Bandplan

Amateur radio

Radio amateurs transmit Morse code, data including email, slow scan TV pictures (SSTV) and phone messages to each other. Radio amateurs are not allowed to transmit any business type information. In the UK amateurs are allowed to transmit third party greeting messages.
Many yachtsmen use amateur radio as way of keeping in touch with each other. Information exchanged includes weather reports, exchange messages and give your passage plan details to someone ashore.


Net Frequency Times GMT
Weather & Cocktail Net - Caribbean 7086 kHz 0730 & 1630 local time
UK maritime mobile net 14303 kHz 0800 & 1800
European maritime mobile net 14297.5 kHz 1900
Pacific Seafarer's net 14313 kHz 0325

Band Morse Data Phone SSTV
160 1810 - 1838 1838 - 1842 kHz 1842 -2000 LSB
80 3500 - 3580 3580 - 3600 kHz 3620 - 3800 LSB 3730 - 3740
40 7000 - 7035 7035 - 7045 kHz 7045 - 7200 LSB
30 10100 - 10140 10140 - 10150
20 14000 - 14070 14070 - 14112 14112 - 14350 USB 14225 - 14235
17 18068 - 18100 18100 - 18109 18111 - 18168 USB
15 21000 - 21080 21080 - 21120 21151 - 21450 USB 21335 - 21345
12 24890 - 24920 24920 - 24929 24931 - 24990 USB
10 28000 - 28199 28050 - 28150 28200 - 29200 USB 28675 - 28685

Band Frequency kHz BBC World Service
120 metres 2300 - 2495 kHz
90 metres 3200 - 3400 kHz 3255
75 metres 3900 - 4000 kHz 3915
60 metres 4750-5060 kHz * 5020
49 metres 5900 - 6200 kHz 5875, 5975, 6005, 6195 kHz
41 metres 7200 - 7450 kHz 7255, 7360, 7385, 7600 kHz
31 metres 9400 - 9900 kHz 9410, 9430, 9505, 9740 kHz
25 metres 11600 - 12100 kHz 11750, 11760, 11810, 11895 kHz
21 metres 13570 - 13870 kHz 13725, 13820 kHz 
19 metres 15100 - 15800 kHz 15310, 15400, 15575 kHz
16 metres 17480 - 17900 kHz 17640, 17660, 17685, 17830 kHz
15 metres 18900 - 19020 kHz
13 metres 21450 - 21850 kHz 21470, 21660, 21720 kHz
11 metres 25670 - 26100 kHz
Stations are usually 5 kHz a part and most of the transmissions are in AM.
* - 4995-5005 is used for standard frequency and time signal stations



Marine Distress Frequencies (Radio Telephone (R/T) & DSC)

Band R/T Frequency DSC Frequency Day Time Range Night Time Range
MF 2182 kHz 2187.5 kHz 150 nm 500 nm
HF4 4125 kHz 4207.5 kHZ 300 nm 1000 nm
HF6 6215 kHz 6312 kHz 600 nm 1500 nm
HF8 8291 kHz 8414.5 kHZ 1000 nm 2000 nm
HF12 12290 kHz 12577 kHz 2500 nm
HF16 16420 kHz 16804.5 kHz
VHF 156.800 MHz (Ch16) 156.525 MHz (Ch 70) 30 nm 30 nm

4000 kHz 4003 kHz 4006 kHz 4009 kHz 4012 kHz 4015 kHz 4018 kHz
4021 kHz 4024 kHz 4027 kHz 4030 kHz 4033 kHz 4036 kHz 4039 kHz
4042 kHz 4045 kHz 4048 kHz 4051 kHz 4054 kHz 4057 kHz 4060 kHz

8101 kHz 8104kHz 8107 kHz 8110 kHz 8113 kHz 8116 kHz 8119 kHz
8122 kHz 8125 kHz 8128kHz 8131 kHz 8134 kHz 8137 kHz 8140 kHz
8143 kHz 8146 kHz 8149 kHz 8152 kHz 8155 kHz 8158 kHz 8161 kHz
8164 kHz 8167 kHz 8170 kHz 8173 KHz 8176 kHz 8179 kHz 8182 kHz
8185 kHz 8188 kHz 8191 kHz

ID 2 MHz 4 MHz 6 MHz 8 MHz 12 MHz 16 MHz 18 MHz 22 MHz 25 MHz
A 2065.0 kHz 4146 kHz 6224 khz 8294 kHz 12353 kHz 16528 kHz 18825 kHz 22159 kHz 25100 kHz
B 2079.0 kHz 4149 kHz 6227 kHz 8297 kHz 12356 kHz 16531 kHz 18828 kHz 22162 kHz 25103 kHz
C 2093.0 kHz 6230 kHz 12359 kHz 16534 kHz 18831 kHz 22165 kHz 25106 kHz
D 2096.5 kHz 12362 kHz 16537 kHz 18834 kHz 22168 kHz 25109 kHz
E 2214.0 kHz 12365 kHz 16540 kHz 18837 kHz 22171 kHz 25112 kHz
F 16543 kHz 18840 kHz 22174 kHz 25115 kHz
G 16546 kHz 18843 kHz 22177 kHz 25118 kHz

The best time to listen is early morning 0600 to 0930 and in the evenings 1800 to 2100 local time, this is when radio conditions are ideal. You should hear a number of yachtsmen talking to each other although in Northern Europe it is not so popular compared to the the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

Net Areas frequency Times GMT
Mediterranean Net 8122 kHz 0530
Yachtsmens calling channel Caribbean Net Safety Net 8104 KHz 1215
Atlantic Net (Herb) http://hometown.aol.com/hehilgen/myhomepage/vacation.html 12359 kHz 2000

Caribbean Weather Center http://www.caribwx.com/ Watch Times UTC/GMT
4045 kHz 1030 to 1100 & 1200 to 1230 UTC
6221 kHz 1330 to 1345 UTC
8104 kHz 1230 to 1300 UTC
8137 kHz 1100 to 1200 UTC
12350 kHz 1300 to 1315 UTC
16526 kHz 1315 to 1330 UTC

Station Callsign 4MHz 6MHz 8MHz 12MHz 16MHz 18MHz 22MHz
ITU duplex channels 401 to 429 601 to 608 801 to 837 1201 to 1241 1601 to 1656 1801 to 1815 2201 to 2253
Frequency split -292kHz -301kHz -524kHz -847kHz -882kHz -978kHz -696kHz
DISTRESS
(Tx in kHz)
421
(4417)
606
(6516)
821
(8779)
1221
(13137)
1621
(17302)
1806
(19770)
2221
(22756)
Olympia, Greece(Tx in kHz) SVN 424

(4426)
806
(8734)
1232
(13170)
1640
(17359z)
2217
(22744)
Oostende Radio, Belgium (Tx in kHz) OST 411
(4387)
815
(8761)
1207
(13095)
1630
(17329)
Monaco Radio
(Tx in kHz)
3AC 403
(4363)
804
(8728)
1224
(13146)
1607
(17260)
2225
(22768)
Shipcom - USA
(Tx in kHz)
KLB 417
(4405)
805
(8731)
1209
(13101)
1624
(17311)
Shipcom - USA
(Tx in kHz)
WLO 405
(4369)
414
(4396)
607
(6519)
824
(8788)
830
(8806)
1212
(13110)
1226
(13152)
1607
(17260)
1641
(17362)
1807
(19773)
2237
(22804)
USA coastguard working channels
(Tx in kHz)
424
(4426)
601
(6501)
816
(8764)
1205
(13089)
1625
(17314)
Brunei Bay Radio
(Tx in kHz)
V8V2222 428
(4351)
608
(6522)
835
(8710)
1239
(13191)
1804
(19764)
2229
(22780)

Station Frequency USB UK Coastguards in local time
Aberdeen Coastguard, UK 2226 kHz 0730 & 1930
Clyde Coastguard, UK 1883 kHz 0810 & 2010
Falmouth Coastguard, UK 2226 kHz 0710 & 1910
Humber Coastguard, UK 2226 kHz 0750 & 1950
Shetland Coastguard, UK 2226 kHz 0710 & 1910
Stornoway Coastguard, UK 1743 kHz 0710 & 1910
Below in GMT times
Malin Head , Ireland 1677 KHz 0033, 0433, 0833, 1233, 1633, 2033
Valentia Radio, Ireland 1752 kHz 0233, 0633, 1033, 1433, 1833, 2233
Oostende Radio, Belgium 2761 kHz 0233, 0633, 1033 1433, 1833, 2233
Netherlands Coastguard 3673 kHz 0333, 0733, 1133, 1533, 1933, 2333
Gris-Nez, France 1650 kHz 0650 & 1850
Corsen, France 1650 & 2677 kHz 0815 & 2015
La Garde, Frence
Mediterranean Coast
1696 & 2677 kHz 0650, 0833, 1433, 1603, 1850
Machichaco, Spain 1707 kHz 0703, 1303, 1903
Cabo de Penas, Spain 1677 kHz 0703, 1303, 1903
Coruna, Spain 1698 kHz 0703, 1303, 1903
Finisterre, Spain 1764 kHz 0703, 1303, 1903
Chipiona, Spain 1656 kHz 0733, 1233, 1933
Tarifa, Spain 1704 kHz 0733, 1233, 1933
Cado de Gata, Spain 1767 kHz 0750, 1303, 1950
Palma, Spain 1755 kHz 0750, 1303, 1950
Arrecife, Canary Isles 1644 kHz 0803, 1233, 1903
Las Palma, Canary Isles 1689 kHz 0803, 1233, 1903
Alges, Horta, Monsanto - Portugal
Ponta Delgada - The Azores
Porto Santo - Maderia
2657 kHz
Ancona, Italy 2656 kHz 0133, 0433, 0733, 0933, 1333, 1733, 1933, 2133
Rome, Italy 1888 kHz
Haifa, Israel 2649 kHz 0303, 0703, 1103, 1503, 1903, 2303
US Coastguard 2670 kHz

US Coastguard Weather Transmissions
Station and Callsign Frequencies Times (GMT)
USCG Chesapeake (NMN) 4426 kHz, 6501 kHz, 8764 kHz, 13089 kHz, 17314 kHz 0330, 0515, 0930, 1115, 1530, 1715, 2130, 2315
USCG Pt Reyes (NMC) 4426 kHz, 6501 kHz, 8764 kHz, 13089 kHz, 17314 kHz 0430, 1030, 1630, 2230
USCG New Orleans (NMG) 4316 kHz, 8502 kHz, 12788 kHz, 0330, 0515, 0930, 1115, 1530, 1715, 2130, 2315
USCG Honolulu (NMO) 6501 kHz, 8764 kHz, 13089 kHz 0005, 0600, 1200, 1800

Australia Coastguard Weather Transmissions
Station and Callsign Frequencies Times (CST)
Wiluna W. Australia (VMW) 2056 kHz, 4149 kHz, 6230 kHz, 8113 kHz, 12362 kHz, 16528 kHz 0300, 0700, 1100, 1500, 1900, 2300
Charleville S. Australia (VMC) 2201 kHz, 4426 kHz, 6507 kHz, 8176 kHz, 12365 kHz, 16546 kHz 0200, 0600, 1000, 1400, 1800, 2200

Frequency Comments
2182kHz MF International distress frequency for ship, aircraft and survival craft.
3023kHz Intercommunications between mobile stations engaged in coordintion of search and rescue.
4125kHz Distress and safety traffic by radiotelephone
5680kHz Intercommunications between mobile stations engaged in coordintion of search and rescue.
6125kHz Distress and safety traffic by radiotelephone
8364kHz Designated for use by survival craft stations.

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