VHF Coverage, Channels and Skeds VHF repeaters cover all the SA coast on VHF marine channels 80, 81,82, 83, 21 & 22. A new Ch 21 repeater at Mt Macdonnell now covers Kangaroo Island, Investigator Strait and into the the southern waters of the Gulfs. This repeater became operational on September 10 2008. A new Ch 22 repeater at The Bluff near Mount Gambier in the South East now covers coastal waters from Robe into Victorian waters. This repeater became operational on July 25 2009. The map below shows the approximate ranges of the repeaters and the appropriate channel to call on within each area. These channels are monitored by the numerous volunteer marine radio base stations all along the SA coast, see below. A full listing of these stations can be found in the current edition of the Tide Tables for SA Ports which should be available in all marine supply stores.
HF marine distress frequencies are monitored by Coast Radio Adelaide and also by some of the volunteer marine radio stations. This station maintains a 24 watch on channels: 4125, 6215 and 8291 kHz also VHF Ch 16. The HF frequencies should be be reliable for up to 200nm offshore. The distress frequencies are: 4125, 6215, 8291 kHz. 2182 kHz is no longer monitored by Coast Radio stations but may still be monitored by some volunteer stations. Coast Radio will broadcast warnings for Auscoast Area E ( South Australian Waters) on 8176 kHz at 1327 and 1727 CST.
Weather information is provided at the listed times on the following stations. These stations also monitor emergency calls and some provide scheds for vessels making passage. A listening watch only is provided on some stations.