VKS-737 Radio Network

VKS-737 Radio Network is a HF Radio communications network. Licensed to serve Australian travellers on land, sea and also air. Primarily, they provide safety orientated information, pass on messages and arrange rescue/support for people in difficulties. With their many strategically located bases, they effectively cover the nation.

VKS-737 Radio Network Frequencies and Channels

Frequencies (channels)
If you have an HF radio with UPPER sideband capability, that can access our channels, you can listen in any time to our staff and authorised users as we run our scheduled base station sessions (skeds). Authorised users may be heard in between the sked sessions. Should you decide to join or seek more information, please see the Application Form 01 on the Documents page or contact head office via the Contact page. The channels at right have been allocated to us* by the ACMA; Our sked sheets available to VKS-737 subscribers (via the Users tab) show accurate sked timings; we have both summer and winter sheets to accommodate daylight saving where applicable.
ChannelFrequency
15455 kHzA secondary channel for most skeds.
Free for general & telephone use by authorised VKS-737 subscribers outside of sked time frames.
28022 kHzThe primary channel for all skeds.
Free for general & telephone use by authorised VKS-737 subscribers outside of sked time frames.
311612 kHzNo sked traffic – free for general & telephone use by authorised VKS-737 subscribers.
Has a very good reach, during mid morning and mid afternoon.
414977 kHzNo sked traffic – free for general & telephone use by authorised VKS-737 subscribers.
Often has a very good reach, during the middle section of the day.
53995 kHzNo sked traffic – free for general & telephone use by authorised VKS-737 subscribers.Good shorter reach frequency.
66796 kHzNo sked traffic – free for general & telephone use by authorised VKS-737 subscribers.
710180 kHzNo sked traffic – free for general & telephone use by authorised VKS-737 subscribers.
Has a very good reach, during mid morning and mid afternoon.


Licence to Operate

Authorised users are free to use all 7 channels for personal activity as long as they stay clear of published sked timeframes (and also stay clear of emergency traffic). See selected downloads from the Documents page, for more detailed information on frequencies and radio usage.

You must have a licence to communicate with the VKS network which is available from VKS network. The same with communicating with the the Royal Flying Doctor. A licence must be obtained from Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). They will issue a Licence called Mobile Outpost Licence. Conditions can be found at ACMA