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Marine, amateur & CB radio

Owners and users of CB radio, marine and amateur radio need to be familiar with the necessary operational procedures in order to use their equipment responsibly and safely.The amateur service is designed for hobbyists. Anyone can listen in using a receiver. To transmit you need operator qualifications and a licence issued by the ACMA.

National and international systems exist to provide search and rescue assistance to ships in distress. A distress call can be heard on any frequency and you will only be able to help if you are familiar with the correct protocols.

The information in the section will help make sure you’re operating with the correct licence and authorisation and complying with the necessary standards and regulations under the Radiocommunications Act 1992.

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Radio and TV reception affected by Amateur or CB radio transmission VHF marine radio operator qualifications Amateur callsigns Amateur Internet Linking Systems (AILS) Amateur licensing Applying for an apparatus licence Help with application forms Good operating practices for HF users Radio propagation Eliminating CB radio & interference in audio equipment Marine Certificates of Proficiency Amateur operating procedures.

Last updated: 27 August 2018