Changes to Irish Coast Guard VHF channels on the horizon

Date Published : September 1st, 2020    Published By : admin

The Irish Coast Guard is proposing changes to its VHF channels.

Amendments to transmitting frequencies are required to harmonise the VHF maritime mobile band internationally, and the Coast Guard is required to upgrade its radio equipment at various transmitting sites.

According to, the 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.

Howth Coast Guard. Pic: Declan Keogh / Emergency Times

Channel 16 will not be affected by the changes and C16 will remain available at each remote site for distress, safety and calling while Channel 67 is also available when required but may not always be monitored.

The Irish Coast Guard intends to inform the public on the progress of the upgrade works via social media and Department of Transport website and by broadcasting on the channel that will be changing in the days leading up to the switchover.


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