Base Station Selcall Status
Casino (NSW) 2199 Operational
Perth  (WA) 6199 Operational
Shepparton (VIC) 3199 Operational
Alice Springs (NT) 8199 Operational
Kununnura (WA) 6299 Operational
Mareeba North QLD 4199 Operational

Our H.E.L.P. (4357) system is available to all members - On some radios your emergency button(s) can be programmed, so that with a single press the radio automatically sends a distress alert call, gaining automatic access to a human operator.  Anybody in the vehicle can send an emergency HELP call. Our HELP is not just for life threatening emergencies. There are many circumstances that can arise  in remote areas where you may just require assistance.

 Channel  selection at bases is to provide optimal coverage and parallel simultaneous  usage of bases by members.

Channel Frequency Notes
1 3175 kHz All Bases - Primary night and morning soon after sunrise.
2 5127 kHz Bases - Perth, Casino and Kununurra
3 5270 kHz Bases - Mareeba, Alice, Shepparton
4 6793 kHz Bases - Perth and Kununurra
5 7652 kHz Bases - Perth, Mareeba, Alice, Shepparton and Casino
6 9323 kHz Bases - Casino and Kununurra
7 10203 kHz Bases - Perth, Mareeba, Alice, Shepparton
8 13910 kHz Bases - Perth, Mareeba, Alice, Shepparton and Casino
9 ----------------- reserved for future digital voice specific channel
10 17463 kHz Perth base only - Long haul to the North

We allow all of our channels to be used mobile to mobile including vessels, be mindful of the sked times to minimise interference to others.  In total Austravel has 31 licensed frequencies which cover all of Australia and all bases have Telcall+ which  provildes direct dial Phone access, GPS logging, SMS to any mobile phone, Mail Box messaging and Emergency (Help) call monitoring. 

We make the most of operational features available on newer CODAN, BARRETT and ICOM commercial radios, while still supporting older radios, making Austravel SafetyNet the premier of all HF radio networks.

Austravel now has six bases in total two of which are North of the Tropic of Capricorn.   That locates two bases  covering very remote areas  where it is nice to travel and mobile phone communication is sporadic.  We have a focus on having a high technical standard at the bases.   In the North bases have two antennas each to cater for close and long range communication while Perth base as a specific antenna to provide very strong signals to the North,  North East covering the vast state of W.A.  and into the N.T.

Base and mobile frequencies

Information for Shortwave listeners

(Restricted by license  to calls within  Australia and Australian commercial waters zone.)


Amateur radios generally are ARE NOT TYPE APPROVED.

Operating protocol

  • Always use your selcall ID upon initial contact.  
  • Using the network callsign is not essential as the base operators will announce at the statutory intervals.  
  • If your radio does not have a roger beep, please use OVER at the end of your turn.  (The base operators may sometimes find it difficult to determine if you have finished without the roger beep or an OVER.) 
  • Take your time when talking, HF conditions can make conversations difficult to follow if you speak too quickly or too far away from the microphone. Project your voice and annunciate clearly, however there is no need to shout!  Hold the microphone near your mouth tilted at an angle, imagine talking across the face of the microphone in a slightly elevated, normal speaking voice.   Phonetics are useful if the conditions are poor, we strongly recommend learning them but it is not essential.  You may be asked to "say again" by the base operators, take your time there's no rush.  
  • There is a slight delay through the phone network and release time for a base to return to receive after the operater is speaking.  Allow about 1 second before replying to the operator.

Note that our or base operators and emergency responders are unpaid volunteers.  

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