Victoria Police – 29th August, 2017. Pirate transmission on rural VHF Voting Network.
Recording of a Victoria Police pursuit that occurred after an armed robbery that involved the production of a firearm. During the attempted intercept and subsequent pursuit numerous radio pirate transmissions occurred. Those transmissions on the Victoria Police’s rural VHF voting radio network contained wrongful commands and instructions to Victoria Police Officer involved in the pursuit.
In October of 2017 after an investigation, and other alleged incidents of a similar nature, a 42-year-old Buchan man was charged with a number of offences. They included causing interference to transmission, transmission of false information, interference in relation to certain radio communications and hindering police.
The recording below commences shortly after the alleged armed robbery. Victoria Police Highway Patrol members from call-sign ‘Wellington 613’ are heard locating a vehicle possibly involved and then engaging in a pursuit of the vehicle. Examples of some of the subsequent illegal transmissions by unknown persons can be heard initially at 6min & 19secs, 6min & 30secs and again at 8mins & 37secs mark of the recording. Further transmissions occur throughout the event and subsequent file.
Victoria Police – 23rd September, 2014. Periodic broadcast following the shooting of a suspect by Police.
Recording of an ‘All Channels’ broadcast that was relayed across all Police Regions & Divisions following the shooting of a male by Police Officers from a joint Victoria Police and Australian Federal Police Anti-Terrorism investigation on Tuesday evening 23/09/2014.
Victoria Police – December 2013. ACMA ‘Federal Communications 200’ on Victoria Police (VKC) VHF net.
After successive ‘pirate’ transmissions appearing on the Victoria Police’s VHF Voting Network used for it’s rural communication needs the ACMA in conjuntion with Victoria Police R.E.D technicians commenced a more concentrated effort in tracking down those responsible. In this recording one of the ACMA’s investigations team can be heard requesting a radio check on a Victoria Police channel.
Victoria Police – 30th November, 2013. Pirate transmission on rural VHF Voting Network
Recording of a Victoria Police transmission on the night of the 30th November, 2013 on the old ‘P2’ rural channel. The initial pirate transmisson occurs at approximately 1min & 32secs mark of the file.
VKC farewell transmissions – Multiple dates.
Series of ‘farewell transmissions’ as the Victoria Police’s rural call-taking and dispatch is taken over by the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), resulting in the closing of several remote locations used for such previously staffed by Police members.All rural operations now transferred to ESTA Ballarat and staffed by employees of ESTA.
VKC Moe 18th March, 2012
VKC Mildura 11th December, 2011
VKC Bendigo 17th July, 2011
Victoria Police – 18th February, 2003. Ch.65 (Voting) UHF
During this clip Officers can be heard requesting a ‘TOMCAT’ unit if available. The ‘TOMCAT’ prefix was used by the Theft Of Motor Car Action Team a unit. TOMCAT units came about due to a period of time where there was a dramatic increase in theft of and theft from vehicles. TOMCAT’s operated at Regional & Divisional level and worked closely with Regional Response Units, Crime Investigation Units and the then Organised Motor Vehicle Theft Squad (currently known as Vehicle Crime Squad).
Victoria Police – – 20th April, 1998. Box Hill Police Shootings.
Call-sign ‘Transit 234’ advising that two Officers have been shot and their location in the Melbourne suburb of Box Hill on the 20th of April, 1998.
The Officers had stopped Brendan Luke Berichon and another man, Berichon’s identity was not recognised at the time. Berichon was at the time ‘on the run’ with the notorious ‘Post Card Bandit’ and Australia’s most wanted man Brenden Abbott who had escaped a QLD Jail on November 5, 1997 assisted from outside by Berichon. Box Hill 550 advising all units to use ‘extreme care’ in dealing with the offender responsible for the shooting of two Police Officer in Box Hill on the 20th of April, 1998. VKC advises a unit there may have been an abduction by the offender wanted in relation to the shooting of two Police Officers in Box Hill on the 20th of April, 1998.
Victoria Police – 12th October, 1988. Walsh Street Murders.
The opening of the clip commences with D24 (VKC) dispatching ‘Prahran 311’ to a suspect vehicle call, providing details and ‘Prahran 311’ acknowledging receipt of the job. The radio was manned by Damian Eyre, 20 and the unit driven by Steven Tynan, aged just 22.
‘Prahran 311’ were initially dispatched to the job of a suspect vehicle at 04:34am and had arrived by approximately 04:41am.
By 04:48am both Officers were ambushed and shot as they inspected the suspect vehicle that had been left in the middle of the street.
At 04:49am D24 (VKC) would start receiving calls from the public reporting sounds of gunfire and additional Police resources were sent to investigate arriving within minutes.
The VKC operator had attempted to contact ‘Prahran 311’ several times by radio since receiving the calls from the public of possible ‘shots fired’ but to no avail.
VKC can be heard advising ‘South Melbourne 150’ (Senior Shift Officer for the then A District) that they had dispatched ‘Prahran 311’ to Walsh Street in South Yarra and were now receiving calls from the public for ‘shots fired’ and were unable to reach ‘Prahran 311’.
‘South Melbourne 250’ dispatched to investigate the reports of gunfire and welfare of ‘Prahran 311’ and on finding their two colleagues shot are the unit reporting ‘two members down’.
Victoria Police – 9th August, 1987. Hoddle Street Massacre.
Communications between numerous Police units and VKC during the “The Hoddle Street Massacre” on the evening of Sunday, 9th August 1987 in Clifton Hill, Victoria. By the end of the incident seven people would be killed and 19 injured.
Victoria Police – 27th March, 1986 .Russell Street Bombing.
The initial radio call by ‘Russell Street 750’ advising ‘VKC’ of the blast at the Russell Street Police Complex bombing incident on Thursday, 27th March 1986. Also heard is ‘Russell Street 306’ advising of a loud explosion out the front of the complex.
‘VKC’ advising ‘Russell Street 150’, the senior shift officer for the District, of the blast at the Russell St Police Complex on Thursday, 27th March 1986.
Victoria Police – 19th June, 1985. Mad Max’ Police Shootings.
Senior Constable Peter Steele using the call-sign ‘Cheltenham 709’ advises that he and his partner have been shot at 3 minutes past midnight on June 19, 1985. By the end of the night a total of 5 Police Officers will have been shot by the offender dubbed ‘Mad Max’. Audio clip has been edited to remove VKC transmissions.
A Victoria Police Canine Handler, Senior Constable Gary Morell, advises that he’s been shot on the night of June 19, 1985 as he and SOG members searched for an offender who’d earlier shot and wounded Police Officers.
Random Audio Clips
Royal Australian Army – 2011. Exercise Chong Ju 2011 Puckapunyal, Victoria.
Royal Australian Army – 2014. Exercise Chong Ju Puckapunyal, Victoria. (Warning: Windy conditions).
Royal Australian Army – 2018 Exercise Chong Ju Puckapunyal, Victoria.
Royal Australian Navy – HMAS Melbourne (III) helicopter deck operations. Pilot to flight and deck crews with integrated communications.
Royal Australian Air Force – AP-3C Orion (c/s ‘STRIKER’)
Royal Australian Air Force- C-130J start up and integrated communications during Special Forces parachute insertion exercise & advising good to go for drop.
Royal Australian Air Force – Integrated communications and radio chatter between a pair of 77SQN Mirages during a training sortie. Possibly late 70’s to early 80’s. Call-sign in use is ‘DESPOT GREY’.