Needles - QAVS

Welcome to the NCI Needles station.

The Needles NCI is a recipient of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service

The station overlooks the iconic Needles and its lighthouse. Set over 400 feet up in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a SSSI the site is managed by National Trust. As well as overseeing the safety of all mariners we also get over 250,000 walkers a year & help maintain their safety. We are also a First Aid station and a Safe Haven for walkers/runners/visitors

Visitor Policy
Visitors are not permitted as this is an active Coastguard communications facility.
Access

As the site is in use for Coastguard communications, access is restricted to NCI Personnel only.

Local Hazards
Cliff edges, Rough Ground and High Winds. Shingles Bank & Overfalls, Narrow channel, Varvassi wreck Strong tides.
Operational capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to NMOC Fareham
Current local weather and sea conditions available by phone 01983 754231 & VHFCh65 We also Broadcast on Ch65 at 09.30 & 13.30
Defibrillator Available: 
Mounted externally available 24 x7 call number displayed on unit for instructions
Station Telephone: 
01983 754231
Visual Watch: 
Yes
Radar Watch: 
No
NAVTEX: 
No
AIS Watch: 
Yes
DSC Watch: 
Yes
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
16
67
73
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
65
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Needles NCI
Other Watch Information: 
First Aid station & Safe Haven for walkers
Visual Horizon: 
21 Nautical Miles

Station Info

Station Address
The Needles Remote Radio Site
Upper Battery
West Highdown
Totland Bay
Isle of Wight
PO39 0JH
Station telephone number
01983 754231
Station email address
Station contact
Tony Stables
Station contact role
Station Manager
01983 761881
Summer opening
Open from: 
09:00
Open until: 
17:00
Days: 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
From: 
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Until: 
Monday, September 9, 2019
Notes: 
From 25/05/19 until 09/09/2019 08:00 - 18:00 Friday, Saturday Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays
Winter opening
Open from: 
09:00
Open until: 
17:00
Days: 
Every Day
From: 
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Until: 
Friday, May 24, 2019
Notes: 
Except16:30 winter closing from Mon 17th November 2018 to Sun 6th January 2019 Afternoon watch reduced to 3.5 hours.
Location
Latitude: 
50° 39.71" N
Longitude: 
001° 34.72" W
OS Reference: 
SZ 298 848
Station Elevation: 
120/395
What3Words: 
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Visual features of station
The station is a two storey purpose-built ex-Coastguard lookout.

About

Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2500 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall  Point in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.

Contact


General enquiries
0300 111 1202

Media enquiries
0845 460 1202


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