Author Archives: Paul Ormandy

Latest New Zealand FM Lists

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.

New Zealand FM Stations By Region

New Zealand FM Stations By Frequency

Write Up of League Conventions

Work to record all previous League conventions has been completed.

The latest to be added are

 

Phil Van de Paverd

 

Phil at the Mangawhai 2013 convention,

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.

FM DX Season Is Here

We have prepared an Introduction to FM DXing.

Articles on FM DX receivers and FM DX antennas have been updated.

 

Enjoy!

NZ FM Lists

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.

NZ FM List In Frequency Order

NZ FM List In Regional Order

 

Updated South West Pacific FM List

Thanks to Bryan Clark, below is an amended list for Pacific FM DX hunters with the summer FM DX season not too far away.

SW Pacific FM List

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World’s Best Aerial – In 1944

Thanks to Andy Gardiner for this image.

Denis O’Callahan’s Personal History Of Radio Hauraki

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

Here are the conventioneers who attended the DX League’s 70th anniversary gathering at Mangawhai on 6-9 April. Standing: Peter Mott, Sutton Burtenshaw (Patron), Kaye Burtenshaw, Yuri Muzyka, Stuart Forsyth (Chief Editor), Dorothy de Maine, Joyce Marsh, Adrian Sainsbury (RNZ Pacific), Jeannette Greenyer, Steven Greenyer, Sandra Clark, Brian Withers, Ray Babbage, Angela Mott, Phil van de Paverd, Ray Crawford, Arthur de Maine (President). Kneeling: Paul Ormandy, Bill Marsh, Bryan Clark. Missing: David Norrie, Barry Hartley.

Convention 2018 in Mangawhai went brilliantly. A full report will appear in due course.

Below is a photo of the life members in attendance.

SW Pacific FM List

List of South West Pacific FM stations

2018 NZ FM Lists

Thanks to Bryan Clark and his able bunch of volunteers, below are 2 lists that will be very useful to FM DXers.

January 2018 NZ FM List By Region

Jan 2018 NZ FM List By Frequency

2017 AGM Ashburton

2017 Ashburton AGM attendees: Left to Right: Bryan Clark, Andrew Gardner, Paul Ormandy, Douglas Johns, Steven Greenyer, Paul Rawdon, Philip Garden, Arthur de Maine, Brian Carr, Lance Johnston, Jim Smyth and Chris Wright.

New Zealand FM List 2017

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.

NZ FM List In Frequency Order

NZ FM List By Region

Convention 2018 – Mangawhai

QTH for Convention 2018 at Mangawhai

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: bryannzrdxl@gmail.com

Dedicated SDR for League Members

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 nzrdxlsdr@gmail.com.

Map credit: www.takepa.com

Antennas For FM DX

There are commercially available antennas still for sale in New Zealand. Matchmaster have a 3-element and 5-element single dipole design.

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’s Portable EWE Antenna Project

Bill Marsh Jnr has completed an article on building a portable EWE antenna, view the article here.

Australia To Leave SW Broadcasting

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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.

2016 Annual General Meeting

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Attendees: Bryan Clark, Paul Aronsen, Sutton Burtenshaw, Phil Van de Paverd, Peter Mott, Steven Greenyer, John Akersten & George Muzyka

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The Editor’s Trip To Wellington

THE EDITOR’S TRIP TO WELLINGTON

By “NOSEY”

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.