I collated a list of various bits of information about radio communications for our trip north. It contains:
* the list of VMR stations from Eden (NSW) to Bowen (Qld),
* the list and location of Queensland repeaters,
* Penta Comstat frequencies and schedule and for completeness
* VMC weather broadcast schedules and frequencies [added 24-7-04]
* a list of VHF channels.
Anyone interested in a copy can Download the file here.
While we don't have a HF radio, we took a hint from Bob Hogarth (who is also on his way north) and, like him, purchased a Sangean ATS 505 portable radio receiver to at least be able to listen in to weather forecasts while out of range of VHF and mobile phones. We'll let you know how it works out.