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Does anybody know what the legal position is regarding the use of VHF radios on inland waterways i.e. estuaries, rivers or even lakes. I’m not talking about using channel 16, just using a ship to ship channel to contact and talk to paddling buddies on a trip. Does anybody use their VHF anywhere other than the open sea?
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Yes, you can use marine vhf on inland waters. The Thames Tideway is the obvious one. Any commercial shipping channel or even one no longer used for commercial shipping, like the Weaver, still often have vhf in the locks. In the lake district you sometimes hear it on the bigger lakes. Use it for buddy and group communications but don't expect to hear anyone else. On canals and smaller rivers it is still legal - but of very limited use.
Guessing (no personal knowledge) but Broads Authority publish that you can contact them on VHF channel 12 http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boat ... ds-rangers
IanIf you want to contact the Broads rangers, you can phone Broads Control on 01603 756056 or VHF channel 12 or
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We use it as our center safety net on a big lake. Marine sets are waterproof and far more robust then other PMR alternatives