HF Radio Use

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:08
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Who do you contact to get a licence to legally use the RFDS chanells.
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Reply By: signman - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:12

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:12
The RFDS radio network for outback travellers is now about extinct.
For outback touring- suggest you contact VKS737, do a search for information.
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Reply By: web-keeper-666 - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:17

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:17
I dont understand why you would want to...? Its easier to become a member of the VKS737 radio network, and have access to the 5 channels they offer, they give you access to 5 all round channels which can be used freely except during SKEDS...!

It really is the better way.

There website is VKS-737

Good Luck
Jon - (Sierra 65)
0433 000 443
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Reply By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:35

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:35
Greetings

To use the RFDS channels you require an Outpost Licence
ACA go to the outpost licence page.

As stated you will find being a member of a network such as VKS737 more of an advantage than accessing the RFDS network at this stage and a network such as Radtel for telephone ability.

Regards

Paul
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Follow Up By: VK3CAT - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:56

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 16:56
Having an outpost station licence costs very little (I think about $35.00 per annum).
It does give you the option of using the RFDS frequencies on a secondary use basis, which is usefull for contacts when the VKS737 channels are being used (can also be used to contact other non VKS737 users). The main VKS channel being CH2 (8022 kHz) does get congested yet there are a heap of RFDS frequencies just below 7000kHz that have similar operational propagation.
Also 2020kHz on RFDS is excellent for local (mobile to mobile) use at around 100kMs using ground wave propagation.
Cheers Tony
Victor 5715, VZU494, VK3CAT
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Reply By: Gu_Patrol - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 18:25

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 18:25
I use www.radtelnetwork.com.au/ they only charge $22 a year you still use 4 of the VKS 737 network channels. One of the best time to call on HF was between 4:30 and 6pm , but on VKS 737 system you couldn't call your mates,because of the skeds. Radtel uses 7899khz and I found it free most of the times.

otherwise have both, skeds are good to let Base stations know your safe, or messages can be past onto you
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 18:36

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 18:36
Hmmm

My current Radtel renewal and the radtel web site indicates that $22.00 per year is to retain your Selcal/Radtel ID. This fee does not permit or authorise use of their frequencies.

I also believe that radtel only provides HF radio telephone services. General voice operation is not permitted on their network (licence conditions) but I could be wrong!!!

Regards

Paul
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Reply By: wheeleybin - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 18:33

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 18:33
There are three oportunities with HF
VKS 737 4x4 radio Club
Rieds Radio Data (Cowra) The old Bush Telegraph.
HF Radio Club based at CMCA Village Casino.
Even though the RFDS is now old hat the channels are still open for emergencies .
For phone interconnect the HFradio Club is the cheapest system.
Its horses for courses what ever you thionk suits you best.
VME 20 CC 1252 HF
Wheeley
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 19:12

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 19:12
Four.

Amateur Radio.

The new Foundation Licence is within the reach of most people.

www.amateurradio.com.au/foundation/

Mike Harding
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Reply By: cobber - Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 19:09

Thursday, Apr 06, 2006 at 19:09
Thanks to all who answered my simple Question, to the others who went off on a tangent and told what I should be doing ( probably ex school teachers) I apoligise for not saying that I am a new member of VKS-737, the reason for the question is that I have a friend up north who uses the RFDS network and it would be nice to contact him some time.
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