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 :

StationDay Time (kHz) 7 am to 6 pmNight Time (kHz) 6 pm to 7 am
VMC4426, 8176, 12365, 165462201, 6507, 8176, 12365
VMW4149, 8113, 12362, 165282056, 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 ChartSamples or IDcode
0015-0030VMC/VMW Schedule Page 1 of 2IDX0468
0030-0045VMC/VMW Schedule Page 2 of 2IDX0469
0045-0100VMC/VMW Information NoticeIDX0467
0100-0130IPS Recommended Frequencies for VMC (Charleville)IDX0470
0130-0200IPS Recommended Frequencies for VMW (Wiluna)IDX0473
0200-0215Australian MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 0000IDX0104
0245-0300Australian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 0000IDX0102
0300-0315Australian 500 hPa Anal Valid 0000IDX0099
0315-0330Voice Broadcast Information for VMC and VMWIDX0461
0400-0415Australian 500 hPa (H+24) Prog Valid 0000IDX0090
0430-0445Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 1 and 2IDX0041
0445-0500Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 3 and 4IDX0042
0600-0622Asian (Area A) Gradient Level Wind Anal (Manual) Valid 0000IDX0965
0623-0645Asian (Area B) Gradient Level Wind Anal (Manual) Valid 0000IDX0966
0645-0700Asian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 0000IDX0016
0730-0745Indian Ocean MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 0000IDX0033
0745-0800Australian Wind Waves Ht(m) Prog Valid 0000 (H+24)IDX0049
0800-0815Australian Swell Waves Ht(m) Prog (H+24) Valid 0000IDX0050
0830-0845South Pacific Ocean MSLP Anal Valid 0000IDX0032
0845-0900Australian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 0600IDX0354
0900-0915Australian MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 0000IDX0104
0915-0930Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 1 and 2IDX0041
0930-0945Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 3 and 4IDX0042
1015-1030Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+24) valid 0000IDX1087
1030-1045S.H. 500 hPa Prog (H+48) Valid 0000IDX0004
1045-1100S.H. MSLP Prog (H+48) Valid 0000IDX0003
1100-1115Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+36) valid 0000IDX1088
1115-1130S.H. 500 hPa Anal Valid 0000IDX0008
1130-1145Asian Sea Surface Temp Anal (Weekly)IDX0084
1145-1200VMC/VMW Information NoticeIDX0467
1200-1215Australian MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 1200IDX0011
1215-1230VMC/VMW Schedule Page 1 of 2IDX0468
1230-1245VMC/VMW Schedule Page 2 of 2IDX0469
1245-1300Indian Ocean MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 1200IDX0002
1315-1330South Pacific Ocean Total Waves (H+48) Valid 0000IDX0949
1330-1345Indian Ocean Total Waves (H+48) Valid 0000IDX0948
1345-1400Pacific Ocean Sea Surface Temps (Weekly)IDX0942
1400-1415Indian Ocean Sea Surface Temps (Weekly)IDX0946
1415-1430Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+48) valid 0000IDX1089
1430-1445Australian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 1200IDX0602
1500-1515Australian 500 hPa Anal Valid 1200IDX0099
1515-1530Australian MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 1200IDX0604
1530-1545Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 1 and 2IDX0041
1545-1600Australian MSLP 4-day forecast, Days 3 and 4IDX0042
1600-1615Australian 500 hPa Prog (H+24) Valid 1200IDX0090
1630-1700IPS Recommended Frequencies for VMC (Charleville)IDX0470
1700-1730IPS Recommended Frequencies for VMW (Wiluna)IDX0473
1800-1822Asian (Area A) Gradient Level Wind Anal (Manual) Valid 1200IDX0967
1823-1845Asian (Area B) Gradient Level Wind Anal (Manual) Valid 1200IDX0968
1915-1930Indian Ocean MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 1200IDX0533
1930-1945Australian Wind Waves Ht(m) Prog (H+24) Valid 1200IDX0049
1945-2000Australian Swell Waves Ht(m) Prog (H+24) Valid 1200IDX0050
2000-2015South Pacific Ocean MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 1200IDX0532
2015-2030Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+24) valid 1200IDX1087
2030-2045Australian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 1800IDX0854
2215-2230Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+36) valid 1200IDX1088
2230-2245S.H. 500 hPa Prog (H+48) Valid 1200IDX0004
2245-2300S.H. MSLP Prog (H+48) Valid 1200IDX0003
2300-2315S.H. 500 hPa Anal Valid 1200IDX0008
2315-2330Casey Eastern and Western High Seas (H+48) valid 1200IDX1089
2330-2345Australian MSLP Prog (H+36) Valid 0000IDX0011
2345-0000Indian Ocean MSLP Prog (H+48) Valid 1200IDX0006
The following charts are repeat broadcasts on 11030 kHz only via a directional aerial pointing from Charleville (VMC) towards Tasmania.
0345-0400Australian MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 0000IDX0102
0500-0515Australian MSLP 4-day Forecast, Days 1 and 2IDX0041
0515-0530Australian MSLP 4-day Forecast, Days 3 and 4IDX0042
0000-0015Indian Ocean MSLP Anal (Manual) Valid 1200IDX0533

 

Technical Specifications

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

 

Call signs, frequencies and broadcast timesCall SignVMWFrequency 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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