Navtex Home Page
Navtex is a receiver / display (screen or paper) which can receive navigation warnings and weather forecasts. It's very useful, the sets are cheap and easy to use. The use of the system is free. You can programme your set to receive different messages, from different stations. You can get a lot of navigation warnings which are not relevant to you, so you have to keep a careful eye on what is relevant. And brush up your French.....
Navtex is part of the GMDSS system. It operates on two frequencies, 518khz and 490khz.
Click here for a map of current warnings http://www.frisnit.com
Example of output: (WZ indicates Navigation warning, will be heard as 'Whisky Zulu' from the Coastguard)
Meteorological Warning EB24 [Thu Jan 30 19:25]
GALE WARNING THURSDAY 30 JANUARY 1910GMT
NORTHERLY SEVERE GALE FORCE 9 IMMINENT
NNNN ZCZC TA47
181530 UTC JAN =
OOSTENDERADIO - INFO 10/03 = WRECK 'TRICOLOR' IN POSITION
GUARDSHIP FRENCH NAVY PRESENT AND TOBE CONTACTED ON VHF CHANNEL 67.
AVURNAV CHERBOURG 006 DOVER STRAIT - BOULOGNE APPROACH OPHELIE BUOY UNLIT PSN: 5043.9N - 001 30.9E
PAS DE CALAIS - APPROCHES DE BOULOGNE
FEU BOUEE 'OPHELIE' (LFCA 23590) ETEINT PSN: 50 43.9N - 001 30.9E
Navigational Warning EA44 [Sat Feb 01 12:46]
DOVER STRAIT. BERGUES BANK. BEURGUES LIGHTBUOY 51-17N 002-19E. UNLIT
Navigational Warning EA71 [Sat Feb 01 12:42]
ENGLAND, EAST COAST, THAMES ESTUARY. FISHERMANS GAT AND BLACK DEEP.
INNER FISHERMAN PORTHAND LIGHTBUOY 51-36.1N 001-19.9E CHANGED TO QUICK FLASH RED. BLACK DEEP NO 10 LIGHTBUOY CHANGED TO GROUP FLASH THREE TEN SECONDS.
Navigational Warning EA41 [Sat Feb 01 12:46]
BRISTOL CHANNEL. BRIDGWATER BAY APPROACHES. DZ2 LIGHTBUOY
Navigational Warning EA79 [Sat Feb 01 16:15]
DOVER STRAIT. IN RUYTINGEN. UNDERWATER OPERATIONS IN PROGRESS BY C/S
CANCEL WZ 175 (EA72)(MA86)
posted 5th November 2009