Tas Maritime Radio (TMR) has now commissioned a new multi channel marine VHF base station to provide safety coverage to the highland lakes area. It will provide a 24/7 safety listening watch on VHF Channel 16, the distress and calling channel, and from January 1st, will be used to transmit a daily weather sked for the area at 0830 hours after an initial announcement on CH16. The predicted coverage of the base will be Great Lake, Arthur’s Lake, Lake Echo, Lake Sorell, Lake Crescent, Penstock Lagoon, Woods Lake, Lagoon of Islands and Little Pine Lagoon – and probably more.
TMR recommends that boaters using the service have a properly installed fixed radio and antenna on their boats as this will maximise the performance. Portable radios, whilst very useful, are much less efficient. To assist with determining the actual coverage of the new base, TMR urges lakes fishermen to call in and report their position. If the new base covers your favourite fishing spots, show your support by joining Tas Maritime Radio. See www.tasmaritime.com.au for further details.
This expansion of the coverage area has been achieved through the co-operation of Telstra and Tas Networks, MAST and TMR and will be of great assistance to those who go boating in the Highland Lakes.