Mariners are encouraged to contact the relevant Coast Station as soon as practicable after launching or putting
to sea advising the following :-
Vessel's call sign
Place of launch/mooring
Number of persons on board
Estimated time of return
Calling and Traffic Protocol
Inform Coast Station of arrival at your destination and upon return to shore
Listen before transmitting and avoid interfering with other stations
Do not transmit unnecessarily, keep the message brief and clear
Always use your call sign or the name of your vessel for identification - use of given or surnames is not permitted
Do not turn off your radio whilst on the water, maintain a listening watch on the calling and distress frequencies,
ie 27MHz Ch 88 / VHF Ch16
VHF marine repeater channels are allocated for communications relating to vessel movements, safety of vessels
and persons only
Unlicensed and/or inappropriate use is an offence under the Commonwealth Radiocommunications Act 1992, and
can attract severe penalties.
A mobile telephone, while useful, is not a substitute for a marine radio.
If you intend operating a motor boat in Unprotected Waters, you must have a marine radio aboard that is in working
order and know how to operate it.