VHF Marine Channels

VHF Marine Channels



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VHF Marine Channels for Pleasure Vessels in Washington

Channel
Number
Purpose and Use
16 INTERNATIONAL DISTRESS AND CALLING. Used only for distress and urgency traffic, for safety calls and contacting other stations. Listen first to make sure no distress traffic is in progress; do not transmit if a SEELONCE MAYDAY or SEELONCE DISTRESS is declared. Keep all communications to a minimum. Do not repeat a call to the same station more than once every two minutes. After three attempts wait fifteen minutes before calling the same station. Pleasure vessels may also use Channel 9 for calling.
6 INTERSHIP SAFETY. Only for ship-to-ship use for safety communications. For Search and Rescue (SAR) liaison with Coast Guard vessels and aircraft.
22A COAST GUARD LIAISON. A government channel used for Safety and Liaison communications with the Coast Guard. Also known as Channel 22 US. The U.S. Coast Guard does not normally monitor 22A so you must first establish communications on Channel 16.
70 DIGITAL SELECTIVE CALLING ONLY (NO VOICE) FOR DISTRESS AND CALLING

WORKING FREQUENCIES
9 INTERSHIP & SHIP-SHORE ALL VESSELS and CALLING & REPLY FOR PLEASURE VESSELS (optional, U.S. only).
67 INTERSHIP ONLY FOR ALL VESSELS (U.S. only, Puget Sound).
68 INTERSHIP & SHIP-SHORE FOR PLEASURE VESSELS ONLY.
69 INTERSHIP & SHIP-SHORE FOR PLEASURE VESSELS ONLY.
71 INTERSHIP & SHIP-SHORE FOR PLEASURE VESSELS ONLY (Not available in Canada).
72 INTERSHIP ONLY FOR ALL VESSELS (U.S. only, South Puget Sound).
78A INTERSHIP & SHIP-SHORE FOR PLEASURE VESSELS ONLY (Not available in Canada). All marinas in Puget Sound are being encouraged to use this as a secondary working channel.

NAVIGATION (Use LOW POWER only)
13 Vessel BRIDGE to vessel BRIDGE, large vessels. May also be used to contact locks and bridges BUT use sound signals in the Seattle area to avoid dangerous interference to collision avoidance communications between large vessels.
5A VESSEL TRAFFIC SYSTEM-NORTH OF LAGOON POINT AND EAST OF WHIDBEY ISLAND. Vessels not required to participate are highly encouraged to maintain a listening watch. Contact with VTS is encouraged if essential to navigational safety.
14 VESSEL TRAFFIC SYSTEM-SOUTH OF LAGOON POINT AND WEST OF WHIDBEY ISLAND. Vessels not required to participate are highly encouraged to maintain a listening watch. Contact with VTS is encouraged if essential to navigational safety.
Columbia and Willamette Rivers
12 Port Operations.
14 Corps of Engineers operated locks.
Even though you may use alternate communication means, such as cellular phone, MONITOR VHF 16. The safety of yourself, your family and your friends is enhanced by a watch on 16.
REDUCE INTERFERENCE-USE LOW POWER


Source: This information was published in the December 1999 issue of the Bellingham Yacht Club Jib Sheet. Original source is the Recreational Boating Association of Washington and the North Pacific Marine Radio Council. Although BYC believes this information to be correct, the prudent mariner will always check with official sources.



VHF Channels for Pleasure Vessels in British Columbia, Canada

Channel
Number
Purpose and Use
16 INTERNATIONAL DISTRESS AND CALLING. Used only for distress and urgency traffic, for safety calls and contacting other stations. Listen first to make sure no distress traffic is in progress; do not transmit if a SEELONCE MAYDAY or SEELONCE DISTRESS declared. Keep all communications to a minimum. Do not repeat a call to the same station more than once every two minutes. After three attempts wait fifteen minutes before calling the same station.
6 INTERSHIP SAFETY. Only for ship-to-ship use for safety communications. For Search and Rescue (SAR) liaison with Coast Guard vessels and aircraft.
22A COAST GUARD LIAISON. A government channel used for Safety and Liaison communications with the Coast Guard. Also known as Channel 22 US.
70 DIGITAL SELECTIVE CALLING ONLY (NO VOICE) FOR DISTRESS AND CALLING

WORKING FREQUENCIES
9 INTERSHIP & SHIP-SHORE. All vessels.
67 INTERSHIP & SHIP-SHORE. All vessels.
68 INTERSHIP & SHIP-SHORE. Pleasure vessels.
69 INTERSHIP & SHIP-SHORE. Pleasure vessels.
72 INTERSHIP. All vessels.
73 INTERSHIP & SHIP-SHORE. All vessels.

CANADIAN MARINAS
Do not call marinas in Canada on Channel 16-they are not authorized to use 16.
All marinas monitor a common frequency, depending upon their location.
68 Marinas south of Courtenay.
73 Marinas Campbell River and north.

VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICE
(Pleasure vessels less than 30 meters in length monitor only for vessel traffic.)
5A SEATTLE-Strait of Juan de Fuca west of Victoria.
11 VICTORIA-Strait of Juan de Fuca east of Victoria; Haro Strait; Boundary Passage; Gulf Islands; Strait of Georgia.
PRINCE RUPERT-Queen Charlotte Sound, Hecate Strait.
12 VANCOUVER-Vancouver and Howe Sound.
71 COMOX-Northern Strait of Georgia, Discovery Passage, Queen Charlotte Strait, Prince Rupert -Dixon Entrance, Prince Rupert Harbour, and southern Queen Charlotte Sound.
74 VICTORIA-Fraser River.
TOFINO-West of Vancouver Island.
To contact the Canadian Coast Guard call the station nearest you: Comox, Prince Rupert, Tofino, Vancouver or Victoria.
Even though you may use alternate communication means, such as cellular phone MONITOR VHF 16. The safety of yourself, your family and your friends is enhanced by a watch on 16 by all vessels.
REDUCE INTERFERENCE-USE LOW POWER


Source: This information was published in the December 1999 issue of the Bellingham Yacht Club Jib Sheet. Original source is the Recreational Boating Association of Washington and the North Pacific Marine Radio Council. Although BYC believes this information to be correct, the prudent mariner will always check with official sources.

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