About VHF

A VHF radio tends to suit recreational vessels operating in Tasmania for the following reasons:

  • Tasmania is served by a network of VHF base and repeater stations that cover almost the entire coastline
  • VHF is not usually affected by Ionospheric or atmospheric conditions in the way HF and 27mHz are
  • VHF is monitored by Coast Stations operated by Volunteers and Port Authorities on a 24 hour basis
  • Shipping and commercial vessels also monitor VHF Ch 16 – the international distress and calling channel
  • VHF talk through repeaters increase substantially the effective range of a vessel’s VHF radio