ABC Radio exits Shortwave radio Transmissions

Submitted: Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 15:22
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G'day All,
A friend of mine asked me to post this on Exploroz.
It seems like those in the bush have another service removed in favour of the city folk.
ABC Exits Shortwave Radio Transmission
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Stu
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Reply By: blue one - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 16:02

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 16:02
Clearly a decision made by someone who has no idea what it is like to live in the bush.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 18:44

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 18:44
Does this decision mean ABC will no longer be heard on HF radio.
If it does there will be no news communication between (on the road) metro areas.
Let alone listening to the cricket in isolated places.
Bach to the dark ages?
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 20:53

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 20:53
Hi Stan
If the ABC is not going to be heard on HF radio you would think VKS 737 would be having a mail out to advise members, or would they?
We occasionally listen to a footy score or news service on there and if the cancellation of service is so, most HF users will be unaware of it till too late.
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Reply By: ian.g - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 19:13

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 19:13
I have lived and worked in the bush all my life, and have never listned
to short wave radio, and that dates back to the early 50's.Working all day so didn't matter if you couldn't pick up a station, and usually could find something to listen to at night. In my opinion very few people actually availed themselves of the service and probably won't be missed by many.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 22:26

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 22:26
With all the new comms technology available these days, this is probably about as relevant as the horse and cart - mind you, horses still have plenty of value in the outback !!
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 19:39

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 19:39
Gidday

I guess the shortwave service won't be missed by many these days as there are plenty of alternatives.

But it wasn't always so.

In the 80s I lived in Adelaide for a while and could follow WA football (no national comp in those days) on shortwave as the Perth station 6WF was broadcast to remote parts of the state when there wasn't a transmitter in every town. Trouble was the signal would start to be drowned by Radio Moscow half way through the last quarter. That service is of course long gone. radio Moscow is probably gone as well.

In more recent years I have followed the football (AFL on Saturday, NRL on Sunday) on Radio Australia when travelling remote in WA.

They even had Macca on a Sunday morning for those of a mind to listen. Not me.
A few months ago in the Kimberley I picked the football up on the NT shortwave stations.

I know it is dinosaur technology but it was a reminder of my youth when we used to sit around the "wireless" and listen to Test cricket from England with the snap crackle and pop as the signal came and went. Then came satellites and live TV.

It is hard to imagine life without it now.


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Reply By: RMD - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 20:34

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 20:34
The ABC and it's exit from the short wave band should read; "EGGSIT" because that is what nearly all National ABC News readers "REGULY" say when someone is in EGGSILE (kept out of their country) or BREGGSIT which the UK has done in the EU.

When are they stopping the service? Febury?

Couldn't resist a crack at, "A" "Biased" "Commentary".
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 23:34

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 23:34
That's going to make it harder to listen to the footy come September when the wildflowers are blooming in the Great Victoria Desert :-(
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue M - Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 at 02:55

Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 at 02:55
Phil,
Some times we have to make small sacrifices such as the footy scores, as we venture out to see the wonders that nature produces. :)

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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 at 10:15

Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 at 10:15
The ABC and SBS had $300 million ripped out of their budgets. What do you prefer? Repeats of Blue Hills?
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 at 15:15

Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 at 15:15
would be quite happy for a complete replay of blue hills and a return to the goon show on radio national at 12 noon Saturday.

Expand digital radio to all capitol cities ... PFT ..... I live 30Km from the ABC tower and digital radio is not reliable here nor is it reliable in motorcars.

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Reply By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 at 16:16

Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 at 16:16
AFAIK the Short Wave service was always intended to beam into Asia to sell the idea of "Australian values".
There was discussion a few years ago that the move by ABC into the internet would supersede Short Wave.
It was never intended for domestic reception as the transmitters were directed towards Asia.
Just luck if you were able to get it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 at 07:58

Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 at 07:58
You are referring to Radio Australia.

There are domestic HF / shortwave services broadcast from Alice, Katherine and Tennant Creek which are domestic. These are the ones being cut. unfortunately.

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