VHF Radio

The fixed radio has all the normal channels and is programmed with specific SAR channels to contact the Coastguard and Lifeboat(s) when needed. We have two fixed VHF radios in the station. One is upstairs in the operations room which has an external speaker in the office and another radio downstairs with external speakers going to the changing room and boat hall.

VHF in the station (Left), VHF on the Atlantic Lifeboat (Right).

RDF (Radio Direction Finder)

The RDF at the station allows us to help the Atlantic 85 in finding a casualty if needed. This is achieved by using the Atlantic’s RDF to get a bearing from their position and then a bearing from the station. At the station, the Launching Authorities can then use these positions and bearings to triangulate a rough position. In larger scenario’s we can help two boats with RDF’s on board but instead of using two bearings it is called a crooked hat and gives a more accurate area to search.


RDF in the Station (Left),  RDF on the Atlantic Lifeboat (Right)





The Navtex receives weather reports from the Met Office so we know an up to date weather forecast as and when required.

Chimet / Cambermet

‘Chimet’ and ‘Cambermet’ are local weather stations and are similar to Navtex but the important difference is that the reports are actual and updated regularly.

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Service Numbers 2019

Total Launches: 84
Atlantic 85: 42
D-Class: 42

Services Totals

2015 - 67
2014 -77
2013 - 86
2012 - 77

Tide Times

Tide Times & Heights for Chichester Harbour (Entrance) on Thursday, 21 January 2021
High Tide: 05:00 ( 4.10m )
Low Tide: 10:32 ( 2.00m )
High Tide: 17:20 ( 3.90m )
Low Tide: 23:01 ( 2.00m )

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