Tas Maritime News October 2015


Tas Maritime Radio has a new web-based application so that we can keep better track of members who undertake a voyage across Bass Strait or to New Zealand, or indeed extended trips around the Tasmanian coast.

TasREP summary This application is called TasREP Vessel Reporting System. The details of your vessel and voyage are entered into it and we update with log entries whenever you contact us. When it's time for us to hand you over to another coast station, we can email all the information to them so they have it handy in the event of a distress situation occurring.

Here's how it works.

Book your voyage. Tell us the details of your vessel and voyage and your trip will be booked into the system. This is best done in advance of your departure date. The best way to book your voyage is to download the Transit Booking Form from tasmaritime.com.au/TasREP (the capital letters are important), but first read the TasREP Guidelines. You can also phone us or send the details in an email.

Check the booking. Select View current Transits from the TasREP Online and you will see a summary of the voyages that are underway or just concluded. Once it has been entered your voyage will be there as a BOOKED status. Note the number in the T# column - this is your Transit number and should be used following your callsign or boat name eg. RG888 Transit 16 or Nordic Transit 13. This will alert the TMR operator that this call is to be logged in TasREP.

SE Australia VHF coverage Call us as you depart. Once you are about to get underway, contact TMR. You will be asked to verify key details such as dates and the number of persons on board (POB). During this call you should advise us when you will report in. You might like to call in during our skeds, or you can select a time that suits you better (between 0700 and 1930). Whatever time you select, stick to it so as to ensure that we are aware of your location and well-being.

During the voyage. You can reach TMR from most locations around the Tasmanian coast and often right across to the mainland. This often depends on the height of your antenna - an average masthead installation should give coverage to the Victorian coast. You can also use HF radio (the use of HF in marinas is not recommended because the amount of shore-based interference usually makes reception impossible), mobile phone (near populated areas) satellite phone, or email (if you are set up for Internet access at sea). The coverage map below shows where VHF communication can be expected but it often extends much further. You can phone us on 03 6231 2276 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Handovers. As you get to the limits of TMR coverage we will hand you over to your next base station. We will send your Transit details to that station and close it on our system. The map to the right gives an indication of our coverage area and also indicates the station we will most likely hand you over to.

Arrival. If the end of your voyage is within TMR's radio range, make sure you let us know that you have arrived so that we can close your Transit. If you don't then the status will become OVERDUE and we will start chasing you up, in the worst case involving Search & Rescue authorities if we cannot contact you.


Rex Griffiths – (Tasmar Radio 1985 – 1989)


Rex Griffiths It is with sadness I report the passing of Rex Griffiths. Rex was the Tasmar Radio Base operator at South Arm between 1985 and 1989. He was a much loved, respected and dedicated operator and was responsible for many a boatie arriving home safely after finding themselves into a spot of trouble. Our sympathy goes out to Yvonne (his wife of 66 years) and his family.

Barry McCann


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