We provide a continuous radio watch, 24 hours per day, seven days a week all year round. So you can contact us at any time.

Our call sign is VJ6LQ, (or Whitfords Sea Rescue if you prefer).

Which Channel to Use:

27Mhz radio:–    Call us on channel 90.
If it’s an emergency, call on channel 88.

VHF radio:–        Call us on channel 77.
If it’s an emergency, call on channel 16.
If you are travelling to Rottnest or beyond, you can also reach us on channel 81 (the Rottnest repeater station).

HF radio:–           If you are travelling further offshore and you have an HF radio, call us on 4125.


It’s The Law

To operate a marine VHF radio, you are required to have a license. If you don’t already have a license, the choices are the Australian Waters Qualification, (AWQ) or Short Range Operators’ Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP).

If you wish to operate an HF radio, you must have a Long Range Operators’ Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP). This also qualifies you to operate a VHF radio.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Making Call on Your Radio

Check the radio before you start:

  • switched on
  • tuned to correct channel or frequency
  • SQUELCH adjusted (see below)
  • speaker volume turned up
  • high or low power selected (as appropriate)

Before you make a call:

  • listen on the channel or frequency you are using and WAIT until it is clear. DO NOT transmit if there is a conversation already going on – (only one caller will be heard by the receiving station and it might not be you).
  • think about what you want to say and get it clear in your head before you make the call.

Making a call:

  • hold the microphone close to your mouth and to one side,
  • press the transmit button. You should see an indicator on the display panel to show that you are transmitting,
  • speak clearly and slowly,
  • use the phonetic alphabet when giving your registration number or if it is necessary to spell a word.
  • if you are asked to repeat something, be patient and give the information again, (radio signals frequently become distorted or blocked by other transmissions. So, even if you have already provided the information once, it may not have been received).

Logging on for your boat trip:

  • “VJ6LQ, this is (say your call sign twice), Over”.
  • Wait for VJ6LQ to respond. There may be a short delay if the operator is dealing with multiple calls and you may need to repeat after 2 minutes if there is no response
  • Wait until you hear VJ6LQ respond with “(Your call sign), this is VJ6LQ, go ahead please”.
  • Now give your voyage details as follows:
    • VJ6LQ this is (your call sign),
    • we are leaving from (your point of departure)
    • going to (your destination),
    • we have (number of people) on board,
    • we have (number) litres of fuel,
    • our boat registration is (registration number)
    • our estimated time of arrival/return is (time).
    • Over
  • Now you must wait for an acknowledgement to make sure all the details have been received and recorded. You may need to repeat some information.
  • When you are sure your trip details have been received, you can safely head to your destination.
  • LEAVE YOUR RADIO ON, (preferably Dual Watch 16/73 or 88/90)

Please remember to log off when you arrive at your destination:

  • “VJ6LQ, this is (say your call sign twice), Over”.
  • Wait for VJ6LQ to respond.
  • VJ6LQ this is (your call sign), we wish to advise that we have arrived safely at (destination). We are closing down and we thank you for your cover. (or words to that effect)
  • You should wait for an acknowledgement to make sure your logoff was received before turning your radio off, (if not, you may be identified as overdue – leading to a possible search).

Setting Squelch

If your radio has a SQUELCH knob, turn it fully anti-clockwise and then rotate it in a clockwise direction until there is no noise. Now turn it back very slightly anti-clockwise.

To hear weaker signals, you may need to turn the squelch further anti-clockwise.

Check the owners instructions if your radio has other means of adjusting Squelch