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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Good HF propagation in mid-afternoon from Melbpourne!

This is a listimg of HF reception notes made on August 12 2021, at the Orchard Grove Reserve in Blackburn South, in Melbourne's east.

The pictures show the monitormng location. 

Itgsms of speciial interest are in bold font.


 Reserve was formerly a .large orchard, and the Whitehorse Heritage Trail passes through it. Power-line noise is minimal. the Survey was done using the small Eton E5 multi-band receiver, connected to about two metres of random antenna supported by a 1 metre fence post! Many long-path signals from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East were prominent.
The results dispel the long-held myths that “longwire” or “high” antennas are vital for good reception on the HF broadcasting bands!.
7295 FRANCE RTA-Issoudin Arabic
9385 USA WEWN English
9410 *VATICAN BBC-SMG English
9420 GREECE VOG Greek
9525 FRANCE R,. Denge Welat, Issoudin African langs
9535 FRANCE RTA-Issoudin Arabic
9630 AUSTRIA AWR-Moosbrunn, Hausa
9790 FRANCE RFI-Issoudin French 
9915 *MADAGASCAR BBC-Talata English
9955 USA WRMI English
9975 USA KVOH English
11620 CHINA CNR2
11650 CHINA CRI-Kunming Vietnamese
11660 CHINA CNR2
11680 N. Korea KCBS Korean
11700 FRANCE RFI-Issoudin French
11715 N. KOREA VOK Spanish
11720 CHINA CNR1
11725 NEW ZEALAND local
11740 CHINA CNR1
11745 S. ARABIA Arabic
11800 CHINA CNR2
11835 CHINA CNR2
11845 CHINA CNR2
11860 S. ARABIA Arabic
11895 CHINA CRI-Kashi English
11905 CHINA CNR6 Hakka
11935 CHINA CNR5  Chinese
11945 BOTSWANA VOA English
11950 CHINA PBS Xinjjian Lhasa Tibetan
11960 CHINA CNR1
12095 ENGLAND BBC-WOF Tigrinya
13580 UAE BBC Dhabbaya English
13590 TAIWAN SOH Chinese
13610 CHINA CNR1
13640 TAIWAN SOH Chinese
13650 *CHINA Xinjian PBS  Urumqi Uyghur
13695 FRANCE RFI-Issoudin French
13760 N. KOREA Spanish
13765 TURKEY Turkish
13770 CHINA CNR7 Cantonese
13860 THAILAND R. Farda Udon Persian
17485 CHINA CRI-Kashi Arabic
17510 CHINA CRI-Kashi English
17540 CHINA CRI-Kashi English
17550 CHINA CNR1
17560 CNR1
17565 CHINA CNR1
17585 S. ARABIA Arabic
17615 CHINA CRI-Urumqi German
17625 CHINA CNR2
17660 THAILAND VOA-Udon TIbetan
17690 KUWAIT RFA Chinese
17720 CHINA CRI-Kashi German
17730 CHINA CRI-Xian English
17740 CHINA CRI-Xian  Vietnamese
17770 *MADAGASCAR AWR-Talata Arabic
17855 CHINA CRI-Beijing English
17890 CHINA CNR`1

Saturday, July 24, 2021

HF Survey - Africa and Middle East

This is a survey of frequency occupancies observed on July 23, 2021 in the Melbourne mid-afternoon period, from 0445 to 0530 at a monitoring location in the Westerfolds' Park,in Melbourne's outer east on the banks of the Yarra River.
Good signals from all continents, including long path propagation from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, in the range 5900 to 21800.
The receiver was the little Eton E5 with two metres of random wire a antennas in a nearby bush, at the Porter St Picnic area.
These  notes refer to broadcasts  from transmitters in Africa and the Middle East
9915 MADAGASCAR BBC-Talata English
11680 ZAMBIA VOH Africa English
11825 MADAGASCAR WCR English
15590 BOTSWANA VOA-English
Middle East
13580 OMAN BBC English
13750 KUWAIT RFA Chinese
11860 S. ARABIA Arabic 
13685 IRAN English
9770   TURKEY Turkish
15140 KUWAIT VOA Tibetan
1170 S. ARABIA Arabic
15430 IRAN Turkish
15365 UAE R. Mashaal, Dhabaya, Persian
15525 KUWAIT. R.  Kuwait, English/Arabic

Tuesday, April 20, 2021


Excellent signals noted April 19 here in Melbourne during our mid-afternoon across the time span 0415 to 0500.
This event was observed at one of my favourite low –noise  field monitoring sites, in the huge Westerfolds’ Park, in the outer eastern suburb of Templestowe.
Receiver was the pip-squeak Eton E15, with a miniature antenna of two metres, one metre above the ground, near the Yarra River.
Results (excluding numerous transmissions from China) were
0415 to 0430
9535 CUBA RHC Spanih
9545 SOLOMON ISL local
9770 TURKEY Turkish
9790 FRANCE RFI-Issoudin Frnch
9880 BULGARIA BBC-Kostinbrod Persian
11650 CHINA CRI-Kunming Vietnamese
11680 ZAMBIA V. of Hope Africa, Lusaka, English
11745 S. ARABIA Arabic
11825 MADAGASCAR WCR, English
11895 MARIANAS RFA-Agnigan, Chinse
11995 MADAGASCAR BBC-Talata Somali
13630 TAIWAN SOH Chinese
13760 N. KOREA VOK English
13790 UAE BBC-Dhabbaya Somali
13750 KUWAIT RFA Chinese
15030 INDIA Nepali
15090 KUWAIT R. Azadi, Dari
15920 TAIWAN VOH Chinese, parallel 15940
0435 to 0445:
7325 ROMANIA RRI Rumanian
7335 USA Marti, parallel 7435
12095 OMAN BBC English
12130 KUWAIT R. Mashaal, Pashto

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

HF MONITORING REPORT - 9, 11, 13, 21 MHz


The A21 international HF transmission has started, with hundreds of schedule changes introduced in at attempt to maintain effective long-distance coverage during the present period of very low solar activity.
This is a summary of notable frequency occupancies (early afternoon) intercepted across the time span 0245 to 0330 on March 30 2021 at my favourite low–noise site in the Westerfolds’ Park (picture), in the outer eastern Melbourne suburb of Templestowe. Receiver was the small Eton E10, with two metres of random antenna.
0245 to 0300
9440 OMAN BBC WS from *0300
9545 SOLOMON ISL local
9590 CHINA CRI-Kashi Spanish
9710 CHINA CRI-Kashi Spanish
9815 CHINA CRI-Kashi Chinese
9900 IRAN Arabic
11620  CHINA CNR5 Chinese
11640 CHINA CRI-Kunming  Bengali
11660  CHINA CNR1
11670 CHINA CNR2
11850 CUBA RHC Spanish
11860 S. ARABIA Arabic
11870 CHINA CRI-Kashi Pashto
11905 TAIWAN SOH C Chinese
11935 CHINA CNR5
11950 CHINA Xizang PBS Lhasa Tibetan
0300 to 0330
12000 CRI-Kashi English
12010 PHILS R. Filipinas, English
12055 CHINA CNR17 Kazakh
12070 THAILAND R. Azada, Udon, Dari
13550 TAIWAN SOH Chinee
13580 ARMENIA BBC-Yerevan Persian
13590 CHINA CRI-Beijing English
13600 CHINA CRI-Kashi Tamil
13670 CHINA Xingang PBS Uyghur
13680 TAIWAN SOH Chinese
13730 CHINA CRI-Kunming Tamil
13745 THAILAND Deewa  Radio, Udon Pashto
13760 N. KOREA VOK Spanish
13770 CHINA CNR7 Cantonese
13780 CHINA CRI Chinese
21660 PHILS VOA-Tinang Tibetan


Thursday, March 11, 2021

HF Monitoring Report - Melbourne - 9, 11, 13 MHz Spectrum


This is  a summary of notable frequency occupancies across the time span 0330-0400 on March 10, 2021. Location was in Westerfolds' Park, in the outer eastern suburb of Templestowe, adjacent to the Yarra River. Receiver was the little Eton E5, using a random wire antenna 1 m high, 3 m long!
9550 IRAN Russian
9700 TURKEY Turkish
11700  CHINA CRI-Kashi Hindi
11800 CHINA CNR2
11850 CUBA RHC Spanish
11860 S. ARABIA Arabic
11875 UAE VOA Dhabbaya Somali
11905 CHINA CNR1
11980 KUWAIT RFA Chinese
13610 CHINA CNR1
13630 CHINA CNR1
13640 TAIWAN  Chinese
13655 CHINA CRI-Xian Chinese
13670 CHINA PBS-Xizang Urumqi Uygur
13730 CHINA CRI-Kashi Tamil
13740 CUBA Spanish