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June 18, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave & Radio News Show No.30 Released!

Welcome to the DX Extra! It’s a show about the shortwave hobby featuring news, reviews, pirate radio and anything in-between. We are the extra thing you need to digest your shortwave news.

DX Extra No.30
In show 30 this fortnight we cover news on the HFCC Conference in Brisbane, the exciting news of ERT reinstated on shortwave, the history of Swissinfo uncovered, the 2015 BBC Midwinter Antarctica Broadcast, check out our usual pirate logs and from the audio archives: Channel Africa.

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Minor change to the Antarctic broadcast featured in our show:
Image: Henry Jones & Co at Hobart wharf. 
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June 13, 2015

Shortwave Logs

Afternoon Logs 06h08UTC:

  • 5935 WWCR SIO 444
  • 6000 RHC SIO 343 //6060 SIO 242
  • 7455 WRMI RMI TRU NEWS SIO 444
  • 9955 WRMI SIO 454
  • 11520 EWTN SIO 454
  • 11725 RNZI SIO 444 slight echo
  • 13580 BBC SIO 242
  • 13725 RFI SIO 343
  • 15580 VOA SIO 554
  • 17840 RA SIO 332


At 4pm local time this winter's afternoon the bands opened just below 6MHz, poor reception of RA on 15240, 15415 & 15515 was non-existent. VOA's signal was very strong and clear. 

A QSL from Radio Australia in the mid 2000's:


June 11, 2015

We're now on Twitter!

It's time to tweet! We've joined Twitter @hobartradiointl

June 10, 2015

The Buzz No.7 Music Show Released!

Show No.7
On today’s show we open a cold one to the truth into artificial sweeteners, check out some weird and wacky shortwave American pirates, crack open the truth of a free range egg, delve into a Star Trek parody “Star Drek”and play some of the best music on the planet… as normal!

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Image: No introduction needed. You know who it is. Via i-kinja-img

June 4, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave & Radio News Show No.29 Released!

Welcome to the DX Extra! It’s a show about the shortwave hobby featuring news, reviews, pirate radio and anything in-between. We are the extra thing you need to digest your shortwave news.

News ~ Number Station ~ Pirate Logs ~ Audio Archive
In show 29 this fortnight we cover some very sad news in regards to Alfalima International, look at new changes to Radio Mi Amigo, news on a new station called Euro Radio 6205, we visit the Cuban HM01 station, check out our usual pirate logs and in honour of AlfaLima we’ll play a recording of their station later on in the show! 

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After the latest HM01 (Cuban Spanish lady hybrid) schedule? Click HERE.

Image: Hobart at night from Mt. Nelson

Your legacy continues over the airwaves. Goodbye Alfa Lima.

May 29, 2015

Programming Changes

We have some interesting news. The DX Extra show will go to episode 30 and will then have a break whilst we endeavour some extremely exciting podcast specials. Our music show, The Buzz will carry over our pirate logs segment for the interim. We had enormous gratitude for the Pirate Station Special this year. Expect something EVEN better than that.

  

The Buzz No.6 Music Show!

The Buzz No.6 Music Show
On today's show we feature the last David Attombomb sketch in our 4-part series, delve into old time radio with another Abbott and Costello. Give a crack at advertising, how hard can it be? We have a go at making a radio ad and we cover the top 5 songs that make you want to cringe - they were tacky and terrible! Another fantastic show with a tad more dubstep.

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May 21, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave News Show No.28 Released!

Welcome to the DX Extra! It’s a show about the shortwave hobby featuring news, reviews, pirate radio and anything in-between. We are the extra thing you need to digest your shortwave news.

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In show 28 this fortnight:

  • Nepali Amateur net suspended again
  • The QSL card...At what cost?
  • VOA additional transmissions to Burundi
  • IBB frequency updates
  • Pirate News (Borderhunter Meeting), logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran


TRANSCRIPT:
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Image: Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur,Tasmania.

May 14, 2015

The Buzz No.5 Music show Dubstep & Remix Special

The Buzz No.5 Music Show
Wooooah, a remix and dubstep special over shortwave radio? Yeah you heard right. Does dubstep sound any good over shortwave radio? 

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We're very keen to know and would love you to record a segment of the show. We'll even share it on the web. On this show we are playing remixes of Enya, The Bee Gees, The Bangles, hear some dubstep and remixed versions of the Doctor Who theme, Adele get's a dubstep version too. So does Coldplay. Didn't even think you could dubstep Coldplay! 







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May 7, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave News Show No.27

Welcome to the DX Extra! It’s a show about the shortwave hobby featuring news, reviews, pirate radio and anything in-between. We are the extra thing you need to digest your shortwave news.

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In show 27 this fortnight:

  • Greece's ERT state broadcaster to reopen
  • Norway FM domestic radio update
  • Additional BBC transmissions to Nepal
  • Nepalese Amateur radio gear stuck in customs
  • Latest clandestine shortwave frequencies
  • Pirate News, logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Radio For Peace International


TRANSCRIPT:
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After the latest Clandestine frequencies? Click Here.

Image: Howrah beach,Tasmania  - where many residents take their dogs on walks.

April 29, 2015

The Buzz No.4 Music Show

The Buzz No.4 Music Show
Welcome to the fourth music and talk show! In today’s show we feature the next episode on the mini series, David Attombomb, learn the happiest countries in the world to live, gnarl down some Chuck Norris jokes, enjoy some Laurel and Hardy and learn about the Nepal earthquake and how you can hear the communications on shortwave. 

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Image: Laurel and Hardy via theredlist
To lighten the mood there’s a Tasmanian tradition we do, it’s simple - tell Chuck Norris jokes!

  • “Chuck Norris and Superman once fought each other on a bet. The loser had to start wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants.
  • Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that's why there are no signs of life.
  • When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.
  • Outer space exists because it's afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris.
  • Chuck Norris destroyed the periodic table, because Chuck Norris only recognizes the element of surprise.
  • Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.
  • Chuck Norris can win a game of Connect Four in only three moves.
  • Chuck Norris once built a sandcastle. We call this the Great Pyramid of Giza.”
Via chucknorrisfacts
Image: Chuck Norris via empireonline It’s an absolute tragedy hearing more casualties from the Nepalese Earthquake on Al Jazeera this morning and I thought you might be interested to know that the amateur bands are being used as an Emergency net for the disaster. Here’s a recording of communications on 14.205 on the 27th of April: (Courtesy of YouTube)


The Global Emergency Communications Network is currently on 14205, 14215 and on 21360.


One of the most exciting things about shortwave is that amateur radio enthusiasts from around the world can if via their own set-up or relays can assist with the Nepalese crisis  even if not even in the country. Shortwave as we know, can be broadcast into other regions. This is yet another example where this type of technology can make differences to natural disasters. It is such a pity that we are more reliant on other technologies. Shortwave yet again comes to the rescue!

RECEPTION:
Gino Italy heard us on Channel 292 6070kHz

April 24, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave News Show No.26 Released!


Hello fellow DXers, it is with great excitement to release the latest funky shortwave news programme; DX Extra number 26 to the world wide web! We are now on air via Channel 292 6070kHz Saturdays at 15h00UTC, so tell us how we sound. Enjoy!

 In this fortnight's podcast:
  • Radio Yugoslavia protest and cessation July 1
  • Radio France International strikes; back on the air
  • Norway to end (FM) domestic radio 
  • Amateur Radio: International Marconi Day (IMD)
  • Pirate Radio News, logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Radio Tirana (Albania)
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TRANSCRIPT:
You can now find our transcript via google docs.
Why change? Using google docs enables us to share more information and be more interactive with you. It also turns the transcript into a newsletter.

Image: Hobart waterfront Pier, Tasmania.

RECEPTION:
Our first transmission with Channel 292 on 6070kHz 15h00UTC went very well, thanks to Friedrich-Walter Adam for the YouTube clip: (About 2m03s in)



April 23, 2015

Hobart Female Factory Historic Site

These are some photos of our recently opened Female Factory Prison Historic Site in South Hobart, Tasmania:









April 16, 2015

A new era with Channel 292


We are pleased to be partnering with Channel 292 6070kHz shortwave to Europe. Hear us Saturdays at 15h00UTC! See their broadcast schedule.

Here is the propagation/reception map: (From Channel292.de)


The Buzz No.3 Music Show

The Buzz No.3 Music Show
Welcome to the third music and talk show! Yippee! On today's show we feature a new segment taking the Nature Documentary world by storm - David Attombomb. We try and decide who is on first base with the Abbott and Costello comedy sketch. "You can't explain all the feelings that your making me feel" by The Darkside, we discuss our latest fundraiser project, Walk like an Egyptian and delve into the latest Woolworths supermarket ANZAC day campaign.

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Woolworths supermarket ANZAC day campaign:
Image: The image that got Australia talking (Courtesy of news.com.au)
On Saturday April 25th it will mark the ANZAC centenary, 100 years since 1915, we nationally hold dawn services and marches; similar to that of Remembrance Day. In the show we shared this news article that was published this week:
Our Australian major supermarket chain Woolworths “the fresh food people” is in trouble after publishing The “Fresh in Our Memories” website — linking Anzac commemorations to the retailer’s “Fresh Food People” branding tag line — was taken down overnight amid claims that it was in very poor taste.
Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Ronaldson weighed in this morning, saying Woolies would not have been given permission for the advertising had it been sought.
Woolworths encouraged members of the public to share stories and profile-style pictures of loved ones affected by or lost to war by uploading images to a website that then branded them with Woolworths logo and the phrase “Lest we Forget 1915-2015. Fresh in our memories.”


The site did not sit well with some Australians — with many taking to social media to slam the campaign as tasteless. The hashtags “#FreshInOurMemories” and “#BrandzacDay” are also gaining momentum.


Lest You Forget, Woolworths Has Great Prices
— Bec (@Brocklesnitch) April 14, 2015
Via News.com.au 
Image: The Fresh Prince is fresher in our memories (Courtesy of news.com.au)
What do you think? Was it poor taste? Or a good gesture gone wrong?
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April 10, 2015

DX Extra Shortwave News Show No.25


Hello fellow DXers, it is with great excitement to release the latest funky shortwave news programme; DX Extra number 25 to the world wide web! Enjoy!

 In this fortnight's podcast:
  • Battle over the airwaves
  • DRM from high altitude tests
  • World Amateur radio day
  • Channel Africa summer schedule
  • Pirate Radio News, logs and recordings
  • Audio Archive: Radio Spaceshuttle (Pirate)
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TRANSCRIPT:
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Why change? Using google docs enables us to share more information and be more interactive with you. It also turns the transcript into a newsletter.

Image: Abel Tasman Memorial, Salamanca, Tasmania.



April 1, 2015

The Buzz No.2 Music and Talk Show!


Welcome to the second relaxed music and talk show. Happy April fool's day! On today's show we feature an exclusive interview with band member from Hiding In Public - David Holland. We also crank up some Queen, play some Weird Al Yankovic, hear a heavier cover version of Walking On Sunshine, some more Little Britain comedy and a French song "Je vais A Rio". Oui, oui. 

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Image: Sam Rivers (left) and "Dave" David Holland (right) courtesy of NPR.