Call signs are a unique identifier for your vessel and are an important consideration for your safety.

They will help rescue services know exactly who and what they are looking for and should be used when placing Trip Reports or making Mayday or other urgent calls.  Have your call sign displayed prominently near your radio so there is no delay in giving this vital piece of information.

If you don't know your current call sign then please contact Coastguard Boating Education who can help you to update your existing call sign or provide you with a new one.


Marlborough-Nelson Radio operators are usually monitoring more than one channel and so have their radio set on scan.  When contacting Marlborough-Nelson Radio it assists the operator if you identify the channel you are calling on by using the appropriate call sign for Marlborough-Nelson Radio:

Channel 01 Marlborough-Nelson Radio zero-one
Channel 04 Marlborough-Nelson Radio zero-four
Channel 05 Marlborough-Nelson Radio zero-five
Channel 60 Marlborough-Nelson Radio six-zero
Channel 63 Marlborough-Nelson Radio six-three
Channel 65 Marlborough-Nelson Radio six-five