VK3OTN, the official callsign of the
RAOTC, transmits news and
information sessions for the benefit of members on the first Monday of
month (except January) at the following times and frequencies:
10.00 Victorian time (all year) -:
- VK3REC in Melbourne on 147.175 MHz, (FM Repeater)
- 1.825 MHz AM in Melbourne
- 7.146 MHz LSB from Victoria (VK3).
01.00 UTC (all year) 14.150 MHz USB beaming north from Victoria (VK3).
20.00 (8:00 pm) Victorian time (all year) VK3REC in Melbourne on 147.175 MHz, (FM Repeater)
20.30 (8.30 pm) Victorian time (all year) 3.650 MHz LSB, from Victoria (VK3).
DMR - Digital Mobile Radio
11.00 Victorian time (all year). VK DMR network on Talk Group 5 (TG5).
TG5 is an Australia Wide Talk Group. See http://vkdmr.com for further
Please also note that all VK DMR repeaters have a 3 minute time-out,
and to overcome this, a 100ms transmission break will occur each 2.5
minutes, and this might mean a syllable may be missed, but tests have
shown that this is not a real issue, but is mentioned here in case
anyone thinks there is a problem with their equipment.
10.00 local time (all year) 7.088 MHz LSB and by VK6OTN over the linked VK6 NewsWest FM repeaters.
09.00 local time on 3.620 MHz LSB, relayed by Chris, VK6JI in Perth. This is a new frequency and experimental at this stage
- 19.30 (7.30 pm) local
time (all year) via the VK7RAA network across northern Tasmania and the
VK7RTC network in southern Tasmania.
- 20.30 (8.30 pm) local
time (all year) VK7AX Video Stream via BATC -
https://batc.org.uk/live/vk7ax and VK7AX DATV DVB-T
(HD) on 445.5 MHz.in Ulverstone.
- 20.30 (8.30 pm) local
time (all year) FM Voice Repeaters VK7RDR (439.775), VK7RTV
(146.775), VK7RAC (147.375) MHZ in North West Tasmania (via VK7AX)
Additional broadcasts are as follows:
On the Sunday following the first Monday of the month, Chris, VK6JI
re-broadcasts three news bulletins, NewsWest followed by WIA news and
then the latest RAOTC monthly broadcast. These bulletins begin at 08.00
local time on 7.088 Mhz, so the RAOTC broadcast will be heard around
09.00 local time.
On the Sunday following the first Monday of the month, Phil, VK6GX
re-broadcasts the latest RAOTC monthly broadcast on 1.845 MHz in the
Perth area. To maximise coverage, broadcast times follow either a
summer or winter schedule. The summer schedule runs from the first
Sunday in October, to the first Sunday in April. The summer schedule is
06.00 followed by a repeat broadcast after callbacks at 07.00. In
winter, the schedule is 07.00 followed by a repeat broadcast after the
callbacks at 08.00. All times are local. (Note - the schedule changes
at the same time that some Eastern states change to or from Daylight
The Ham College Information Beacon, VK6RIB, 145.575 Mhz, which is
located at Wireless Hill in Perth, usually re-broadcasts the ROATC news
bulletin every ODD hour for the following week. however, it is
currently off air and a return to service date is at this stage,
The latest monthly news broadcast can be heard throughout the Geelong
and Melbourne area at 21.00 (9:00 pm) local time every Tuesday evening
on VK3RGL, 147.000 MHz, as part of the nightly Geelong ARC re-broadcast
service. Kindly note that no call-backs are taken on this transmission.
The RAOTC monthly broadcast will be transmitted on D-STAR Reflector
91C, on the first Wednesday AFTER the first Monday of each month.
This will follow the D-STAR News Line and its world affiliates at 7.30 pm Eastern Australia time.
Every attempt is made to keep
up to date re-broadcast details, however, there may be occasions when
times and frequencies may vary.
Do you know of a re-broadcast not listed?
Amateur radio clubs and repeater operators are welcome to re-broadcast
the monthly RAOTC broadcast. If this is done on a regular basis, you
are encouraged to contact the RAOTC by email with the details, and it
will be listed here.
Every effort is made by around six or seven regular members to bring
listeners the monthly RAOTC Broadcast. From time to time, however, the
broadcast team is unable to fulfill the advertised schedule. In this
situation a notice will be posted here if an alternate relay station
cannot be found.
Current notice of proposed broadcast outage - None
Call for broadcast relay volunteers
If you feel you may be able to help to transmit the broadcast on a more
or less regular basis, from your location, then why not drop a note
One example would be to transmit the evening broadcast on HF on 80
metres, from a location in Brisbane, or the morning broadcast on 160
metres from a location in Sydney. With the current decline in solar
activity, every little bit helps. Another example would be to transmit
it over your local FM repeater, providing of course, that you have the
repeater owner's permission. The audio is supplied as an MP3 file and
is made available via email a few days before the broadcast date. In
order to provide a positive experience (as opposed to negative!),
kindly have a look at our Broadcast Technical Requirements.
Call back sessions
follow each transmission
Listen to our current month's broadcast, and also our previous broadcasts... left mouse click the file listed
broadcast files are in MP3 format. Simply click on the relevant
file you wish to hear, and your computer should start "streaming the
audio", that is play it after a few moments of buffering.
IIf you want to save a permanent copy of the broadcast to your hard
drive, click the RIGHT mouse button on the broadcast file name, then
save the file to your hard drive using the "Save link as" or “Save
target as” option.
Please note that the broadcast files are approximately 5 Mb in size.