Updates & News & FAQ's
Welcome to Radtel's News and updates. This
- Network Updates
from Radtel Users
Effective April 6, 2006 Radtel Network has
updated CAB, NEB, NWB and WAB to include Channel 12 (3760khz)
and will inturn be scanning this additional channel.
Letter from Radtel Users:
Over the past 12 months we have received numerous letters
re: Radtel Network, here are just a few.
& Viv Moon (4x4 Australia) - 'For ease of operation,
for clarity and for reliability the Radtel HF Network is
hard to beat'
Tony Mowbray - Solo Around the World Yachtsmans-
The Radtel Network radiotelephone service gives me peace
of mind. It's efficient and economical, but above all offers
me great safety when sailing in the remote waters of Australia.
Edmond & Maureen Hanrahan - We planned our first
4WD holiday of our retirement to take us to Newman WA, Gun
Barrel, Gary Highway and the Canning Stock Route.
Our HF supplier recommended Radtel as our radio Network.
From our first call at Longreach to our last at Mt Isa on
our way home the service was magnificent. We called base
operator Doug Taylor for messages and relaying our position
was a real service, giving us great security.
Radtel is a premium HF Radio and telephone Network. Many
thanks. Keep up the good service as we certainly hope to
use the network again in the not too distant future.
I appreciated the reliable service your network provided
me. I was able to obtain a revertive from one of your base
stations on every occasion I attempted a connection. It
certainly added to the enjoyment of my trip.
Regards John Hisco
FAQ's - Well I suppose the most common question we
get asked is; "How do I hang up a phone call especially
when it an answer machine that answers?'
A = If you are talking with a person you can ask them
to dial '99' before they hang up and if it's an answer machine
you will have to carry out the 'Call Hang Up' that
will be listed in your radio's operating manual.
Remember it is vital to hang up correctly for two reasons
- you will reduce the time the call is charged and secondly
you will free up the network for other users to make phone
Q - The person on the phone keeps dropping in and
out, particually when they are on a mobile phone.
A = Yes dropping in and out can be a problem, as the
question said particually on a mobile phone. This is due to
the ambient noise level in the background or surrounding the
actual phone. As the base station systems operate on VOX (Voice
activated Transmit) and undue noise can over-ride the conversation
from the phone side. Also when on normal phones the audio
output they send to the radtel transmitter's (which is critical
to correct operation) varies substantially between different
phone models and brands. There are two ways to help reduce
(if not eliminate) this effect.
- When receiving HF Radio calls on normal phones, hold the
mouthpiece of the phone virtually on your mouth and speak
a little louder.
- When receiving HF Radio calls on mobile phones, shroud
the phone with your hand to help eliminate the outside ambient
We have found the above usually achieves perfect results.
Q - Why are some calls very weak and bad quality
A - This is usually due to the radio user not performing
a 'Beacon Test' or not trying the 'Beacon test' on several
channels to ascertain the BEST channel before making the actual
call. Don't just try what you consider is the closest base
site - always try several base sites and several channels
to get the best 'Beacon Test'
If all the above guidelines are adhered to it is rare that
you won't get a good clear signal - Night time is a good time
to avoid if possible.