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The charts below detail the current FCC regs for the use of channels on VHF Marine Radios.  For our purpose "Pleasure Craft & Private Fishing Boats" should use Channels 9, 68, 69, 72 & 78 to converse back & forth for fishing reports etc. 

For now, Our Club will hail primarily on Channel 9 and 69.

VHF Channel Listing

Summary

The chart below summarizes a portion of the FCC rules -- 47 CFR 80.371(c) and 80.373(f)

Type of Message

Appropriate Channel(s)

DISTRESS SAFETY AND CALLING - Use this channel to get the attention of another station (calling) or in emergencies (distress and safety).

16

INTERSHIP SAFETY - Use this channel for ship-to-ship safety messages and for search and rescue messages to ships and aircraft of the Coast Guard.

6

COAST GUARD LIAISON - Use this channel to talk to the Coast Guard (but first make contact on Channel 16).

22

NONCOMMERCIAL - Working channels for voluntary boats. Messages must be about the needs of the ship. Typical uses include fishing reports, rendezvous,scheduling repairs and berthing information. Use Channels 67 and 72 only for ship-to-ship messages.

96, 679,68, 69, 718, 72,

78, 794, 804

COMMERCIAL - Working channels for working ships only. Messages must be about business or the needs of the ship. Use channels 8, 67, 72 and 88A only for ship-to-ship messages.

15, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 18,

19, 635, 677, 79,

80, 88A1

PUBLIC CORRESPONDENCE (MARINE OPERATOR) - Use these channels to call the marine operator at a public coast station. By contacting a public coast station, you can make and receive calls from telephones on shore. Except for distress calls, public coast stations usually charge for this service.

24, 25, 26, 27,

28, 84, 85, 86

PORT OPERATIONS - These channels are used in directing the movement of ships in or near ports, locks or waterways. Messages must be about the operational handling movement and safety of ships. In certain major ports, Channels 11,12 and are not available for general port operations messages. Use channel 20 only for ship-to-coast messages. Channel 77 is limited to intership communications to and from pilots

15, 53, 12, 14, 20,

635, 65, 66, 73,

74, 7510,7610, 77

NAVIGATIONAL - (Also known as the bridge-to-bridge channel.) This channel is available to all ships. Messages must be about ship navigation, for example, passing or meeting other ships. You must keep your messages short. Your power output must not be more than one watt. This is also the main working channel at most locks and drawbridges.

13, 67

MARITIME CONTROL - This channel may be used to talk to ships and coast stations operated by state or local governments. Messages must pertain to regulation and control, boating activities, or assistance to ships.

17

DIGITAL SELECTIVE CALLING - Use this channel for distress and safety calling and for general purpose calling using only digital selective calling techniques.

70

WEATHER - On these channels you may receive weather broadcasts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These channels are only for receiving. You cannot transmit on them.

Wx-1 162.55 Wx-2

162.4 Wx-3 162.475



U.S. VHF CHANNELS
DETAIL LISTING

Channel Number

Ship Transmit MHz

Ship Receive MHz

Use

01A

156.050

156.050

Port Operations and Commercial, VTS.  Available only in New Orleans / Lower Mississippi area.

05A

156.250

156.250

Port Operations or VTS in the Houston, New Orleans and Seattle areas.

06

156.300

156.300

Intership Safety

07A

156.350

156.350

Commercial

08

156.400

156.400

Commercial (Intership only)

09

156.450

156.450

Boater Calling.  Commercial and Non-Commercial.

10

156.500

156.500

Commercial

11

156.550

156.550

Commercial.  VTS in selected areas.

12

156.600

156.600

Port Operations.  VTS in selected areas.

13

156.650

156.650

Intership Navigation Safety (Bridge-to-bridge).  Ships >20m length maintain a listening watch on this channel in US waters.

14

156.700

156.700

Port Operations.  VTS in selected areas.

15

--

156.750

Environmental (Receive only).  Used by Class C EPIRBs.

16

156.800

156.800

International Distress, Safety and Calling.  Ships required to carry radio, USCG, and most coast stations maintain a listening watch on this channel.

17

156.850

156.850

State Control

18A

156.900

156.900

Commercial

19A

156.950

156.950

Commercial

20

157.000

161.600

Port Operations (duplex)

20A

157.000

157.000

Port Operations

21A

157.050

157.050

U.S. Coast Guard only

22A

157.100

157.100

Coast Guard Liaison and Maritime Safety Information Broadcasts.   Broadcasts announced on channel 16.

23A

157.150

157.150

U.S. Coast Guard only

24

157.200

161.800

Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)

25

157.250

161.850

Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)

26

157.300

161.900

Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)

27

157.350

161.950

Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)

28

157.400

162.000

Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)

63A

156.175

156.175

Port Operations and Commercial, VTS.  Available only in New Orleans / Lower Mississippi  area.

65A

156.275

156.275

Port Operations

66A

156.325

156.325

Port Operations

67

156.375

156.375

Commercial.  Used for Bridge-to-bridge communications in lower Mississippi River.  Intership only.

68

156.425

156.425

Non-Commercial

69

156.475 

156.475

Non-Commercial

70

156.525

156.525

Digital Selective Calling (voice communications not allowed)

71

156.575

156.575 

Non-Commercial

72

156.625

156.625

Non-Commercial (Intership only)

73

156.675

156.675

Port Operations

74

156.725

156.725

Port Operations

77

156.875

156.875

Port Operations (Intership only)

78A

156.925

156.925

Non-Commercial

79A

156.975

156.975

Commercial.  Non-Commercial in Great Lakes only

80A

157.025

157.025

Commercial.  Non-Commercial in Great Lakes only

81A

157.075

157.075

U.S. Government only - Environmental protection operations.

82A

157.125

157.125

U.S. Government only

83A

157.175

157.175

U.S. Coast Guard only

84

157.225

161.825

Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)

85

157.275

161.875

Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)

86

157.325

161.925

Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)

87

157.375

157.375

Public Correspondence (Marine Operator)

88A

157.425

157.425

Commercial, Intership only.

AIS 1

161.975

161.975

Automatic Identification System (AIS)

AIS 2

162.025

162.025

Automatic Identification System (AIS)

(This chart is also available in text or Excel versions)

VHF Maritime Spectrum Chart

NOAA Weather Radio Frequencies

Channel

Frequency (MHz)

WX1

162.550

WX2

162.400

WX3

162.475

WX4

162.425

WX5

162.450

WX6

162.500

WX7

162.525

See the NOAA Weather Radio Homepage for more information.

Additional Information, Frequencies, & Charts

Frequencies are in MHz. Modulation is 16KF3E or 16KG3E.

Note that the letter "A" indicates simplex use of the ship station transmit side of an international duplex channel, and that operations are different than international operations on that channel. Some VHF transceivers are equipped with an "International - U.S." switch for that purpose. "A" channels are generally only used in the United States, and use is normally not recognized or allowed outside the U.S. The letter "B" indicates simplex use of the coast station transmit side of an international duplex channel. The U.S. does not currently use "B" channels for simplex communications in this band.

Boaters should normally use channels listed as Non-Commercial. Channel 16 is used for calling other stations or for distress alerting. Channel 13 should be used to contact a ship when there is danger of collision. All ships of length 20m or greater are required to guard VHF channel 13, in addition to VHF channel 16, when operating within U.S. territorial waters. Users may be fined by the FCC for improper use of these channels. See Marine Radio Watch Requirements for further information.

See the Federal Communications Commission's Marine VHF Radio Channels page. The FCC page does not include frequency information, but has more complete information on the use of the channels. If you notice any discrepancy between these two lists, please notify us at cgcomms@uscg.mil.

Also available are International VHF Maritime Radio Channels and Frequencies, Narrowband VHF Maritime Channels and Frequencies, Radio Information for Boaters , and U.S. Coast Guard VHF Distress and Safety Coverage Charts