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Author Archives: Paul Ormandy
Below are two updated lists prepared by Bryan Clark, with the assistance of DX League members around New Zealand.
One of all NZ stations by region the other all NZ stations by frequency.
The lists exclude LPFM band stations except those that are official relays of major broadcasting networks.
Work to record all previous League conventions has been completed.
The latest to be added are
- 1964 Leithfield Beach on 1st September’19
- 1958 Long Beach on 1st September’19
- 1956 Riverton Rocks on 31st August’19
- 1957 Christchurch on 31st August’19
- 1955 Long Beach on 31st August’19
- 1963 Whangaparaoa on 31st August’19
- 1963 Riverton Rocks on 30th August’19
- 1972 Omaui on 29th August’19
- 1959 Riverton Rocks on 29th August’19
- 1988 Tiwai on 25th August’19
- 1988 40th AGM Invercargill on 25th August’19
- 2018 Mangawhai on 1st September’19
Very sad news. Our old mate, long-time League member, veteran of the Auckland branch and Adcom committee Phil Van de Paverd passed away on Monday evening.
Phil was a very active DXer and administrator, having served many roles in the Auckland Branch, and as secretary-treasurer and membership secretary of Adcom (the League’s administrative committee). Phil was a regular attendee of League conventions and AGMs and often met DXers around the country when caravaning with his late wife Kathleen.
We have prepared an Introduction to FM DXing.
Thanks to Bryan Clark, below are two NZ FM lists. One by frequency order, the other in regional order. If you’re aware of any corrections, please add them in the comments list below.
Thanks to Bryan Clark, below is an amended list for Pacific FM DX hunters with the summer FM DX season not too far away.
DENIS O’CALLAHAN’S ADDRESS TO THE 2018 CONVENTION
It started for me when I was living in New Caledonia, having washed up there on a yacht and got a job with a local radio repair shop and a guy called Stan Clinch, who ran an outfit called Kiwi Radio. He’d been a wartime radar technician and had gone back to New Caledonia where he had been stationed during the war, to set up a radio repair shop.
Convention 2018 in Mangawhai went brilliantly. A full report will appear in due course.
Below is a photo of the life members in attendance.
Thanks to Bryan Clark and his able bunch of volunteers, below are 2 lists that will be very useful to FM DXers.
Thanks to editor Bryan Clark, here are PDF lists of New Zealand’s FM stations, the first in frequency order and by second by region.
CONVENTION 2018 Next year the NZ Radio DX League will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a gathering at Mangawhai between Friday 6 April and Monday 9 April 2018. Accommodation will be allocated on a first come-first served basis, so if you think you will or might attend and want to secure a place in the superior accommodation, please let Bryan Clark know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another benefit of belonging to the NZRDXL is use of a 4-channel KiwiSDR receiver located in an excellent receive location at Russell in the Bay of Islands. To obtain the password, just must be an NZ Radio DX League members, request it by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
However to cover 20MHz of bandwidth for FM (88-108MHz) a single dipole design liek the Matchmaster will really struggle, with performance falling off the further from its design frequency you tune. So a combo yagi which is a hybrid log periodic yagi and standard yagi, sometimes called a “logyag” is a good way to go. It has 3 dipole elements, one cut for the lower portion, one for the middle and one for the top of the FM band giving much more even performance. There are also optimised yagi designs available on K6STI’s excellent site.
Bill Marsh Jnr has completed an article on building a portable EWE antenna, view the article here.
ABC Exits Shortwave Radio Transmission
*06 December 2016*
The ABC will end its shortwave transmission service in the Northern Territory and to international audiences from 31 January 2017.
The move is in line with the national broadcaster’s commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings including DAB+ digital radio, online and mobile services, together with FM services for international audiences.
The majority of ABC audiences in the Northern Territory currently access ABC services via AM and FM and all ABC radio and digital radio services are available on the VAST satellite service.
THE EDITOR’S TRIP TO WELLINGTON
From the September 1939 issue of “TUNE IN”
As the story of the editor’s trip to Wellington may interest “Tune In’s” readers “Nosey” will endeavour to describe it to the best of his ability.
Before going any further, maybe those RA members who have never had the misfortune to meet Alf. Greenway, may like to know what he looks like, so here is a pen picture of him. He is between 20 and 40 years of age, about 5 or 6 feet in height; weighs something between 8 and 12 stone; isn’t a scrap like Clark Gable, and doesn’t wear a hat (he lost it a few years ago in Dunedin, so joined the hatless brigade.) A fuller description and a photograph could probably be seen at any Police Station.