Radio Operator

Tauranga Volunteer Coastguard is one of a few units that operates, monitors and maintains marine VHF Channels

Each year the unit’s Radio Room will log over 30,000 VHF calls.  During the busiest days a Radio Operator
can be logging up to 30 VHF calls every hour for the duration of their duty.

The radio room mainly monitors VHF Channel 01 and 62, however we have the ability to monitor many more. 
A Radio Operator is on either a morning shift (6:30am to 12:30pm) or an afternoon shift (12:30pm to 6:00pm). 
Training will first be on a one-to-one basis, and we run combined training on a Wednesday afternoon once a month. 

Along with radio work, a Radio Operator will need to be proficient and confident with IT, and have a VHF Radio Licence (if you don’t hold a license we will help you gain one).  They are the first port of call for the boating public and are a vital tool in ensuring all information is gathered and passed on to the correct personnel.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Radio Operator Volunteer at Tauranga Coastguard please get in touch, on (07) 578 5579, or email -, we would love to sit down with you, have a coffee and a chat. 
We will show you around our HQ and see if this is something for YOU!