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Royal Flying Doctor Service (outpost non-assigned) HF Radio Frequencies

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The Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) provides a medical retrieval service to patients in remote areas of the Australian outback requiring urgent hospitalisation.

To facilitate this service the RFDS operates an HF network for people in distress to contact them, given that most remote areas of Australia do not have mobile phone access, and SAT phones are too expensive for casual users.
Access to this radio network is provided by an Outpost class radio license issued by the government. (Similar to a maritime license, without the MROCP).

While the primary purpose of the RFDS radio network is to provide users in remote areas (without phone coverage) access to emergency assistance, it is also used for general chatter amongst users.

Network users consist of:  police and ambulance, 4WDers, cattle stations, mines, caravaners and the like.
Users are licensed to a maximum of 100W pep, and operate on USB (outpost bases operate at 1KW).

HF Radio Frequencies

The primary  frequency of each station is shown in highlighted print.

RFDS Western Operations 

Base

 Telephone

Callsign 

 
Derby  

1800 625 800 

Or

08 9417 6389 (from satphone)

VJB
 2792, 5300, 6945
Port Hedland
VKL
2280, 4030, 5300, 5360, 6960  
Carnarvon
VJT
2280, 2656, 4045, 5360, 6890  
Meekatharra
VKJ
2280,4010, 5360, 5300, 6880, 6825   

 

 

Selcall

Contact with RFDS Western Operations can only be achieved with Selcall equipped radios using the following Selcall numbers on the above RFDS frequencies; or alternatively on any of the VKS-737 frequencies listed.

Carnarvon Selcall: 7411
Derby Selcall: 9211
Meekatharra Selcall: 7511
Perth Selcall: 0511
Port Hedland Selcall: 7811

 

VKS-737 Channels and Frequencies

Channel 1   5455 kHz
Channel 2   8022 kHz
Channel 3   11612 kHz
Channel 4   14977 kHz
Channel 5   3995 kHz
Channel 6   6796 kHz
Channel 7   10180 kHz

 

RFDS Central Operations

Base

 Telephone

Callsign 

HF Frequencies

Alice Springs
08 8648 9555
 
Port Augusta
VNZ
2020 , 4010 , 6890, 8165
(Port Augusta is the communication centre for emergency contact RFDS Central Operations covering S.A & lower half of N.T.)

 

RFDS South Eastern Section

Base

 Telephone

Callsign 

HF Frequencies

Broken Hill
08 8088 1188
VJC
2020, 4055, 6920

 

RFDS Queensland Section

Base

Telephone

Callsign 

HF Frequencies

Charleville

07 4654 1443

VJJ

2020, 4980, 6845, 6965, 7465

Mount Isa

07 4743 2802

VJI

2020, 5110, 6965  

Cairns

07 4040 0500

VJN

2020, 2260, 5145, 5110, 6965, 7465

 

Selcall

Contact may also be achieved with Selcall equipped radios using the following Selcall numbers on the above RFDS frequencies; or alternatively on any of the VKS-737 frequencies listed.

Cairns Selcall: 7714

 

 

 

Charleville Selcall: 8115

Mount Isa Sellcall: 8216 (Presently unavailable)

 

VKS-737 Channels and Frequencies

Channel 1       5455 kHz
Channel 2       8022 kHz
Channel 3       11612 kHz
Channel 4       14977 kHz
Channel 5       3995 kHz
Channel 6       6796 kHz
Channel 7       10180 kHz   

Alternatively, you may dial 000

Information correct as of 13 September, 2013: RFDS Website