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VHF use on inland waterways

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:43 pm
by seawolf856
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?

Re: VHF use on inland waterways

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:17 pm
by GrahamC
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.

Re: VHF use on inland waterways

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:19 pm
by GrahamC
I should have added that it is legal to use only when afloat, not on a towpath or in the chip shop.

Re: VHF use on inland waterways

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:06 am
by Psamathe
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
If you want to contact the Broads rangers, you can phone Broads Control on 01603 756056 or VHF channel 12 or
Ian

Re: VHF use on inland waterways

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:28 pm
by Owen
Used vhf on Lochs Lomond, Katherine and few others, no one stopped me.

Re: VHF use on inland waterways

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:41 am
by garya
We use it as our center safety net on a big lake. Marine sets are waterproof and far more robust then other PMR alternatives

Gary A