Welcome to NZ's VHF Radio Resource Centre
- Created on Monday, 27 November 2023 12:00
Everything you need to know about VHF Radios in New Zealand...
VHF Radios - are a Life Saver!
VHF radio is a vital means of communication between all water craft, safety authorities and other mariners.
Many lives are saved every year in New Zealand because a VHF radio was onboard.
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Run down on some common VHF radio problems
- Created on Thursday, 26 July 2012 02:38
We usually get quite a few queries about VHF radios. So here’s a run down of the common problems we get asked about:
- Overheating – It’s very easy for your VHF radios to overheat especially if mounted in the wrong place. If you’re mounting on a wall, make sure it has enough space for air to flow through. If your radio does overheat, just remove from the wall and let it cool down. Make sure you mount in a place where air can flow freely into the unit.
- Lights on but no sound – If your radio has its lights turned on but have no sound, this could caused by improper battery function. Try and recharge or replace your battery. You can also do a quick check on the battery cables; they may already be corroded or damaged.
- Faulty antenna – If you can receive messages but are no longer able to transmit, it is very likely that you have a faulty antenna. But before you get it replaced, try and reposition the antenna first. Remember the rule: the higher it’s mounted, the better the reception will be.
There you go, common VHF radio problems that you can fix all on your own!
Icom Marine Radio
- Created on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 06:13
Icom has been around for well over 50 years now. They’ve been coming up with top quality equipment for communication gear… which explains why they are one of the most recognised brand in the radio space.
Their communication equipment can be used for marine, avionics, land mobile and wide-band receiver industries.
But here’s a cool fact…
Did you know that Icom has won more awards for their marine communications equipment than any other manufacturer? Yup! They’ve been sweeping awards at the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) awards event for many years now.
Among their marine communications products, they are highly known and awarded for their SSB Radios. In fact, NMEA has awarded them with Best SSB Radio for three years in a row! Quite a feat, I must say.
Know which channel to tune in on for up to date weather forecast
- Created on Thursday, 08 March 2012 08:17
If you’re planning a fishing trip, it pays to know the weather condition so you don’t have any accidents.
There are different ways that you can check the latest weather forecast. You can either do a simple check with any marine weather forecast or check with harbourmasters as they are likely to be knowledgeable about local weather changes or updates.
Another neat way of checking weather forecast is using your VHF Radio. Coastguard NowCasting is a service that is provided for boaties free of charge. With this service, you can have up to date information regarding any weather changes when you are out on the water. Weather forecasts along with wind data and tides are being broadcasted continuously to VHF channels. You can check out the photo below to be in the know of what channels to tune in to depending on your location.
Use that VHF Radio the right way!
- Created on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 05:47
When you look at a VHF radio, it might seem like a no-brainer to use. Just click on a button, talk over the mic and that’s it. But there’s a lot more than meets the eye. There are some important things to know about how to use that VHF radio you just bought.
A lot of people have been subscribing to to the Free VHF Radio Usage Printout. We’ve come up with this printout to serve as a guide for first time VHF radio users… or even for those who have been using it for quite some time now but still need to know vital information.
This printout contains info that every NZ VHF radio user should know about. It has a list of channels being used in NZ and what these channels stand for. It also differentiates “Pan-Pan” and “Mayday”; when you should use one over the other.
Overall, the guide is something that can come in handy for when you are planning to take your radio out during a trip.