Kystradio or marine radio, is responsible for communications with vessels in the Norwegian waters, coordination of search and rescue operations, as well as the transmission of navigational warnings and weather reports.
There are five main stations along the coast of Norway: Tjøme, Rogaland, Floro, Bodø and Vardo and numerous shore stations transmitting radio signals. Some of the transmitting stations are installed on oil platforms, what significantly expands the coverage. Each station is assigned its own frequency channel, so the transceivers must be tuned accordingly depending on the location. Channel plan can be found here: channel plan or channel plan – southern Norway and channel plan – northern Norway.
Weather forcast is broadcasted on working channels in Norwegian and English at: 9:00, 12:00, 15:00, 18:00 i 21:00.
On high frequency band weather warnings are broadcasted on the following frequencies. During winter season on Tuesdays they include ice warnings
- 8416,5 kHz, UTC: 0630 and 1830
- 4210,0 kHz, UTC: 0645 and 1845
South of 65°N:
- Farsund (channel 291) UTC: 12.15 and 23.15
- Rialand (channel 260) UTC: 12.15 and 23.15
- Bergen (channel 272) UTC: 12.15 and 23.15
- Floro (channel 256) UTC: 12.15 and 23.15
- Ørlandet (channel 290) UTC: 12.15 and 23.15
North of 65°N:
- Sandnessjøen (channel 266) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
- Andenes (channel 249) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
- Jan Mayen (channel 277) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
- Hammerfest (channel 241) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
- Berlevåg (channel 261) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
- Vardo (channel 267) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
- Svalbard (channel 273) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03
- Svalbard (channel 401) UTC: 12.03 and 23.03