Marine VHF Frequency Restrictions

Marine VHF frequency usage and restrictions in Canada are set by Industry Canada
Spectrum Management and Operations Branch. has neatly summarized the Canadian marine VHF frequency usage in a table.

Historically, the Club has been using Channel 71 for intership communications during our on the water get meetups for years. The Spectrum Management and Operations Branch has restricted Channel 71  for “Ship Movement — BCC {British Columbia Coast (Pacific Coast) area}”.

During a recent cruising event our members were directed to stay off of Channel 71 by Victoria Coast Guard because it is a “working channel”.

According to the’s VHF frequency usage table channels 67, 68, 69, 72, and 87 are available for the Club’s use. Further discussion on the Club’s channel selection will be raised during our Club Night this September. In the interim we will use channel 72 for intership communication in Canadian waters.


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