For those that haven’t heard our exciting news, Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club has its own VHF Channel!! “Game Base” Channel 65.
Mercury Bay Game Base Radio channel 65 is owned and operated by MBGFC for the benefit of their members and associated club members to report any fishing activity or communication to the fishing community.
Game base Radio is available for tournaments and non-tournament fishing to advise your intention to fish which can include: – advising leaving times, hook ups, time landed, return times, organising of weigh master, smoking of fish and any fishing activity on the water.
Although MBGFC committee and radio operators strive to offer a professional operation, they offer these services as volunteers and do so on the basis that they accept no personal liability in respect of any loss or damage suffered by any person arising out of their voluntary services or the activities of the club generally.
As we are a fishing Club and not a rescue organisation, we encourage you to run search and rescue formal trip reports with coastguard on channel 63, but it is great to hear from you when you are heading out on the water.
Game base will generally operate from 1st December to end of April 6am – 8pm. Any variation to this will be updated on our Facebook page and our website.
Hours of Operation during Tournaments will be as above and as per tournament rules for contestants.
Users are also encouraged to keep conversations brief and show respect to other users.
Remember that every time you transmit, your words can be heard by hundreds of people both adults and children and a reminder that radios are not a toy for children to play on.
It is a requirement that all VHF users have a Marine VHF Radio operators Certificate, we encourage all adults likely to be boating to obtain this Certificate. Contact local Coastguard for their next course.
In the event of an emergency please contact Coastguard on channel 16, 63 or dial 111, however should assistance be needed for non-emergency situations, channel 65 may be able to be used to contact other vessels in your area to assist.