AM broadcast – Medium wave band listening

Last night (18th August 2020) I dusted off my Tecsun S-2000 and my Tecsun AN-100 antenna, and decided to have a listen on the medium wave band.

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Below is a list of the stations I heard between 1000 kHz and 1400 kHz……..

  • 4TAB – 1008 kHz – Brisbane, QUEENSLAND
    • horse racing.
    • very difficult copy
  • 2KY – 1017 kHz – Sydney, NEW SOUTH WALES
    • horse racing
    • Good signal with very minimal fading
  • 3PB – 1026 kHz – Melbourne, VICTORIA
    • news
    • Good signal with very minimal fading
  • 2EA – 1035 kHz – Wollongong, NEW SOUTH WALES
    • foreign language program
    • Fair signal.
  • 2CA – 1053 kHz – Canberra, ACT
    • Reception was quite good, some fading on the signal.
  • 5MV – 1062 kHz – Berri, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    • Poor reception, low signal, lots of fading.
  • 3EL – 1071 kHz – Maryborough, Victoria
    • Good signal with very minimal fading
  • 3WM – 1089 kHz – Horsham
    • Fair reception
    • interference from other stations on freq, possibly 2EL.
  • 2EA – 1107 kHz – Sydney, NEW SOUTH WALES
    • foreign language program
    • Fair signal with lots of fading.
  • 3AK – 1116 kHz – Melbourne, VICTORIA
    • Good signal
    • Lots of interference from 5MU on 1125
  • 5MU – 1125 kHz – based in Murray Bridge.
    • SUPER STRONG as you would expect as this is my local radio station.
  • 3CS – 1134 kHz – Colac, Victoria
    • Fair signal
    • Lots of interference from 5MU on 1125
  • 2HD -1143 kHz – Newcastle, NEW SOUTH WALES
    • talkback program
    • Fair signal with minimal fading.
  • 2WG – 1152 kHz – Wagga Wagga, NEW SOUTH WALES
    • Fair signal
    • quite a bit of fading on the signal at times.
  • 5PA – 1161 kHz – Naracoorte, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    • Nightlife program.
    • Fair signal.
  • 2CH – 1170 kHz – Sydney, NEW SOUTH WALES
    • Music
    • Fair signal.
  • 3EA – 1224 kHz – Melbourne, VICTORIA
    • Japanese language program
    • Fair signal
    • Lots of fading
  • 2NC – 1233 kHz – Newcastle, NEW SOUTH WALES
    • Nightlife program
    • Poor signal
    • Lots of fading
  • 3GV – 1242 kHz – Sale, VICTORIA.
    • Music program
    • Fair signal
    • Lots of interference on freq from 5AU in Port Augusta
  • 5AU – 1242 kHz – Port Augusta, SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
    • music program
    • Fair signal.
    • Lots of interference from 3GV on frequency
  • 2DU – 1251 kHz – Dubbo, NEW SOUTH WALES
    • Fair signal
  • 3EE – 1278 kHz – (Magic 1278) Melbourne, Victoria
    • Music
    • Good signal
  • 2TM – 1287 kHz – Tamworth, New South Wales
    • Fair signal
    • Lots of fading
  • 3BT – 1314 kHz – Ballarat, VICTORIA.
    • Music
    • Good signal
  • Cruise – 1323 kHz – Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
    • Good signal
  • 3SH – 1332 KHz  – based in Swan Hill, VICTORIA.
    • Nights program with Denis Walter
    • Good signal
  • 2GN – 1368 kHz – Goulburn, NEW SOUTH WALES.
    • Music program & news
    • Fair signal
  • 3MP – 1377 kHz – Rowville, VICTORIA.
    • Good signal
  • 5AA  – 1395 kHz – Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    • Poor signal.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “AM broadcast – Medium wave band listening

  1. Hi Paul,

    Your post brings back lots of memories of when I listened to the am broadcast band. In those days (1950s and 1960s) there were still clear channels and 10 Khz spacing between channels. There were even commercial stations with clear channels. 3UZ in Melbourne and 4BH Brisbane could be copied on a fairly ordinary five valve radio in Devonport, Tasmania. We have listened to 891 Adelaide ABC in the Flinders Ranges National Park in the day time: ground wave but there is a fair bit of power 50,000 watts! Anyway I am impressed what a reasonable receiver can do. It will be interesting to see whether they QSL or whether that practice has gine the way of the dinosaurs!

    Thanks for a most interesting post.

    73

    John Dawes
    VK5BJE/VK5PF

    PS I do occasionally listen to ABC RN of the AM band in my car but at home I listen to the DAB+ broadcast. However, my favorite station on FM and not n DAB+ is ABC Classic. I am sick of Darth Vader!

    • Hi John,

      Yes as a youngster I often tuned in to the Mediumwave band to see how many far-away stations I could log. There are dedicated DXers here in Australia who often log overseas Medium Wave stations. I will need to improve my antenna to be able to achieve that.

      I have a lot of Mediumwave QSL cards from back in the early 1980s.

      73,

      Paul VK5PAS.

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