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 Tecsun PL600 was really beneficial for Troy & Pascale to receive up to date weather forecasts, crucial when sailing.
Most meteorological bureaus will publish the times and frequencies ( these change, day/night) that you will be able to pick up the weather schedule via your shortwave radio.
The radio Pascale used was the Tecsun PL600 Worldband radio. At just $129 The Tecsun PL600 World Band Radio is the perfect entry product to the world of shortwave listening and an essential when traveling to isolated areas.
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Imagine flying off the coast over a vast ocean when your communications are lost.
Regular weather condition reports, particularly regarding strong headwinds are vital to the successful flight and landing of an airplane.
On July 9, an air ambulance departing Santiago De Chile to collect a patient on Easter Island lost satellite communications more than 1600Km from land.
Out of VHF range and with an inoperative satellite link, the fast thinking pilot tuned the aircraft HF radio to 7100Khz, the net frequency of the Peruvian Refief Chain who had just finished conducting a training exercise.
Fortunately for the pilot, 2 amateur radio operators Guillermo Guerra OA4DTU and Giancario Passalacqua OA4DSN, were still on frequency and able to respond to the aircraft. Together they communicated via HF with the aircraft and by telephone with the Ocean Air Control who have control of aircraft movements in the 32 million square kilometre Pacific Ocean Area off the coast of Chile.
Meanwhile other amateur radio operators rejoined the frequency ready to provide assistance if necessary.
OAC were already in a state of alert since losing communications with the aircraft and as the backup HF communications system at Easter Island was out of service.
After 10 or so phone calls between the amateurs and OAC, providing aircraft position reports and advising weather conditions over a period of 3 hours, VHF communications was established with the control tower on Easter Island, and the aircraft made a successful approach and landing.
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Shortwave radio, the original and most crucial form of radio communication in our history, and dropped by many countries 20 years ago, is set for a resurgence!
Used heavily during the Cold War, shortwave was vital for communications in isolated areas.
After the war, listenership dwindled and as the equipment aged and the energy bills continued to accrue, one of the first in line for budget cuts was shortwave, with no importance placed on replacing it.
Not unlike the song, “Video Killed the Radio Star”, many say that satellites and the internet killed shortwave radio.
Really it is a combination of technology and content delivered directly to the savvy FM listener and streamed to the cell phone obsessed user generally at a reduced cost compared to shortwave.
As Shortwave dwindled, radio began being broadcast in FM and DAB modes to radios, devices, and laptops, with thousands of listening options.
Many new broadcasters began piggybacking on the local popular informative radio stations.
This new technology, however, in many countries is not without its issues. At first, it might appear that these are cheaper and more modern options, but slow buffering times, multiplexed DAB+, excessive and expensive cost of data in many countries, as well as a listener’s preference for anonymity has seen a return to shortwave.
As mentioned in previous articles the emerging ability to transmit shortwave radio digitally using DRM ( Digital Radio Mondiale) has seen a resurgence in the use of shortwave due to its wide coverage and heavily reduced cost.
Specifically China has opted to use DRM Shortwave to provide full coverage to the areas between the large cities.
China National Radio broadcasts from five upgraded sites 80 hours a day with seven to eight transmitters sending shortwave DRM to most areas of North China, East China, South China and Southwest China. Russia is also airing DRM in shortwave over huge areas of Siberia.
India is now looking to increase its three DRM shortwave transmitters for further national and international reach.
Several CRN transmitters beam enormous DRM signals into our part of the world daily.
Indonesia and Brazil are also said to have expressed interest in adapting their shortwave analog over to DRM for greater coverage.
As mentioned previously Vanuatu, has recently opted for DRM shortwave to save lives in disaster situations by using its integrated emergency warning capability, and a site in the United States has recently started broadcasting in DRM the popular Radio Marti programs toward central and Latin America.
As many areas of the world are re-discovering the value of shortwave we may see the resurgence of shortwave being replaced by its new digital form.
Are you interested in listening to Shortwave radio? Imagine picking up and decoding radio stations from remote areas of the world? Re connect with the world during this time of isolation.
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The future of Shortwave is looking bright as the BBC Shortwave transmissions service of two decades ago is being revisited.
In a time where people are distancing themselves and experiencing isolation. Shortwave may just be what the world needs to unite all cultures!
People who enjoy shortwave and for those who are interested in shortwave radio something interesting has emerged from the High Frequency Co-Ordination Conference (HFCC), a non-governmental association.
Due to the fact that many of the old transmitters needed to be replaced or upgraded a decision to revisit the need for shortwave and consideration to re-launch the BBC shortwave broadcast service (cut 20 years ago) has been undertaken. Modern technology allows greater coverage and lower operating costs, re-energising the enthusiasm for shortwave broadcasting.
Even in this high tech world, there are still so many developing and free world countries relying heavily on Shortwave radio. Not everybody in the world has smart phones, broadband, connected cars or enough disposable income.
Shortwave defies cultural, religious and geographical barriers, Shortwave is free and unlike most platforms available it can be consumed anonymously.
For some countries, much of their information and media is censored, so receiving updates through shortwave from neighboring countries can be the only source they can access.
Many, especially in North Korea which are rated as the second most censored country in the world, tune in to cross border broadcasts despite serious consequences if caught by the Kim Jong-Un regime.
The BBC Shortwave transmission services used to broadcast to most of the world, over time however, many were cut, limiting broadcasts to larger audiences in Africa and part of Asia.
Currently, the major shortwave broadcasters are BBC, Voice of America, All India Radio, China Radio International, Radio Japan, Radio Romania, Radio New Zealand, Radio France International, Radio Taiwan International, KBS Korea and Voice of Turkey and many more.
Reinstating the previous BBC Broadcasts would mean the world of shortwave could be enjoyed cross culturally again especially in a time where boarders are closed to each other and people are feeling isolated.
“Shortwave is just short of a miracle, actually. When it is beamed at an angle, it hits the ionosphere. A mirror around the Earth and then it falls like a ball at great distances, beyond the horizon. Thus these transmissions reach listeners over large areas, continents and beyond. Two or three high-power transmitters can potentially cover the entire world.”
Ruxandra Obreja ( chairman of Digital Radio Mondiale.)
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Its important to have a discussion with your family on what you would do in the event of a fire/ flood or other natural disaster event before the actual event takes place.
Its important to discuss the following.
How will you access emergency alerts and messages and monitor events?
The best way of receiving event alerts and updates is via radio. ABC broadcasts hourly updates, more if needed in the local area to keep you informed. In many cases Emergency Services will call the radio station directly. Radio is also the failsafe method of receiving these reports when power is cut and networks are down which often happens during natural disasters.
Make a list of radio frequencies of the local ABC and Community radio stations, so you know where to listen. You can find our guide here
In an emergency dial 000. Access to 000 is available on all mobile networks regardless of which network you use. Roaming arrangements are in place so you can use any available network.You can even dial 000 on a phone with no SIM.
Download the “Emergency +” app onto your phone. Do this before any emergency and take note of your GPS location. You might need this for emergency services if they have to find you. The Emergency + App wont work without mobile phone coverage.
Tune in to your local radio, local ABC/emergency broadcaster frequency. You may want to consider a solar powered or battery operated radio because power is often the first thing to go in emergency situations.
If you still have internet keep an eye on the BOM app and investigate your local Flood/ natural disaster and fire apps like the Rural Fire Service “Fires Near Me” App.
If you are driving, keep updated on road conditions and closures by checking the NSW Transport “Live Traffic” App. There are similar Apps in most states.
At what point would you leave your home?What will be your sign to leave? It could be smoke or fire in your area, lightning and heavy rain or floodwater approaching your property.
Where will you go? Where is there a meeting place that’s safe and away from the disaster area? It might be a friend or relative’s place, or even a shopping centre. Most regional towns have a designated “safe place”. Most local council or community associations have a designated “Safe Place” for residents to go in an emergency.
Find out where your “Safe Place” is located.
What will you take? What would be your essentials you would like to take with you if you were forced to leave your home
Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared and ready to grab when needed. Unfortunately you don’t need an emergency kit until you really do.
PREPARE YOUR EMERGENCY KIT.
Pack a backpack with the following supplies and keep it somewhere safe that is easily accessed when needed.
Storing items in airtight plastic containers and sealer bags will help keep your belongings dry and in good condition both while in storage and during the emergency situation.
Here is a list of your essential items to pack.
Repack expired items as needed and re pack/ check your emergency kit every year.
Don’t have an emergency radio yet?
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In the modern age where internet technology, social media and informational apps reign supreme the Vanuatu Broadcasting Television Corporation (VBTC) is investing AUD$12 million in upgrading its national radio service through its shortwave and medium wave (AM) service.
VBTC chief executive officer, Francis Herman says In Vanuatu many of the villagers do not receive television transmissions and currently only 30% receive radio transmissions.
Radio Vanuatu is the only viable means of reaching Vanuatu’s rural population.
With the new upgrade that coverage will increase to 100% right across the 80-plus Islands of Vanuatu, connecting the country.
As listed by the United Nations, Vanuatu is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world and regularly experiences earthquakes, cyclones and floods.
Information is crucial during these events.
Shortwave radio is an essential complement to Vanuatu’s national radio service due to its far reaching capabilities even when the power, internet or local networks are down.
Technology commentator Peter Marks said “Shortwave comes from over the horizon it will continue to work even when local conditions are difficult like extreme weather that might knock out local FM and AM stations and internet,”
A cost effective way to reach the population of Vanuatu to deliver important messages.
VBTC chief executive officer, Francis Herman says “Radio as you know is cost effective, people can pick it up on their phone, in the villages where television can not reach, radio is the companion for people,” .
“We have general elections in March next year, we are about to head into the cyclone season beginning in November and so its important, it’s crucial that the people of Vanuatu can get access to a reliable and credible broadcaster,” Mr Herman said.
This is why investing in a national shortwave service is even more important than ever even in the modern age.
Radio Vanuatu can be found at.
|SHORTWAVE||3945KHZ (NIGHT TIME)|
|7260 KHZ (DAY TIME)|
|FM||100 MHZ (VILA & SANTO)|
|98 MHZ (TANNA & SANTO)|
Radio Vanuatu features a morning show with Dorinda Mabon from 5:30am till 9am
Marie-Noelle Kaltak hosts the mid morning show and evenings are hosted by Florence Vanua.
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In this age of digital radio and streaming via the internet, it can sometimes be difficult to locate your local ABC AM radio station.
Here is a list of major ABC AM radios stations by area. All frequencies are in kilohertz (kHz) and all are on the medium wave band (MW).
Sydney 702, Melbourne 774, Adelaide 891, Canberra 2CN 666 and 2RN 846, Perth 720, Alice springs 783, Hobart 936, North and Western SA 639, Western QLD 603, Gippsland 828, Northwestern WA 702, Southwesten WA 1044, Kimberleys 675, North Qld 630.
The Full list is available below. Enter the location in the Search bar to locate the stations for that area.
|Alice Springs N.T.||8AL||783||National|
|Broken Hill N.S.W.||2BH||567||Commercial|
|Charters Towers QLD||4GC||828||Commercial
|Coffs Harbour N.S.W.||2HC||639||Commercial|
|Fitzroy Crossing WA||6FX||936||Community
|Glen Innes N.S.W.||2GL||819||National|
|Julia Creek QLD||4JK||567||National|
|Leigh Creek S.A.||5LC||1602||National
|Margaret River W.A.||6TZ||756||Commercial
|Mt Gambier S.A.||5SE||963||Commercial|
|Murray Bridge S.A.||5MU||1125||Commercial|
|Pt Augusta S.A.||5AU||1242||Commercial
|Pt Douglas QLD||4AM||1422||Commercial
|Pt Hedland W.A.||6PH||603||National|
|Pt Lincoln S.A.||5CC||765||Commercial|
|Pt Pirie S.A.||5CK||639||National|
|St George QLD||4QW||711||National
|St Helens TAS||7SH||1584||National
|Streaky Bay S.A.||5SY||693||National|
|Swan Hill VIC||3SH||1332||Commercial|
|Tennant Creek N.T.||8RN||684||National
|Tom Price W.A.||6TP||567||National
|Torres Strait QLD||4TI||1062||National|
|Wagga Wagga N.S.W.||2WG||1152||Commercial
The following radios are ideal for listening to ABC Radio.
During this past week with the devastating fires that have occurred throughout Australia many people have been left cut off from loved ones with roads being blocked and widespread extreme fire danger.
During natural disasters, conditions can change in a second, a simple thing like a switch in the wind direction can change everything.
Remaining in contact with Safety officials about evacuation or weather updates is crucial
Holiday makers fleeing vast “tourist leave zones” have found themselves stranded without power and water. Whole communities have been forced to flee their homes.
Here’s our guide on the best ways to communicate during times of emergency including if you have lost power and internet.
This guide relates to use around Australia but also to communicate with people/ family overseas.
By using communication methods both online and offline and educating yourself on options for all situations including loss of power. You can ensure you are prepared at a time you may need it most.
Additionally, radio is a broadcast medium of communication meaning that many people receive the same message simultaneously so if you miss an update your friends and neighbours in the local area can hear the same message and relay it to you.
The ABC is the designated Emergency Broadcaster and will provide updates on local AM and FM stations in times of imminent danger. Additionally, the Bureau of Meteorology broadcast two weather services in the Shortwave Radio bands for Australia on the East and West Coasts. Both services broadcast bulletins and warnings on the hour.
In addition to this some radios on the market like the Tecsun DE13 Emergency AM/FM/SW Solar Radio includes some additional features like a Led torch. A red flashing distress Led light designed as a personal locator and distress siren. These compact hand held radios are built for situations where there is no power and utilise both solar and hand cranked power sources.
It’s important to make your own evacuation plan and be prepared for the worst. Natural disasters often occur without much warning so planning before hand will pay off when you need it most.
If you are interested in equipping yourself with an emergency radio, we have some great radios that are small enough to simply click on your belt, right through to larger versions with multiple capabilities.
Here are some of our most popular emergency radios.
Image Via Northern Daily Leader.