Important Optus Aurora Notice

With Optus Aurora having ceased transmission completely, VAST is now in full swing.

With many sporting events happening early in 2014 such as the Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, now is the time to consider upgrading to a VAST PVR (recorder).

In 1998, NAS was selected by the Australian Government to be the master distributor and national support centre for the UEC AURORA satellite receivers and to administer the voucher system for the federal ‘RABS’ digital changeover assistance program. 

NAS are the satellite experts you can trust to help with all your VAST inquires, put you in touch with a reputable installer in your area, or simply help you choose the right products for your job.

Current TV Advertisement

Humax VAST Satellite Recorder

Where to Buy



7/100 Sugar Road, Maroochydore, QLD 4558
P: 07 5443 5517

Powerhouse Distribution
48 Leyland Street, Garbutt, QLD, 4814
P: 07 4755 0162

NAS Australia Brisbane
28 Newstead Terrace, Newstead, Q, 4006
P: 07 3015 8700

NAS Australia Cairns
204 ScottStreet, Cairns, Q, 4870
P: 07 4033 0441

NAS Recommended Installers

Advance Communications
86 Miscamble Street, Roma, QLD, 4455
P: 07- 4622 5223

Balonne Electrical
21 Henry Street, St George, QLD, 4487
P: 07- 46255249

Cape York Electronics
Charlotte Street, Cooktown, QLD, 4895
07-4069 5252

Charleville Radio & TV
14 Wills Street, Charleville, QLD, 4470
P: 07 4654 1633

Clan Campbell Digital Communications
Burpengary, QLD, 4504
P: 0422 837 591

Hamish Lindsay
14 Recreation Street, Talwood, QLD, 4496
P: 0427 771 858

Hebel Satellite TV Installations
18 William Street, Hebel, QLD, 4486
P: 02- 6829 4565

Home Service Centre
26 Wills Street, Charleville, QLD, 4470
P: 07- 4654 1366

ID & NE Pike
Palm Grove, Eulo, QLD, 4491
P: 07- 4655 4890

Jim’s Antennas (Blackall Ranges)
42 Cooke Road, Witta, QLD, 4552
P: 07- 5494 4035

Jim’s Antennas (Cooloola)
704 Bruce Hwy, Chatsworth, QLD, 4570
P: 07-5481 6542

Jim's Antennas (Noosa)
9 Maddens Crescent, Peregian Springs, QLD, 4573
P: 0434 309 530

Mr G. Kleinmeulman
20 Flanders Road, Byfield, QLD, 4703
P: 07- 4935 1158

McMahons Electrical
23 Mabel Street, Atherton, QLD, 4883
P: 07 4091 1788

Marwill Pty Ltd
Julia Creek, QLD, 4823
P: 07- 4746 7140

Mission Beach Antennas
41 Koda Street, Mission beach, QLD, 4852
P: 0417 724 908

Picture Perfect Audio Visual
7 Lear Jet Drive, Caboolture, QLD, 4510
P: 1300 789 559

Rainbow Theatre
Herschell Street, Clermont, QLD, 4721
P: 07- 4983 1015

Roma Communications
Shop 1/110 Raglan Street, Roma, QLD, 4455
P: 07- 4622 2337

Ross Chalmers Electrical
54 Newton Street, Monto, QLD, 4630
P: 07- 4166 1436

Signal Plus Antenna Service
27 Oxley Drive, Gladstone, QLD, 6680
P: 07- 4979 3365

Signal Solutions
23 Wallaby Lane, Tinbeerwah, QLD, 4563
P: 0423 283 974/ 1800 909 982

Simply Electronics
12-14 Canando Close, Maroochy River, QLD, 4561
P: 07- 5446 6725

Sunshine Antenna Service
Shop 9/25 Fisherman’s Road, Maroochydore, QLD, 4558
P: 1300 736 888

Tableland Antenna Services
Atherton, QLD, 4883
P: 07- 4097 7446
M: 0428 966 260

Unique Electronics
Lot 7 Batts Street, Emerald, QLD, 4720
P: 07 4982 4246

Western TV Service
166 Raglan Street, Roma, QLD, 4455
0415 952 059

ACT / New South Wales


11 Sheppard Street, Hume, ACT, 2620

Mitchell's Engineers Supplies Pty Ltd
02- 9482 1811

Parkes Sight, Sound and Antenna Systems
67 Clarinda Street, Parkes, NSW, 2870
02- 6862 4475

NAS Recommended Installers

Mick’s Antenna & Satellite Services
95 Church Street, Glen Innes, NSW, 2370
P: 02- 6732 4226
M: 0488 159 603

Warriewood, NSW, 2102
P: 0414 690 558

TLE Electrical
Unit 1, 332 Manns Road, Gosford West, NSW, 2250
P: 02- 4324 7555

Lyn Willing Electronics
6 Kuna Avenue, Inverell, NSW, 2360
P: 02- 6721 0010

IDS Electrical
75 Coconut Drive, North Nowra, NSW, 2541
P: 0438 615 828



Satplus Victoria
223 Nepean Highway, Edithvale, Vic, 3196
P: 03 9772 8318

Bitek - Heidelberg
7/1 Culveralnds Street, West Heidelberg, Vic, 3081

Melbourne Satellites
21 Turbo Drive, Bayswater North, Vic, 3153
P: 03 9738 0888

Recommended Installers

Albury Wodonga Antennas
10 Campbell Ave, Wodonga, Vic, 3690
P: 0413 136 357



Active Electronics
320 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, Tas 7000
P: 03 6231 0111

Active Electronics Launceston
136 Wellington Street, Launceston TAS 7250
P: 03 6334 7333

South Australia


Bitek Adelaide - Holden Hill
Unit 3 / 4 Armiger Court, Holden Hill, SA, 5088

Force Electronics - Brighton
417 Brighton Road, Brighton, SA, 5048
08-8377 0512

Force Electronics - Findon
166 Findon Road, Findon, SA, 5023
08-8347 1188

Lightning TV and Entertainment
61 O'Sullivan Beach Road, Lonsdale, SA, 5160
08-8383 6415

Northern Territory


Top End Satellites
Casuraina NT, 0811
P: 0409 896 546

Central Communications
Cnr Stuart Hwy & Will Tce, Alice Springs, NT, 0870
P: 08- 8952 2388

What Is VAST?

The Viewer Access Satellite Television service, or VAST, is a satellite television platform in Australia, providing digital television and radio services to remote and black spot areas using the Optus C1 and Optus D3 satellites. It is partly funded by the Australian Government and managed through a joint-venture between Southern Cross Media and Imparja Television. It is a replacement for the Optus Aurora service and provides channels which have been absent on free-to-view satellite until now, such as a Network Ten affiliate, and the digital multichannels. Viewers accessing the service must use a VAST certified satellite decoder/receiver (set-top box) and smart card, and go through the necessary application process.

More details on the VAST application process:

What Channels Are Available on VAST?

VAST provides a minimum of 16 digital television channels and 14 digital radio channels, the same number of channels available in metropolitan terrestrial areas. All ABC and SBS television channels are available in separate state feeds. The commercial channels are provided by Southern Cross Media, Imparja Television, Golden West Network and WIN Television.

Southern Cross Media and Imparja are broadcasting the full range of digital commercial television channels in standard definition (with programming from the 7, 9 and 10 networks) and the high definition channels One HD, 7mate and GEM. VAST also provides all the standard and high definition channels from ABC and SBS. The local news content from regional broadcasters is also available on a dedicated local news channels exclusive to VAST.

Rural health and Weslink channels are now available on VAST.

More information on available channels:

VAST For Travellers

If you plan on traveling through regional or remote Australia, you will need suitable equipment to receive the VAST service. You will need a portable satellite dish kit and a VAST receiver (set-top box) with a smart-card (comes married with the receiver). As a traveller, you are catered for as a special category that can be granted an initial six-month period of VAST access. You can apply for an extension of this period during the four weeks before its expiry. Once you have your equipment, you will need to register your new VAST receiver (set-top box) before you receive all your services.

To fully register you’ll be asked for the VAST receiver (set-top box) model number, the serial number and the smart-card number inside the receiver (set-top box).

Traveller’s Application Form:

How Long Will the Old Aurora Service be Available?

Western Australian Aurora services have already shut down. Eastern Australian services are scheduled to cease on the 10th of December 2013.

On the 25th of June 2013 GWN and WIN will cease satellite transmissions on Optus Aurora platform on the C1 satellite. The VAST satellite TV system will now replace Aurora for regional WA. This is one of the final steps in the digital switchover with Optus Aurora Eastern transmissions to cease during December 2013. For further information please visit or speak to your local satellite TV dealer.

Is My Current Dish Still Capable of Receiving VAST Services?

Most dishes are still capable of receiving the VAST services, and as long as they are free from dirt and corrosion should still work fine.  However, the “LNB” (the receiver in the middle of the dish that the cable is connected to) needs to be updated to the “10.7” or “10700” type.  If you are still using the old “11.3” or “11300” type, some services (ABC/SBS so far) will be inaccessible.  Fortunately, new LNBs (or LNBFs) are much cheaper and more readily available than they used to be.  Please check the markings on your LNB or check with your local satellite antenna installer if you have any doubts, or if you need help updating your LNB.

Why NAS Can Help

NAS Australia, formerly Nationwide Antenna Systems, is a fully family owned and operated Queensland wholesaler and distributor of television reception products. NAS is proud to have been a key provider of satellite television dishes and equipment to regional and remote Queensland homesteads since the late 1980s. In 1998, NAS was selected by the Australian Government to be the master distributor and national support centre for the UEC AURORA satellite receivers and to administer the voucher system for the federal ‘RABS’ digital changeover assistance program.

NAS continues to be widely respected in the industry for its straight forward approach to technical, marketing and support issues and for its fair dealing approach to business with its many customers throughout Queensland and regional Australia. NAS continues to serve antenna professionals with products, services and skills in the many technical transitions as we move into the fully-digital era and in to the future of the ‘connected home’.

Thousands of remote users have received our helpful advice via our 1800 Aurora technical help line between 1998 and 2010. Many of our trade and specialist customers vouch for our many decades of loyal service.

“I have been installing satellite decoders for two decades now in the southwest Queensland towns of Dirranbandi and Hebel area. I have always purchased my decoders and equipment from NAS Australia as I have had no problems with fast delivery and great backup service with any returns, and very obliging technical service. NAS, a Queensland company giving great service to outback towns.” Barrie Watt - Hebel Satellite TV Installations

Advance Communications has been purchasing Satellite TV equipment from NAS Australia for over 15 years. We have found them to be a leader in this field, with quality products and a solid back up for it. Over the years there have been changes to the Satellite platforms and NAS have been heavily involved in the process and a great source of knowledge for dealers and resellers. This is continuing today with the changes from analogue to digital. NAS is a valued supplier to our company and the industry.” Peter Wrensted – Managing Director – Advance Communications

Nearing the end of its 15 year life-cycle, the Aurora system is now being replaced by the VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television) service, with more channels and HD services available to homes, farms and businesses in every corner of Australia.

NAS is proud to be working with the world-renowned Korean set top box manufacturer, Humax, to provide the most advanced VAST receiver and recorder system available. Filled with user friendly features exclusive to Humax such as ABC iView, SBS on Demand and Quickflix, Humax VAST recorders set a new benchmark for effectiveness, performance and ease of use.

Allow our 30 years of experience to work for you - NAS Australia - The Professionals Choice

List of VAST Certified Receivers

Humax (PH) 1300 737 937 (web)

Satking (PH) 03-9553 3399 (web)

UEC (PH) 02-9425 5777 (web)