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Thursday, September 20, 2012

History of Australian HF Radio - New Receiving Station to be built at Mont Park

The appended article appeared in the Melbourne Argus, of August 22 1931.

It is not commonly known that a HF Receiving Station was built in 1932 at rural Mont
Park, now a Melbourne suburb, by the then Postmaster General's Dept.

This replaced a station at rural Cranbourne, now also a Melbourne suburb.

The Mont Park facility operated for many years for interception and monitoring of overseas and local HF transmissions.

It was subsequently replaced by
a new installation in 1945, further out at High Park, near the town of Kilmore, which itself was ultimately decommissioned in July 1987.

The facility described as "Cranbourne" was actually in the present-day suburb of
Lyndhurst – a low-powered experimental HF transmitter known as VK3XX started there in 1928. The first Government-run HF transmitter operated there from 1932, as VK3LR, which later became 3LR, until it was closed in July 1987.

See my illustrated article about the History of the Lyndhurst station, at

MELBOURNE, Friday August 21 1931.

The Postal Department has leased a large area of land from the State Government at Mont Park, and intends to establish an important shortwave receiving post as part of the wireless experimental laboratory to be erected there.

This station will be used for the reception of concerts and other Items from overseas stations for rebroadcasting through Australian A-class stations.

A small receiving station has been established at Cranbourne, but, owing to intense and continued interference from a neighbouring 22,000 Volt transmission lines, it has been decided to abandon this station in favour of a larger one at Mont Park.

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