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CFA RMR - Country Fire Authority Digital Radio Frequencies

Digital Channel 512 and 502 now active

District 12 now simulcast on Channel 512 (TGID 512) as of 8PM April 2, 2014 (site rollout map)
Fire ground Goto channels still Analogue VHF (ie Channel 23)

The information provided on this page is collated from many resources.
For an accurate and updated listing, visit the CFA website or the CFA incident page.
In times of fire, be sure to monitor you local Emergency Services broadcaster which is your local ABC station for information relevant to your location.

DIGITAL RADIO (CFA VHF P25 Network (RMR))

On May 2nd 2013 it was announced that CFA would embrace the digital world of communications. At this stage, unlike city police, it will not be encrypted, but you will need a digital receiver capable of receiving P25 transmissions.

This page will tell you what you need to buy, and give you an insight into how to program a P25 scanner to receive CFA digital radio channels.

Scanners

There are very few digital radio scanners on the market, and of those few they vary in price from $400 up to $10,000, and we're not kidding. For a hand held scanner check out the Uniden UBCD396XT. This is probably the best bang for your buck on the market as at November 2013. AOR also make great gear just make sure what ever you buy has P25 as standard.

What is P25?

First came AM, then FM. These are both analogue modes. Now we have P25 - a digital mode of transmission. P25 compliant radios can communicate in analog mode with legacy radios and in either digital or analog mode with other P25 radios. The P25 standard exists in the public domain, allowing any manufacturer to produce a P25 compatible radio product.

Can a traditional analogue radio receive P25?

No. Digital P25 radio signals require a radio receiver capable of receiving P25.

Can I use my current scanner?

Probably not.

Where can I find official news on the roll out of the CFA P25 Network?

The best place is to look at the CFA Radio Dispatch Service blog. (RRDS) Subscribe to the RRS fee in you mail reader.

Now we're done our basic Q&A for hardware, here's enough information to get you going with some links to detailed pages. There are two radio networks in Victoria tasked with providing communications to our essential service. The Metropolitan Mobile Radio (MMR) and the Regional Mobile Radio (RMR). The two networks are technically identical, the difference is really only the geographical placement of the transmitters so how they work is applicable to both.

P25 is a digital signal which a receiver capable of receiving this type of transmission can decode. P25 can be encrypted so your receiver can't receive it or unencrypted which is just what you need. Currently (Nov 13) the MFB and MAS are unencrypted on the MMR so if you're in Melbourne, you can hear the transmissions. The CFA will live on the RMR and is also unencrypted.

Telstra is responsible for rolling out the network and is commissioning transmitters almost on a daily basis. An up to date Google Map of commissioned transmitter sites can be found here.

Each transmitter site has several transmit frequencies, but only one control channel, for example The Mt. St. Leonards control channel is marked as 166.53750c. Note the 'c'. There are three other frequencies associate with this site, 165.48750a ('a' for alternate control channel) 165.6375 and 166.2375.

This transmitter site equates as a 'Site' in your scanner. Create a site called say... Mt St Leonards, and allocate all the frequencies to the site making sure the control frequency is on top. You've just created your first site, all that's left to do is add more sites as required. Next we have to program Talk Groups, or TGID's

The powers that be have programmed Talk Groups with a range of 10,000 ID's so here's the allocation:

VicPol 00001 09999
MFB 10000 19999
MAS 20000 29999
CFA 30000 39999

Next get your scanner scanning, and chances are you'll see these ID numbers on the display and hear traffic on the radio. If the scanner stops and you can't hear anything, the signal maybe encrypted. These IDs can be programmed on some scanners to 'lock out' which means the scanner will ignore them and won't stop. So if you want to listen to CFA Region 12, keep a watch out for ID:30512. Check the table below for the CFA TGIDs.

If you hear a tone on ID:1, this is a test tone used for testing bit rates and errors (BER). You'll need to program this ID as a 'lock out'

You now have enough knowledge to be dangerous.


CFA Fire Ban Districts

CFA Regional map

Vic roads also list road closures in areas where fires are active.

It also pays to load the CFA incident page and DSE incident pages.
You can download a PDF of this map.
Current CFA Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Ban declarations can be found below
 

CFA Regions

Country Fire Authority Regional Map
CFA VHF P25 Network (Source: RadioReference.com)

CH TGID ENC TYPE USE NOTE
500 30500 No Trk  
501 30501 No Trk  
502 30502 No Trk District 02 - VicFire Active 23/2/14 (0485 Pretty Sally Only)
503 30503 No Trk  
504 30504 No Trk District 04 - VicFire
505 30505 No Trk District 05 - VicFire
506 30506 No Trk District 06 - VicFire
507 30507 No Trk  
508 30508 No Trk  
509 30509 No Trk District 09 - VicFire
510 30510 No Trk District 10 - VicFire
511 30511 No Trk District 11 - VicFire
512 30512 No Trk District 12 - VicFire
Officially Operational - Alexander 2/4/14
513 30513 No Trk  
514 30514 No Trk  
515 30515 No Trk District 15 - VicFire
516 30516 No Trk District 16 - VicFire
517 30517 No Trk District 17 - VicFire
518 30518 No Trk District 18 - VicFire
519 30519 No Trk  
520 30520 No Trk District 20 - VicFire
521 30521 No Trk  
522 30522 No Trk District 22 - VicFire
523 30523 No Trk District 23 - VicFire
524 30524 No Trk District 24 - VicFire
525 30525 No Trk  
526 30526 No Trk  
527 30527 No Trk  
528 30528 No Trk  
529 30529 No Trk
530 30530 No Trk
531 30531 No Trk
532 30532 No Trk
533 30533 No Trk
534 30534 No Trk
535 30535
No Trk
536 30536 No Trk
537 30537 No Trk
538 30538 No Trk
539 30539 No Trk
540 30540 No Trk
541 30541 No Trk
542 30542 No Trk
543 30543 No Trk
544 30544
No Trk
545 30545
No Trk
546 30546 No Trk
547 30547 No Trk
548 30548 No Trk
549 30549 No Trk
550 30550 No Trk
551 30551 No Trk
552 30552 No Trk
553 30553 No Trk
554 30554 No Trk
555 30555 No Trk
556 30556 No Trk
557 30557 No Trk
558 30558 No Trk
559 30559 No Trk
560 30560 No Trk
561 30561 No Trk
562 30562 No Trk
563 30563 No Trk
564 30564 No Trk
565 30565 No Trk
566 30566 No Trk
567 30567 No Trk
568 30568 No Trk
569 30569 No Trk
570 30570 No Trk
571 30571 No Trk
572 30572 No Trk
573 30573 No Trk
574 30574 No Trk
575 30575 No Trk
576 30576 No Trk
577 30577 No Trk
578 30578 No Trk
579 30579 No Trk
580 30580 No Trk
  In time of need, other frequencies to monitor are:
774 ABC Radio Melbourne

ABC Local Radio Frequencies

Programming a comms radio?

If you are in a fixed location and not planning on moving, and in an area which uses the voting system, choose the strongest signal of the group and only use that one frequency in the scan group. Add to that group simplex and aviation channels as required.

Looking for Police and MFB Frequencies?

Victoria Police in metro Melbourne and the MFB are now using digital communications, which, like mobile phones, you can't listen to on a regular radio.

Vicpol in the city is encryped so you can't listen to them but MFP is not, so you can listen to them on a P25 digital receiver.

Regional police are still using analogue radios and these frequencies can be added to your scan group.

Disclaimer

The radio frequencies presented here are collated from many sources. Naturally, they may change or become outdated. This page is updated regularly. (Especially when we get emails from the CFA)

Download

You can download a comprehensive PDF of the CFA / DSE radio allocations to print and keep handy in the glove box.

CFA VHF P25 FIREGROUND CHANNELS

District 02

Channel Frequency NAC Info
251 161.100 40B Kyneton
252 161.875 40B  
253 161.0875 40B  
256 161.1125 430  

District 08

Channel Frequency NAC Info
279 161.1875 4F9 Peninsula
280 161.075 4F9 Westernport
281 161.000 4F9 Bass Coast
282 161.1375 4F9 Casey
343 161.0375 7F3 Cardinia

District 09

Channel Frequency NAC Info
284 161.1625 526  
285 161.0625 526  
286 161.025 526  

District 12

Channel Frequency NAC Info
299 161.0125 5B6  
300 161.225 5B6  
301 161.1375 5B6  

District 13

Channel Frequency NAC Info
305 161.1125 61F Yarra Valley
306 161.175 61F Knox
307 161.2 61F Ranges
308 161.1 61F Maroondah
263 161.0375 455  

District 14

Channel Frequency NAC Info
312 161.0625 656 Hume
313 161.15 656 Mt Cottrell
314 161.050 656 Nillumbuk
333 161.0375 656  

 

 
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