Getting Australian Weather Information

Daryl & Kerren from Coffin Bay write,
When out of range of both VHF and mobile, how to get weather info? Am looking at a reasonably priced SSB HF receiver hooked to the laptop. Was looking at satphone but think it would work out pretty expansive. What would you recommend?
Cheers, Daryl & Kerren

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). The weather broadcasts are fully automated; therefore a ship cannot call up the BOM on “VMC” or “VMW” and expect a response.

Frequencies – Weather Services via Voice :

Station Day Time (kHz) 7 am to 6 pm Night Time (kHz) 6 pm to 7 am
VMC 4426, 8176, 12365, 16546 2201, 6507, 8176, 12365
VMW 4149, 8113, 12362, 16528 2056, 6230, 8113, 12362

 

Marine Radio Coastal Waters Forecasts and Warnings Schedule

VMC and VMW voice broadcast schedules provide for bulletins of Warnings broadcast on the hour in WST and EST (on the half hour CST).  Weather forecasts for Coastal Waters and High Seas followed by coastal observations are broadcast using a program that is repeated every four hours. The program contains up-to-date forecasts, warnings and coastal observations.

Location
Station
Scheduled Broadcast times
Warnings for QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS and SA
VMC
Every hour commencing 0000 EST (0030 CST)
Warnings for QLD Gulf, NT, WA and SA
VMW
Every hour commencing 0000 WST (0030 CST)
Special Announcements
VMW/VMC
Five minutes to every hour (25 minutes after the hour CST)
Forecasts for Queensland
VMC
0330, 0730, 1130, 1530, 1930, 2330 EST
Forecasts for Queensland Gulf Waters
VMW
0030, 0430, 0830, 1230, 1630, 2030 EST
Forecasts for New South Wales
VMC
0130, 0530, 0930, 1330, 1730, 2130 EST
Forecasts for Victoria
VMC
0130, 0530, 0930, 1330, 1730, 2130 EST
Forecasts for Tasmania
VMC
0230, 0630, 1030, 1430, 1830, 2230 EST
Forecasts for South Australia
VMC
0200, 0600, 1000, 1400, 1800, 2200 CST
VMW
0300, 0700, 1100, 1500, 1900, 2300 CST
Forecasts for Western Australia
VMW
0030, 0430, 0830, 1230, 1630, 2030 WST
Forecasts for Northern Territory
VMW
0300, 0700, 1100, 1500, 1900, 2300 CST
Northern Territory coast east of Cape Don
VMC
0300, 0700, 1100, 1500, 1900, 2300 CST

High Seas Forecasts and Warnings Schedule

Location
Station
Scheduled broadcast times
Warnings for Northern, NE and SE Areas
VMC
Every hour commencing 0000 EST (0030 CST)
Warnings for Northern, Western and SE Areas
VMW
Every hour commencing 0000 WST (0030 CST)
Special Announcements
VMW/VMC
Five Minutes to every hour (25 minutes after the hour

Radio Fax Schedule: VMC & VMW

Either a HF weather fax machine is required, or you can use an HF SSB receiver coupled to a laptop that has a decoder program using the external speaker outlet to microphone plug.  On Banyandah, we use  JVComm32. This produces black and white faxes and weather charts pretty much automatically once it is setup.

Schedule updated 3 November 2010

Time (UTC) Description of Item and Current Chart Samples or IDcode
0015-0030 VMC/VMW Schedule Page 1 of 2 IDX0468
0030-0045 VMC/VMW Schedule Page 2 of 2 IDX0469
0045-0100 VMC/VMW Information Notice IDX0467
0100-0130 IPS Recommended Frequencies for VMC (Charleville) IDX0470
0130-0200 IPS Recommended Frequencies for VMW (Wiluna) IDX0473
0200-0215 Australian MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 0000 IDX0104
0245-0300 Australian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 0000 IDX0102
0300-0315 Australian 500 hPa Anal Valid 0000 IDX0099
0315-0330 Voice Broadcast Information for VMC and VMW IDX0461
0400-0415 Australian 500 hPa (H+24) Prog Valid 0000 IDX0090
0430-0445 Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 1 and 2 IDX0041
0445-0500 Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 3 and 4 IDX0042
0600-0622 Asian (Area A) Gradient Level Wind Anal (Manual) Valid 0000 IDX0965
0623-0645 Asian (Area B) Gradient Level Wind Anal (Manual) Valid 0000 IDX0966
0645-0700 Asian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 0000 IDX0016
0730-0745 Indian Ocean MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 0000 IDX0033
0745-0800 Australian Wind Waves Ht(m) Prog Valid 0000 (H+24) IDX0049
0800-0815 Australian Swell Waves Ht(m) Prog (H+24) Valid 0000 IDX0050
0830-0845 South Pacific Ocean MSLP Anal Valid 0000 IDX0032
0845-0900 Australian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 0600 IDX0354
0900-0915 Australian MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 0000 IDX0104
0915-0930 Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 1 and 2 IDX0041
0930-0945 Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 3 and 4 IDX0042
1015-1030 Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+24) valid 0000 IDX1087
1030-1045 S.H. 500 hPa Prog (H+48) Valid 0000 IDX0004
1045-1100 S.H. MSLP Prog (H+48) Valid 0000 IDX0003
1100-1115 Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+36) valid 0000 IDX1088
1115-1130 S.H. 500 hPa Anal Valid 0000 IDX0008
1130-1145 Asian Sea Surface Temp Anal (Weekly) IDX0084
1145-1200 VMC/VMW Information Notice IDX0467
1200-1215 Australian MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 1200 IDX0011
1215-1230 VMC/VMW Schedule Page 1 of 2 IDX0468
1230-1245 VMC/VMW Schedule Page 2 of 2 IDX0469
1245-1300 Indian Ocean MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 1200 IDX0002
1315-1330 South Pacific Ocean Total Waves (H+48) Valid 0000 IDX0949
1330-1345 Indian Ocean Total Waves (H+48) Valid 0000 IDX0948
1345-1400 Pacific Ocean Sea Surface Temps (Weekly) IDX0942
1400-1415 Indian Ocean Sea Surface Temps (Weekly) IDX0946
1415-1430 Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+48) valid 0000 IDX1089
1430-1445 Australian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 1200 IDX0602
1500-1515 Australian 500 hPa Anal Valid 1200 IDX0099
1515-1530 Australian MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 1200 IDX0604
1530-1545 Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 1 and 2 IDX0041
1545-1600 Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 3 and 4 IDX0042
1600-1615 Australian 500 hPa Prog (H+24) Valid 1200 IDX0090
1630-1700 IPS Recommended Frequencies for VMC (Charleville) IDX0470
1700-1730 IPS Recommended Frequencies for VMW (Wiluna) IDX0473
1800-1822 Asian (Area A) Gradient Level Wind Anal (Manual) Valid 1200 IDX0967
1823-1845 Asian (Area B) Gradient Level Wind Anal (Manual) Valid 1200 IDX0968
1915-1930 Indian Ocean MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 1200 IDX0533
1930-1945 Australian Wind Waves Ht(m) Prog (H+24) Valid 1200 IDX0049
1945-2000 Australian Swell Waves Ht(m) Prog (H+24) Valid 1200 IDX0050
2000-2015 South Pacific Ocean MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 1200 IDX0532
2015-2030 Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+24) valid 1200 IDX1087
2030-2045 Australian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 1800 IDX0854
2215-2230 Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+36) valid 1200 IDX1088
2230-2245 S.H. 500 hPa Prog (H+48) Valid 1200 IDX0004
2245-2300 S.H. MSLP Prog (H+48) Valid 1200 IDX0003
2300-2315 S.H. 500 hPa Anal Valid 1200 IDX0008
2315-2330 Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+48) valid 1200 IDX1089
2330-2345 Australian MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 0000 IDX0011
2345-0000 Indian Ocean MSLP Prog (H+48) Valid 1200 IDX0006
The following charts are repeat broadcasts on 11030 kHz only via a directional aerial pointing from Charleville (VMC) towards Tasmania.
0345-0400 Australian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 0000 IDX0102
0500-0515 Australian MSLP 4-day Forecast, Days 1 and 2 IDX0041
0515-0530 Australian MSLP 4-day Forecast, Days 3 and 4 IDX0042
0000-0015 Indian Ocean MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 1200 IDX0533

 

Technical Specifications

Call signs, frequencies and broadcast times Call SignVMC Frequency kHz2628
5100
11030
13920
20469
Broadcast
(UTC)
0900-1900
0000-2400
0000-2400
0000-2400
1900-0900

 

Call signs, frequencies and broadcast times Call SignVMW Frequency kHz5755
7535
10555
15615
18060
Broadcast
(UTC)
1100-2100
0000-2400
0000-2400
0000-2400
2100-1100

Comments

Getting Australian Weather Information — 4 Comments

  1. Hi, does anyone know if you can use an ipad instead of a laptop when wanting to receive weather faxes via SSB, as long as it has a decoder programme? I have neither but it would seem to be the cheaper option if it was possible. Any ideas on that please?

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