Marine VHF Channels, UK and Solent

Which VHF Channel is used by who in the UK and Solent?

Here is the most comprehensive list of Solent and UK Marine VHF Channels.

Who uses which marine VHF channel in the Solent and the UK?

This is covered on both our RYA Short Range Certificate Course and our AMERC Long Range Certificate Course

VHF Channel

UK

Solent

00

Private Channel for Search and Rescue
  • Solent Coastguard (SAR) & most Solent lifeboats services

01

Port Operations

02

Port Operations

03

Port Operations

04

Port Operations
  • Royal Solent YC Tattinger Regatta White Group Race Management

05

Port Operations

06

  • Primary Internship Channel
  • Ship to Ship (including leisure craft)
  • Ship to Air
  • Chieftain Training Working Channel
  • Leisure Craft Working Channel
  • Sally Water Taxi (Cowes)
  • Portsmouth Naval Firings

07

Public Correspondence

08

Ship to Ship (including leisure craft)
  • Southampton Tugs (no recreational craft use in Southampton)
  • Hayling Island SC Taxi
  • River Itchen  Fuel Barge
  • Foulke’s & Sons Riverside Boatyard

09

Port Operations, Intership
  • Southampton Pilots

 

10

SAR and Pollution
  • Southampton Oil Pollution Control
  • Cowes Oil Pollution Control

11

Port Operations
  • Portsmouth Harbour (QHM)
  • Portsmouth Fog Routine

 

12

Port Operations
  • Southampton VTS
  • Southampton Harbour Launch
  • Itchen Marina
  • Langstone harbour
13 Bridge to Bridge
  • Portsmouth Fog Routine
  • Portsmouth QHM Spare

14

Port Operations
  • Portsmouth Harbour radio
  • Portsmouth QHM Spare
  • Chichester harbour radio
  • Chichester harbour Patrol
  • Emsworth Ferry
  • Itcheneor Ferry

15

Onboard Low Power
  • Yarmouth Water Taxi

16

Distress, Urgency & Calling
  • Distress, Urgency & Calling

 

17

Onboard Low Power
  • Ventnor Haven
  • Bembridge yachts
  • Warsash Yachts

18

Port Opertaions
  • Southampton VTS

19

Port Operations
  • Esso Marine Terminal
  • Hamble BP Terminal

20

Port Operations
  • ABP Southampton VTS

21

Port Operations

22

Port Operations
  • Southampton VTS
  • Royal Solent YC Tattinger Regatta White Group Race Management

23

Safety

24

Port Operations

25

Port Operations

26

Port Operations

27

Port Operations

28

Port Operations

29

Private Channel
  • Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port
  • Sunsail Yachts
  • Southampton Patrol

30

Private Channel

31

Private Channel
  • RNLI non Search and Rescue/Training
  • Gosport Ferry

32

Private Channel

33

Private Channel
  • Dean and Dyball

34

Private Channel
  • Itchen Marine Towage

35

Private Channel
  • Butchers Towing Channel 1

36

Private Channel
  • Hovertravel Ryde Base
  • Hovertravel Southsea Base

37

Private Channel
  • Island Sailing Club
  • Royal London Yacht Club
  • Warsash Control
  • Royal Southampton Yacht Club
  • Seastart

38

Private Channel

39

Private Channel
  • Southampton Water Activities Centre
  • Calshot Activity Centre

40

Private Channel
  • Cowes Harbour Radio HM1/HM2/HM3

41

Private Channel
  • Whittakers Tankers

42

Private Channel

43

Private Channel
  • Solent and Wightline Cruises

44

Private Channel
  • Shipping Agents

45

Private Channel
  • Langstone Harbour Radio

46

Private Channel
  • Shipping Agents

47

Private Channel
  • Northwood Dredging

48

Private Channel
  • Solent Towage

49

Private Channel
  • Butchers Towing channel 2

50

Private Channel (Inshore Rescue)
  • Ryde Rescue
  • Sandown Rescue
  • Gosport Rescue

51-59

Not in Marine Use

60

Port Operations, Public Correspondence

61

Port Operations, Public Correspondence
  • Shipping Agents

62

Port Operations, Public Correspondence

62

Maritime Safety Information (MSI)
  • Maritime Safety Information (MSI)

63

Maritime Safety Information (MSI)
  • MSI- Portland and Boniface Down aerials

64

Maritime Safety Information (MSI)
  • MSI- Newhaven, Needles, and Beer Head aerials

65

National Coastwatch Institution (England & Wales)
  • Calshot NCI
  • Lee on Solent NCI
  • Gosport NCI
  • Needles NCI

66

Port Operations, Public Correspondence
  • Lymington Harbour

67

UK Small Ships safety channel
  • Solent Coastguard Working Channel

68

Port Operations
  • Yarmouth Harbour
  • Yar Bridge
  • Hamble Harbour
  • Beulieu River radio

69

Port Operations, Intership
  • Cowes Harbour Commission
  • Cowes Water Taxi
  • Cowes Chain Ferry
  • Newport Yacht Harbour
  • Cowes Yacht Haven Mobile
  • Ratseys

70

DSC
  • DSC

71

Port Operations
  • Southampton Oil Terminals to Tugs/Pilots
  • Portsmouth QHM Spare

72

Ship to Ship (including leisure craft)
  • Royal Southern YC Race Management
  • Royla Solent YC Race Management
  • Folly ferry

73

Back Up Small Craft Safety Channel
  • Matchwood Military Port
  • Folly Ferry

74

  • Port Opertaions
  • British Canal trust
  • Southampton Tugs
  • Portsmouth QHM Spare

75

Internship,  (navigational matters only)

76

Internship, (navigational matters only)

77

Ship to Ship (including leisure craft)
  • Royal Southampton YC Race Management
  • Royla Solent YC Race Management
  • Sea View YC Race Management
  • Bembridge YC Race Management
  • Cowes Waterbus
  • Hamble Water taxi

78

Port Operations, Public Correspondence

79

Port Operations, Public Correspondence

80

Marina Channel
  • Most Solent Marinas
  • Bembridge Water Taxi

81

Port Operations, Public Correspondence

82

Port Operations, Public Correspondence

83

Port Operations, Public Correspondence

84

Port Operations, Public Correspondence

85

Port Operations, Public Correspondence

86

Port Operations, Public Correspondence

87

Port Operations
  • Southampton Container Port

88

Port Operations
  • Southampton VTS Back Up

37A / M1

Yacht clubs, race committees and marinas
  • Keyhaven Rover Warden
  • Most Solent YCs and dinghy clubs
  • Island YC

M2

Yacht clubs, race committees and marinas
  • Most Solent YCs and dinghy clubs
  • Sea View YC Race Management
  • Bembridge YC Race Management

If you think we have missed out a user of a particular channel or an allocation has changed please email us.

There are a number of additional “un numbered” private channels which have been omitted from this list.

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