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Offline VK3BVW

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Radio 4KZ Fires Up! Shortwave's Newest Station
« on: December 20, 2017, 2302 UTC »
Much talked about but slow to get on the air, 4KZ has finally got underway with transmissions this afternoon (December 20), just in time for the Christmas holiday season. Here's my log so far:

5055   AUSTRALIA. 4KZ - Innisfail QLD. Relay of the mediumwave 4KZ first noted at 0840 on Dec 20. Weak signal (much weaker than the 5045 Ozy R.) and mixed with heavy summertime QRN. Pops and occasional adverts, ID at 0852. At 0900, another ID and then news. Also heard on most of the NZ web SDR remotes with the best being at the Bay of Islands site. At 0904, mention made of the 5055kHz shortwave outlet! By 0920, the signal strength had improved considerably to a reasonably strong and steady level.

This station should be audible into Asia, the Pacific and the west coast USA. Get your ears on!!

Here's my video of last night's reception:

https://youtu.be/5eqHB0rvACU


UPDATE:
Radio 4KZ has already been heard by Mauno Ritola in Finland and Ron Howard in California. Power is believed to be around 1kW, licenced for 1.6 kW EIRP. Not a bad effort for the first day of transmission!

73 and good DX to you all.  Rob VK3BVW
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Re: Radio 4KZ Fires Up! Shortwave's Newest Station
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2017, 1325 UTC »
I tried this morning, and only had what may have been a carrier from the station. Ozy Radio was quite weak as well, so perhaps not the best propagation conditions.
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