Site 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 Planned for late 2020

Our H.E.L.P. (4357) system is available to all members - On some radios your emergency button(s) can be programmed to automatically send a distress alert message on multiple channels.

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

Channel Frequency Notes
1 3175 kHz Primary night - All bases
2 5127 kHz Primary - Perth, Casino and Kununurra
3 5270 kHz Primary - 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 Primary - all bases except Kununurra
9 ----------------- reserved for future
10 17463 Perth base only

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 provilde direct dial Phone access, GPS logging, SMS to any mobile phone, Mail Box messaging and Emergency (Help) call monitoring. 

Our operators are happy to assist as required  for Emergency (Help) calls.  Requirement for a help operator does not need to be life threatening.

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

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

YOU MUST HAVE AN AUTHORITY TO TRANSMIT AND HAVE A TYPE APPROVED RADIO TO USE THESE FREQUENCIES

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.  

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

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