HF RADIO

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 03, 2017 at 21:11
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Other than 4wd,how common is a hf radio in a normal car/wagon, I have seen them on 2 holden wagons,what purpose would they serve on those vehicles?
Ian.
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Thursday, Aug 03, 2017 at 21:35

Thursday, Aug 03, 2017 at 21:35
More than likely they will be Police or Emergency Service vehicles (Fire and SES etc). Quite a few of the country Highway Patrol vehicles in WA Police have them - both marked and unmarked vehicles. There may also still be some DPaW, Health Dept and Education Dept vehicles running around with them.

These groups have their own frequencies and you may be able to scan them - but is illegal to transmit on them. You need the relevant authority to use certain frequencies - like the VKS737 frequencies. It is not a licence, that is held by the relevant organisation (VKS737) - you only have authority to use their frequencies.

Despite what many say, there is still a use for HF radios, but they are not the be all and end all in remote communications. They have limitations as do satellite phones. I choose to carry both.

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Follow Up By: Member - MARIC - Thursday, Aug 03, 2017 at 21:54

Thursday, Aug 03, 2017 at 21:54
Likewise, both HF & Sat Tf I like an each way bet lol
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Follow Up By: Member - William B (The Shire) - Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 07:15

Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 07:15
I,m the same.
HF radio, Satellite phone and a Spot device,
All are different but can do the same job if needed.
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Follow Up By: Dean K3 - Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 18:27

Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 18:27
All WAPOL country vehicle have HF fitted

I did bit of a stint with Moto in RESU shed and remember a country car being sent out (new replacement) and somehow HF wasn't installed - that sent the pineapples flying and exploding - trying to get a radio tech to fit one up out bush isn't easy task due to complete strip out to install power feeds coax etc

DFES are the only other WA state govt to use HF system

DPAW (whatever it called now) incorporated to WAERN VHF 136-174 mHz range with limited range capacity and then use sat phone for check ins when out on road esp remote areas Carnarvon district as example
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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 10:02

Friday, Aug 04, 2017 at 10:02
It all depends where you saw them.....

The locals up the cape use the autotune antennas as some sort of status symbol, there are rarely any cables connected to it, and it may or may not be complete.


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Reply By: wombat100 - Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 15:05

Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 15:05
I have HF in our 2WD Mercedes Sprinter- and it gets used !!
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian C26 - Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 16:46

Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 16:46
Mercedes sprinter, I will have to look that one up I don't think I have seen one, what situations do you use your HF,on long distance travel? if you have a photo of it on the car I would love to see it.
The cars I have seen HF radios on them are vehicles that are NOT police or the like,I just didn't know if they are a status symbol or there was a specific reason and use for them.
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Reply By: Member - Blue M - Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 21:42

Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 21:42
It is probably not very common to see a street car with a hf radio in it, but you don't necessarily have to have a 4 wheel drive to drive in the out of the way places.

What is way out of the way to some, is just home to others that live in such a place.

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Reply By: Member - JOHNVK2JF - Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 21:45

Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 21:45
Are you talking about the Codan style HF antennas ?
If so I have used them on various vehicles for amateur radio use.
They work with amateur radio transceivers with a simple adaptor cable.
I now prefer the so called "screwdriver" style mobile antennas, Tarheel / Hi-Q etc.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ian C26 - Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 22:39

Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 22:39
Yes, the codan is the one I have seen,would they use VKS or another operation?
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Follow Up By: Member - JOHNVK2JF - Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 22:48

Saturday, Aug 05, 2017 at 22:48
Ian
No idea what HF radio service they may be using.
Could be a HF radio club like VKS / HfOz, amateur radio, private network, Police etc.

John
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