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QAS 6 digit call signs

Postby CrazyCessna » Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:56 pm

Afternoon all.

As you're all aware by now QAS is switched into the GWN. In some places however (mostly Southside Brisbane) there are still analogue repeaters for trucks that haven't been fitted with the new radios. For awhile I was puzzled with the new call signs eg. "601-033". I've found out that the new numbers are designed to give more info than the older alpha/bravo prefixes. Using my example from before, the first digit shows the region number, 6 being south/bayside. The second number indicates the skill set of the crew, 0 being the ACP's (old "bravo" units). The third indicates how many stretchers are on board. For the majority of the trucks, this will still be 1, but there are new dual stretcher cars and the Patient Transfer side of things uses this system as well, meaning we may hear more than 1 or 2. The last 3 digits are the traditional callsign. (First two being station number and the last being truck number)

Hope this helps anyone out who was wondering!
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Re: QAS 6 digit call signs

Postby Phil » Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:48 pm

i was under the impression that the first number was the Region they belong to

5 - Brisbane
6 - South East

reason i say this is that i am only hearing 6 on Region 6 and 5 on Region 5 i wasnt aware of the other changes, that is a rather unique way of doing things
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Re: QAS 6 digit call signs

Postby comport1 » Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:57 am

Just some extra info...

I'm starting to see the 6 digit callsigns come across PDW.

For example, Fairview (Toowoomba) Unit 362293 on cc 0444786
And a Sunny Coast Unit, Nambour Unit 4923 has now become "402923" on cc 0420537

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