HF Marine Radio Services (Voice and Fax)

Radio Services

The Bureau of Meteorology broadcasts its marine weather HF 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 areas off Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
  • High Seas for the Northern, Southern, North Eastern and South Eastern high seas areas.

VMW (Australia Weather West) broadcasts for the following areas:

  • Coastal Waters areas off South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory.
  • High Seas for the Northern, Western and Southern high seas areas.

Radio frequencies and technical information

Voice frequencies

VMC frequencies (kHz):
  Voice schedule
View HF Voice schedule
Times are the local time (EST) at the transmitter.
Daytime (7am-6pm) 4426 and 16546
Night-time (6pm-7am) 2201 and 6507
Anytime 8176 and 12365
 
VMW frequencies (kHz):
Times are the local time (WST) at the transmitter.
Daytime (7am-6pm) 4149 and 16528
Night-time (6pm-7am) 2056 and 6230
Anytime 8113 and 12362

Fax frequencies

VMC Fax frequencies (kHz):   Fax schedule

View HF Fax schedule
Times are the local time (EST) at the transmitter.
Daytime (5am-7pm) 20469
Night-time (7pm-5am) 2628
Anytime 5100, 11030 and 13920
 
VMW Fax frequencies (kHz):
Times are the local time (WST) at the transmitter.
Daytime (5am-7pm) 18060
Night-time (7pm-5am) 5755
Anytime 7535, 10555 and 15615