HF Marine Radio Services (Voice and Fax)

The Bureau of Meteorology broadcasts its marine weather radio services for high seas and Australian coastal areas from transmitters at Charleville in Queensland and Wiluna in Western Australia. Identifiers are VMC (for services from Charleville) and VMW (for services from Wiluna).

VMC (Australia Weather East) broadcasts for the following areas:
Coastal Waters (Map) between Cape Don in the Northern Territory and Eucla in Western Australia, including all Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia zones.
High Seas (Map) for the Northern, North Eastern and South Eastern high seas areas.

VMW (Australia Weather West) broadcasts for the following areas:
Coastal Waters (Map) between the South Australia - Victoria border and Torres Strait in Queensland including all South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory zones. 
High Seas (Map) for the Northern, Western and South Eastern high seas areas. 

Best Frequency to Use
The Bureau advises users to test which frequencies best suit their particular listening requirements for time of day, month and season. Recommended Bureau frequencies are available on-line from the Ionospheric Prediction Services (IPS)

VOICE FREQUENCIES

Transmitting on four frequencies. If using an SSB receiver, tune on these frequencies.
     
VMC broadcasts on the following frequencies (kHz): 
Times here relate to local time (EST) at the transmitter.
  Voice Schedule
Voice broadcast provide bulletins of warnings (using a program repeated every hour) and forecast (using a program repeated every four hours). The full schedule is available at
Voice broadcast schedules
(html version)
Voice broadcast services PDF Icon(pdf version)
     
Daytime (7am-6pm)
Night-time (6pm-7am)
Anytime
4426 and 16546
2201 and 6507
8176 and 12365
 
     
      
VMW broadcasts on the following frequencies (kHz):
Times here relate to local time (WST) at the transmitter.
 

Technical characteristics of Voice & Fax transmissions: Click here to see

       
Daytime (7am-6pm)
Night-time (6pm-7am)
Anytime
4149 and 16528
2056 and 6230
8113 and 12362
   
       

NOTE: The Bureau has agreed to allow State maritime authorities to transmit navigation warnings for a few minutes each hour on 8176 kHz. These transmissions by state authorities will commence at three minutes to the hour and must complete within 2-3 minutes, before the next 'weather' message is due to transmit (on the hour).

 

FAX FREQUENCIES

   
Transmitting on four frequencies. If using an SSB receiver, tune 1.9 kHz below these frequencies.
 
VMC broadcasts FAX on the following frequencies (kHz): 
Times here relate to local time (EST) at the transmitter.
   Fax Schedule
Fax broadcasts run on a 24 hour cycle,  see www.bom.gov.au/marine.
Fax Schedule
(html version)
Fax Schedule PDF Icon(pdf version)

Technical characteristics of Voice & Fax transmissions: Click here to see

  

  

Daytime (5am-7pm) 20469
Night-time (7pm-5am) 2628
Anytime 5100, 11030 and 13920
  
VMW broadcasts FAX on the following frequencies (kHz):
Times here relate to local time (WST) at the transmitter.
Daytime (5am-7pm) 18060
Night-time (7pm-5am) 5755
Anytime 7535, 10555 and 15615
       
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