The Australian Bureau of Meterology operates two radiofax stations – VMC and VMW. VMC broadcasts from Charleville, QLD, and VMW broadcasts from Wiluna, WA. These stations broadcast nearly around the clock with 1kW transmission power.
The frequencies, technical information and schedule can be found in the links. Of course, those interested are welcome to give our signals a bit of DX attention – after all, we are somewhat remote, and 1kW isn’t very much power for a radiofax station. I’ve found the frequencies of VMC to be much quieter than those of VMW (some of which land near or in broadcast band).
Here, we’ll provide samples of virtually all broadcast faxes from BoM so that you can “experience” the weatherfax service and also use to identify your faxes in the case of weak DX. The files are named with the date, and time in hhmmss as local time (EDT which is UTC+11).
But first – a few oddball faxes.
A classic for when the chart isn’t available. This one can be seen almost regularly as some products don’t get aired.
An unscheduled test chart only broadcast on 11090khz.
Now this one is new, but the Bureau has great experience in making Australia disappear – in a newspaper in the past, the eps file for Australia went missing too.
And this is the Information Notice. It’s very blank.
Now the regular ones: