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QSL Charleville Wiluna Radio 16804.5 kHz

Charleville Wiluna Radio with DCS messages on 16804.5 kHz is a relatively easy catch. Two things are a little bit more complicated:

First problem: what was the station I was actually listening to? Australia is a big country. In the 80-ies, individual stations had dedicated callsigns. I received VIP (Perth), VIS (Sydney), VIM (Melbourne) etc. in CW. But like in many other countries everything is now centralized, and Charleville (east coast, near Brisbane) and Wiluna (west coast, near Carnarvon) operate under the callsign VIC (formerly the Carnarvon callsign if I’m right). Mind you, both Charleville and Wiluna are not even coastal towns. Bad news: this is probably not going to change anymore…

QSL Perth Maritime Radio VIP
1988 OTS QSL received via VIP Perth Radio, showing all call signs in use in those days

Second problem: whom to write to? Again “modern times”. As far as I know RCC Australia falls under the responsibility of AMSA “Australian Maritime Safety Agency“. But my email to them was answered with “this is something for Kordia”. Kordia is a service provider in Australia. But when I searched the internet I learned that Kordia was changing to “Ventia”. From my own experience I know that such changes typically result in a change of email addresses etc… so I decided to send a physical letter to the RCC Canberra address.
And here comes the good news: my letter ended up with Craig Bloom, Senior Communications Operator at what is still Kordia. Craig answered with a kind email and the beautiful VIC QSL card! Drop a comment if you want to receive the contactdetails as I don’t like to publish email addresses that are not part of public domain.

UPDATE: Craig confirmed that rebranding of Kordia is complete, but their part of the operation will continue as Kordia.

QSL RCC Australia VIC
QSL Charville Wiluna Radio, RCC Australia VIC


  1. gianni

    Hello, good morning. Could I have the e-mail address to write to. I have received Charleville Wiluna radio dsc.
    Thank you very much.

  2. Peter Reuderink

    Hi Gianni. Thanks for visiting my site. The address should be in your email.
    Kind regards,

  3. Randy Holt

    Hello, I received and recorded a “PAN PAN” SSB message from VIC/RCC Australia – could you please send the email address for Mr. Bloom at Kordia?

    Here’s a linkf to a brief Youtube clip of that transmission:

    Thank you!

    Randy / WB9LUR

    • Peter Reuderink

      Thanks Randy for your interest in my site. If all went well, the address is in the email.
      Thanks for sharing the clip!
      73s, Peter

  4. Joël LINTZ

    Pouvez-vous me transmettre l’Email de VIC ?
    D’avance Merci.
    Joël (F5031SWL)

  5. Joe Bauer

    Hello Peter,

    Appreciate all the “leg” work you have done on this one. Could you please pass along the email address. I to have logged this station.


    Joe Bauer

    • Peter Reuderink

      Hi Joe, thanks for the interest shown in my site. The email address should be in your inbox by now. If not, just let me know.
      73s, Peter

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