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Old 24 January 2014, 11:28   #1
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Hello,
I would like to say Hallo.
In 2010 I sailed with a friend of mine from Milford haven to Dover, Belgium.
We had a german VHF which has not the M or 37A channel.
When I look at the list of VHF channels in the archive here in the forum,
I found about 20 marinas having only the M channel.
e.g. Greenwich Yacht Club M
Do they have any second channel?
Or do they monitor CH 16 as well?
Thanks, Wilhelm
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Don't know about Europe/UK, but in the US, most marinas with a Harbormaster monitor 16 as well as their working channel (which makes sense, as a visiting boater may not know what the working channel is.)

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Old 24 January 2014, 12:07   #3
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Most of the marinas around here monitor channel 80
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Hello,
I would like to say Hallo.
In 2010 I sailed with a friend of mine from Milford haven to Dover, Belgium.
We had a german VHF which has not the M or 37A channel.
When I look at the list of VHF channels in the archive here in the forum,
I found about 20 marinas having only the M channel.
e.g. Greenwich Yacht Club M
Do they have any second channel?
Or do they monitor CH 16 as well?
Thanks, Wilhelm
UK marinas operate on Channel 80. The example you quote of Greenwich Yacht Club is a yacht club and therefore operates on Channel M1 or M2. It is not a marina. You say your GermanVHF did not have channel M - did you go past channel 88 on the selector, I think you might be surprised.
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Channel m or 37a is a private uk channel and one of the differences between a uk VHF and one from another European country - They don't have it!

It can usually be easily added by a dealer.
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There is the exact opposite for bresken, a nice hop from Ramsgate up to the Netherlands and I think the first port past Belgium...

Their marina Chanel isn't found in Uk vhf's.

Highly recommended stop in the rib BTW Bresken.
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Hello,
I found about 20 marinas having only the M channel.
e.g. Greenwich Yacht Club M
Do they have any second channel?
That'd cost them money so probably not. Although some will monitor 80 and M
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Or do they monitor CH 16 as well?
Marina's - not officially. Harbour authorities may. VTS mroe likely to. But all may not be allowed to respond on 16, so listening might be about knowing what's "kicking off" on their patch...

But as said its mostly sailing clubs that use M1 and M2.

This may help:
http://coastalradio.org.uk/freqlists/vhfmarinebases.pdf
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In my experience you're generally much better off phoning marinas rather than calling them up on the radio.
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There is the exact opposite for bresken, a nice hop from Ramsgate up to the Netherlands and I think the first port past Belgium...
Their marina Chanel isn't found in Uk vhf's.
Highly recommended stop in the rib BTW Bresken.
Yes, in Netherland they have a channel 31.
Which is not on German VHF radios.
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But as said its mostly sailing clubs that use M1 and M2.

This may help:
http://coastalradio.org.uk/freqlists/vhfmarinebases.pdf
Thank you for the list.
Brighton Marina (Brighton Control) M/80/16
When we aproached Brighton
- our VHF radio had not the Ch M
- on CH 80 there was a very long weather report in french from a nice female speaker
So we waited 5 or more minutes outside the harbour entry and where drifted by the tide.
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