Extended Mediumwave AM Radio Broadcast Band, Extended AM. MF NAS Narrowband AM broadcasting segment 1611 - 1701 kHz (186 - 176 meters). VHF NAS Narrowband FM broadcasting bands 77, 151-152, 173-174 mHz. Useful links about broadcast radio licensing for Australia, USA and International. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) the the USA Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plus many more links.
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Mediumwave Extended AM Radio Broadcast Band 1611 - 1701 kHz
MF NAS Narrowband AM Broadcast Frequencies (11 channels in 9 kHz steps) 1611, 1620, 1629, 1638, 1647, 1656, 1665, 1674, 1683, 1692, 1701 kHz
Shortwave HF Domestic Broadcast Frequencies 2355, 2368.5, 3210, 5050 KHz in the 120, 90 and 60 meter (tropic) broadcast bands
FM Low Power Open Narrowcasting (LPON) Frequencies 87.6, 87.8, 88.0 mHz VHF FM
VHF NAS Narrowband FM Broadcast Bands 77, 151, 152, 173 mHz (most assignments in the 151.425 - 152.475 mHz band)

Welcome to Australia Narrowband Broadcast Radio -

ACMA Types of Broadcast licensing


Our messageboard forum is located at the bottom of the page

This is the place for people interested in the Australian Radio "off-band" sector
as well as providing a resource for sharing useful information on broadcast radio licensing options in Australia.

The main categories of broadcast radio licensing that we focus on are:-
VHF Narrowband Area Service (NAS) stations
MF Narrowband Area Service (NAS) stations
VHF FM LPON Low Power Open Narrowcast stations
HF Domestic shortwave stations

Included are many useful Links to information pages located within the ACMA website.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) regulates broadcasting services in Australia.

VHF NAS Narrowband FM

VHF NAS (Narrowband Area Service) frequency bands
70.00000 to 70.24375 MHz
77.29375 to 77.49375 MHz
151.39375 to 152.49375 MHz
173.29375 to 174.00000 MHz

The technical parameters that apply to VHF NAS stations are:

a) a maximum Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power (EIRP) of 83 watts; (50 watts transmitter power)
b) an emission bandwidth of 16 kHz and
c) Radiocommunications Standard (Analogue Speech (Angle Modulated) Equipment) No. 1 of 1995.

Understanding how ACMA manage Frequency Assignment in the Land Mobile space.

ACMA Frequency Assignment in the Land Mobile space

VHF NAS station transmitters, in a technical sense, operate under similar arrangements to land stations in the Land Mobile licence type.

MEDIUMWAVE AM

MF Narrowband Area Service (NAS) stations operate in the
Extended AM band over 11 channels in 9 kHz channel steps
Mediumwave Extended AM Radio Broadcast Band
1611 kHz 186 meters - 1701 kHz 176 meters

MF NAS (Narrowband Area Service) AM frequency channels
1611, 1620, 1629, 1638, 1647, 1656, 1665, 1674, 1683, 1692, 1701 KHz

Mediumwave Extended AM radio broadcast band 1611 kHz - 1701 kHz

MF AM transmitter power 400 watts, bandwidth limited to 6 kHz.

400 watts pZ Carrier Power 'pZ' means the average power supplied to the
antenna transmission line by a transmitter during one radio
frequency cycle taken under the condition of no modulation.

The co-channel separation distance between transmitters is 160 km
and the 9 kHz adjacent channel separation distance between transmitters is 30 km.

Frequency assignments as of January 2012

1611 kHz 60 licences
1620 kHz 44 licences
1629 kHz 45 licences
1638 kHz 15 licences
1647 kHz 20 licences
1656 kHz 12 licences
1665 kHz 7 licences
1674 kHz 9 licences
1683 kHz 6 licences
1692 kHz 9 licences
1701 kHz 7 licences

Total 234 licences assigned in the 1611 - 1701 kHz extended AM band in Australia

Learn more by clicking on this link
ACMA - NAS Narrowband Area Service Link

FM 87 - 88 MHz

VHF FM LPON stations
1 watt transmitter power (10 watts in low density areas)
87.6, 87.8, 88.0 MHz
ACMA LPON VHF FM Link

SHORTWAVE

HF Domestic Broadcasting stations
Shortwave AM - 6 KHz bandwidth 1000 watts transmitter power
Bands that may be used for HF domestic broadcasting

Frequency range (kHz)
2 300 - 2 495
3 200 - 3 400
3 950 - 4 000
4 750 - 4 995
5 005 - 5 060

Currently ACMA have allocated the following frequencies to HF Domestic stations:
2355, 2368.5, 3210, 5050 KHz.


"SPECIAL EVENTS" - Short run radio licensing in the broadcast bands
ACMA Special Events Radio Licensing


ACMA Scientific Radio Licensing
ACMA Scientific Radio Licensing



The L.I.P.D. Class Licensing

The LIPD Class Licence authorises users to operate a wide range of low power
radiocommunications devices operating in various segments of the radiofrequency spectrum.
The LIPD Class Licence sets out the conditions under which many types of short range devices may operate.
These conditions always cover frequency bands of operation and radiated power limits.

Low Interference Potential Devices are small low power radio transmitters that can be used without a licence
on certain frequencies because they are unlikely to interfere with other users.
Details of frequencies and power limits here:
Low Interference Potential Devices



Some of the bands allocated to LIPD are as follows:-

70.0000 – 70.24375 mHz 100 mW max RF power
77.29375 – 77.49375 mHz 100 mW max RF power
150.7875 – 152.49375 mHz 100 mW max RF power
173.29375 – 174.0000 mHz 100 mW max RF power

LIPD TRANSMITTERS for legal use in Australia

LIPD transmitters are authorised under an ACMA Class Licence -

This Class Licence authorises a person to operate a transmitter included in a class of transmitters
mentioned in an item in Schedule 1, subject to the following conditions:
(i) The transmitter must be operated: on a frequency, or within a range of frequencies, mentioned in the item; and
(ii) at a radiated power that does not exceed the maximum EIRP mentioned in the item; and
(iii) within the limitations (if any) mentioned in the item;

For the full details of the LIPD Class Licence please click on the following link
ACMA "The ACMA LIPD Class Licence"


SRK Electronics can build to order a fixed frequency LIPD VHF transmitter for use in one of the VHF NAS LIPD bands

VHF NAS LIPD Bands
70 mHz (4.2 metre band), 77 mHz (3.8 metre band), 151-152 mHz (1.9 metre band), 173 mHz (1.7 metre band)

Transmitter RF power output: 100 milli watts (LIPD max legal output)

Transmitters for the 100 milli watt VHF NAS LIPD bands -
go to SRK Electronics VHF NAS LIPD Transmitters





Latest reports from the ACMA’s Field Operations staff
ACMA "In The Field"



Broadcast Licensing
ACMA Broadcast Licensing

ACMA Spectrum Search Register
ACMA Spectrum Search Link

ACMA Apparatus License Fee Calculator
ACMA Apparatus License Fee Calculator

Related Links:

ACMA Licensing application forms and fee schedule.

R057 Apparatus License

R077 Additional Station Info

ACMA Apparatus License Fee Schedule 2013


New Zealand Low Power FM Information

NZ Low Power FM Broadcasting Link



Low Power FM Broadcasting in the USA

Learn more about Low Power FM Radio broadcasting in the USA
The new LPFM licenses in the United States may only be issued to nonprofit educational
organizations and state and local governments. Also, the one and so far only "window"
for applications closed in 2003, and at present, the FCC is not entertaining any new
broadcast license applications, instead conducting auctions of frequencies for
full power uses only.

FCC Information - Low Power FM Broadcasting USA

Low Power FM Broadcasting USA - ownership restrictions and other info

More info on LPFM licensing in the USA


FCC Information on Low Power Broadcasting

FCC Information on Low Power Broadcasting

FCC FAQ Low Power FM Radio


FCC AM Radio Search Tool 530 - 1700 kHz

FCC AM Radio Frequency Assignment search tool


FCC FM Radio Search Tool 87.9 - 107.9 mHz

FCC FM Radio Frequency Assignment search tool


FCC Low Power AM and FM radio licensing
including Travellers' Information Service information

FCC Low Power AM and FM Radio Information


Travelers' Information Stations Search

FCC Travelers' Information Stations Search


SHORTWAVE BROADCASTING IN THE USA...

The next few links provide a gateway into how to apply for an HF/Shortwave
radio broadcasting station construction permit / license in the USA.

FCC Fact Sheet - HF (Shortwave) Broadcasting Licensing USA

List of FCC licensed HF Shortwave radio stations in the USA

FCC Form 309 -Application for a FCC Construction Permit to operate an International Shortwave Broadcasting Radio Station from the USA

FCC Form 310

Application for a construction permit should be filed on FCC Form 309 and application
for license, upon completion of construction, on FCC Form 310.

FCC Frequency Schedule for Shortwave Broadcasters

For those of you who are interested in what Shortwave broadcast licenses looks like -
Here's a couple for you -

Radio WJHR FCC license

Radio WBCQ FCC license

HF/Shortwave ITU regional band allocations

The ITU list of broadcast band allocations and regional spectrum assignments

Radio Regulations and Frequency Assignments region by region from the ITU

ACMA Embargo / DRM

The ACMA Embargo on Shortwave Broadcast Licensing


More Links of interest -

Pirates Week

Glen Hauser's World Of Radio

Australian Shortwave Radio Journal

UVB-76 podcast

Pirate / Free Radio

Media Network Vintage Vault

Top Loaded "T" vertical antenna suitable for Mediumwave transmitting

Radio documentary about the retro land based pirate radio statins of the UK

Numbers Stations

Radio Eric - recordings of London's Land Based Pirates stations

Radio Northsea International audio stream

Radio Atlantis offshore recordings

Yesterdays Radio - lot's of offshore recordings





July 5, 2011 VHF NAS Update

(As of April 2013 some of these figures are no longer accurate -
there has been new frequency assignments (licences) issued increasing the overall number of licences in total)

Sydney is Australia's number 1 hot spot for VHF NAS stations with 36 licened stations
More VHF stations operate in the VHF 151 - 152 MHz & 173 - 174 MHz bands
in Sydney than anywhere else in Australia.

Melbourne comes a close second with 18 stations in the 151 - 152 MHz &
173 - 174 MHz VHF bands

36 channels assigned to Sydney (post code 2000 - 2199) in the VHF NAS bands
of 151 - 152 MHz and 173 - 174 MHz

MELBOURNE VHF Narrowband Stations

18 channels assigned to Melbourne (post code 3000 - 3999)
in the in the VHF NAS bands of 151 - 152 MHz and 173 - 174 MHz

QUEENSLAND VHF Narrowband Stations

1 station on 77.4 MHz (now ceased transmissions) + 4 stations in the 151 mHz band

In Australia there is just 1 mid band VHF NAS license for 77.4 MHz
the station is located in South Australia.

UPDATEL April 2013:

Things are hotting up in the extended AM broadcast band 1611 - 1701 kHz Mediumwave AM
and on the VHF NAS bands 77 mHz, 151-152 mHz and 173 mHz.

3 new frequency assignments in 2013 in the 77 mHz / 3.8 metre band. 77.325 & 77.350 mHz (16K0F3E) wideband comms FM
& 77.4 mHz (10K1F3E) narrowband comms FM, all in NSW.

1656 kHz 181 metres Mediumwave AM in Melbourne has now gone live
with Rythmos Greek Radio from a transmitter site in Altona North Vic.

Look up stations using ACMA's search register

ACMA Spectrum Search Register
ACMA Spectrum Search Link


Tuesday Jan 16, 2012 - This is a look at the NAS Narrowband Broadcasting situation in Melbourne:

NAS Narrowband Broadcasting status in Melbourne

MF AM Melbourne and greater Melbourne areas:

Out of 11 Mediumwave MF NAS channels that are all assigned, 6 are on the air and active
1611, 1620, 1629, 1638, 1674, 1701 kHz

Assigned MF NAS frequencies not on air.
1647, 1656, 1665, 1683, 1692 kHz


MF NAS status in Melbourne and greater Melbourne area

VHF NAS assigned licenses in the State of Victoria:

151.450, 151.600, 151.675, 151.750, 151.800, 151.850,
151.875, 151.950, 152.050, 152.075, 152.125, 152.300, 152.425 mHz
all are active and carry programming.

Assigned VHF NAS frequencies not on air.
151.775, 152.250, 152.350, and 173.525 mHz

17 VHF NAS licenses assigned in Melbourne Victoria
13 active
4 in-active

The Melbourne area has 28 NAS Narrowband (MF and VHF combined)
broadcasting licenses of which 19 are active and on-air

TRANSMITTING APPARATUS for VHF and MF NAS STATIONS

Transmitters for VHF NAS stations -
go to SRK Electronics VHF NAS Transmitters


APRIL 2013 Update:

SRK Electronics are currently developing a new VHF NAS transmitter
that can be configured for use in the 77 mHz / 3.8 metre band, 151 - 152 mHz / 1.9 metre band
and 173 mHz / 1.7 metre band VHF FM with a choice of comms bandwidth 16K0F3E (25 kHz channel) or 10K1F3E (12.5 kHz channel).

The SRK Electronics 100 watt VHF NAS Transmitter (this model no longer available)
The SRK Electronics 100 watt VHF NAS Transmitter PDF file

GME VHF Land Mobile Radio Equipment
This equipment can be modified for use in the VHF Narrowband
broadcasting segments 151-152 mHz and 173 - 174 mHz
GME Pty Ltd / Standard Communications Pty Ltd VHF Land Mobile transceivers


GME Pty Ltd / Standard Communications Pty Ltd main web page

Transmitters for MF AM NAS stations
Fordray Electronics MF AM Transmitters



This web page was last updated July 22, 2013
ACMA links updated

  April 19, 2014, 2:07:19
 

Extended Mediumwave AM Radio Broadcast Band, Extended AM. MF NAS Narrowband AM broadcasting segment 1611 - 1701 kHz (186 - 176 meters). VHF NAS Narrowband FM broadcasting bands 77, 151-152, 173-174 mHz. Useful links about broadcast radio licensing for Australia, USA and International. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) the the USA Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plus many more links.

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