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Some radio frequencies of interest to the South African
 

scanner and shortwave enthusiast

 
(Last edited: 26 August 2008)
 
Terminology
 

27 MHz Citizen Band (CB)

... as allocated in South Africa  -   ( 27.185 - 27.275 MHz )

Channel Frequency (MHz) MODE Purpose / Description
19 27.185 AM AM Calling Channel
20 27.205 AM General Purpose
21 27.215 AM Emergency use / Road Directions
22 27.225 AM General Purpose - Mostly use by Caravan Clubs
23 27.255 AM General Purpose
24 27.235 SSB General Purpose
25 27.245 SSB General Purpose
26 27.265 SSB General Purpose
27 27.275 SSB SSB Calling Channel
 

Please Note:   Only channel 19 to 27 are legal in South Africa.
Maximum AM RF Output Power = 4 Watts RF
Maximum SSB RF Output Power = 12 Watts RF Peak Power

 
 
 

29 MHz Band

Short Range Business Communication  -   ( 29.7100 - 29.9850 MHz )

Channel Frequency (MHz) MODE Purpose / Description Users
01 29.7100 AM Mobile  
02 29.7225 AM Mobile  
03 29.7350 AM Mobile  
04 29.7475 AM/SSB Civil Defense 1 ###  
05 29.7600 AM Mobile (Ch. 4 of the 4WDC)
06 29.7725 AM Marine Channel 'B' or 2 - General purpose (Sea and Inland) (Ch. 5 of the 4WDC)
07 29.7850 AM Mobile  
08 29.7975 AM Mobile  
09 29.8100 AM Mobile  
10 29.8225 AM/SSB Civil Defense 3 ### (Ch. 3 of the 4WDC)
11 29.8350 AM Mobile  
12 29.8475 AM/SSB Civil Defense Main ###  
13 29.8600 AM Mobile  
14 29.8725 AM Mobile (Ch. 2 of 4WDC, ATVC)
15 29.8850 AM Mobile  
16 29.8975 AM Mobile (Ch. 1 of the 4WDC)
17 29.9100 AM Mobile  
18 29.9225 AM Rural Fire Fighting ###  
19 29.9350 AM Marine Channel 'A' or 1 - Emergency / Calling Channel (Ch. 5 of the 4WDC)
20 29.9475 AM/SSB Civil Defense 2 ###  
21 29.9600 AM Mobile  
22 29.9725 AM Marine Channel 'C' or 3 - General purpose (Sea and Inland)  
23 29.9850 AM/SSB Civil Defense 4 ###  
 

Aeronautical Radio Frequencies

 HF Communication   -   ( 108.000 - 117.975 MHz, Mode = AM )

Frequency (MHz) Place Purpose / Description Contact
8.933 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Springbok - Worldwide  
 

 VHF Navigation   -   ( 108.000 - 117.975 MHz, Mode = AM )

Frequency (MHz) Place Purpose / Description Contact

115.200

O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS VHF Omni-directional Range  
 

 VHF Communication   -  ( 118.000 - 136.975 MHz, Mode = AM )

Frequency (MHz) Place Purpose / Description Contact or GPS Coordinates
118.100 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Tower 1 - West ? S260801.30 / E0281432.34
118.600 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Tower 2 S260801.30 / E0281432.34
118.700 Rand Airport, Germiston Tower S261431.12 / E280904.88
119.600 Hoedspruit Airforce Base, FAHS Tower & Radar (1) S2421.3 / E03103.0
120.350 Microland, Bapsfontein Microlight Airfield - no tower Hans Schouten   - 083-442-4775
120.600 Wonderboom, Pretoria North, FAWB Tower / Approach S2539.0 / E02813.0
120.800 Grand Central Tower  
121.300 Maputo, Mozambique    
121.400 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Jo'burg Director S260801.30 / E0281432.34
121.500 Global Search & Rescue / Emergency  
121.650 Lanseria Intl., Midrand, FALA Ground S2556'22.90" / E2755'32.07"
121.700 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Clearance S260801.30 / E0281432.34
121.750 Swartkop Airforce Base, Pretoria, FASK Ground (1)  
121.850 Waterkloof AFB, Pretoria, FAWK Ground  
121.900 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Ground S260801.30 / E0281432.34
122.000 Krugersdorp    
122.300 Vanderbijlpark Radio  
122.400 Springs Tower  
122.650 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Apron Arrivals S260801.30 / E0281432.34
122.700 Brakpan Radio / Tower  
123.050 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Apron Departures S260801.30 / E0281432.34
123.200 Swartkop Airforce Base, Pretoria, FASK Tower (1)  
123.500 Parys   S265314 / E273019
123.500 Witbank, FAWI   S2550.0 / E02911.6
123.700 O R Tambo Intl. Airport, Johannesburg Radar - West S260801.30 / E0281432.34
123.750 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Comair Flight Ops S260801.30 / E0281432.34
124.000 Lanseria Intl., Midrand, FALA Tower S2556'22.90" / E2755'32.07"
124.100 Waterkloof AFB, Pretoria, FAWK Tower  
124.250 Tracker Helicopter Stolen Vehicle recovery  
124.500 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Radar - South & East S260801.30 / E0281432.34
124.800 Gauteng Uncontrolled Flying Area  
125.400 Heidelberg, Gauteng Johannesburg Special Rules - East  
125.800 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Johannesburg Special Rules - West S260801.30 / E0281432.34
126.200 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Air Traffic Information Centre (ATIS) S260801.30 / E0281432.34
126.400 Hoedspruit Airforce Base, FAHS Approach (1) S2421.3 / E03103.0
126.700 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Area S260801.30 / E0281432.34
127.400      
128.300 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS   S260801.30 / E0281432.34
128.500 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Ground Crew  
128.900 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Common traffic advisory (CTA)  
129.100 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS ? East  
130.250 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Ground Crew (SB Tarmac?)  
130.700 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Aircraft Servicing  
130.800 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Passenger Control ?  
130.850 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Freight Control  
131.200 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Passenger Control ?  
131.500 Harare, Zimbabwe    
131.725   ACARS Aircraft Telemetry Data  
133.200 Petit Airfield, Benoni North Radio - no tower Andy Casperson - 082-651-7317
134.000 Waterkloof Info  
134.400 O.R. Tambo Intl. Johannesburg, FAJS Radar - North S260801.30 / E0281432.34
135.500 Klipriver    
135.600 Rhinopark    
       
  Notes: 1.) Unlicensed Military Aerodrome - to be used in emergency only.
  LINK: Download South African Airport Charts
 

Public Broadcasting

Note: Please keep in mind that reports is as it was received in Benoni, South Africa.

Medium Wave Broadcast  -  ( 531 - 1701 KHz in 9KHz steps, Mode = AM unless otherwise stated )

Frequency (KHz) Station / Comments Website Time Heard UTC +2 Quality
 
Out of 5
576 Radio Metro, Meyerton, South Africa   24 hrs 4
657 Radio Pulpit / Radio Kansel, Meyerton Radio Pulpit 24 hrs 5
909 Voice Of America - (VOA) VOA Evening 3-4
1197 Family Radio, Christian Station, Lesotho Relayed Family Radio Evening - 00h00 3-5

Very good link for the SW Listener! Stops a lot of frustration
when searching for a broadcasting station you can't seem to find.

Up to date HF Broadcast frequency listing
 

Short Wave Broadcast -   ( 3.000 - 30.000 MHz, Mode = AM unless otherwise stated )

Frequency (MHz) Station / Comments Website Time Heard UTC +2 Quality
 
Out of 5
 

120 Meter Band ( 2.300 - 2.495 MHz)

     
  2.300 120 meter broadcast band starts      
         
  2.495 120 meter broadcast band ends      
 

90 Meter Band  ( 3.200 - 3.400 MHz )

     
  3.200 90 meter broadcast band starts      
  3.200 Trans World Radio, Christian Station Trans World Radio 18h00 - 22h30 5
  3.230 Family Radio, Christian Station Family Radio Evening - 23h00 5
  3.255 British Broadcasting Corporation - (BBC) BBC 17h00 - Evening 5
  3.320 Radio Sonder Grense - (RSG), Afrikaans Radio Sonder Grense 18h00 - 07h30 3-5
  3.400 90 meter broadcast band ends      
 

75 Meter Band (3.900 - 4.000 MHz)

     
  3.900 75 meter broadcast band starts      
         
  4.000 75 meter broadcast band ends      
 

60 Meter Band  ( 4.750 - 5.060 MHz)

     
  4.750 60 meter broadcast band starts      
  4.930 Voice Of America - (VOA) VOA 18h00 - ? 4
  4.965 Radio Christian Voice, Zambia Radio Christian Voice 18h00 - ? 3-4
  5.060 60 meter broadcast band ends      
 

49 Meter Band  ( 5.900 - 6.200 MHz )

     
  5.950 49 meter broadcast band starts      
  6.020 Radio Netherlands   -20h54 - 20h57 5
  6.020 Family Radio, Christian Station Family Radio  21h00 - 4
  6.080 Voice Of America - (VOA) VOA -21h00 - 5
  6.150 Deutsche Welle Radio, Germany Deutsche Welle  18h00 - 21h00 5
  6.180 Family Radio Family Radio -20h50 - 21h00 5
  6.190 British Broadcasting Corporation - (BBC) BBC Day Time 3-5
  6.200 49 meter broadcast band ends      
 

41 Meter Band  ( 7.100 - 7.300 MHz)

     
  7.100 41 meter broadcast band starts      
  7.160 China Radio International - (CRI) China Radio ? - 18h00 3
  7.300 41 meter broadcast band starts      
 

31 Meter Band  ( 9.500 - 9.900 MHz )

     
  9.500 31 meter broadcast band starts      
  9.610 Family Radio, Christian Station Family Radio 23h56 ? - 00h00 4
  9.735 Deutsche Welle Radio, Germany Deutsche Welle 23h53 ? - 00h00 4
  9.650 Radio Sonder Grense - (RSG), Afrikaans Radio Sonder Grense 08:00 - 16:00 3
  9.900 31 meter broadcast band ends      
 

25 Meter Band  ( 11.575 - 12.100 MHz )

     
11.650 25 meter broadcast band starts      
11.940 Radio Romania Intl. Radio Romania 22h30 - 23h00 3
11.955 Adventist World Radio AWR 23h00 - ? 2-3
12.095 British Broadcasting Corporation - (BBC) BBC 22h45 - 00h25 4-5
12.100 25 meter broadcast band ends      
 

22 Meter Band - ( 13.570 - 13.870 MHz )

     
13.600 22 meter broadcast band starts      
13.720 Chinese Radio International (CRI) CRI 12h15 - ? 3
13.800 22 meter broadcast band ends      
 

19 Meter Band  ( 15.100 - 15.600 MHz )

     
15.100 19 meter broadcast band starts      
15.190 Chinese Radio International ?   12h20 - ? 2
15.210 Chinese Radio International ?   12h25 - ? 2
15.310 British Broadcasting Corporation - (BBC)   12h30 - ? 3
15.400 British Broadcasting Corporation - (BBC)   18h30 - ? 4
15.420 British Broadcasting Corporation - (BBC)   18h30 - ? 2
15.580 Voice Of America - (VOA) VOA 19h00 - 3
15.605 Network Netherland ?   18h50 - ? 4
15.690 Radio Taiwan International (RTI) RTI 19h10 - ? 4
15.600 19 meter broadcast band ends      
 

 16 Meter Band ( 17.500 - 17.900 MHz )

     
17.500 16 meter broadcast band starts      
17.485 Czech Radio (English) Czech Radio 18h00 - 18h27 4
17.520 World Harvest Radio World Harvest Radio 18h00 - 19h20 - ? 4
17.545 Family Radio, Christian Station Family Radio 19h20 - 19h26 ? 4
17.640 British Broadcasting Corporation - (BBC) BBC 12h35 - 19h00 5
17.830 British Broadcasting Corporation - (BBC) BBC 17h55 - 19h25 - 4
17.900 16 meter broadcast band ends      
 

15 Meter Band ( 18.900 - 19.020 MHz )

     
18.900 15 meter broadcast band starts      
         
19.020 15 meter broadcast band ends      
 

13 Meter Band ( 21.450 - 21.850 MHz )

     
21.450 13 meter broadcast band starts      
21.470 British Broadcasting Corporation - (BBC) BBC Day time 3-5
21.850 13 meter broadcast band ends      
 

 11 Meter Band ( 25.600 - 26.100 MHz )

     
25.600 11 meter broadcast band starts      
         
26.100 11 meter broadcast band ends      
 

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VHF FM Broadcast   -   (  87.500 - 108.000 MHz, Mode = WFM, Ekhuruleni Area, Sorted by frequencies )

Frequency (MHz) Station / Comments Website Time Heard UTC +2 Quality
 
Out of 5
  92.700 Talk Radio 702 Talk Radio 702 24/7 3
  93.900 Oos Rand Stereo / East Rand Stereo, Springs Oos Rand Stereo   5
  94.200 Jacaranda 94.2, Pretoria Jacaranda 94.2 24/7 5
  94.700 Highveld Stereo, Johannesburg Highveld Stereo 24/7 5
101.000 Radio Sonder Grense, Pretoria, Afrikaans Radio Sonder Grense 24/7 4
101.500 Radio Sonder Grense, Johannesburg, Afrikaans Radio Sonder Grense 24/7 5
102.700 Classic fM Classic fM 24/7 5
106.000 Talk Radio 702 Talk Radio 702 24/7 3

VHF TV Broadcast   -   (  174.000 - 254.000 MHz, Mode = WFM, Ekhuruleni Area, Sorted by frequencies )

Frequency (MHz) Station / Comments Website Time Heard UTC +2 Quality
 
Out of 5
197.250 SABC-1 Audio Frequency SABC-1 24.7 5
221.250 SABC-2 Audio Frequency SABC-2 24/7 5
253.250 SABC-3 Audio Frequency SABC-3 24/7 5
         

UHF TV Broadcast   -   (  470 - 862 MHz, Mode = WFM, Ekhuruleni Area, Sorted by frequencies )

Frequency (MHz) Station / Comments Website Time Heard UTC +2 Quality
 
Out of 5
685.250 E-TV Audio Frequency e-tv 24/7 4
         
 

Radio Amateur Repeaters

VHF Repeaters   -  ( 144.000 - 146.000 MHz, Mode = NFM, Ekhuruleni Area, Sorted by frequencies )

Frequency of Receiver Frequency of Transmitter Split in
MHz
Place Comments
145.6000 145.0000 -0.600 Sasolburg  
145.6125 145.0125 -0.600 Rietkol  
145.6250 145.0250 -0.600 Westrand  
145.6375 145.0375 -0.600 Vaal Triangle  Use 88.5 Hz tone to access repeater
145.6375 145.0375 -0.600 Long Tom Pass  
145.6500 145.0500 -0.600 Johannesburg (Carlton Centre)  
145.6625 145.0625 -0.600 Dullstroom / Kroonstad  
145.6750 145.0750 -0.600 Eastrand  East Rand Branch (ERB Club)
145.6875 145.0875 -0.600 Witbank  
145.7000 145.1000 -0.600 Sandton  
145.7125 145.1125 -0.600 Secunda  
145.7250 145.1250 -0.600 Pretoria  
145.7375 145.1375 -0.600 Middelburg / Potchefstroom  
145.7500 145.1500 -0.600 Kameeldrift (Hartebeespoort Dam)  
145.7625 145.1625 -0.600 Rustenburg  
145.7750 145..1750 -0.600 Cullinan  
145.7875 145.1875 -0.600 Auckland Park, Johannesburg Porky Club
         

UHF Repeaters   -   ( 430.000 - 440.000 MHz, Mode = FM, , Ekhuruleni Area, Sorted by frequencies )

Frequency of Receiver Frequency of Transmitter Split in
MHz
Place Comments
438.6500 431.0500 -7.600 North-Cliff (Jo'burg)  
438.7000 431.1000 -7.600 Dawnview (Germiston) Alberton Radio Amateur Club
438.7750 431.1750 -7.600 Klerksdorp  
438.8750 431.2750 -7.600 Potchefstroom 01  
438.9000 431.3000 -7.600 Potchefstroom 02  
         
 

Please Note:   Repeaters greyed out are not normally accessible from the Eastrand area.

 

Emergency Services

 VHF Communication   -  (Mode = NFM unless otherwise stated, Ekhuruleni Area, Sorted by frequencies )

Frequency (MHz) Place / Purpose Contact
86.0250 ER-24 Ambulance Service - Ch. 01  
86.2000 ER-24 Ambulance Service - Ch. 02  
443.2250 Netcare Ambulance Service - Ch. 01  
443.2875 Netcare Ambulance Service - Ch. 02  
     
143.3250 Sandton - Fire  
152.0750 Boksburg Simplex  
154.7000 Edenvale - Fire & Paramedics  
155.1250 Kempton Park - Traffic  
155.1500 Kempton Park - Fire & Paramedics  
155.5000 Benoni - Traffic  
155.8375 Boksburg - Traffic  
155.8500 Germiston - Fire & Paramedics  
155.9500 Boksburg - Fire & Paramedics  
158.0500 Germiston - Traffic  
159.5000 Alberton - Traffic  
165.9125 Brakpan - Traffic  
166.0250 Brakpan / Benoni - Fire & Paramedics  
170.3750 Edenvale - Traffic  
171.2000 Springs - Traffic  
171.8250 Springs / Daveyton -  - Fire & Paramedics  
     
 

Security Services

 VHF Communication   -  (Mode = NFM unless otherwise stated, Ekhuruleni Area, Sorted by frequencies )
Channel Frequency (MHz)

Area

Purpose / Description

01 56.0250   Armed Response
02 55.5750   Armed Response
03 55.8750   Armed Response
  141.4875 Eastrand Guard Control
  150.3000 Eastrand Armed Response
  153.1125 Eastrand Armed Response
  154.3000   Guard Control ?
  161.1750 Eastrand Guard Control & Armed Response
 

Please Note:    Company names withheld for security purposes.

 

Maritime Channels

29 MHz Band  -  For private boats, Mode = AM
Channel Frequency (MHz) Purpose / Description
01 or 'A' 29.9350 Emergency / Calling  
02 or 'B' 29.7725 General Purpose  
03 or 'C' 29.9725 General Purpose  
 
 

Amateur Frequencies for the South African Ham

Callsign:
METER BAND FROM TO MODE
160 1.810 1.850 LSB
80 3.500 3.800 LSB
40 7.000 7.100 LSB
30 10.100 10.150 USB
20 14.000 14.350 USB
18 18.068 18.168 USB
15 21.000 21.450 USB
12 24.890 24.990 USB
10 28.000 29.700 USB
6 50.000 54.000 FM / USB
2 144.000 146.000 FM / USB
70 CM 430.000 440.000 FM / USB
23 CM 1240.000 1300.000 FM / USB
 
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Terminology

BW  - Bandwidth  
FM  - Frequency Modulation - Normally 25KHz bandwidth  
NFM  - Narrow Band FM - Normally 12.5KHz bandwidth  
WFM  - Wide Band FM - Normally 100 KHz bandwidth  
AM  - Amplitude Modulation  
USB  - Upper Sideband  
LSB  - Lower Sideband  
SSB  - Single Sideband  
4WDC  - Four Wheel Drive Club of South Africa  
ACARS  - Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System  
ATVC  - All Terrain Vehicle Club    (previously known as the Jeep Club)  
BBC  - British Broadcasting Corporation -  (Radio Broadcast Service)  
RSG  - Radio Sonder Grense - (Radio Broadcast Service)  
VOR  - VHF Omni-directional Range  
     

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