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VHF Weather Radio:  What's the weather out there?

To help inform us of changing weather conditions various organizations broadcast continuous weather information.

To prevent overlapping interfering broadcasts depends on your area, terrain and transmitter power, so radio towers may transmitters on different frequencies. Hence one may pick up more than one broadcast source in your area. Since our countries (Canada/USA) are bordering, the radio standards used for each may be configured differently. Even the weather receiver manufactures, can vary in their channel line up or frequencies covered.

In Canada, Environment Canada and Weather Radio Canada provide Continuous Marine Broadcasts (CMB) services.

In the United States, the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides the same service.

Additionally are Weather Alert Services, that automatically turn on compatible shore-based receivers when threatening weather is approaching. These systems use an additional "Tone Alert" and or are set with county codes and geographic codes for your area.

Sailing Tip: Although it is very important to watch weather broadcasts on Television but the same should be done for Marine Radio Weather Reports that are customized more for boaters during the "week before" the day of departing for a sail. In doing so will provide one with the extra knowledge of how the weather patterns are developing. This will help to eliminate any last minute surprises and allows one far in advance to prepare and rig their craft accordingly to handle those conditions.


Radio Weather Channels

Additional Information

Weather X


VHF Marine
Radio Channel

Wx1 162.550   USA NOAA

NOAA - All USA Stations Listing

Wx2 162.400  
Wx3 162.475  
Wx4 162.425  
Wx5 162.450  
Wx6 162.500  
Wx7 162.525  
Wx8 162.650 21B Canada, English

Weather Radio Canada - All Stations

Pacific Coast: 21B, WX1, Wx2, Wx3

Wx9 161.775 83B
- 161.750 23B Canada, French
- 162.000 28B
Wx10 163.275   USA, NOAA


Weather Tip: Have you noticed that some "Old Sea Dog" Captains, are more "attuned to the weather" than most of us. In the days of old, late 1800's, they only had a compass, barometer, and a wind vane when out sailing. They also could read the skies (clouds) tides, currents, and noticed many other conditions (moon stages). The newest technology being developed at that time was the introduction of the Morse Code and Captains back then resented having their positions also monitored. History has documented the hundreds of shipwrecks along the shores of the Great Lakes directly resulting with encounters with large storms.

Now we have multiple sources; TV, AM/FM Radio, Internet, Marine Radio, Cell phones, and satellites, that provide us with latest weather forecasts allowing us to have a much safer and fun voyage.

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