World Christian Radio African Pathways

The next station in the log on Sunday evening was World Christian Radio African Pathways on 11825 kHz on the 25m band.

World Christian Radio African Pathways transmitter site was coming from Madagascar off the eastern coast of Africa.

More information can be found on their website at……..

https://www.africanpathways.org

Their broadcast consisted of religious programs and religious music. The station was coming in very nicely with a good signal, minimal fading, and slight interference from adjacent stations.

SINPO
44444

Below is a short recording of African Pathways as heard at my location.

Radyo Pilipinas

On Sunday (10th October 2021) I did a little bit more broadcast short wave listening. The first station in the log was Radyo Pilipinas in the PHILIPPINES on 15640 kHz on the 19m band.

Above:- The location of the Philippines. Image c/o Wikipedia

DZRP – Radyo Pilipinas Worldwide, also known as Voice of the Philippines is the overseas service of the Philippine Broadcasting Service. The station broadcasts on various shortwave frequencies in the Filippino and English languages.

During the martial law era in the Philippines, the National Media Production Center operated the Voice of the Philippines on AM and shortwave. Following the 1986 revolution those broadcasts were abolished. The Voice of the Philippines was rebanded as Radyo Pagasa until 1987 when it became Radyo Pilipinas.

More info can be found on the Radyo Pilipinas website at……

http://radyopilipinas.ph/rp-worldwide

Radyo Pilipinas was coming through to my location quite well.

SINPO
35433

Below is a short video of my reception of Radyo Pilipinas.

References.

  1. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radyo_Pilipinas_Worldwide>, viewed 16th October 2021.

Radio New Zealand

My last station logged for Saturday 9th October 2021 was Radio New Zealand on 5980 kHz on the 49m band on shortwave.

Radio New Zealand, known as Radio NZ or RNZ, is New Zealand’s public service radio broadcaster. It was established under the Radio new Zealand Act 1995.

The headquarters of Radio New Zealand is located in Radio New Zealand House in Wellington.

Above:- Radio New Zealand House in Wellington. Image c/o Wikipedia

Radio NZ was coming through very nicely with an excellent signal and no interference from adjacent stations. There was slight noise on the band (static crashes) and slight fading of the signal.

SINPO
55445

Below is a short video of my reception of Radio New Zealand.

References.

  1. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_New_Zealand>, viewed 16th October 2021.

Voice of Indonesia

I then tuned into the Voice of Indonesia on 3325 kHz on the 90m shortwave band.

The Voice of Indonesia is a part of Radio Reublik Indonesia which broadcasts all over Indonesia and abroad to serve all Indonesian citizens anywhere in the country and abroad. RRI also provides information about Indonesia to people around the world. Voice of Indonesia is the division for abroad broadcasting.

The Voice of Indonesia was coming in relatively well. The signal was fair with moderate fading. There was no interference from adjacent stations. However it was the static crashes which made listening difficult at times.

SINPO
35433

Below is a video of my reception of the Voice of Indonesia.

Voice of the Strait, CHINA

Next in the log was the Voice of the Strait broadcasting from Fuzhou City in China on 4900 kHz.

The Voice of the Strait was founded on the 24th day of August 1958, and is located in Fuzhou City in Fujan province. Its predecessor was the PLA Fujian Front Line Broadcasting Station.

The station is owned by the People’s Liberation Army

Above:- the emblem of the People’s Liberation Army. Image c/o Wikipedia

The target audience is Taiwan. In 2015 the unit which operates Voice of the Strait was transferred from the People’s Liberation Army General Political Department to the People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force which is primarily responsible for psychological warfare operations against Taiwan.

More information can be found on their website at……

http://www.vos.com.cn/

Above:- Map showing Fuzhou City in China and Taiwan. Map c/o Google maps

The Voice of the Strait was coming in nicely with a good strong signal and minimal interference from adjacent stations. Fading on the signal was slight. There were some static crashes on the band.

SINPO
44444

Below is a short video of my reception of The Voice of the Strait.

References.

  1. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_of_the_Strait>, viewed 15th October 2021

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

After CRI I then tuned into the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) on 5020 kHz on the 60m short wave band.

SIBC is the official radio broadcaster of Solomon Islands.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Solomon Islands. Map c/o Google maps

Shortwave radio broadcasting in the British Solomon Islands commenced in 1956. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation was founded in 1976, replacing the Solomon Islands Broadcasting System (SIBS).

Below is a short video clip of my reception of SIBC.

References.

  1. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solomon_Islands_Broadcasting_Corporation>, viewed 14th October 2021.

China Radio International

On Saturday evening (9th October 2021) I did a little bit more short wave broadcast listening. The first station in my log on Saturday was China Radio International on 11760 kHz on the 25m band on short wave.

China Radio International (CRI) is the state-owned international radio broadcaster of China. It was founded on the 3rd day of December 1941 as Radio Peking, and in 1983 changed its name to Radio Beijing. On the 1st day of January 1993 the station changed its name to China Radio International.

Above:- CRI headquarters in Shijingshan, Beijing. Image c/o Wikipedia

Programs listened to were ‘Selfie’ which had the story of the chrysanthemum in China, and ‘Take Away Chinese’ a Chinese language learning program.

Below is a short video of my reception of China Radio International.

References.

  1. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Radio_International>, viewed 14th October 2021.

Reception of 4KZ in Innisfail, Queensland

Last Friday night (8th October 2021) I decided to do some broadcast short wave listening. I used the Tecsun S-2000 and a Tecsun long wire which was only a few few off the ground.

The first station I logged was 4KZ in Innisfail in Far North Queensland on 5055 kHz on the 60m band short wave.

Above:- Map showing the location of Innisfail in Far North Queensland. map c/o Google maps

Radio 4KZ is a shortwave relay of an Innisfail, Queensland, medium-wave station with the same call sign, and is part of the NQ Radio network. Located in Innisfail since 1967, Radio 4KZ covers the lush tropical coast of Far North Queensland from Townsville in the south to Cairns city in the north. It plays a variety of music. 

According to their Facebook page, 4KZ has been heard by overseas listeners, as far away as Austria, Sweden, USA, and Japan. Their Facebook page can be found at…..

https://www.facebook.com/nqradio4kz/

More info on 4KZ can be found on their website at…..

https://www.4kz.com.au/

Below is a short video of how 4KZ was coming through at my location.

References.

4KZ, 2021, <https://www.4kz.com.au/>, viewed 14th October 2021

SWL Post, 2021, <https://swling.com/blog/tag/4kz/>, viewed 14th October 2021

Some more DX Park & SOTA activators

At the end of September I found that the 20m band was in quite good condition and as a result Marija and I logged a number of overseas WWFF & SOTA activators. Here is a breakdown of some of our contacts…..

FRIDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2021

Sebastian SP3W in POLAND was the first portable DX activator in the log. Sebastian was on 20m and was activating Użytek Ekologiczny Torfowisko Gudzisz SPFF-0527. I sent a 5/3 signal report to Sebastian and a 5/5 was received here in South Australia.

Above:- SPFF-0527. c/o Facebook

Next was DA0DFF who was on 20m and were activating Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer DLFF-0013 and IOTA EU-042.

Above:- DA0DFF QSL card. c/o QRZ.com

I then spoke with Adrian M0PAI in ENGLAND who was activating Eastern Moors RSPB GFF-0382. Adrian’s signal was low down to me, as I was to Adrian (3/1 sent and 3/3 received), however we were able to exchange signal reports and callsigns without too much fuss.

Above:- Eastern Moors. c/o Eastern Moors Facebook page

I then spoke with Dave G1OCN/p who was activating West Bay Special Areas of Conservation GFF-0416 in ENGLAND. Again, signals were low down, but we were able to work each other (3/1 sent and 4/4 received).

Above:- Map showing the location of West Bay SAC. Map c/o Google maps

SATURDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 2021

On Saturday afternoon we worked Ivo IZ0MQN/p in Natura 2000 – Boschi Sereni – Torricella (San Biagio della Valle) IFF-1605 in ITALY. Conditions were quite good on the long path into Europe, with 5/3 sent and 5/8 received.

Next up was Rodolfo I4RHP who was activating Oasi Isola Bianca IFF-0819 in ITALY. Rodolfo was quite a good signal (5/5 sent and 5/8 received).

Above:- Oasi Isola Bianca. c/o https://www.ferraraterraeacqua.it/

I then logged IQ5QO in Natura 2000 – Torre dell’Orso IFF-1739 in ITALY. Known for its beach of fine silver-coloured sand, however, occupied by several bathing establishments, Torre dell’Orso boasts a particularly clear sea due to the currents of the Otranto canal. 

Above:- Torre dell’Orso. Image c/o wikipedia

SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2021.

On Sunday on the long path I worked Antonio EC2AG who was on SOTA summit Lemoatxa EA2/ BI-063 in SPAIN. I have worked Antonio on SOTA summits previously. On this occasion we made contact quite easily with 5/3 sent and 5/5 received.

Next in the log was Jim 5B4ALS who was activating SOTA summit 5B/ CY-046 in CYPRUS. Jim was a good signal on the long path (5/3 sent and 5/5 received).

Above:- An aerial view of 5B/ CY-046 in Cyprus. Image c/o Google maps

I then spoke with Joe OE5JFE who was activating SOTA summit Spirzinger OE/ SB-156 in AUSTRIA. 5/3 sent and 5/5 received.

Above:- Sprizinger. Image c/o https://www.hoehenrausch.de/

Next was Bob M0MJA who was activating the Severn Estuary SPA/SAC/RAMSAR – Bridgewater Bay NNR (inc Steart Marshes WWT) GFF-0181 in ENGLAND. 5/3 both ways.

Above:- the set up of M0MJA. Image c/o Facebook

I then spoke with Sam F4GYG/P who was activating Le Fond de Croisette FFF-2007 in FRANCE. Sam is another regular activator who appears in my log.

I then logged IQ5QO who was activating Riserva Naturale San Cataldo IFF-0145 in ITALY. 5/5 sent and 5/7 received.

Above:- Riserva Naturale San Cataldo. Image c/ Wikipedia

Next was John CT2GSN who was activating SOTA summit Serra de Airo CT/ MN-045 in PORTUGAL. 5/5 sent and 5/7 received.

I then tuned down the band a little and found Andy G7SQW/p who was activating Strumpshaw Fen RSPB GFF-0166 in ENGLAND. 5/3 sent and 5/7 received.

Above:- Strumshaw Fen. Image c/o Wikipedia

Next up was an interesting contact with Sid GB0EOR who was doing an activation for the Railways on the Air event. GB0EOR was operated by members of the Harlow and District Amateur Radio Society from North Weald Station.

I then spoke with Salvatore IT9AAK/0 who was activating a lighthouse for the Worked All Italian Lighthouse Award. The Lighthouse of Genoa (LA-007), known in Italian as Lanterna di Genova, or simply Lanterna, is the main lighthouse for the city’s port. 

Panorama of the port of Genoa with the Lanterna. Image c/o Wikipedia.

Finally I logged DA0DFF in Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer DLFF-0013 and IOTA EU-042 in GERMANY.

It has been a very enjoyable weekend of chasing/hunting European/UK park/SOTA activators. Thanks to all of them for being out there and listening out for Australia.

2021 Oceania DX Contest

The 2021 Oceania DX Contest has been and gone (Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd October).

I made a total of 676 QSOs with a claimed score of 653,256 points.

I worked a total of 60 different DXCC entities.

Countries worked were:-

  • Antarctica
  • Asiatic Russia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Balearic Islands
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia-Hersegovina
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • Estonia
  • European Russia
  • Federal Rep of Germany
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hawaii
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Rep of Korea
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Wales
  • West Malaysia

I operated on the 10, 15, 20, 40, & 80m bands on SSB.

  • 10m – 3 QSOs.
  • 15m – 61 QSOs
  • 20m – 408 QSOs
  • 40m – 136 QSOs
  • 80m – 68 QSOs
Graph showing my contacts per band

The map below shows my contacts around the world during the Contest. A guide to the pins is as follows:

  • green – 10m
  • light blue – 15m
  • orange – 20m
  • red – 40m
  • dark blue – 80m

The 20m band on the long path into Europe on Saturday afternoon was absolutely brilliant. Short path on Saturday evening was also quite good on 20m. Unfortunately the contest finished as the 20m band was opening on Sunday. The map below shows my contacts into Europe.

I made a number of contacts into Japan and South-East Asia, with most of those on the 15m band, and just two Japanese stations on 10m.

My contacts into North America were limited. I worked a few USA on 20m and one on 10m. Unfortunately I did not hear too many USA signals on 40m.

I made a number of contacts around Australia and into New Zealand on 20, 40, & 80m SSB.

Thank you to everyone who called.