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VHF & MOBILE COMMUNICATION ON
CANAL BOATS & NARROWBOATS


VHF radio is less commonly used on canal boats / narrowboats since mobile phones are readily used by the vast majority of the population but there are still situations where VHF radio may be required

Marine band VHF radio is principally used to communicate with on-shore radio stations and other users.

It’s application for inland waterways navigation is limited due to the mobile phone market advancements in the last 15 years or so.

All the lock keepers on the river sections can now be contacted by mobile, as can representatives of the Canal & River Trust in the case of system emergencies.

It is not mandatory and probably unnecessary unless you cruise large rivers and estuaries regularly and have to communicate with ocean going vessels.

If you do need to cruise in such situations you do need to be  qualified and licensed to use VHF radio. More information is available from the Inland Waterways Association should you feel the need.
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