New ZealandMountain Radio Service
Hikers and mountaineers (known locally as trampers) exploring the remote
and sometimes dangerous mountain ranges of New Zealand can hire
lightweight portable HF radio sets to use for emergencies, Telcall,
weather, and daily net check-ins - whilst out of mobile phone range.
This network is the Mountain Radio Service
Some remote huts used by trampers are also equipped with HF radio for contact with bases.
The portable HF sets are low power (only 1w PEP), and use a pre-tuned dipole – to be rigged up in trees, etc. while the base stations operate on high power.
There are several organisations throughout New Zealand monitoring the primary channels 24 hrs 365 days.
There are two primary channels in the Mountain Radio Service:
3261 KHz USB – North Island
3345 KHz USB – South Island
Weather broadcasts are at 0800 & 1930 local time.
Voice calls are daily at 0830, 1200, 1930 local time.
Other frequencies registered to MRS organisations are:
Auckland Tramping Club
2348 KHz USB
3336 KHz USB
4586 KHz USB
5254 KHz USB
5299 KHz USB
Wellington Mountain Radio Service
5680 KHz USB (International SAR Freq.)
Hawks Bay Mountain Radio Service
3372 KHz USB
Information correct as of 19 November, 2012. Source: NZ Ministry of Economic Development RSM