Marine VHF Channels

Marine VHF radio refers to the radio frequency range between 156.0 and 162.025 MHz, inclusive. In the official language of the International Telecommunication Union the band is called the VHF maritime mobile band.

International VHF Channels Transmitting Frequencies (MHz) Intership Port Operations and Ship Movement Public correspondence
Ship Stations Coast Stations
0 156.000 156.000 private Used by UK HM Coastguard
1 156.050 160.650 duplex x x
2 156.100 160.700 duplex x x
3 156.150 160.750 duplex x x
4 156.200 160.800 duplex x x
5 156.250 160.850 duplex x x
6 156.300 156.300 simplex intership
7 156.350 160.950 duplex    x x
8 156.400 156.400 simplex intership
9 156.450 156.450 simplex intership x
10 156.500 156.500 simplex intership x
11 156.550 156.550 simplex    x
12 156.600 156.600 simplex    x
13 156.650 156.650 simplex intership x
14 156.700 156.700 simplex    x
15 156.750 156.750 simplex intership x
16 156.800 156.800 simplex   DISTRESS, SAFETY AND CALLING – used for initial contact – then select a Working Channel. In the case of a Mayday, the station controlling the Mayday (usually the CG) may impose radio silence and handle the call on Ch 16.
17 156.850 156.850 simplex intership x
18 156.900 161.500 duplex    x
19 156.950 161.550 duplex    x
20 157.000 161.600 duplex    x
21 157.050 161.650 duplex    x
22 157.100 161.700 duplex    x
23 157.150 161.750 duplex    x
24 157.200 161.800 duplex    x
25 157.250 161.850 duplex    x
26 157.300 161.900 duplex    x
27 157.350 161.950 duplex    x
28 157.400 162.000 duplex    x
29 to 36 private
37 (M1) 157.850 157.850 private   Used by UK Marinas and Yacht Clubs
38 to 59 private
60 156.025 160.625 duplex x x
61 156.075 160.675 duplex x x
62 156.125 160.725 duplex . x x
63 156.175 160.775 duplex x x
64 156.225 160.825 duplex x x
65 156.275 160.875 duplex x x
66 156.325 160.925 duplex x x
67 156.375 156.375 simplex intership UK Coastguard
68 156.425 156.425 simplex x
69 156.475 156.475 simplex intership x
70 156.525 156.525 simplex Digital Selective Calling (DSC)  ONLY
71 156.575 156.575 simplex x
72 156.625 156.625 simplex intership
73 156.675 156.675 simplex intership x
74 156.725 156.725 simplex x
75 156.775 156.775 simplex x
76 156.825 156.825 simplex x
77 156.875 156.875 simplex intership
78 156.925 161.525 duplex x x
79 156.975 161.575 duplex x
80 157.025 161.625 duplex UK Marinas
81 157.075 161.675 duplex x x
82 157.125 161.725 duplex x x
83 157.175 161.775 duplex x
84 157.225 161.825 duplex x x
85 157.275 161.875 duplex x
86 157.325 161.925 duplex x
87 157.375 157.375 simplex x
88 157.425 157.425 simplex x
M2 161.425 161.425 private Used by UK Marinas and Yacht Clubs
ASI 1 162.025 162.025 simplex Automatic Ship Identification (data)
ASI 2 161.975 161.975 simplex Automatic Ship Identification (data)