VHF working channels

The Irish Coast Guard has proposed a series of changes to its VHF working channels later this year.

The move follows amendments to transmitting frequencies in order 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 expected to take place between Monday 5 October and mid December, with dates for the channel changeovers yet to be confirmed. The affected remote sites are listed below:

SiteRadio Call SignCurrent ChannelNew Channel
Howth HtsDublin Coast GuardCH 83CH 03
Rosslare HtsRosslare Coast GuardCH 23CH 05
Mine Hd HtsMine Head Coast GuardCH 83CH 03
Cork HtsCork Coast GuardCH 26CH 02
Bantry HtsBantry Coast GuardCH 23CH 05
Valentia HtsValentia Coast GuardCH 24CH 62
Shannon HtsShannon Coast GuardCH 28CH 64
Belmullet HtsBelmullet Coast GuardCH 83CH 63
Clifden HtsClifden Coast GuardCH 26CH 03
Malin Hd HtsMalin Head Coast GuardCH 23CH 05
Scalp MountainMalin Head Coast GuardCH 85CH 01
Glen Hd HtsGlen Head Coast GuardCH 24CH 03

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 67is also available when required but may not be actively monitored at all times.

As the upgrade work progresses, the Irish Coast Guard will inform the public that a channel has changed by the following means:

  • By broadcasting on the channel that will be changing in the days leading up to the switchover
  • The Irish Coast Guard’s social media accounts on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
  • Updated information on the gov.ie website and the Safety on the Water website.

Further queries are directed to the coastguard at admin@irishcoastguard.ie

@ Killaloe Coast Guard 2023