic is monitored and recorded by Marine Radio Victoria (MRV) 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, and HF by Charleville Radio.

MRV covers the Victorian coastline, up to 20 nautical miles from the coast on the VHF emergency channels and Charleville Radio out to 200 nautical miles for the HF emergency frequencies.

MRV also provides radio checks and broadcasts weather forecasts and warnings.

Victoria coast map

TSV recommends that boaters install a VHF radio instead of a 27Mhz radio to take advantage of the benefits of MRV and the superior functionality of VHF radios.

  • Contact for MRV VHF Operations – 02 6151 6688
  • Contact for HF Operations – 02 6279 5774

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