RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

It is strongly recommended that all pilots flying from our launch sites should carry a working UHF radio to allow informal communication with other pilots. 
Radios can be used not only for instructing or guiding students but also for sharing information on conditions, location of active thermals or hazards and particularly for passing information on safety issues and in an emergency.
Voice procedures are informal though it is best to stick to convention where possible.

Channels are Citizen Band and anyone can use any channel although in practice some channels are allocated for specific use and are best avoided.  Those in most frequent use locally are shown below. 
We ask that you be mindful to only use the channels marked as able to be used.
Ask on launch which channel people are using and conduct a radio check before launching.

To Be Used Channel Frequency, MHz Usage Description
No 1 thru 8 476.425 - 476.600 Reserved for repeater use
Yes 9 476.625 Local Paragliding
No 10, 11 476.650, 476.675 Official use
Yes 12, 13 476.700 - 476.725 Local Paragliding
Yes for
intended purpose
14 476.750 Mt Beauty Gliding Club
Yes 15 476.775 Local Paragliding
Yes for
intended purpose
16 476.800 Sky High Club Flying
Yes 17, 18, 19, 20 476.700 - 476.900 Local Paragliding
No 22, 23 476.950 - 476.975 Data
Yes 24 477.000 Local Paragliding
No 26 477.050 Hancock Victoria Plantations
Yes 28 477.100 NEVHGC Club Flying
Yes 29 477.125 NEVHGC Club Flying
No 30 477.150 Hancock Victoria Plantations
No 31 thru 38 477.175 - 477.350 Reserved for repeater use

NOTE:  Sometimes channels marked for ‘Local Paragliding’ are used by the paragliding schools.  Always check with the instructor (on launch or in the Landing Zone) that your group has not chosen one which they are using. 

TO SQUELCH OR NOT TO SQUELCH

To reduce interference with overlapping groups of users, local pilots will often select a CTCSS code or sub-channel (squelch). 
A popular example used by NEVHGC members is the ‘Bright 11’ setting Channel 28 (477.100MHz) and CTCSS Code 11 (97.4 Hz).

VHF RADIO USAGE

Traffic in the vicinity of Porepunkah and Mt Beauty airfields can be monitored on VHF CTAF 126.0 MHz.  There is no obligation to keep a listening watch on this VHF channel if you land at the airfields.

However, it is obligatory to maintain a listening watch on the airfield channel if ground handling, towing or conducting powered paraglider operations.

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