Something of the life of a “one-time” DX Champion from the Dunedin Area and some early NZ Radio station cards.

This article relates to a Mr Frank W. A. Barnett owner of 4ZO Dunedin and builder of its transmitter. It has been scribed by Bill Marsh (Jnr) with all historical background information supplied by Frank’s son Bruce formerly of Wanaka and now of Taieri Beach near Dunedin. It is a small world as it is understood that Frank introduced my dad Bill (Snr) to the hobby of DX around 1935 and when I was restoring my dad’s first ever DX receiver chassis (1934 Patterson 185AW) it was son Bruce who was able to supply a missing cabinet and knobs along with a spare chassis. This first meeting between Frank and Bill (Snr) most likely had some connection with the Dunedin Branch of the NZDXRA.

Some early “Insights” into Dunedin’s “B” Stations.

A GRATUITOUS SERVICE

From the “Otago Daily Times”, 3 August 1935, page 22.

FILLING THE SILENT HOURS

WORK OF THE  B  STATIONS

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

FIRST MEETING SOUTHLAND BRANCH NZRDXL

FIRST  MEETING  SOUTHLAND  BRANCH  NZRDXL

From the Branch Minute Books – Transcribed by Bill Marsh – Christian names added ( )

The first meeting of the Southland Branch of the New Zealand Radio DX league was held at the residence of Mr R. DUFF (Roland), 22 Jackson Street (Invercargill) on Tuesday 31st August, 1948.

Members present: Messrs. Warburton (Lloyd), Branks (Merv), Cushen (Arthur), Goodsir (George), Allan (Alex), Perkins (Harvey), Tombs (Evan), Frampton (Des), Duff (Roland), Mercer (Graham) and Carter (Dudley).

Moved Mr. Tombs 2nd Mr. Frampton that a branch of NZRDXL be formed.

Election of Officers;

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

An International Log from a NZ DXer.

From; THE AUSTRALIAN RADIO WORD, Page 46, September 1, 1937.

DX  News and Views *** A page for letters from DX readers.

An International Log

Bill Marsh (Snr.)

A few words about dxing in New Zealand. VK’s on 20 metres have been coming in well for the last three months, and very seldom were signals less than Q5, R8-9. A few of the best were VK’s 4JU, 2XU, 2ADE, 2HF 2MH, 3AL, 2IQ, 3ZL, 5GM, 5AW and a few others, the best tone for  music being VK5GM and 3AL. VK2XU and 4JU have the best all-round transmitters. My set does not go down to 10 metres, but I can receive VK2GU, 3WB and a few others on harmonics. There are a few ZL’s on 10 and 5 metres, but have not beard any yet.

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

HOW TO CONNECT YOUR “WORLD BAND RADIO” TO A “EWE” ANTENNA etc THROUGH INDUCTIVE COUPLING FOR MEDIUM WAVE DX:

HOW TO CONNECT YOUR “WORLD BAND RADIO” TO A “EWE” ANTENNA etc THROUGH INDUCTIVE COUPLING FOR MEDIUM WAVE DX:

Written by Bill Marsh (Jnr)

This article is the result of my helping Tony King interface his Tecsun PL-380 to a EWE antenna. Tony had been using an external ferrite rod antenna to inductively couple to his 380 for some time and latterly with single layer former wound coils.

As I was intending to replace my aging Sangean ATS-909 with a Tecsun PL-880 I thought his idea would be a great avenue to explore. I did not want to break the seal on my new Tecsun to carry out internal modifications.

4XG Gore 1548 kHZ – Radio New Zealand

I am currently in Invercargill visiting family. Whilst going through some of my sister’s old photographs the other day I came across a verification card addressed to my mother. 4XG Gore was operating on a temporary warrant at this time. The year 1979 is way past my dad (Bill Marsh Snr) interest in sending out reports. I can only suspect the transmission by this station has some important significance as I am not aware of a call 4XG. I am assuming that my dad realised the significance of this transmission and my mother wrote the report and she received the verification. Can anybody provide some history on this station as it has me completely puzzled.

Tecsun S-8800 SSB Portable

S-8800-English-Manual Here is a new portable receiver to be released shortly by Tecsun Australia.  It receives SSB, has a multitude of filter options and has external antenna connections. Full coverage.

Tecsun PL-365 SSB Portable

PL-365-MANUAL There has been recent interest in portable receivers. This is quite a nifty little portable with external MW connection. It is the SSB equivalent of the Tecsun PL-360 with a new DSP chip. Available ex Australia. It is understood to be the same design as the U.S.A. County Comm GP-5/SSB Handheld AM FM SW Radio Receiver which was designed as a low cost unit for military and similar uses.

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

Pdf_iconAnnual Meeting of the New Zealand Radio DX League – 2016

The Wirelss World from 1930

THE WIRELESS WORLD.

By Magna Vox.

NEWS AND NOTES. (Part)

From the Otago Daily Times , Issue 20993, 4 April 1930, Page 5.

RADIO EXHIBITION.

Hearing KGO in 1924

LISTENING IN.

AN INITIATION CEREMONY.

HEARING K.G.O. (By MASKEE.)

From the Auckland Star, Volume LV, Issue 179, 30 July 1924, Page 8.

“Come round to-night.”‘ said Jenkins, as I swung on a neighbouring strap in our morning tramcar. “You will have a real treat; you will be able to hear K.G.O.”. Who or what K.G.O. was I had not the faintest idea. The cryptic letters conveyed to me merely a sense of my inferiority, mill I was loath to seek explanation under the gaze of many envious eyes turned in the direction of our conversation. To display ignorance of radio terms in these enlightened days is tantamount to being unable to recognise a Ford car, either by eye or by ear. So, in a fit of misguided enthusiasm I declared that nothing would keep me from hearing K.G.O.