Whilst primarily used for boats traveling in partially smooth and open waters, a marine radio is a useful safety device to carry on all boats as it enables voice communication of distress, obtaining up to date weather forecasts, and general ship to ship and ship to shore communications. It is used extensively by the volunteer rescue organisations as a log on/ log off mechanism for recreational craft.

A marine radio is preferable to using a mobile phone, as it is a general broadcast communication, rather than one to one communication facility. This means that a vessel close to you may pick up your distress call and be able to render immediate assistance, rather than seeking assistance by phoning a distant source of help. We advise carrying both a mobile phone and a marine radio.

Phonetic Alphabet

A Alpha N November
B Bravo O Oscar
C Charlie P Papa
D Delta Q Quebec
E Echo R Romeo
F Foxtrot S Sierra
G Golf T Tango
H Hotel U Uniform
I India V Victor
J Juliett W Whiskey
K Kilo X X-Ray
L Lima Y Yankee
M Mike Z Zulu

Example of a typical Login Call when reception is clear to Coast Guard/Marine Rescue. If reception was not clear the call signs would be repeated three times:

Using Channel 90 or 91 (Depending on Location) for 27Meg Radio, Channel 73 for VHF Radio

Boat Skipper: “Coast Guard Manly, Coast Guard Manly, this is (Boat Name, Boat Name, e.g. SeaQuest)”

Coast Guard Manly: “SeaQuest, SeaQuest, this is Coast Guard Manly”Boat Skipper: “Good Morning Manly, this is SeaQuest. Just wanting to log in for the day. We are a 5 Metre aluminium boat with 3 adults on board, departing from Manly Harbor and heading over to Tangalooma Wrecks. We plan to be back in Harbor about 5.00pm. Could you put us on the log please?”

Coast Guard Manly: “SeaQuest this is Coast Guard Manly. Romeo to that. We have you on the log. Have a nice day and remember to log off when you return, or call us to extend if you are staying out later.”

Boat Skipper: “Coast Guard Manly this is SeaQuest. Thanks very much. SeaQuest out”

Coast Guard Manly: “Coast Guard Manly Standing By”

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