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Amateurs in Canberra and surrounds

The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club (Formerly the Wireless Institute of Australia ACT Division) delivers many services to amateurs both members and non-members.

Repeater Services Supplied and/or Supported by the CRARC;

CTCSS at 91.5Hz rx/tx tone has been implemented on all Mt Ginini (VK1RGI) repeaters to help with a intermittent interference problems.

Repeater Offsets:

VHF: -600khz 147.000 MHz and below, +600khz above 147.000 MHZ

UHF: -5.0 Mhz

Voice Repeaters;

Output FrequencyCallsignLocationCoverage Area and Notes
146.900 MHzVK1RACBulls HeadCanberra Local
(Open RX Access, Transmits 91.5 Hz)
146.950 MHzVK1RGIMt GininiACT & SE NSW
(Needs 91.5 Hz tone for access)
147.125 MHz
147.150 MHz
147.175 MHz
439.925 MHz
439.975 MHz
VK1RWPPortableWICEN Portable repeaters placed to suit required coverage
53.925 MHZ (Planned!)VK1RGIMt GininiACT & SE NSW
438.050 MHzVK1RGIMt GininiACT & SE NSW
(Needs 91.5 Hz tone for access)
146.725 MHzVK1RBMOFFLINE!Canberra Local
(Needs 91.5 Hz tone for access)
439.950 MHzVK1RBMIsaacs RidgeCanberra Local - IRLP (Node 6110)
(Needs 91.5 Hz tone for access)
Digital Repeaters
146.6625 MHzVK1RWNIsaacs RidgeDSTAR - See information below
438.8125 MHzVK1RBMIsaacs RidgeDMR, see DMR Information page

Packet Radio;

Output FrequencyCallsignLocationCoverage AreaNotes
147.575 MHz Simplex (1200)VK1KWBelconnenCanberra LocalOwned and run by Rob, VK1KW, see the website.
145.175 MHz Simplex (1200)VK1RBMBlack MountainCanberra CityAPRS Digipeater
145.175 MHz Simplex (1200)VK1RGIMt GininiACT and surrounding AreaAPRS Digipeater

Note that the Packet Radio services in the ACT are presently being reviewed and altered, VK1DSN is still operating as the local BBS and wormhole service !

Internet Repeater Linking Project - IRLP and Echolink

NodeRepeater/FrequencyCurrent StatusNotes
6110439.950 Isaacs Ridge  

The following passive features are enabled;

  • APRS node broadcast - The status and location of the IRLP node is broadcast every hour and at the beginning and end of every connection via an APRS object labelled "IRLP-6110". The object icon is a circle containing the status of the node, I for idle, C for connected, B for busy. By looking at your APRS display you can instantly see the status of the node and if it is connected, by looking at the object information you can see who it is connected to.

More information on node 6110 may be found on it's own page.

6336146.725 Isaacs RidgeNode is currently non-operational.Note: 91.5 Hz CTCSS tone required for access is presently turned off.


Output FrequencyCallsignLocationCurrent StatusNotes
146.6625VK1RWN CIsaacs RidgeD-Star Users Status Page / DPLUS DashboardGateway currently ON LINE

D-Star Resources

Useful Links:

## Register HERE on VK1RWN ##


CRARC does not distribute the programming software for these radios, we only distribute the configuration file assembled to suit our own locality. You will need to purchase your own licensed software either from Icom or RT Systems to use these files.

VK1 D-Star Programming (Using Icom Software and using RT Systems software and Hardware combination)

Icom ModelVK1 D-Star for Dummies (Quick Reference Guide)1.0Program DumpIcom .icf Program FileRT Systems Program File 

Please contact the Committee if you would like us to program your D-Star capable radio.

Repeater Map

Click on the pins for repeater site details.

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CRARC Amateur Radio News

The local news bulletin is NO LONGER on air, but rather an "Email Newsletter" is distributed to those people who wish to receive it. Please visit vk1-news at website to subscribe to the list.

There is a broadcast of WIA NEWS on Sundays from VK1WIA 9.00 AM LOCAL on 146.950 MHz, 438.050 MHz and from there to the Linked Repeater system to Goulburn. Callbacks are welcome on all frequencies after these transmissions.

Club Meetings

The club has a monthly 'social' meeting which is held at 8:00 PM on the Fourth Wednesday of each month (except December) at our premises at Mt Mugga Scout Hall, 17 Astrolabe St, Red Hill. Meetings normally include some form of lecture or presentation. Visitors are always welcome. Come and meet fellow amateurs.


As well as the general services above, the CRARC supports amateurs in their hobby. We are upgrading the services and assistance to WIA and CRARC members. The aim is to provide better value for your membership fees.

Foundation Licence, Standard , Advanced, New Modes, etc

Just got a licence, or need help in a new endeavour? Want advice on setting up your station, antenna, equipment or operating or whatever? Everybody has been there; most of us still need help. The CRARC will try to find a local amateur with the experience and expertise you can draw on to help you. Contact the group by email to: committee "at"

VK1 Technical & Packet Group

Join the group that helps construct and maintain Canberra's VHF and UHF repeaters. Apart from working bees at repeater sites, there are add-hoc meetings held at various locations to undertake technical works. These hands-on sessions are ideal for amateurs wanting to learn more about the practical side of amateur radio. Email to committee "at" for more information.

Shack Open Nights

We hold Tech nights on the First and Third Wednesday of each month at around 7.30PM at the Mt Mugga Scout Hall 17 Astrolabe St, Red Hill.

If you have questions relating to Amateur Radio or if you have that special project that you would like some technical help or advice for, come along as we have experienced Amateurs who can help you.

If you are bit scarce in your shack to have a working station, we are working towards having a working Club station for the use of members on these nights.

See our “Events” page for dates and details

Education and Examination services

The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club provides supports an education service, click here to go to our Education page.


The CRARC sponsors the "VK1 Award" to encourage amateurs here and worldwide to work VK1 (ACT) stations. Please visit the VK1 Award page for more information.


Want to work more DX! Want to know what Dxpeditions are coming up; which bands are hot when; how to use the CRARC free QSL Inwards and Outwards Bureau service for members.


Interested in the world of 50 MHz and above. Tropospheric ducting, aircraft enhancement, moonbounce and other exotica. If you are interested in this aspect of the hobby then send an email to committee "at" and we'll put you in contact with the appropriate people.


Many of us have to deal with interference problems that we suffer or we cause to neighbours and ourselves. The CRARC can help amateurs work through these problems, both through technical advice and through helping consult with those affected by or causing the interference. Please contact the committee using the club email address committee "at"


Foxhunting, Contesting, comm's for rallies, WICEN, test equipment, antenna construction and testing, homebrewing, moonbounce, satellite operation, logging programs, the internet and amateur radio, etc. Most facets of the hobby have their enthusiasts in the Canberra area.

The CRARC can help you achieve your interests and aims in the hobby.

Contact the President, and start using the services provided by the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club.