Nhulunbuy (Gove), Northern Territory, Australia
by Craig Edwards
Nhulunbuy in Northern Australia
is a remote coastal location where not many Australians
will ever visit because it's so difficult to get
there. It's the kind of place where serious DXers
would love to go and do their 'once in a lifetime'
DXpedition. I can imagine this place being like
Newfoundland, Miscou Island or Grayland for North
American DXers and Lemmenjoki, Kongsfjord or Parkalompolo
for Europeans. I'm not sure if anyone has ever been
DX'ing from this location, but I'm glad I have.
This article is not a 'large-scale week-long DXpedition'
report, but rather it's the first instalment of
hopefully many DX reports from a place I have just
moved to live for the next for 3 years.
I really don't recall
the conversation with my wife Michelle that led
me here. It's not everyday that your wife offers
you the opportunity to visit a potential DX paradise.
I don't know how she agreed to it, but the bottom
line is that I've accepted a three-year contract
to work as a Public Health Nutritionist in Nhulunbuy
while she remains in our home in Adelaide, South
Australia. More about where Nhulunbuy is in a moment.
As far as Michelle
is concerned, the plan is for me is to get this
weird radio stuff out of my system and then return
home to Adelaide for us to start having children.
So this will almost certainly be a 'once in my lifetime'
opportunity. My family and friends are still shaking
their heads at me, especially as none of my friends
know I'm a DXer. Well come on, it's not the kind
of thing you advertise in the real world is it?
The only close friend of mine who understands why
I would do this move is my best mate Dave Onley,
mind you, he is a DXer with DXpeditioning in his
blood, so he's not really a member of regular society
The view out of my window at work - no more
big cities for me
I can't emphasise how grateful
I am for my lovely wife agreeing to this. Michelle
knows that my career has been orientated to working
in Aboriginal health, which generally means working
in rural and semi-remote locations. Fortunately
this has meant that I've been able to capitalise
on DX opportunities through such career endeavours
since we've been married. For example Townsville
in Queensland and Murray Bridge (near the Coorong)
in South Australia. However this situation is different,
in those places we both lived together like a normal
married couple. By working in Nhulunbuy it means
I'm located in a very isolated and remote part of
Australia some 2529 km (1571 miles) from my wife,
family, friends and home in Adelaide, South Australia.
This will obviously become a great challenge over
the period we are apart, especially as I'll probably
only fly back to Adelaide 4 or 5 times per year.
I'll tell you more about the work I'll be doing
here in future articles.
what is this placed
called? Where the hell is this place?
Nhulunbuy is pronounced NOOL-UN-BOY
Latitude 12° 13' 60S Longitude
136° 46' 0E
The township of Nhulunbuy is
on the Gove Peninsula, in the northeast corner of
Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia
Nhulunbuy is the name of the
town and Gove is the name of the Peninsula that
the town is located on, both names are used interchangeably
but they mean the same place.
Nhulunbuy was originally established
as a mining town when Alcan began operating there
in the early 1970s. Alcan currently leases the Gove
Peninsula and township area from local Aboriginal
communities and plays a large role in supporting
the community. The Alcan operation consists of the
mining, processing and export of bauxite and alumina
and is our region's largest employer.
Our population is made up of
around 4,000 non-Aboriginal Australians (Caucasians)
who live mainly in Nhulunbuy with a surrounding
population of about 10,000 Aboriginal Australians.
Most of the Aboriginal population live in 12 remote
communities and numerous tiny extremely remote Aboriginal
homelands located on the mainland and adjacent islands.
Nhulunbuy has since developed as the 'functional
centre' for government departments and organisations
providing services to East Arnhem Land. There are
16 major Aboriginal language groups of which there
are many dialects.
East Arnhem Land is considered
one of the most isolated regions in Australia with
a lack of sealed roads (except in the Nhulunbuy
township) and very little road transport. ALL roads
around Nhulunbuy are impassable for varying periods
during the 'wet season'. Most population movement
throughout the East Arnhem Land region is therefore
by light aircraft. Supplies are carried 650km from
Darwin by barge along the coast to Nhulunbuy and
other coastal communities.
There are wildly spectacular
and beautiful beaches surrounding Nhulunbuy and
this place is famous for its fishing. Beaches and
camping areas are within easy driving distance by
4-wheel drive vehicles. As a resident of Nhulunbuy,
we are constantly reminded that although this is
a tropical paradise, there are dangers. There are
many sharks in the ocean, there are crocodiles in
rivers, oceans and estuaries. Stingers (Chironex
box jellyfish) inhabit the waters all year round
but are prolific from October to May. Irikanji and
other jellyfish inhabit the waters at all times
of the year. Water Buffalos wander into the township
from the bush, especially during the dry season
and must be treated with respect and not approached.
And then there are the snakes.
Nhulunbuy's climate does not
have spring, summer autumn or winter seasons. It
is hot and tropical, with two distinct seasons,
the "dry" and the "wet", with
a build up season in between. During the "dry
season" we apparently experience cloudless
skies, warm days, balmy nights and cool breezes.
During the "wet season", the monsoons
commence in December and continue until May. This
is when thunderstorms are common, and heavy rainfall
events can occur, particularly when a tropical cyclone
is nearby. The cyclone season in northern Australia
is November to April, and tropical cyclones are
a possibility at any time during this period. As
I write this article Tropical Cyclone Clare is battering
the north west coast of Western Australia.
Time to move
In late November
I packed up and freighted via rail all my possessions
in order to receive them a few weeks later in Nhulunbuy.
On Sunday December 4, I flew out of my home in Adelaide
and flew to Darwin to meet my boss and start my
orientation. My boss is actually based 645km from
Nhulunbuy in Darwin. On Thursday December 8, we
then flew to Nhulunbuy so that I could meet the
locals and orientate myself to my home for the next
3 years. I was staying in hospital quarters the
first couple of nights with no car or radio equipment,
so DX was not on my mind, all I could think of was
The weather was
a real shock to my system, having left Adelaide
where summer hadn't really kicked in yet, I went
to Nhulunbuy in "the build up" period
before the wet season. Temperatures were 34 degrees
C (97 F) during the day and 26 C (79 F) during the
night. But the humidity was at a stifling 90+%,
one morning it was 98%!!!! I thought Townsville,
Queensland was humid at the start of their wet season,
my god this place was incredibly debilitating. All
I did was sweat, sweat, sweat, even in the air-conditioned
Being the new guy, people had
planned a couple evenings of socialising. So in
my first two nights in Nhulunbuy, I'd been drunk
at the Boat Club, the Surf Club, the topless bar
and the Arnhem Club bar/restaurant - hmmm, I could
see myself doing very little DXing here in Nhulunbuy
if I'm not careful. On Saturday December 10, my
hangover and I moved into my new unit. Virtually
all housing in Nhulunbuy is purpose built for staff
in either the mines or in Northern Territory Government
or Commonwealth of Australia Government jobs. You
can't simply ring up a real estate agent to rent
or buy one - cos there ain't none! The unit I'm
renting now is the one that the person whose position
I'm replacing used to live in. There are many oddities
and differences in life here that I will share with
you in upcoming articles.
My unit is simple but adequate
with 1 bedroom, kitchen, toilet/laundry, living/dining
area, and most importantly a little backyard for
EWEs. The bedroom, kitchen and living room all have
ceiling fans, but the bedroom is the only room that
also has refrigerated air-conditioning. For this
reason I decided that the bedroom was also going
to be the DX room.
I can't describe how tough it
was not being acclimatised to the heat and humidity
while trying to unpack and move all my furniture,
I'm sure I was running on adrenalin for my curiosity
of the DX potential of this place was killing me,
I had to keep unpacking. I didn't have my car yet,
so I couldn't even check out what could be heard
on the car radio at night.
On Sunday morning I decided to
put up a EWE in the back yard, just one to see if
it worked. As I surveyed the small yard I could
feel it being full of life, every few steps I took
resulted in sounds of scurrying little lizards,
every movement in the tropical undergrowth had me
momentarily wondering if it was a snake who had
settled into my yard which had been undisturbed
for the past couple of months. On top of this, at
7:30am the temperature was already in the 30's and
the radio announced the humidity was 93%. After
a couple of minutes of walking outside I was wet
with sweat. So I had to be quick, the weather was
so very oppressive.
I managed to put up a standard
3m x 15m x 3m (10ft x 45 ft x 10ft) EWE with palm
trees as wire supports. Unfortunately I had not
found my balun yet, this was not added until a week
or so later. The big problem was earthing. I brought
up some lovely new hard drawn copper pipes 1.5m
(5ft) long from Adelaide. The first two hits with
the small sledgehammer were fine, but that was it.
The soil is made of orange bauxite, there is at
best 10cm (4 inches) of soft bauxite on the surface,
but under that it's like a slab of concrete. You'd
need a jackhammer to get through. So my compromise
was to dig a shallow trench as deep as I could and
lay the copper pipe in this trench and bury it.
Over time I'll try and enrich this with soil purchased
from the hardware store to improve the effect of
the earthing. The EWE bearing is at 50 degrees towards
USA, my reason for this being that I really wanted
to know whether I could hear any North Americans
from home. I have plans for other antennas but I
was very keen to just get on with listening. It
was difficult working on the EWE terminations, I'd
be kneeling down with a tropical spider web in my
face, having flies and mosquitoes buzzing around
me, little lizards running everywhere, I'd be looking
out for snakes and then there was the HEAT. My clothes
were saturated with perspiration, it was like someone
was following me around the backyard squeezing sponges
over my head - this "build up" period
before the wet season was horrible.
Water path to RRI Merauke 810 kHz (572km/355
I set up a temporary listening
post on my bedside cabinet with my R75 and amplifier
powered by a 12V car battery. I started using my
usual cassette recorder, however a few days later
I changed over to my newly acquired little mp3 recorder,
which is sensational, and only the size of my thumb.
The results were very pleasing. Apart from local
8GO 990, in the middle of the day I could clearly
hear 567 4JK Julia Creek, 585 NBC Port Moresby,
630 4QN Townsville, 765 RRI, 774 RRI Fak Fak, 810
RRI Merauke, 1044 4WP Weipa, 1062 4TI Thursday Island
and 1260 4MW Thursday Island. So clearly the EWE
was working in its intended direction. In fact RRI
Merauke can be clearly heard at noon on the car
radio as I drive around town at almost local levels
- it's 572 km (355 miles) from me but it's a coast
to coast water path, even NBC Port Moresby can be
heard at noon on the car radio at fair levels and
they are 1178 km (732 miles) from me, again the
water path is to thank for that. I know it's stupid,
but just being able to hear 3 countries on the car
radio as I drive around town really puts me in DXpedition
mode and is so exciting - aaah it's something only
a DXer can understand.
Water path to NBC Port Moresby 585 kHz (1178km/732
Over the period Sunday December
11 to Saturday December 23 I would come home from
work to cook, eat and then hit the dials by 0830
UTC or 6:00pm local which was an hour before sunset,
and that's when signals from Japan and the Pacific
would start to show a pulse. Then as darkness approached
I'd look for signs of life under the hets on the
10 kHz splits. Nothing super spectacular was heard
although the fact that 730 KNOM Alaska and 1180
Radio Rebelde, Cuba could be heard meant that good
Trans-Pacific DX is possible from home when conditions
allow. Predominantly there were higher power Californians
heard simply because of the man-made noise, it was
not horrendous, but high enough to prevent some
of the lower power North Americans to punch through.
The South-East Asians were great
fun with abundant Japanese, North and South Korean,
Philippines, Chinese, Taiwanese and Indonesians
to hunt. You'll see in the trail some logs of NHK
frequencies with multiple stations, so I'll need
to get local IDs on these, but that will come in
time. I use the analogy that I feel like an explorer
who has just landed on a beautiful virgin beach.
During this December 11-23 period I basically walked
casually up and down the beach picking up the shells
that were easy to see. Sure I knew there were other
shells buried under the surface, in the shallows
and maybe even in the deep water or jungle thicket.
But there was no need to panic, I could come back
in the New Year and get those harder to find shells,
after all I had this beach to myself for 3 years
and there is plenty of time to explore and hunt.
So this trail is full of the easy to spot shells
sitting on the surface of the beach. Over the coming
years there will be various antenna set-ups and
methods of chasing signals, particularly for North
America, Europe and Africa which I'll probably need
ABC Radio 8GO 990 kHz
The noise levels surprised me.
I was expecting two problems, firstly man-made noise
due to living in a unit with neighbours with TVs,
air conditioners, fluoro lights and maybe touch
lamps, etc. This was certainly there, but I couldn't
do much about it because as soon as I arrived in
my unit I turned the air-conditioner on and there
it stayed on 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The second
form of noise, which I thought would be a big problem,
would be the afternoon thunderstorm static and lightning
crashes. But fortunately there were no static crashes
Transmitting tower of 8GO
Another huge surprise was the
lack of Australian stations on the band. I attribute
this to the EWE that was pointed towards the top
of Queensland to North America with southern Queensland,
New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria simply
not being audible because they were on the side
of the EWE. This was the key difference between
listening from here and Townsville where I had lots
of trouble with interference from Queensland and
New South Wales stations. In Nhulunbuy even the
other NT stations on 639, 657, 684, 900, 1242 and
1530 were very poor compared to the stronger signals
to the north.
On the beach looking straight ahead
On my first weekend in Nhulunbuy
I was obviously unpacking the house, but during
that week my car was barged across from Darwin.
So on my second weekend on Saturday December 17
I figured it was time to have a little drive around
to see any future DX spots and to have a look around
my new town. I managed to easily find the local
AM transmitter, the 8GO 990 kHz ABC transmitter
relays ABC Darwin 105.7 FM and for only 500 watts
really puts out a big signal (this has been heard
in the Coorong). It can cause spurs so I only have
the R75 on pre-amp 1 setting. This avoids most problems
except for a mess on 990 +/- 69.8 kHz which destroys
920 and 1060 kHz and of course the splash from 972
- 1008 kHz, but hey I can live with that.
On the beach looking left
I really wanted to find some
beach sites that were very close to town to string
out a wire in the future. There are many unknowns
and dangers here, especially at night. So I won't
be venturing out by myself until I understand more
about this foreign and exotic land I'm in. Just
a few minutes drive from my unit I found a potential
site at a town beach car park, although there are
Crocodile warning signs.
On the beach looking behind me
It's amazing to live in a town
where there are so many beaches, but there are so
few people and very few visitors due to the difficulty
in getting to Nhulunbuy. The following photos are
at another beach only 7 minutes drive from my unit
and as you can see the beach is deserted. The strange
thing is that the photos were taken at lunchtime
on a Saturday - it's little moments like that, which
remind me how remote this place is.
On the beach looking right
The following weekend was Christmas,
so on Christmas Eve I hopped on a plane in the morning
and flew to Cairns in Queensland. I had 5 hours
to wait in the airport before my connecting flight
home to Adelaide. So I took this opportunity to
buy some US $1 notes seeing though North American
reception reports would be on the agenda in the
near future. With five hours up my sleeve I promptly
found the airport bar, sat myself down and used
my wonderful new DX toy - the mp3 recorder, to start
analysing my logs from the past two weeks while
demolishing an unhealthy number of VB beers - pinch
me - I'm in DXer heaven. After such a big interstate
move, starting a new job, setting up my unit and
DXing every night, it was nice to get home and forget
about listening for a week.
You're looking at one hot but happy DXer
Another bonus of being in Adelaide
was the fact that my fellow DXpeditioner in crime
Dave Onley had brought over his wife and 3 year
old son from Geelong, Victoria (~700km from Adelaide)
to spend the week in Adelaide too. Both our wives
sensed a conspiracy theory where they thought the
only reason for us both being in Adelaide was to
talk radio and plan a DXpedition in Nhulunbuy in
the future. It was good for both our wives to finally
meet and for me to meet Dave's son Matty. I'd only
met Dave's wife Karin once when he dragged her along
to a DXpedition in Victoria in December 2001 at
the end of his bloody honeymoon!
When I returned home to Adelaide after being
away for 3 weeks, I found my wife had put my
QSLs under the Christmas tree and my obedient
dog 'Padula' was guarding them.
It was a great afternoon the
day after Boxing Day catching up with the Onley's.
We'd bought little Matty a cricket bat and Australian
Rules football, especially important considering
they are heading off to live in Holland in late
2006. You see we have plans for Matty to be captain
of the Dutch one-day cricket team to play in the
2022 World Cup after he becomes an accomplished
6 MHz Dutch pirate radio operator. It was soon time
for the men to apply heat to the meat and stand
around the BBQ drinking Coopers Pale Ale while the
women sat at the picnic table to have a DWA meeting
- DXers Wives Anonymous. This was my wife Michelle's
first chance to talk to another DXer wife and I'm
sure the therapy was worthwhile.
We forgot to cook up a pack of
rissoles, so we decided to hold another BBQ on my
last night in Adelaide on New Years Eve, this time
at our house. I think Karin was very nervous that
we were conspiring to plan a secret Nhulunbuy DXpedition
near the end of 2006 before Dave and his family
depart for Holland. What she doesn't know is that
Dave is planning to come up for a month 8^)
New Years Day I dragged myself
to the airport and flew back up to Nhulunbuy. It
feels rather strange writing a sensible article
without rainbow wigs, movie spin-offs or nudity.
Rest assured such irresponsibility is bound to resume
sometime in the New Year.
567 0826 KGUM Agana, Guam. Battling
it out with 4JK. US network pgm, ads such as KFC
& Veterans of America then 'K-57' local ID on
the half hour. Even though 4JK can be heard here
even at midday, KGUM is a nightly regular from this
time & heard throughout the night - it's the
best of the 3 Guam stations here. Dec 11 (CE)
585 xxxx NBC Port Moresby, PNG.
IDs as 'This is Karai Radio - the Voice of Papua
New Guinea' etc. This is audible all day long at
fair levels & then obviously stronger from late
afternoon until sign off. It's great to hear my
old mate here all day long just like in my Townsville
days. This was an uneventful channel until a little
diamond sparkled here on December 14
585 0844 Radio Sandaun, PNG.
This evening I noted there were two stations which
was really weird. NBC Port Moresby had music programming
// 4890 but there was something in English underneath.
I hung around thinking maybe the local ABC Radio
8GO in Gove was overloading the radio - but no.
There were local news items in English which was
heavily accented like a Pacific Island station.
Over the next 30 minutes this station was actually
equal to or even stronger than NBC Port Moresby.
During a brief NBC Port Moresby fade I noted a Radio
Sandaun ID with local news items mixing with NBC
Port Moresby who were having a music show. At 0900
both stations had NBC News // 4890 with a slight
half a second difference between the two. Once I
realised the ID's for Radio Sandaun I checked 3205
and it was //. After news 585 had separate programs
again. Both were heard through the next few hours.
I last checked Radio Sandaun around 1145 and it
was there but gone (just like 3205) at 1208 UT so
I presume it is a 1200 sign off. I can't think why
on earth PNG would commission two stations on 585?
Since then both stations have been operating &
audible each night. Just for interest the listed
1593 which used to be heard from PNG // 3205 is
not audible here, only Truk Island. Dec 14 (CE)
612 0853 KUAM Agana, Guam. Fairly
good at times with Kmart & Ford ads, then program
annc 'You're watching Gatorade Sports Extra'. Dec
650 1305 KRTR Honolulu, Hawaii.
Playing non-stop EZL/AC music like 'My Guy', 'Memories'
& 'Killing Me Softly', faded in the mush before
any announcements heard. Dec 13 (CE)
801 1102 KTWG Agana, Guam. Great
to get this, only heard once I think when I was
in Townsville, but audible most nights here, although
North Korea makes a horrible mess on this frequency.
Noted at fair levels with religious 'Focus on the
Family' program in EE. Dec 11. On Dec 23 noted at
0930 with local ID as 'our saviour Jesus Christ
right here on KTWG' (CE)
830 1256 KHVH Honolulu, Hawaii.
Good with ID 'at the top of the hour, this is news
radio 830'. Dec 13 (CE)
900 0930 Radio West New Britain,
site?, PNG. Listed as NBC Karai Radio/R Eastern
Highlands in Goroka & listed to be // 4890.
Noted Pidgin English & eventually worked out
this was carrying music show called Pacific Beat
with programming from Radio West New Britain //
3235 and not // 4890. Prior to 1000 giving 'ten
o'clock' time check. Has been pretty regular since
// 3235. Dec 19. (CE)
945 0944 SIBC Honiara, Solomon
Islands. Fair mixing with NHK, carrying market prices
in heavily accented English for the North-West Co-operative
for Papua & Polynesia in the Solomon Islands.
Dec 23 (CE)
1035 1150 SIBC Honiara, Solomon
Islands. Fair with 'Weekend Music Show' in EE then
ad for gas appliance store in Honiara. Dec 11 (CE)
1040 1410 KLHT Honolulu, Hawaii.
Fair here with usual Christian music format. Dec
1210 1140 KZOO Honolulu, Hawaii.
Poor with JJ music show. Dec 13 (CE)
1420 1136 KKEA Honolulu, Hawaii. Good with ESPN
sports. Dec 13 (CE)
1460 1406 KHRA Honolulu, Hawaii.
Very good with usual Korean format. Dec 13 (CE)
1500 0828 KUMU Honolulu, Hawaii.
Very good with newstalk, usual long KUMU ID. Dec
1540 1250 KREA Honolulu, Hawaii.
Good with usual Korean format. Dec 13 (CE)
1593 0930 V6AK Moen, Chuuk (Truk).
Becoming a nightly regular now, but like Palau 1584,
never really strong. Presumed Trukese MA talks with
weather report & then into back to back old
EE C&W songs from artists like Dolly Parton,
Kenny Rogers & The Eagles. Dec 15. A little
later in the week they would intersperse this with
xmas carols. (CE)
531 1836 JOQG Morioka, Japan.
Poor under 4KZ with NHK1 network JJ music show //
594. Dec 16 (CE)
540 1838 NHK1 Network, Japan.
Fair with NHK1 network JJ music show // 531. Dec
549 1210 RV162 Tavrichanka, Russia.
Fair with Radio Mayak program, music pieces &
brief Russians talks by MA & FA, mixed with
CNR. Dec 11 (CE)
549 1210 CNR Fujian, China. Very
good yet over modulated with MA talks in CC // 1116
over the Russian. Dec 16 (CE)
549 1840 JOAP Naha, Japan. Fair
with NHK1 network JJ music show // 531 & 540.
Dec 16 (CE)
558 1211 DZXL Manila, Philippines.
Good mixing with 4AM, noted in Tagalog with cigarettes
ad (with EE disclaimer) & 'DZXL' jingle. Dec
567 1845 JOIK Sapporo, Japan.
Noted mixing with KGUM, NHK1 network JJ music show
// 531, 540 & 549. Dec 16 (CE)
576 1130 DXMF Davao City, Philippines.
Good in Tagalog with Honda ad then 'Radio Bombo'
IDs & 'Bombo Network News'. Dec 12 (CE)
585 1304 DXCP Santos City, Philippines.
Only noted briefly & no ID so only tentative.
Poor under Japan & strong NBC Port Moresby open
carrier. Heard with religious pgm in US accented
EE. Dec 16. (CE)
585 1449 JOPG Kushiro, Japan.
Noted under NBC open carrier with FA talks in JJ
// 594 (CE)
594 0830 JOAK Tokyo, Japan. Excellent
and the most powerful of all NHK1 outlets. First
fades in (along with 693) around 0815 UTC which
is over an hour before local sunset & heard
all night long. Dec 11 (CE)
594 1420 DZBB Quezon City, Philippines.
Fair under JOAK with references to GMA network &
ID'ing as 'Number one D Z double B' & 'On Super
Radyo D Z double B'. Dec 16 (CE)
612 1106 DYHP Cebu City, Philippines.
Fair in the mix with KUAM with 'RMN Cebu Newsbreak'.
Dec 12 (CE)
621 1831 Pyongyang Bangsong,
Chongjin, North Korea. Good signal in the clear
with typical fanfare music pieces // 657. Dec 16
621 1115 DXDC Davao City, Philippines.
Good here with excited 'DXDC! - DXDC! - RMN!' being
shouted. Dec 12 (CE)
639 0909 JOPB Shizuoka, Japan.
Fair in a messy jumble of signals but this was on
top with world news in Portuguese carrying NHK2
// 693. Dec 14 (CE)
657 1831 Pyongyang Pangsong,
North Korea. Fair signal in KK with typical fanfare
music pieces // 657. Dec 16 (CE)
666 1822 JOBK Osaka, Japan. Fair
over unid CC station with NHK1 music show in JJ
// 594. Dec 16 (CE)
666 2025 DZRH Valenzuela, Philippines.
Good this morning with political program with numerous
mentions of DZRH, mixing with JOBK. Dec 17 (CE)
675 0918 JOVK or JOUG, Japan.
Pretty good signal but a messy channel, carrying
NHK1 JJ program // 594, will need to check this
a bit earlier for local ID. Dec 14 (CE)
684 1134 CNR Fujian, China. Solid
signal mostly with FA talk in CC // 1089. Dec 12
693 0855 JOAB Tokyo, Japan. Very
strong this one. 693 is the NHK2 version of 594
NHK1 for me here - i.e. a mega powerful marker station
to check parallel frequencies. Again fades in from
around an hour or so before local sunset here. Noted
at 0859 with local Tokyo NHK ID. Dec 11 (CE)
702 0903 DZAS Valenzuela, Philippines.
Pretty good with US accented English religious programs
'you're listening to the Voice of God'. But have
heard this while tuning the band a couple of times
with local DZAS ID's in English at TOH. Dec 11 (CE)
702 1215 RRI Manokwari, Papua
(Irian Jaya). Fair signal with MA & FA talks
in Indo mixing with DZAS. Retuned at 1256 to get
RRI ID. Dec 15 (CE)
711 0925 HLKA Sorae, South Korea.
The most regular KBS1 outlet here (along with maybe
1467) with very good signal in KK stronger than
4QW. Noted FA with KBS ID then into MA talks after
0930. Dec 14 (CE)
720 0906 RV679 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk,
Russia. Very good in Russian with Radio Mayak IDs
& world news items. Also heard this later in
the evenings carrying Voice of Russia Japanese service.
Dec 11 (CE)
729v 0830 RRI Nabire?, Papua
(Irian Jaya). I'm suspecting this is RRI Nabire,
I'm 99% sure it's a Papua station judging by the
propagation of this one. In the early evening around
0830-0900 would carry call to prayers but no IDs
on the hour at 0900. Noted one evening with SCI
at 1200 then RRI ID & Jakarta news but no local
province noted, other times there is dead air just
before 1200 & then straight into Jakarta news.
On Dec 11, 12 & 14 was on 729.0 but on Dec 13
& 15 was on 728.25. Usually very strong but
fights it out with powerhouse JOCK. (CE)
729 0909 JOCK Nagoya, Japan.
Good but fighting with RRI. Noted with NHK1 in JJ
with MA/FA talks // 594. Dec 11 (CE)
738 0920 BEL2 Taiwan Area Fishery
Broadcasting Station, Baisha, Taiwan. Good in Taiwanese
with usual format. Giving weather for Hong Kong
apparently & noted // 1143. Dec 13 (CE)
747 0845 JOIB Sapporo, Japan.
Very good here with NHK2 Portuguese program // 693.
Dec 11 (CE)
756 1816 JOGK Kumamoto, Japan.
Pretty good here with JJ NHK1 music show // 594.
Dec 16 (CE)
765 0916 RRI Tual?, Maluku. Good
here & dominant on channel with series of EE
xmas carols. Retuned at 1030 to catch RRI ID without
any province listed. Tual is listed but I'm not
sure it's them, RRI - yes, but I have a feeling
this is in Papua. Still need to confirm whether
it's Tual or not. Dec 13 (CE)
765 1053 CNR Fujian, China. Good
over the mix of others with more contemporary CC
music show // 1089. Dec 12 (CE)
774 0925 RRI Fak Fak, Papua (Irian
Jaya). Strong here but usually so is powerhouse
JOUB too! Call to prayers then into RRI ID on half
hour. This one can usually be heard at midday on
the car radio when I'm parked on the edge of the
beach! Dec 11 (CE)
774 0925 JOUB Akita, Japan. Strong
& sharing the channel with RRI, noted with NHK2
news in Spanish // 828. Dec 11 (CE)
801.15 0945 Pyongyang Bansong,
Hwadae, North Korea. Animated propaganda speech
in KK with fanfare almost totally stuffing up 801
later in the evenings. Dec 12 (CE)
810 xxxx RRI Merauke, Papua (Irian
Jaya). Much like 585, this is a wonderful exotic
non-Aussie station heard all day long and clearly
at midday driving around Nhulunbuy on my car radio
- very cool. Merauke is on the south coast of Papua
& I'm 572 km directly over a water path. Shows
the power of the coastal site & water path,
for instance Katherine is 546km inland from me &
they put in feeble signals in at night & obviously
nothing during the day. (CE)
828 0928 JOBB Osaka, Japan. Noted
quickly in passing with very good signal carrying
NHK2 Spanish service // 693. Dec 11 (CE)
837 1214 DYFM Iloilo City, Philippines.
Good in Tagalog with 'Radio Xmas Special - number
one for radio - Bombo!' ID. Dec 12 (CE)
846 2018 DZRV Quezon City, Philippines.
Good with religious programs in presume Tagalog,
with 'Radio Veritas' IDs. Dec 17 (CE)
873 1050 JOGB Kumamoto, Japan.
Fair with MA/FA talks in JJ // 693. Dec 14 (CE)
882 0905 JOPK Shizuoka, Japan.
Good with MA/FA talks in JJ // 594. Dec 13 (CE)
891 1809 HLKB Busan, South Korea.
Good strength but so was JOHK. Noted with 2 MA with
KK talk // 711. Dec 16 (CE)
891 1809 JOHK Sendai, Japan.
As mentioned above, good strength but so was it's
KBS buddy. Noted with NHK1 music show in JJ // 594.
Dec 16 (CE)
909 0915 RRI Sorong, Papua (Irian
Jaya). Just had this on without the headphones as
I was packing my suitcase getting ready to depart
home to Adelaide for the festive season!!! Nice
xmas carols show with brief MA in Indo with RRI
ID on the half hour. Dec 23 (CE)
927 2013 NHK1 Network, Japan.
Fair hear with MA talks in JJ carrying NHK1 // 594.
Dec 17 (CE)
945 0913 NHK1 Network, Japan.
Fair here with MA talks in JJ carrying NHK1 // 882.
Dec 13 (CE)
945 1235 CNR multiple locations,
China. Fair with MA talks in CC // 1035. Dec 12
954 1039 JOKR Tokyo, Japan. Strong
here with JJ talkshow. Dec 11 (CE)
954 1039 RRI Kendari, Sulawesi.
No ID heard but this is likely the one, noted under
JOKR but reasonable at times with Indo music pieces
// 4000.15. Dec 11 (CE)
963 1228 DYMF Cebu City, Philippines.
Fair here with ID as 'numero uno news Cebu - Radyo
Bombo'. Dec 12 (CE)
963 2008 NHK1 Network, Japan.
Fair with NHK1 program with MA talks in JJ // 594.
Dec 17 (CE)
1008 2000 JONR Osaka, Japan.
Fair with FA in JJ with 'ABC Radio' jingle then
talks. Dec 17 (CE)
1026 1125 RRI Serui, Papua (Irian
Jaya). Usually a very strong signal here come nightfall.
Xmas carols in Indo then RRI ID by MA. Dec 15 (CE)
1026 1130 DZAR Quezon City, Philippines.
While listening to above log's xmas carols &
waiting for RRI ID, up popped from nowhere this
one with ad for peer education products in Tagalog
with 'DZAR' ID, then away it went & back to
RRI dominating. Dec 15 (CE)
1035 1235 CNR Multiple locations,
China. Good with MA talks in CC // to other CNR's.
Dec 12 (CE)
1044 1146 RRI Biak, Papua (Irian
Jaya). All over 4WP with pop mx show in Indo with
RRI IDs. Dec 12 (CE)
1053 1152 RRI Jayapura, Papua
(Irian Jaya). Fair mixing with JOAR. Xmas carols
in EE & Indo, then RRI ID & Jakarta news
at 1200. Dec 12 (CE)
1053 1152 JOAR Nagoya, Japan.
Mixing in & out with RRI with JJ talks but noted
nice CBC IDs on the hour before news feed started
from Jakarta. Dec 12 (CE)
1071 1946 JOFK Hiroshima, Japan.
Good with NHK1 program of MA talk in JJ // 594.
Dec 17 (CE)
1080 1759 China Radio International,
Kunming, China. Fair with ID 'You're tuned to the
English service of China Radio International' then
web, email & snail mail details then pgm s/off.
Dec 16 (CE)
1080.4 0855 KCBS Haeju, North
Korea. Strong messy signal stuffing up 1080 with
mind numbing typical KK mx pieces from KCBS // 2850.
Dec 12 (CE)
1089 1204 CNR Fujian, China.
Strong with MA/FA CC talks // 765. Dec 11 (CE)
1107 0840 JOCF Kagoshima, Japan.
Early fade in late afternoon with FA talks in JJ.
Dec 13 (CE)
1116 1210 CNR Fujian, China.
Fair with MA talks in CC // 549. Dec 16 (CE)
1125 0850 DXGM Davao City, Philippines.
Good in presume Tagalog with happy birthdays &
'Super Radyo' IDs. Dec 13 (CE)
1134 1115 CNR China. Good mixing
with JOQR with MA/FA talks in CC // 1593. Dec 15
1134 1925 JOQR Tokyo, Japan.
Great signal with JJ pop music show. Dec 17 (CE)
1143 0920 BEL3 Taiwan Area Fishery
Broadcasting Station, Baisha, Taiwan. Fair mixing
with 4HI, noted in Taiwanese with weather announcements
// 738. Dec 13 (CE)
1152 0925 JORB or JOPC, Japan.
Fair signal with NHK2 EE language lessons with a
xmas theme. Dec 13 (CE)
1152 1940 HLCW Wonju, South Korea.
Nice signal in KK with MA talks // 711 (CE)
1170 1100 HLSR Gimje, South Korea.
Noted with good signal each evening although various
interesting things underneath for later checking
in the New Year. Noted with KBS ID & web info
prior to Russian service starting. (CE)
1179 0955 JOOR Osaka, Japan.
MA/FA talks in JJ, regular here each night at good
levels. Dec 12 (CE)
1188 1110 HLKX Inchon, South
Korea. Fair carrying US accented religious programs
from FEBC in English. Dec 13 (CE)
1197 1000 DXFE, Davao City, Philippines.
Good with English 'Focus on the Family' network
program. Dec 12 (CE)
1197 1931 STV Network, Japan.
Fair with animated JJ FA talks noted // 1440. Dec
1224 1030 DXED Davao City, Philippines.
Fair with pres. Tagalog economic talks & 'DXED
Radio 12-24' ID. Dec 12 (CE)
1224 1756 CNR Fujian, China.
Good with CC musical // 1089. Dec 16 (CE)
1251 1350 RV70 Ussuriysk, Russia.
Good here carrying Voice of Russia's CC service.
Dec 16 (CE)
1260 1912 JOIR Sendai, Japan.
Fair signal over a mix of others with JJ love songs.
Dec 17 (CE)
1278 1015 JOFR Fukuoka, Japan.
Discussions between 2 MA's in JJ at fair level in
the clear. Dec 12 (CE)
1287 1752 JOHR Sapporo, Japan.
Very good with MA talks in JJ. Dec 16 (CE)
1296 1022 DXAB Davao City, Philippines.
Fairly good in the 1296 jumble with political reports
in pres. Tagalog & lots of 'Patrol' jingles.
Dec 12 (CE)
1296 1748 JOTK Matsue, Japan.
Fair with NHK1 // 729 with EE songs & MA in
JJ. Dec 16 (CE)
1314 1905 JOUF Osaka, Japan.
Good with FA talks in JJ. Dec 17 (CE)
1332 1150 JOSF Nagoya, Japan.
Good in JJ with ads. Dec 14 (CE)
1341 1744 KBS Kimpo, South Korea.
Fair with MA talks in KK // 711 & 1467. Dec
1359 1735 Family Radio, Fangliao,
Taiwan. Very good with Family Radio Mailbox segment
in EE. Dec 16 (CE)
1386 1337 NHK2 network, Japan.
Poor under HLAM with EE language lessons // 693.
Dec 13 (CE)
1386 1337 HLAM Mokpo, South Korea.
Very good with MA talks in KK all over the top of
NHK. Dec 13 (CE)
1413 1228 JOIF Fukuoka, Japan.
Fair with talkback show in JJ. Dec 13 (CE)
1440 1320 JOWF Sapporo, Japan.
Good with excited MA talks in JJ. Dec 16 (CE)
1467 1242 HLKN Mokpo, South Korea.
Very good & regular with KBS1 KK talkback show
// 711. Dec 13 (CE)
1512 1355 DYAB Cebu, Philippines.
Good with 'ABS-CBN News' promo. Dec 13 (CE)
1530 1315 DZME Bulacan, Philippines.
Good in predominantly EE with Jackpot draw for 9,466,922
pesos! & ID 'DZME 1530 on your AM band'. Dec
1557 1415 Family Radio, Kouhu,
Taiwan. Good with EE service. Dec 13 (CE)
1575 1301 DXJR Cagayan de Oro,
Philippines. Caught the end of Philippines NA at
sign off under VOA Ban Pachi, Thailand on Dec 13.
On Dec 16 noted a later sign off at 1312. (CE)
1593 0905 JOTB or JOQB Japan.
Fair & in the clear of V6AK for once with NHK2's
Portuguese news. Dec 15. (CE)
1593 1253 CNR, China. Fair signal
with MA talks in CC // 4460. Dec 13 (CE)
580 1347 KMJ Fresno, CA. Fair
with simple 'KMJ' ID then later with '6 o'clock
morning news, sports, weather & traffic'. Dec
680 0920 KNBR San Francisco,
CA. Poor here with KNBR & ESPN IDs. Dec 14(CE)
780 1452 KNOM Nome, Alaska. Poor
with Christian music show, extended weather broadcast
on the hour for Alaska then back to religious music
show. Dec 16 (CE)
880 0932 KRVN Lexington, NE.
Fair with ID 'This is KRVN' & C&W music
show. Dec 13 (CE)
960 1103 KALE Richmond, WA. News
with annc 'This is CNN News' & ESPN IDs. Dec
1020 1140 KTNQ Los Angeles, CA.
Good here with usual SS music format. Dec 11 (CE)
1050 1445 KCTC San Mateo, CA.
Very good with 'KNBR Sports Update'. Dec 12 (CE)
1070 0910 KNX Los Angeles, CA.
Good with ID 'KNX traffic in southern California.
Dec 12. (CE)
1090 0920 KPTK Seattle, WA. Fair
here with usual talk format. Dec 12 (CE)
1100 1000 KFAX San Francisco,
CA. Good with ID 'The Spirit of the day for over
40 years - AM 1100 KFAX'. Dec 12 (CE)
1110 1040 KDIS Pasadena, CA.
Fair with loads of Radio Disney promo's. Dec 12
1110 1005 KFAB Omaha, NE. Good
here with Coast to Coast // 1120. Dec 20 (CE)
1120 0910 KPNW Eugene, OR. Very
good with Coast to Coast. Dec 13 (CE)
1130 1140 KRDU Dinuba, CA. Fair
here with usual religious format. Dec 21 (CE)
1140 1200 KHTK Sacramento, CA.
Poor here with 'Fox National Sports Report'. Dec
1150 1223 KTLK Los Angeles, CA.
Fair with ID 'You're listening to Talk AM 1150'
1160 1100 KSL Salt Lake City,
UT. Good with ABC news & traffic report. Dec
1180 1005 Radio Rebelde, Cuba.
Poor but noted a few evenings now with SS programming
// 5025, not the usual Radio Marti here. Dec 22
1190 0930 KEX Portland, OR. Poor
here with ads then simple 'KEX' ID. Dec 19 (CE)
1200 1010 WOAI San Antonio, TX.
Fair with sports items on Dallas Mavericks. Dec
1310 1035 KMKY Oakland, CA. Fair
with Radio Disney promos & pop songs. Dec 12
1380 1300 KTKZ Sacramento, CA.
Fair with jingle for '105.5FM & 1380AM'. Dec
1410 0905 CFUN Vancouver, Canada.
Poor with medical talkback show. Dec 20 (CE)
1480 1205 KYOS Merced, CA. Fair
with ABC news - actually had an interview with Australian
correspondent about the 'race riots' in Sydney!
Dec 14 (CE)
1520 0920 KOKC Oklahoma City,
OK. Fair with talk & ID 'Talkradio 15-20 KOKC'.
Dec 15 (CE)
1530 0902 KFBK Sacramento, CA.
Fair with weather then ID 'For Newstalk 1530 Sacramento
& Southern California'. Dec 22 (CE)
1570 0820 XERF La Poderosa, Mexico.
Good hear with usual SS Ranchera music format. Dec
1590 0915 KKZZ Ventura, CA. Fair
with AC songs & canned '15-90 KKZZ' IDs. Dec
1600 1130 KGST Fresno, CA. No
ID heard but assume this is the fairly regular one
here with SS music pieces & ads mentioning California
numerous times. Dec 21 (CE)
1660 0950 KTIQ Merced, CA. Poor
with SS music pieces. Dec 20 (CE)
1670 0940 KHPY Moreno Valley,
CA. Poor with MA talks in SS. Dec 20 (CE)
1700 1100 KVNS Brownsville, TX.
Fair mixing with XEPE with talkback show & 'Valley's
place to talk' slogan ID on hour with 'Information
Radio Network' news with an ad after each news item.
Dec 11 (CE)
1700 0955 XEPE Tecate, Mexico.
Just could not find an Id for this. Noted regularly
with most nights with EE financial format. Many
ads for US based companies along with PSA for US
citizens travelling to Mexico & how to keep
safe sponsored by the city of San Jose. Dec 23 (CE)
DXing at home in Nhulunbuy, Northern
Territory, Australia with Icom R75, pre-amp, 3m
x 15m x 3m EWE to North America
Craig Edwards, PO Box 60, Nhulunbuy
NT 0881 Australia
Phone 0411 966633 or (08) 8987 2712
Outside Australia phone (061) 411966633 or (061)
(08) 8987 2712
on January 10, 2006