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South Pacific, New Zealand: Russell Radio Discontinues SSB Service

By Sue Richards — last modified May 15, 2013 02:31 PM
Contributors: Thanks to Alan Leslie of SV Elyse for passing on this information.
SSB service now offered by Far North Radio. Russell Radio continue on VHF Ch. 63 for advance notice for Customs in Opua.

Published: 2013-05-07 23:00:00
Topics: Communications , Cruising Information
Countries: Fiji , New Zealand , Tonga , Vanuatu

Russell Radio is no longer able to provide an SSB (hf) service to vessels transiting to/from the Pacific and Tasman sea areas.

Commencing 20 April 2013, this service is now run by Far North Radio with the following radio schedule times:

  • 1800-1900 hours New Zealand daylight time - 6.516MHz
  • 1900-1930 hours New Zealand daylight time - 4.417MHz
  • Area covered Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Kaipara, Brett

    Far North Radio
    Phone: 09 406 1423 (24/7)
    VHF Channels: 60 East Coast, 61 North Cape to the Kings, 83 West Coast
    VHF Weather Broadcasts: 0730, 1330,  1730 and 1930 on request
    Far North Radio Membership Form (PDF)
    E-mail contact: Annette Hall [email protected]

    Russell Radio will continue to operate VHF service on Channel 63 for vessels arriving/departing from the Port of Opua.

    Russell Radio 
    Phone/Fax  (09) 403 7218
    VHF Channel: 63
    [email protected]

    Both organisations are run by dedicated volunteers and receive no government funding.

    For a list of other Pacific Radio Nets go here.

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