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Postal Address: 17 Dean Street, Liskeard,
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Calshot Tower - QAVS

Welcome to NCI Calshot Tower Lookout Station. The station is situated on Calshot Spit where Southampton Water meets the Solent, one of the busiest coastal sea locations in the UK. In 2019 the Station was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).

Please use the left hand menu (or the "Station details" menu on a phone or tablet) to discover:  what we do, information about going on the Solent or  visiting Calshot, or if you would like to join us as a Watchkeeper or otherwise support our work.

During Summer 2019 NCI Calshot Tower is also manning a satellite station at Stone Point (in Lepe Country Park) on a trial basis.

Below is a brief outline summary of our Operational Capability. The station is open every day of the year except Christmas day.

Visitor Policy: 
Unfortunately, because the Station can only be accessed by vertical ladders within Calshot Tower, public visits are normally not possible. Individual visits are possible on a pre-arranged basis.
Summer Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Summer times commences at the start of BST.
Winter Opening
Open from: 
Open until: 
Every Day
Winter hours commences at the end of BST.
50° 49.21' N
1° 18.48' W
OS Reference: 
SU 488 025
Station Post Code: 
SO45 1BR
Station Elevation: 
100 feet; 30.5m
Visual features of station: 
The lookout is a tall tower 112 ft high, standing at the end of Calshot Spit at the entrance to Southampton Water. Originally built in 1973 to house the Coastguard lookout with a radar scanner on the top, it was decommissioned in 1993 and re-opened as an NCI station in 2010.
Operational Capability
This station has Declared Facility Status
This station reports to NMOC Fareham
Present weather and sea conditions call direct VHF ch. 65 (or by 'phone) during watch hours
Defibrillator Available: 
Mounted internally available when lookout is open
Station Telephone: 
023 8089 3562
Visual Watch: 
Radar Watch: 
AIS Watch: 
CCTV Watch: 
CCTV of the local inshore area parallel to the Sunderland hangar
DSC Watch: 
Radio: Listening watch on channels: 
Radio: Channels in use (call direct not via ch 16): 
Radio: Channel 00: 
Listening watch and ready to transmit as authorised by Coastguard
Station Call Sign: 
Calshot NCI
Other Watch Information: 
For Radio Checks, inshore forecast and present weather, sea conditions and local information call direct on VHF ch.65
Visual Horizon: 
11.4nm towards the east Solent; Southampton Water to Dock Head but obstructed by the Esso jetties; a line from Newtown River to Stansore Point in the west Solent
Station Address
Primary Contact: 
Roger Taylor
Primary Contact role: 
Calshot Tower
Calshot Spit
SO45 1BR

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