VHF Marine
Technical Information

VHF means Very High Frequency.


Frequency Range for VHF is from 156 MHz to 163 MHz.

In Canada, Industry Canada is responsible for Licencing of VHF radios

There is no License Fees required as of April 1999 on Marine Radios.

Radio operators certificate required, called "Radio Operators Restricted", issued by
Industry Canada.

VHF Radio cannot be used on "land", they can only be used on Water.


Channel 16 is used for EMERGENCIES and calling another station only
- call and then move to another channel to talk.

Some channels are for Commercial use only, others for telephone, and non-commercial

Weather Channels. 10 channels of weather with "weather alert tone"

Amateur Radio or Ham Radio:

Amateur Radio is another large part of Marine Radio.

- It is a "World Wide" hobby, with the ability to communicate around the globe !
- VHF and UHF Ham Repeaters (land relay stations) enable Ham Radio operators to talk
hundreds of kilometers using a handheld radio.
- High Frequency (HF) radios on a vessel, can communicate around the world.
- Amateur Radio Packet radio can send and receive E-mail and interface to the internet.
(non-commercial messages ).
- An operators certificate is required for all operations on Amateur Radio.
- Most cities have Amateur Radio clubs that offer teaching courses on Ham Radio.


Muir Communications Ltd.

Telephone: 1-250-475-2004
Webpage: www.muircom.com


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