Question qbout HF Radio

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 02, 2002 at 01:00
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Hi there!
We just arrived in Sydney with our imported car. We now want to go inlands but we don't know yet how we can activate our HF radio. We brought one in from Belgium, but what channels can we use, do we need a membership, and also where can we buy a second hand (or new?) HF antenne.
The links maked under UHF radio on this site doesn't work, so don't know who to contact.
Could someone give me some information about this?! Thanks!

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Reply By: Russell - Thursday, Jan 03, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Jan 03, 2002 at 01:00
This is the best place to start.
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Reply By: Sean Davis - Monday, Jan 07, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 07, 2002 at 01:00

Where are you planning to go.

Sean & Karen
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Reply By: Stephen Mills - Monday, Jan 07, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 07, 2002 at 01:00
In Sydney contact Philip Collins and Associates North Ryde phone 9888-9777, they will be able to assist !!

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Reply By: tim - Monday, Jan 07, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 07, 2002 at 01:00
nothing works 100% all the time not HF/sat phone thats all there is for long dist comms but HF has vks737 network wich provides help/assistance/road/weather reports aust wide daily its that simple
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Reply By: Mike Ranger - Wednesday, Jan 09, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Jan 09, 2002 at 01:00
Karin, welcome and happy travelling. I am sure you will enjoy our wonderful outback. Contact members of the VKS737 radio network,( they have a comprehensive web site), they should be able to give you all the assistance you need regarding which channels to install in your radio, or if it is suitable for our networks. If you were in Adelaide, 'Electric Bug' would be able to fix your problem, I'm sure there is an equivilent outlet in Sydney. Happy trails, Mike.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - David - Thursday, Jan 10, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Jan 10, 2002 at 01:00
Karin,please have a look in the Preparation section of this site under Communications. We have links to vks737 and all of the commection information that you will need to connect and use your HF radio in Australia. The direct link to the page is Outback Comms also try a forum search using a keyword of HF Radio (there are over 33 questions and answers about HF radios).Hope this helpsDavid MartinP.S. Could you please let me know if the page you are refering to is still broken I cannot find any broken pages.
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Reply By: Guy North - Tuesday, Jan 15, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2002 at 01:00
Going to the dealers and talking to people is great. But you have to operate the set yourself.
It is very easy . Looks a bit strange the first time. It took me 2 hours and everyone on the VKS737 frequencies was there to help me as a newbie. VKS737 is the cheapest and the best. (Anyway the Telstra HF network is finishing the 27 Feb 2002 so they gone).
Then try your set and specially understand how HF works by going to
You'll see a map of Australia. Double click on the left on GRAFEX (wait until it loads) - Draw with your mouse a square around Australia
and follow instruction below the map. It will send you colored prediction for free. IPS - GRAFEX is an free Prediction service by the Australian governement.
Only experience and training will give you knowledge. HF is better than SATellite phones because they can produce physical help. Try contacting VKS737 around 6pm on channel2 ,8022 Mhz. you'll be amazed of the range of your HF.
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