- Radio Print Handicapped Network
RPH Australia is a network of
Australian radio stations for people who, for any reason, are unable to access printed material. RPH stands for "Radio for the Print Handicapped."
Australian RPH services began in 1975 on Melbourne's
23 July 1978the Minister for Post and Telecommunications announced: "The establishment of a special radio communications service for the blind and other people with reading difficulties."
The federal government began its direct funding of the service with a $250,000 grant in the 1981/82 budget.
Initially using marine band (today's
extended AM broadcast band) frequencies, stations in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney began operating. 7RPH Hobart went to air in June 1982. 3RPH Melbourne was officially opened in December the same year.
By 1984/85 RPH services were also operating in Brisbane and Canberra. After another review, the specialised stations of the service transferred to normal broadcast band frequencies in 1990 and 1991.
Material from the network is heard on a small number of non-network community stations in Australia and on the
Radio Reading Serviceof New Zealand.
RPH Australia Network Stations
Canberra: 1125 kHz AM
Wagga Wagga: 89.5 MHz FM (coming soon) 2RPH
Sydney: 1224 kHz AM
*Newcastle: coming soon
Wollongong: coming soon 4RPH
Brisbane: 1296 kHz AM Vision Australia Radio(3RPH)
2APH101.7 MHz FM
3BPH88.7 MHz FM
3GPH99.5 kHz FM
Melbourne: 3RPH1179 kHz AM
Mildura: 3MPH107.5 MHz FM
3SPH100.1 MHz FM
*Warragul: 3RPH/T 93.5 MHz FM
*Warrnambool: 3RPH/T 94.5 MHz FM
Australia& New Zealand: Optus Aurora, radio channel 12 (Melbourne feed) 5RPH
Adelaide: 1197 kHz AM Information Radio(6RPH)
*Perth: 990 kHz AM
Australia: Optus Aurora, radio channel 25 Print Radio Tasmania(7RPH)
Hobart: 864 kHz AM
*Launceston: 106.9 MHz FM
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
Community Broadcasting Foundation
* [http://www.rph.org.au RPH Australia]
* [http://www.cbaa.org.au Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA)]
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