Correct Use of Radio Frequencies
If you own or use a Marine VHF Radio make sure you know the procedures for radio use
National and international systems exist to provide prompt and effective search and rescue assistance to ships in distress.
By complying with the correct radio protocols and procedures, ship station operators can ensure that these systems continue to work effectively for the benefit of all users.
Calling a coast station or ship station on channel 16
Keep it clear—call and switch. Call on channel 16, then switch to an appropriate working channel that will keep channel 16 clear for someone else to use.
Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie has significantly upgraded (Nov 2017) the performance of channel 16.
Further information on the above items can be obtained from the following web site