Marine Radios

Frequencies monitored by GVMRG
27mhz band VHF Marine band HF Marine band UHF band
Freq 27.88 Ch 16 & Ch 72 Freq 4125 Ch 5
Freq 27.91 Ch 81 (Abbrolhos Repeater) Freq 4146  
  Ch 82 (Moresby Range Repeater)    
Radio Procedures for Normal Traffic
Vessels call Geraldton Marine Rescue (3 times) and wait for response, when answered by GVMRG you should give information in the following format
"Geraldton Marine Rescue, this is Batavia 291 on channel 91, we have 3 persons on board, 100 litres of fuel, Destination is African reef, estimated time of return 1600 hrs, over"
GVMRG will respond, and confirm the information
 
EMERGENCY or URGENCY SITUATION
EMERGENCY
The vessel IS in immediate danger & lives are at risk
With the radio turned to Channel 88[27MHz} or Channes 16 [VHF]make the following call:
MAYDAY
MAYDAY
MAYDAY
THIS IS
*call sign*
*call sign*
*call sign*
MAYDAY
MY POSITION IS:
*your position*
Then give:
*the nature of your distress*
*any other information*
[persons on board, description of boat etc]
Repeat distress call and Distress message, allowing time between repeats, for reply
URGENCY
The vessel is NOT in immediate danger but an urgent situation exists. E.g. injury to crew, mechanical break down, etc
With the radio turned to Channel 88[27MHz} or Channes 16 [VHF]make the following call:
PAN-PAN
PAN-PAN
PAN-PAN
HELLO ALL STATIONS
HELLO ALL STATIONS
HELLO ALL STATIONS
THIS IS
*call sign*
*call sign*
*call sign*
MY POSITION IS:
*your position*
Then give:
*the nature of your distress*
Repeat distress call and Distress message, allowing time between repeats, for reply
Users of VHF and HF Marine radios are required to hold a "Marine Operators Certificate of Proficiency"
A mobile phone cannot be used as a substitute for a marine band radio where one is legally required
Epirbs
You must carry an epirb if you are travelling more than 2 nautical miles from the mainland foreshore
GVMRG suggests you carry an EPIRB when venturing into open waters
EPIRBS should only be used, when vessels are in grave and imminent danger - NOT for motor breakdowns
Try your two-way radio first. Assistance may be closer than you think
REMEMBER YOUR SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY PLEASE CARRY ALL SAFETY EQUIPMENT
SAFETY CHECKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY LOCAL POLICE, MARINE & FISHERIES OFFICERS