H.F. RADIO regulations etc...

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 15:10
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Gudday all..... have been through the archives etc but....I,m trying to find out the regulations licences etc needed to operate/own/use hf radio. For a novice don,t understand person on radios, it all seem very mysterious. Who or what is vks737, do I sit a test, if who with, can I make phone calls back home over the radio....any info would be a big help. Uther
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Reply By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 16:14

Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 16:14
Spend a bit of time at the vks737 website most of your questions will be answered.
VKS737 do not generally handle phone calls but there are other operators who do.
You can contact the rfds direct through the phone via VKS737
Join up with VKS737 and you are granted a licence to operate on their freq's, no test etc.

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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 11:39

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 11:39
For phone calls go use the Radtel link on the VKS web site as they are affiliated. had my HF fitted yesterday by the people who own Radtel now Lex can check up on Mum & Daughter when we are away.Regards Bob
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Reply By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 16:15

Saturday, Feb 07, 2004 at 16:15
Spend a bit of time at the vks737 website most of your questions will be answered.
VKS737 do not generally handle phone calls but there are other operators who do.
You can contact the rfds direct through the phone via VKS737
Join up with VKS737 and you are granted a licence to operate on their freq's, no test etc.

VKS737 Website

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Reply By: Member - Nigel (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 09:04

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 09:04
To use Royal Flying Doctor Frequencies you need to apply to the Australian Communications Authority for a Mobile Outpost license (no tests).

For all other networks, you apply to the network for membership and they will issue you with a license to use their assigned frequencies (no tests).

For info on each network it's best to read their website to see what they do and don't offer.
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Reply By: Mixo - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 12:51

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 12:51
Amen to the above - membership with VKS737 gets you licenced for all you need 'cept the radio/telephone calls (VKS737 opted not to get into Radphone because it was already there via Radtel - the two have an "association" - works well). IF you get a modern radio with selcall built in, you can
1. Join Vks737 and that gets you 5 channels and lots of contact opportunities anywhere, with plenty of sched information up to 19 times per day.
2. Join Radtel and you can phone any land phone or mobile in Oz for a reasonable cost.
3. If buying new, dealers I know will throw in some quality training.
After awhile, HF use is quite straight forward - just needs a little practice.The car, the boat, the camper, the radios - is that all there is to life ?
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Reply By: Mixo - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 12:56

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 12:56
er.... forgot to say....membership of VKS737 and Radtel gets you the opportunity to selcall and through-connect with a host of authorities in all states without cost ! Buying an ACA licence for direct connection to the various authorities is not necessary as I see it - the VKS737 and Radtel operators on selcall watch (between skeds) will phone them if you have any drama.The car, the boat, the camper, the radios - is that all there is to life ?
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