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Appendix: Maritime Radio Use in the VHF Frequency Range
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Operating Frequency Requirements
A radio designated for shipboard use must comply with Federal
Communications Commission Rule Part 80 as follows:
on ships subject to Part II of Title III of the Communications
Act, the radio must be capable of operating on the 156.800
MHz frequency
on ships subject to the Safety Convention, the radio must be
capable of operating:
in the simplex mode on the ship station transmitting
frequencies specified in the 156.025 – 157.425 MHz
frequency band, and
in the semiduplex mode on the two frequency channels
specified in the table below.
Note: Simplex channels 3, 21, 23, 61, 64, 81, 82, and 83
cannot be lawfully used by the general public in US
waters.
Additional information about operating requirements in the
Maritime Services can be obtained from the full text of FCC
Rule Part 80 and from the US Coast Guard.
Table A-1: VHF Marine Channel List
Channel
Number
Frequency (MHz)
Transmit Receive
1 156.050 160.650
2 156.100 160.700
* 156.150 160.750
4 156.200 160.800
5 156.250 160.850
6 156.300
7 156.350 160.950
8 156.400
9 156.450 156.450
10 156.500 156.500
11 156.550 156.550
12 156.600 156.600
13** 156.650 156.650
14 156.700 156.700
15** 156.750 156.750
16 156.800 156.800
17** 156.850 156.850
18 156.900 161.500
19 156.950 161.550
20 157.000 161.600
* 157.050 161.650
22 157.100 161.700
Table A-1: VHF Marine Channel List (Continued)
Channel
Number
Frequency (MHz)
Transmit Receive
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