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Vision Australia Radio - VAR
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City Melbourne, Victoria
Frequency 1629 kHz (1982-1990)
1179 KHz[1] (1990-)
First air date 12 December 1982[2][3]
Format Radio reading service
Power 3,000 watts[1]
Class Community[1]
Callsign meaning Radio Print Handicapped
Affiliations Radio Print Handicapped Network
Owner Vision Australia Foundation
Website www.visionaustralia.org.au

3RPH (1179 AM) is a radio station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

3RPH is part of the Vision Australia Radio network of eight stations owned by Vision Australia broadcasting newspaper and magazine articles for people unable to read print media in southern Victoria and New South Wales.[2][4]

The station began broadcasting in 1982 just off the AM band at 1629 kHz, and is operated by a volunteer staff.[2]

Transmissions changed to 1179 kHz in 1990, after 3KZ migrated to the FM band.

3RPH is also a member of Radio Print Handicapped Network and a BBC World Service partner station.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "New radio services for Melbourne, Geelong and Colac". Australian Communications and Media Authority. 27 June 2000. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  2. ^ a b c "blindness and low vision services". Vision Australia. Archived from the original on 5 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  3. ^ Farah Farouque (12 December 2002). "Why Leach is getting serious all over". The Age. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Vision Australia Radio Stations". Vision Australia. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  5. ^ "RPH Australia website". Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  6. ^ "FM/AM in the Asia and Pacific regions: English". BBC. Archived from the original on 1 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 

Coordinates: 37°50′19″S 145°01′58″E / 37.8387°S 145.0329°E / -37.8387; 145.0329