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Australian Outback HF Network Frequencies (4WD)
Australian Outback (4WD & remote area) Subscription HF networks

There are several publically accessible high frequency (HF) networks used in remote areas of Australia - where mobile telephone networks are not available, and the cost of employing HF radio is simply cheaper than satellite phone for most.

These HF networks provide general and emergency communications to registered users in remote communities such as cattle stations and mines. They also provide a vital safety network for people travelling through the outback – be it by car, caravan, 4WD, or truck - enabling contact with emergency services or other network relay stations.

All users are allowed to operate using a license authority - obtained via a
subscription to a privately owned land-mobile radio network (shown below), enabling them access to the networks' licensed frequencies and services - such as scheduled check-ins, phone patches and emergency response relay service.

These HF subscription networks also include a provision for users to access RFDS frequencies directly or, at the very least, will have radio stations manned to pass on vital messages to emergency responders at RFDS.

The primary medical responder to remote medical emergencies is the Royal Flying Doctor Service. The RFDS has it's own licensed (government regulated) outpost network. Users may apply for a license to access this network via the government.
The RFDS network is the backbone for all other HF outback radio networks. Click for our RFDS
section. 

Please support the RFDS

The main Australian outback HF networks are:

RFDS - Royal Flying Doctor Service (separate page) Government network.

VKS-737 – Australian 4WD Network (Jointly operates some RFDS HF bases)

VKE-237 – The HF Radio Club

VMS-469 – Reids Radio Data / The Bush Telegraph

HF OZ - Basic HF radio network

RADTEL - Syndicated with HF OZ and providing radphone and seaphone

AUSTRAVEL - Basic HF radio network catering for grey nomads


VKS-737 Australian 4WD Network
http://www.vks737.on.net/

The VKS-737 Radio Network Inc. is the most established 4WD radio group in Australia, and holds Land Mobile licences issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) permitting the operation of mobile units and base stations on the frequencies of VKS-737 and bases of the RFDS :

VKS-737 Frequencies

CH1 CH2 CH3 CH4 CH5  CH 6  Ch7
5455 8022 11612 14977 3995 6796 10180

RFDS Frequencies Monitored

CH 20 CH 21 CH 22 Ch 23 CH 24 CH 25 CH 26
2020 2260 2280 2856 2792 4010 4030
VJN VJJ VJI VJN VJT VKJ VKL VJT VJB VKJ VKL
CH 27 CH 28 CH 29 CH 30 CH 31 CH 32 CH 33
4045 4980 5110 5145 5300 5360 6825
VJT VJJ VJN VJJ VJI VJN VJB VKL VJT VJB VKJ VKL VKJ
CH 34 CH 35 CH 36 CH 37 CH 38 CH 39 CH 40
6845 6880 6890 6945 6960 6965 7465
VJJ VJI VKJ VJT VJB VKL VJN VJJ VJI VJN VJJ VJI

 

RFDS Base Station Callsigns:

VJB Derby (WA), VJI Mount Isa (QLD),  VJJ Charleville (QLD),  VJN Cairns 1 (QLD), VJT Carnarvon (WA), VKJ Meekatharra (WA), VKL Port Hedland (WA)

Check for SKEDs on most frequencies on the hour or half hour. (Some may be H+45)




VKE-237 HF Radio Club

http://www.hfradioclub.com.au/

VKE-237 HF Radio Club offers SMS, GPS tracking, phone patch, RFDS entry, general voice frequencies, and controlled network SKED voice networks.
This network operates from Wiluna WA, Alice Springs NT, Sapphire QLD, and Cobar NSW.

3.8920000 MHz
5.1365000 MHz
6.7915000 MHz
7.9005000 MHz
 9.3815000 MHz
 11.487000 MHz
 12.1985000 MHz
14.6635000 MHz
15.972000 MHz


 

VMS-469 Reids Radio Data / Bush Telegraph
http://www.reidsradiodata.com.au
This network provides HF email, phone patch, and daily voice SKEDs.                
Five general communication channels spread over a wide frequency range providing users with radio coverage up to about 3,500 km's. Operators can re-direct your call to RFDS. This is the most affordable of the HF networks.

·                Operating frequencies are (bolded are main voice freq):

3773 KHz

3995 KHz

5455kHz

5744 KHz

5836 KHz

7899kHz

8027 KHz

8083 KHz

9081 KHz

9360 KHz

11612kHz

121211.5 KHz

14977kHz

15968 KHz




HF OZ / RADTEL

An HF network, without SKEDS - but providing RFDS selcall patch, vehicle-to-vehicle voice comms, GPS location logging, SMS, HF phone patch, and HF email. Marketed toward long-term remote travellers / nomads, and maritime stations. Radtel and HF OZ split these frequencies so as not to overlap data with voice.

Derby Charters Towers Perth Newcastle Central
Ch 12 - 3760 Ch 12 - 3760 Ch 12 - 3760 Ch 12 - 3760 Ch 6 - 3885
Ch 13 - 5105 Ch 13 - 5105 Ch 14 - 6910 Ch 13 - 5105 Ch 7 - 5734
Ch 15 - 8160 Ch 15 - 8160 Ch 15 - 8160 Ch 14 - 6910 Ch 8 - 8043
Ch 20 - 11450 Ch 20 - 11450 Ch 18 - 11013.5 Ch 15 - 8160 Ch 9 - 12216
Ch 21 - 16104.5 Ch 21 - 16104.5 Ch 19 - 16231 Ch 16 - 11016.5 Ch 10 - 15890.5
      Ch 17 - 16240  

 



Austravel HF Radio Network
www.austravelsafetynet.com.au

This network provides nodes in NSW, WA, and QLD. A very affordable network marketed towards grey nomads.
Does not indicate any access to RFDS emergency frequencies, but provides several daily skeds via volunteer based stations.

 

Townsville QLD (EST)

Perth WA (WST)

3176

 

 

5127

 

0800 / 1700

5270

0800 / 1700

 

6860

 

 

7652

0815 / 1650

0810 / 1650

10158

 

0820 / 1640

10203

0820 / 1640

 

13910

0830 / 1630

0830 / 1630

14865

 

0835

17463

 

0835