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Changes to Irish Coast Guard VHF Channels

Changes to Irish Coast Guard VHF Channels

The Irish Coast Guard is currently making changes to its VHF working channels currently used for communications with the public. The move follows amendments to transmitting frequencies, to harmonise the VHF maritime mobile band internationally, which also require the coastguard to upgrade its radio equipment at a number of sites.

These upgrades are currently under way and are expected to be finished by the end of this year. The affected remote sites are listed here in this table:

The remaining sites of Carlingford, Wicklow, Mizen Head, Galway, Clew Bay, Donegal Bay, Galley Head, Lough Ree and Lough Derg will retain their currently assigned channel.

Channel 16 will remain available at each remote site for distress, safety and calling and will not be affected by these changes. Channel 67 is also available when required but may not be actively monitored at all times.

Information as it happens is being broadcast on the channel that will be changing in the days leading up to the switchover and also on the Irish Coast Guard’s social media accounts. Updated information is also being posted on the website.

Further queries can be directed to the Irish Coast Guard at

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