Question: How Do You Use A VHF Marine Radio?

What is the range of a handheld VHF marine radio?

15 to 20 milesFor normal handheld use (at five-watt transmit power), figure on a three-to-eight mile range from a small boat, compared to 15 to 20 miles with a fixed-mount radio (at 25 watt transmit power.).

What is the height of a VHF radio antenna important?

Antenna Height When considering marine VHF radio communications, more important than all other factors is the height of your antenna. The higher you can place your VHF antenna the further you will be able to communicate.

Do marine VHF radios work on land?

That’s illegal. Marine VHF radios, whether fixed or handheld, may not be used on land, period. It’s the law. Once a VHF radio goes ashore, it cannot be used for marine band transmission (without a Coast Station License).

How far can a marine radio transmit?

Your VHF radio is intended mainly for short range communications, generally 5-10 miles, and at least 20 miles to a USCG station. To communicate at longer ranges, you will normally need a satellite telephone or an MF/HF marine radiotelephone.

How far will a 5 watt VHF radio transmit?

So according to our rule-of-thumb, 2 people around 6 feet tall using a 5 watt handheld two-way radio, used on flat ground with no obstacles, will have a maximum range of approximately 6 miles.

Do you need a Licence to use a VHF radio?

The Marine Radio Short Range Certificate remains a legal requirement for the use of marine VHF. All radios require the user and the vessel to hold a relevant licence. … The user requires a radio ‘driving licence’ and two different types are available.

Can anyone use a VHF radio?

In the USA any person can legally purchase a Marine VHF radio and use it to communicate without requiring any special license as long as they abide by certain rules, but in a great many other countries a license is required to transmit on Marine VHF frequencies.

What do you need for a VHF marine radio?

As required by the Radio Communications Act, all VHF marine radio operators, including those operating handheld radios, must have a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) [ROC(M)].

Do you have to have a VHF radio on a boat?

The short answer is, yes, you most definitely need a VHF radio or 2-way radio particularly if you boat any significant distance from the shore.

What marine radio channel should I use?

If you have a VHF marine radio, tune it to channel 16. Unless you know you are outside VHF range of shore and ships, call on channel 16 first. Distress signal “MAYDAY”, spoken three times.

What frequency do marine radios use?

It uses FM channels in the very high frequency (VHF) radio band in the frequency range between 156 and 174 MHz, inclusive. In the official language of the International Telecommunication Union the band is called the VHF maritime mobile band.

How far can VHF transmit?

A typical VHF station operates at about 100,000 watts and has a coverage radius range of about 60 miles. A UHF station with a 60-mile coverage radius requires transmitting at 3,000,000 watts.

What VHF channel should I use for a radio check?

It’s simple to use: Automated Radio Check Service uses one of VHF Channels 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 84. Simply tune your radio to the proper channel for your community. Conduct a radio check as you normally would.

How do you talk to a marine radio?

To use your VHF, turn it on and pick a channel, set the squelch to the point where you don’t hear any white noise, and begin talking. Things to remember when you are on the radio: Monitor channel 16 when you are not actively in conversation with someone else.

Can I use a marine radio in my car?

Mounting a marine radio in the car is not the issue. Transmitting with the radio is. Unless your on the water (NOT NEAR IT) you cant use a marine radio without a shore use license.