Get Your Station On The Air!! - There are many VHF (NAS) broadcasting frequencies currently available in the 151 and 152 mHz band in Melbourne. Also, VHF NAS broadcasting spectrum is available in the 70, 77, 151/152 & 173 mHz bands in all major cities around Australia. We can assist you with advise on obtaining a licence and sourcing an ACMA approved 100% continuous duty cycle Australian made VHF NAS broadcast transmitter. There's never been a better time to start your own broadcast radio station as now.
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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 70, 77, 151, 152, 173 mHz (majority of assignments in the 151/152 mHz 1.9 metre band)

ACMA Types of Broadcast licensing


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 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 (16K0F3E in a 25 kHz bandwidth channel) 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.

MF/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

The 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.

MF and VHF NAS radio stations operate outside of the normal broadcast radio bands.

The MF (Mediumwave) NAS spectrum segment is in the Extended AM band of 1611 kHz (186 metres) - 1701 kHz (176 metres) in 9 kHz steps over 11 channels.

The VHF NAS spectrum segments are in the following mid and high VHF bands.
70, 77, 151/152 & 173 mHz bands using the standard radio communications emission mode 16K0F3E (FM) within a 25 kHz bandwidth channel.

It would also be possible to use an emission mode of 10K1F3E (NB-FM) within a 12.5 kHz bandwidth channel, although this is rare.

What is a NAS (Narrowband Area Service) station?

The operation of a NAS station is authorised by a radiocommunications apparatus licence
issued under the narrowband area service licensing option within the broadcasting licence type.

NAS stations are normally authorised to provide a service using non broadcasting services band frequencies.
NAS stations may operate in appropriate parts of the VHF (70, 77, 151/152, 173 mHz bands)
and MF (1611 kHz 186 metres to 1701 kHz 176 metres) frequency bands.

NAS stations are usually used to provide 'narrowcasting' programming (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992).
Narrowcasting services must have reception limited in some way (for example, by being targeted at special interest groups).
Such operation is authorised under a class licence issued, by the ACMA, under the BSA.

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 400 ~ 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 LIPD and VHF NAS bands

VHF 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 2014


Amateur Radio licensing in Australia

Amateur Radio apparatus licences


CB Radio in Australia

Citizens Band (CB) class licence


Class licences

Class licences are issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA).
Under a class licence, all users share the same spectrum segment and are subject to the same conditions.
A class licence governs equipment standards and the frequencies that may be used,
and can specify other technical and operational parameters.
Class licences do not have to be applied for, and no licence fees are payable.


New Zealand Low Power FM Information

NZ Low Power FM Broadcasting Link


Amateur Radio Licensing in New Zealand

NZ Amateur Radio Licensing


CB Radio in New Zealand

NZ CB Radio


Low Power FM Broadcasting in the USA

Learn more about Low Power FM Radio broadcasting in the USA
The LPFM licenses in the United States may only be issued to nonprofit educational
organizations and state and local governments.

FCC Information - Low Power FM Broadcasting USA

Low Power FM Broadcasting USA - ownership restrictions and other info

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

Examples of what USA Shortwave broadcast licenses looks like -
Here's a couple -

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

ACMA Embargo / DRM

The ACMA Embargo on Shortwave Broadcast Licensing



TRANSMITTING APPARATUS

Transmitters for MF/VHF NAS and HF Dom stations -
go to SRK Electronics Broadcast Transmitters


SRK Electronics now manufacture ACMA compliant state-of-the-art VHF NAS transmitters
that can be configured for use in the 70 mHz, 77 mHz, 151 mHz, 152 mHz, and 173 mHz VHF NAS bands 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


The SRK Electronics 100 watt VHF NAS Transmitter (current model)
The SRK Electronics latest model 100 watt VHF NAS Transmitter PDF file


Other suppliers of VHF transmitting apparatus

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 September 13, 2014
ACMA links updated

  October 22, 2014, 7:33:20


  • nas 1674 & 1692 khz - alex August 3, 2014, 9:10:25


 

Get Your Station On The Air!! - There are many VHF (NAS) broadcasting frequencies currently available in the 151 and 152 mHz band in Melbourne. Also, VHF NAS broadcasting spectrum is available in the 70, 77, 151/152 & 173 mHz bands in all major cities around Australia. We can assist you with advise on obtaining a licence and sourcing an ACMA approved 100% continuous duty cycle Australian made VHF NAS broadcast transmitter. There's never been a better time to start your own broadcast radio station as now.

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