Irish Coast Guard VHF working channels

A Marine Notice has been issued byThe Department of Transport on proposed changes to Irish Coast Guard VHF working channels. Photo: Malin Head Coast Guard Station

Marine Notice No. 44 of 2020 has been issued byThe Department of Transport to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishers, Yachtsmen and Seafarers on proposed changes to Irish Coast Guard VHF working channels.

Further to Marine Notice No. 36 of 2020 issued on 01 September 2020, the Irish Coast Guard would like to again draw the public’s attention to changes to the VHF working channels currently used for communications with the public.  

This will involve the Irish Coast Guard upgrading radio equipment at a number of the VHF network remote locations prior to the channel changeover at each site. 

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The table below sets out the changes to the working channels that will occur in the coming weeks following completion of the upgrades. 

Note: Channel 16 will remain available at each remote site for distress, safety and calling and will not be affected by these changes.

Channel 67 is also available when required but may not be actively monitored at all times.

Outline of Planned Changes

While at present it is not possible to provide definitive dates for these channel changes, the upgrade work will commence on Tuesday 6th October 2020 and continue for 10 weeks, to conclude the week commencing Monday 14 December 2020.  

Restrictions arising from social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic may impact on the commencement conclusion of works. 

The following table details the remote sites affected by the upgrade work, including the current channel associated with that site and the new channel  that will be in operation following the completion of works.

Proposed changes to Irish Coast Guard VHF working channels:

Site Radio 

Call Sign

Current Channel

New Channel

Howth Hts

Dublin Coast Guard



Rosslare Hts

Rosslare Coast Guard 



Mine Hd Hts

Mine Head Coast Guard 



Cork Hts

Cork Coast Guard 



Bantry Hts

Bantry Coast Guard 



Valentia Hts

Valentia Coast Guard



Shannon Hts

Shannon Coast Guard



Belmullet Hts

Belmullet Coast Guard 



Clifden Hts

Clifden Coast Guard 



Malin Hd Hts

Malin Head Coast Guard 



Scalp Mountain

Malin Head Coast Guard 



Glen Hd Hts

Glen Head Coast Guard 




*Hts = High Transmission Site

The remaining sites of Carlingford, Wicklow, Mizen Head, Galway, Clew Bay, Donegal Bay, Galley Head, Lough Ree and Lough Dergwill retain their currently assigned channel

A Marine Notice will be issued upon completion of the upgrade project which will give a full list of all channels that will be used in future, including at the sites that will be retaining their current channels.

Further Communications

As the upgrade work progresses, the Irish Coast Guard will inform the public that a channel has changed by the following means:

By broadcasting on the channel that will be changing in the days leading up to the switchover

Through The Irish Coast Guard’s social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Updated information on the website and the Safety on the Water website.If you have further queries, please contact the Coast Guard at

Note: Marine Notices are issued purely for maritime safety and navigation reasons and should not be construed as conferring rights or granting permissions.


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Proposed changes to Irish Coast Guard VHF working channels

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