Entries by Michael

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World Radio Day Feb 13 2021

Saturday is World Radio Day Feb 13 2021! Since November 2011 the world has been celebrating World radio day. The day was proposed by Spain and unanimously accepted by UNESCO Radio was invented over 120 years ago and is one of the most important inventions of the modern world that Helps us stay in touch. […]

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Garry’ Shortwave story

Many technically inclined people have discovered shortwave listening in their youth. Years later they continue to the fascinated by what can be heard on the shortwave bands. This is my story…. As a teenager, I became interested in radio by reading the hobbyist magazines of the day. There were tantalising ads for army disposals stores […]

Why Now Is The Time to Prepare Your Emergency Kit

The thing about emergency kits is you don’t need them till you do.  As the name states, “Emergency” Meaning: A serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action                      Having a prepared Emergency Kit on hand, filled with items that will help you survive a bushfire or natural disaster, easily accessible and ready to […]

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Troy from Free Range Sailing shares his experience using the Tecsun PL600 shortwave radio at sea

We were delighted to watch this review by Troy & Pascale from Free Range Sailing who are currently exploring our beautiful country in a 30-foot yacht called Mirrool. Whilst sailing through northern Australia as well as the west coast of Tasmania there are limited coastal stations broadcasting on VHF. Using a shortwave radio like the […]

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Q Codes and what they mean

  Q codes were developed by Morse Code operators as a method of communicating quickly and accurately. Rather than send a complete phrase, Q codes were developed to cover most operational situations. Q codes can be used to ask or answer a question, and can be used by operators who speak different languages. Q codes […]

Amateur Radio Nets, Providing An Open Communications Link For Those In Isolation.

Amateur Radio networks are providing worldwide communications and vital social communications during the current pandemic.   During the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, most of the population have resorted to Chat and video conferencing Apps to stay in touch. Around Australia, there are hundreds of people staying in touch using an older, more traditional means, […]


How to enhance AM reception

The Tecsun Shortwave Outdoor Antenna significantly enhances reception of signals in the medium wave (AM) and shortwave antenna bands coving 0.5-30 MHz. The Tecsun Shortwave Outdoor Antenna is based on the longwire antenna design but provides significantly improved reception over a longwire because the Tecsun Shortwave Outdoor Antenna utilises a matching transformer that acts as […]