VHF MARINE RADIO OPERATING PROCEDURES
The Marina radios (portable or base station) are one of the most important and expensive tools of
A. Using the Marine Radio
1. At all times, Marina personnel will pay particular attention to the physical safety of the
portable radios and one’s own radio voice procedure.
2. All persons operating radios at MARINA NAME shall be properly licensed and instructed in
their use. For license applications call the regional FCC Office:
3. The marine radio is on a port operations frequency and can be heard for some distance.
MARINA NAME is authorized to transmit on channels 16, ___ and ___ ONLY.
The Marina CALL SIGN is - - - - - -.
4. Channel 16 is a calling and distress frequency only.
5. When receiving or calling a boat, first establish communications on channel 16 and then shift
to channels __ or __ for conversation.
6. Keep all conversations to a minimum, brief and to the point.
7. It is illegal to advertise on VHF channels. Marina rates will not be discussed over the radio
(that’s a sure way to create ill will with other marinas). If a caller requests fuel or dockage
prices, say “We do not give out prices on the radio, but they re competitive with local marinas.”
NOTE: Be sure to apply for the required US FCC Marine Radio Licenses for both the marina
base station and each operator. Remind boat owners to also register with the FCC for a boat
radio license, also required. Boats operating in international waters require a separate license
from the FCC.
B. Proper Radio Maintenance
1. Portable radios should be kept on low output. The key lock switch should not be moved.
The switch locks the radio onto the required channel.
2. When not in use, all portable radios should be returned to the Dockmaster or Marina Office
for recharging and safe storage.
3. Radios are not to be taken home by employees.
4. Should the radio be immersed in salt water:
a. Remove battery at once
b. Rinse radio in fresh water as soon as possible.
c. Contact maintenance manager
5. Should the radio be dropped into deep water (over 5 feet):
a. Mark the spot where the radio was lost
b. Contact the Maintenance Manager
c. If procedures are completed in a timely manner, a diver can be brought in, and the radio
might be saved.