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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Latest Shortwave News

Summer Time is now in effect for the Australian States of Victoria, NSW, SA,
and Tasmania and the ACT. WA, the Hutt River Province, Queenaland, and the
Northern Terrtory times
remain unchanged.

UTC +11
Victoria, NSW, Tas, ACT

UTC +10.5 SA

UTC +10 Queensland

UTC +9.5 NT


UTC +8 Hutt River Province

There has been a significant increases in solar activity over the past
week - the 10.7 cm Solar flux has moved up to 140, and the daily Smoothed
Sunspot Number has jumped to 94.

IPS Dept of Space Services Sydney, has tagged solar activity as
"moderate", the first increase from "low" or "very low" for some months.

Solar Cycle 24 seems to be progressing slowly, and the predictions for peak
activity are for December 2012:

Flux 139
SSN 90.2

So these present increases would appear to be a temporarty spike!

Sunday October 2 2011 was represented by an excellent opening from
Brazil, on 9 MHz and 11 MHz during the Melbourne mid-afternoon.

The domnant Brazilian signals between 0430 and 0500 were:

9645 Bandeiranrtes
9675 Cancao Nova
11765 Tupi
11780 Naciona
11815 Brasil Central

Propagation from Brazil into Melbourne in recent years has deteriorated
markedly on all bands, and it's interesting to note these enhanced signals,
perhaps due to the increase in solar activity. This propagation is across
the Antarctic Region, darkness mode, with the dominant signal path
favouring transmissions "arriving" into Me;Melbourne from the sough.

The B11 season commences on Sunday October 31 2011 and extensive
frequency and schedule changes are anticipated. The HFCC meeting to
determine the preliminary B11 data took place at Dallas, Texas, from
September 12-16, attended by 100 delegates from 32 countries and 40
frequency management organizations. This was a joint meeting with
representatives from the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU)

The public definitive master HFCC schedule for B11 is expected to be
available at the HFCC Website in early November.

These schedules are updated regularly - the most recent update was
released September 24, 2011.

Additionally, HFCC now publishes via its website the actual schedules
of participating organizaions, arranged by order of station andn FMO.

This message is from my colleague Joerg Klingenfuss, Germany, which will
be of interest:

<Dear friends,

we're now working on our new products

- 2012 Super Frequency List on CD
- 2012 Shortwave Frequency Guide
- 2012 Frequency Database for the Perseus LF-HF Software-Defined
- Supplement January 2012 to the 2011/2012 Guide to Utility Radio

to be published on 10 December 2011.

Full-resolution title page graphics can be found at

If you are able to supply additional new frequencies and stations,
your cooperation would be highly appreciated. Please let us have your
data by 15 October 2011.

The printed Supplement will be attached free to all copies of the
2011/2012 Guide to Utility Radio Stations sold after 1 January 2012.
Those customers that did acquire the 2011/2012 Guide to Utility Radio
Stations before that date may download the pertinent .PDF file free
from our website, after 1 January 2012.

The continuously updated product Digital Data Decoder Screenshots on
CD is highly successful and now covers more than 8,100 (eight
thousand one hundred!) screenshots from 1997 to today. Feed your PC
with this CD and the "slide show" will keep you busy for a few days -
or weeks!

After more than five years of doom and gloom, solar activity finally
resumed in 2011. Currently we have sunspot numbers around 100 peaking
170 in September, resulting in excellent HF propagation conditions
and long-distance communication. At this moment, solar activity
remains very high. New HF e-mail services, stations, networks and
frequencies continue to emerge on a regular basis. HF e-mail booms
and service providers continue to expand. No other publisher
considers this revolutionary development accordingly.>

Note: as usual, I will be marketing and selling the 2012 Klingenfuss
Publications and the World Radio TV Handbook 2012 to listeners in Australia
via my on-line/mail-order bookshop, "Padula Books".

It is not commonly known, but Radio Australia started life on
December 20, 1939, as "Australia Calling". It was also known as "The
Voice of Australia" - the title "Radio Australia" would not be
intoduced until 1945.

Australia Calling began with two low ppowered transmitters VLQ and
VLQ9, operated by to Amalgamated Wireless Australia located at Pennant
Hills, near Sydney, which started as VK2ME and VK2MA. In Victoria, Australia
Calling was broadcast over the Australisn Post Office's low powered
transmitter at Lyndhurst, near Melbourne, with the call VLR, which waa
formerly VK3LR. AWA was operatingm a SW station in
Perth, known as VK6ME and on the ship "Kanimbla", with the call VK9MI.

The Perth station took Australia Calling programming, with the call
VLW, for Africa.

In May 1944, the Pennant Hills facility was closed down, as the new
Shepparton site in Victoria had been opened in 1942, using a single
50k KW transmitter with the call VLC. In 1946, two further 100 kW
transmitteras were added, with the calls VLA and VLB.

At the outbreak of War in September 1939, the Government directed
that all private SW stations and amateur radio services to be closed down
for the duration of hostilities.

AUSTRAlIA CALLS THE WORLD - the Development snd Evolution of Australian
Government Shortwave Broadcasting.

I am currently working on production of this free ne publication,
which examines the introduction, developent and evolution of
Government-controlled external shortwase broadcasting from Australia,
spanning the years from 1923 until the present. This will include material
not previously published, using official Australian
out-of-copyrirght Government archival documents which have now been
de-classified and available in the public domain.

The publication includes many out-of-copyright images from Australian
Post Office (Postmaster General's Department) sources and focuses on
Australia's shortwave serrvice "Radio Australia".

I also draw on my own work wih Radio Australia from the 1950s, with
photos and other materials.

I include information about Australia's Beam Wireless services of the
1920s (sited at Rockbank and Fiskville, western Victoria), and images
of the former Australian Post Office Receiving Station at Kilmore,
Victoria, the Lyndhurst Transmitting Station (near Melbourne).

There will be a story and images about the Government's former Very Low
Frequency Naval Transmitting Station, at Woodside, Gippsland, Victoria. This
was buuilt in 1982 and run by Omega Tower Communications, and had been
broadcasting to submarines since but was deemed unviable by the Australia
Defence Force and closed down in 1998. The main tower is 432 metres high.

Additionally, I provide details of the former transmitting and receiving
stations of the Australian and USA military, which were located to the
west of Melbourne.

Historical audio files are included, from the National Library of Auistralia
(Canberra) in Canberra, coveriong significant historical events which were
broadcast over Radio Australia in its early years.

If you are interested in receiving advance notification about
availability of this free publication, please contact me without delay!

Regards from Melbourne!

Bob Padula

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