Sunday, October 26, 2014

The last day of the A14 season!

The A14 transmission season ends on October 26, 2014, and a brand-new season starts, known as B14.
On October 25 2014 I visited the Yarra Parklands, in Melbourne's outer east for hiking and photography in the expansive Westerfolds' Park, in the Templestowe district.
I set up the little Eton E5 radio with a couple of metres of random antenna, in the car  park near the Kestrel Creek. This is a great monitoring site, with negligible power line noise , even though the main 500,000 volt transmission line leading to the Templestowe distribution station is close by!
Interestingly, there is no 3G or 4G mobile  telephone coverage in the Park!
During the mid-afternoon window, 0400-0430 UT, the bands above about 10 MHz were very active, and this summary may be of interest.
- Vatican Radio using the Tinian relay (Marianas) for its Chinese service (on 21560)
- Radio Japan/NHK using the Tashkent relay for its Persian service (15140), and in Japanese from the Nauen (Germany) relay (11680)
- Radio Romania International with its Chinese service (17780)
- VOIRI for its Swahili service (15340)
- Radio Tamajuz from the Santa Maria di Galeria (Vatican) relay for Sudanese (11650)
- Radio Mashaad Pashto service from the Udon relay ( Thailand) (15740)
- RAE Buenos Aires with its Chinese service (11711, nominally 11700!)
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Thursday, October 23, 2014


On an unusually warm day (35 degrees!) I went over to Warrandyte on the afternoon of October 2014, and set up the Eton E5 receiver and two metres of random antenna in the former gold-moaning precinct on Fifth Hill.
This is one of the few public parklands in Melbourne's outer suburbs which is still relatively free of power line pollution and I would like to share with you some monitoring notes made between 0300 and 0430 (local time 1400 to 1500).
Strangely, very little propagation on frequencies below about 10 MHz, but the higher frequencies were good!
Noteworthy items included:
12015 USA NHK via WHRI Spanish from 0400
17640 PALAU – T8WH, World Harvest Radio at Koror, English 0300
11875 IRAN – Arabic to 0420*
15170 S. ARABIA Arabic 0400
15690 GERMANY R. Farda Lampertheim Persian 0315
17690 SRI LANKA – Radio Azadi, Iranawila, Dari 0320
17895 S. ARABIA Arabic 0415
Image - Palau Islands

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Good propagation  continues during the Melbourne pre-sunrise window on 11 MHz.
The present A14 transmission period ends on October 26 2014, and a brand-new season (B14) will unfold!
This is a summary of notable signals intercepted on October 21 2014 in the 1730 to 1830 windows (0330-0430 local). Transmissions via short path from Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa dominated.
]11600 BULGARIA BVB-Sofia Persian
11700 SWAZILAND TWR-Manzini Oromo
11710 INDIA Arabic
11750 SRI LANKA SLBC Sinhala
11760 GERMANY RFE-Lampertheim Russian
11845 VATICAN VOA-SMG English
11785 ASCENSION BBC French
11795 FRANCE RFI-Issoudin Russian
11800 GERMANY RFE-Biblis Russian
11905 UAE VOA-Dhabbaya Tigrinya
11955 AUSTRIA AWR-Moosbrunn Arabic
11965 IRAN Swahili to 1817*
11975 ROMANIA RRI Romanian
12025 INDIA Malayalam to 1830*
12045 RWANDA DW-Kigali Hausa
12080 FRANCE VOA-Issoudin Amharic
12140 SRI LANKA VOA-Iranawila Amharic

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Good signals this morning on 25 metres, in the window 1930 to 2000.
Noteworthy occupancies were:
11660 ASCENSION BBC Hausa, co-channel Radio Australia Shepparton
11695 ALBANIA CRI- Cerrick French
11780 BRAZIL
11790 S. AFRICA AWR-Meyerton Fulfulde
11840 GERMANY AWR-Nauen Arabic
11855 BRAZIL
11885 IRAN English
11955 RWANDA DW-Kigali Portuguese
11975 ROMANIA RRI Romanian
12015 N. KOREA German

Friday, October 17, 2014

Australian DX Report Podcast - episode 434 available

Episode no. 434 has been released.
It features a Solar Activity report, news about International SW Stations, Schedule Changes, and a Spectrum Monitoring Report.
The ADXR is also available on iTunes.
The on-air version may be heard every Monday at 1145 UTC on 15795, over WWCR Nashville – special ADXR QSLs are available.
Regards from Melbourne, Australia!
Bob Padula

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monitoring Research - 13 MHz spectrum

Ethiopia Dance
The 13 MHz band (22 metres) produced good results here in Melbourne during our pre-dawn window this morning.
Signals of note included:
Radio Bangladesh, Voice of Oromo Revolution (Issoudin), Bible Voice Broadcasting (Issoudin)
This is the summary, across the time period 1730 to 1800, on October 15, 2014.
13570 CHINA CRI-Xian English to 1755*
13580 BANGLADESH English'
13620 FRANCE RFI-Issoudin Persian to 1800, Russian from 1800\
13640 INDIA Arabic
"          CHINA CRI- Urumqi Russian to 1759*
13650 KUWAIT R. Kuwait Arabic
13660 ENGLAND BBC-Woofferton Pashto to 1800, English from 1800
13695 INDIA English