To join Marlborough-Nelson Marine Radio and gain the use of our privately owned channels (01, 04, 05, 60, 63, 65 and 66) please either complete an online application or contact our office by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning (03) 573 8851 and they will send you an application form. 

Membership fees are kept as low as possible to encourage everyone to join - to 31 July 2024 a recreational membership is $96 (incl gst) and a commercial membership is $207.58 (incl gst).  Recreational members with more than one vessel pay $71 (incl gst) for each of their additional vessels, and commercial members with more than one vessel pay $188.60 (incl gst) for each of their additional vessels.

Benefits of belonging to the Association include:

  • Rights to transmit and receive on channels 01, 04, 05, 60, 63, 65 and, for commercial vessels only, channel 66
  • Monitored trip reports - Police Search and Rescue are notified when vessels are overdue
  • Scheduled daily weather reports - updates available on request
  • Local navigational warnings
  • A link to medical assistance
  • Tide information
  • Assistance with passing on urgent or essential messages (toll calls and calls to cell phones will be on-charged to the member)

General assistance including

  • Breakdowns, eg if your engine fails and you need a tow
  • Reporting or locating lost gear
  • VHF radio checks
  • Finding a local service provider for marine repairs and equipment
  • Putting you in touch with a resort or restaurant