Schedules and Frequencies for HF Marine Radio Voice Services

Service description

Marine forecasts and warnings are broadcast to mariners over High Frequency (HF) radio from Charleville (VMC) for eastern waters and Wiluna (VMW) for western waters.

The service comprises:

  • Marine weather warnings are broadcast every hour.
  • Weather forecasts and coastal observations for Coastal Waters zones and High Seas areas are repeated every four hours.
  • Navigation Maritime Safety Information for each State/Territory.

The frequencies and broadcast schedule for Charleville (VMC) and Wiluna (VMW) are detailed below.
Times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time (EST), Australian Central Standard Time (CST), Australian Western Standard Time (WST) and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Charleville (VMC) broadcast schedule

Marine weather warnings are broadcast on the hour (on the half-hour in CST) for Qld, NSW, Vic and Tas coastal waters zones and for Northern, Northeast and Southeast high seas areas. The broadcast is available on the following frequencies (kHz):

  • Day-time (0700 – 1800 EST): 4426, 8176, 12365, 16546
  • Night-time (1800 – 0700 EST): 2201, 6507, 8176, 12365

Navigation Maritime Safety Information notices are broadcast at 25 past each hour.
Marine forecasts and observations are broadcast from Charleville (VMC) on a four hour repeat cycle according to the following schedule.

Time Frequencies (kHz) Forecasts
EST* CST* WST UTC
0730 0700 0530 2130 4426
8176
12365
16546
Queensland
0830 0800 0630 2230 High Seas (Northern, NE and SE areas)
0930 0900 0730 2330 New South Wales & Victoria
1030 1000 0830 0030 Tasmania
1130 1100 0930 0130 Queensland
1230 1200 1030 0230 High Seas (Northern, NE and SE areas)
1330 1300 1130 0330 New South Wales & Victoria
1430 1400 1230 0430 Tasmania
1530 1500 1330 0530 Queensland
1630 1600 1430 0630 High Seas (Northern, NE and SE areas)
1730 1700 1530 0730 New South Wales & Victoria
1830 1800 1630 0830 2201
6507
8176
12365
Tasmania
1930 1900 1730 0930 Queensland
2030 2000 1830 1030 High Seas (Northern, NE and SE areas)
2130 2100 1930 1130 New South Wales & Victoria
2230 2200 2030 1230 Tasmania
2330 2300 2130 1330 Queensland
0030 0000 2230 1430 High Seas (Northern, NE and SE areas)
0130 0100 2330 1530 New South Wales & Victoria
0230 0200 0030 1630 Tasmania
0330 0300 0130 1730 Queensland
0430 0400 0230 1830 High Seas (Northern, NE and SE areas)
0530 0500 0330 1930 New South Wales & Victoria
0630 0600 0430 2030 Tasmania

* During daylight saving time, add 1hour to EST and CST to obtain AEDT and ACDT equivalent

Wiluna (VMW) broadcast schedule

Marine weather warnings are broadcast on the hour (on the half-hour in CST) for Qld Gulf, NT, WA and SA coastal waters zones and for Northern and Western high seas areas. The broadcast is available on the following frequencies (kHz):

  • Day-time (0700 – 1800 WST): 4149, 8113, 12362, 16528
  • Night-time (1800 – 0700 WST): 2056, 6230, 8113, 12362

Navigation Maritime Safety Information notices are broadcast at 25 past each hour.
Marine forecasts and observations are broadcast from Wiluna (VMW) on a four hour repeat cycle according to the following schedule.

Time Frequencies (kHz) Forecasts
WST CST* EST* UTC
0730 0900 0930 2330 4149
8113
12362
16528
Western Australia (north of NW Cape)
Northern Territory
0830 1000 1030 0030 Western Australia (south of NW Cape)
0930 1100 1130 0130 South Australia
1030 1200 1230 0230 Queensland (Gulf waters)
High Seas (Northern and Western areas)
1130 1300 1330 0330 Western Australia (north of NW Cape)
Northern Territory
1230 1400 1430 0430 Western Australia (south of NW Cape)
1330 1500 1530 0530 South Australia
1430 1600 1630 0630 Queensland (Gulf waters)
High Seas (Northern and Western areas)
1530 1700 1730 0730 Western Australia (north of NW Cape)
Northern Territory
1630 1800 1830 0830 Western Australia (south of NW Cape)
1730 1900 1930 0930 South Australia
1830 2000 2030 1030 2056
6230
8113
12362
Queensland (Gulf waters)
High Seas (Northern and Western areas)
1930 2100 2130 1130 Western Australia (north of NW Cape)
Northern Territory
2030 2200 2230 1230 Western Australia (south of NW Cape)
2130 2300 2330 1330 South Australia
2230 0000 0030 1430 Queensland (Gulf waters)
High Seas (Northern and Western areas)
2330 0100 0130 1530 Western Australia (north of NW Cape)
Northern Territory
0030 0200 0230 1630 Western Australia (south of NW Cape)
0130 0300 0330 1730 South Australia
0230 0400 0430 1830 Queensland (Gulf waters)
High Seas (Northern and Western areas)
0330 0500 0530 1930 Western Australia (north of NW Cape)
Northern Territory
0430 0600 0630 2030 Western Australia (south of NW Cape)
0530 0700 0730 2130 South Australia
0630 0800 0830 2230 Queensland (Gulf waters)
High Seas (Northern and Western areas)

* During daylight saving time, add 1hour to EST and CST to obtain AEDT and ACDT equivalent