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Outpost radio licence

Outpost stations provide radio to remote locations. They are intended for emergency medical aid.

What an outpost licence is for

Outpost stations provide radio to remote locations where no radio services are available.

An outpost licence lets you operate a station in:

  • the MF or HF bands
  • a remote area where there is no connection to a telecom network

Where there is a connection to a network, the station can only operate during an emergency.

The Radiocommunications (Interpretation) Determination 2015 defines outpost licences.

Options for outpost licences

There are 2 options for outpost licences:

  • assigned licence
  • non-assigned licence

Outpost assigned

This licence lets you operate a control station in a remote location.

Control stations provide:

  • emergency medical aid services
  • certain public communications where there is no connection to a telecom network

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is currently the only organisation that has this licence.

Outpost non-assigned

This licence option is for stations that provide:

  • emergency medical aid services
  • certain public communications

Some companies offer these services commercially. They are not covered by an outpost licence.

These services are also not covered:

More information about outpost non-assigned licences is in the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Outpost Licence) Determination 2015.

Licence conditions

When you have an outpost licence, you must follow the conditions of your licence.

These include:

These conditions help you communicate safely and without interference.

We will include information you should be aware of under the heading 'advisory notes'.

Call signs

Call signs are a unique series of letters and numbers. They make it easy to identify a station.

We will give you a call sign or explain how to create one when we give you a licence.

You should use your call sign:

  • every time you start to transmit
  • before you transmit in a series
  • when you test

Call sign template for outpost non-assigned licences 

aaamn

Outpost non-assigned call sign template (example of a typical call sign: VHQ29)

aaa

a is alpha

m

numeric character 2 to 9

n

numeric character 0 to 9

 

aaammn

Outpost non-assigned call sign template (example of a typical call sign: VZL253)

aaa

first 2 alpha characters are VZ. The third character is an alpha: L, O, P, U, X or Y

m

numeric character 2 to 9

n

numeric character 0 to 9

Call sign template for outpost assigned licences

aaamnn

Outpost assigned call sign template (example of a typical call sign: VKA714)

aaa

first 2 alpha characters are: VJ, VK, VL, VM, VN, VZ, or AX. The third character is any alpha

m

numeric character 2 to 9

n

numeric character 0 to 9

Fees

We charge fees for apparatus licences.

In some circumstances, you can apply for a licence fee exemption or concession.

Apply for an outpost licence

To apply for an outpost assigned licence, you should contact an accredited person.

They can:

  • assign you a frequency
  • give you a frequency assignment certificate
  • apply for your licence for you

To apply for an outpost non-assigned licence, you should:

  • complete an application form for an outpost non-assigned licence
  • email it to us

Transfer an outpost licence

You can apply to:

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