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 ChannelsTransmitting Frequencies (MHz)IntershipPort Operations and Ship MovementPublic correspondence
Ship StationsCoast Stations
0156.000156.000privateUsed by UK HM Coastguard
1156.050160.650duplexxx
2156.100160.700duplexxx
3156.150160.750duplexxx
4156.200160.800duplexxx
5156.250160.850duplexxx
6156.300156.300simplexintership
7156.350160.950duplex  xx
8156.400156.400simplexintership
9156.450156.450simplexintershipx
10156.500156.500simplexintershipx
11156.550156.550simplex  x
12156.600156.600simplex  x
13156.650156.650simplexintershipx
14156.700156.700simplex  x
15156.750156.750simplexintershipx
16156.800156.800simplex  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.
17156.850156.850simplexintershipx
18156.900161.500duplex  x
19156.950161.550duplex  x
20157.000161.600duplex  x
21157.050161.650duplex  x
22157.100161.700duplex  x
23157.150161.750duplex  x
24157.200161.800duplex  x
25157.250161.850duplex  x
26157.300161.900duplex  x
27157.350161.950duplex  x
28157.400162.000duplex  x
29 to 36private
37 (M1)157.850157.850private  Used by UK Marinas and Yacht Clubs
38 to 59private
60156.025160.625duplexxx
61156.075160.675duplexxx
62156.125160.725duplex.xx
63156.175160.775duplexxx
64156.225160.825duplexxx
65156.275160.875duplexxx
66156.325160.925duplexxx
67156.375156.375simplexintershipUK Coastguard
68156.425156.425simplexx
69156.475156.475simplexintershipx
70156.525156.525simplexDigital Selective Calling (DSC)  ONLY
71156.575156.575simplexx
72156.625156.625simplexintership
73156.675156.675simplexintershipx
74156.725156.725simplexx
75156.775156.775simplexx
76156.825156.825simplexx
77156.875156.875simplexintership
78156.925161.525duplexxx
79156.975161.575duplexx
80157.025161.625duplexUK Marinas
81157.075161.675duplexxx
82157.125161.725duplexxx
83157.175161.775duplexx
84157.225161.825duplexxx
85157.275161.875duplexx
86157.325161.925duplexx
87157.375157.375simplexx
88157.425157.425simplexx
M2161.425161.425privateUsed by UK Marinas and Yacht Clubs
ASI 1162.025162.025simplexAutomatic Ship Identification (data)
ASI 2161.975161.975simplexAutomatic Ship Identification (data)