MOONGOBULLA RAAF VERY HIGH FREQUENCY
DIRECTION FINDING (VHF/DF) STATION
NORTH OF TOWNSVILLE, QLD

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The RAAF operated a Very High Frequency Direction Finding Station VHF/DF at Moongobulla about 40 miles north west of Townsville during WWII. Some records show an alternative incorrect spelling of Moongabulla.

D/F Stations rotate a directional antenna until the strongest radio signal is detected and operators determine the location of an enemy or friendly radio transmitter by triangulation using at least one other D/F station. Other RAAF HF/DF stations were located at Julia Creek, Garbutt, Mingela, Brandon and Kairi on the Atherton Tableland.

There is a file in the National Archives of Australia, National Office, titled:-

"DWB (Director of Works and Buildings) - Property - Moongobulla Qld - VHF/DF (Very High Frequency/Direction Finding) Station - Acquisition of site"

 

Locality Plan from the above NAA file showing
proposed VHF/DF sites 1 and 2 at Moongobulla.

 

Offers were advertised by the Commonwealth Disposals Commission in a number of north Queensland newspapers with a closing date of 5 March 1947 for the purchase of an octagonal shaped building 13 ft x 13 ft. together with fencing posts at the Moongobulla RAAF VHF/DF Station.

 

Are there any concrete slabs of the site still surviving?

 

VHF/DF and Radar Sites in Australia during WW2

 

Military Camps/Locations in Australia during WW2

 

Bunkers, Tunnels, Fortifications in Australia during WW2

 

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I'd like to thank Kathy Dawson for her assistance with this web page.

 

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