Domestic radio stations that can be heard from Adelaide during daylight hours.

The day readings (except where indicated) were originally taken at 13:00 on 17-Feb-2004 (GMT+1030) using a Grundig Yacht Boy 400, indoors, and are typical of what can be heard during local daylight hours on any day. The day readings were most recently reconfirmed on 30-Dec-2005.

Link: Domestic radio stations that can be heard from Canberra.

The next update to this page will be a clean-up involving a replacement of the location links below with Google Earth placemarks and the addition of links to each station website, as seen on the Canberra page.


MF/AM
Listened: 520kHz-1710kHz
Broadcast: 120 x 9kHz channels 531kHz-1602kHz
Narrowcast: 13 x 9kHz channels 522kHz, 1611kHz-1710kHz

Frequency (kHz)StationLocationTx Power^ (W)ContentReceptionApprox. Distance (km)
5315RTIAdelaide500Narrowcast - ItalianStrong10
5672BHBroken Hill500Commercial - Classic HitsVery Faint420
5943WVHorsham50kABC Western VictoriaFaint380
6395CKPort Pirie10kABC North & West SAStrong200
6935SYStreaky Bay2k*ABC West Coast SAVery Faint460
7295RNAdelaide50kABC Radio NationalStrong30
7655CCPort Lincoln5k*CommercialFair250
8015RMRenmark2kCommercialFaint210
8915ANAdelaide50kABC AdelaideStrong30
9725PBAdelaide2kABC News RadioStrong30
10445AUPort Pirie2kCommercialFair200
10625MVRenmark2kABC Radio NationalFaint210
10893WMHorsham5k*CommercialVery Faint380
11255MUMurray Bridge5k*Commercial - Hits & MemoriesFair70
11615PANaracoorte10k*ABC South East SAVery Faint300
11975RPHAdelaide2kCommunity - Print HandicappedStrong10
12425AUPort Augusta2k*CommercialFaint280
13235DNAdelaide2kCommercial - Classic HitsStrong10
13955AAAdelaide5k*Commercial - TalkbackStrong10
14673MLMildura2kCommercialThreshold Faint330
14855LNPort Lincoln200ABC West Coast SAFair250
1539Radio TABAdelaide10k*Narrowcast - RacingStrong10
1629Rete ItaliaAdelaide400Narrowcast - ItalianStrong10

^ Tx Power information from the Radio and Television Broadcasting Stations Book (RTBSB) published by the Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA). Stations, including those in the extended band (1611kHz-1710kHz) are also listed in the ACMA Register of Radiocommunication Licences.

* A directional antenna is used by the broadcaster. The number quoted is in the direction of maximum gain. No details of the directional radiation pattern or orientation is given in the RTBSB.

It seems during the day anything over 500km away cannot be heard at all. The RTBSB lists some very powerful stations available just beyond that distance, but none are heard. Also, it is interesting that the 2BH signal is more steady and clearly heard than the other very faint stations, despite it having a low transmit power and being almost the furthest away. One reason could be that groundwaves travel further at lower frequencies. 2BH transmits 500W on 567kHz. 3ML transmits 2kW on 1467kHz. 2BH is 130km further but sounds a lot better. The stations with paths mostly over water also perform well for their power and distance, especially 5LN.

The receiver has selectivity issues with the powerful local stations. With the receiver in DX (high sensitivity) mode there is splatter in the adjacent channels of 5RN, 5AN, 5PB, 5DN and 5AA limiting observability of neighbouring distant stations.

Of course, night reception pulls in many more MF stations (an additional 40+) from across Australia. Often two distant stations (or more) are heard on the same channel and one can only be discriminated by steering the antenna or waiting for the other station(s) to fade.

VHF/FM
Listened: 87.50MHz-108.00MHz
Broadcast: 88.00MHz-108.00MHz
Narrowcast: 87.50MHz-88.00MHz

Frequency (MHz)StationContentReception
87.6Radio ENANarrowcast - GreekStrong
88.7Coast FMCommunity - Southern SuburbsFair
89.3Gulf FM (5GFM)Community - Yorke PeninsulaFaint
89.75PBACommunity - Northern SuburbsFair
90.3=SAFMCommercial - Top 40, Modern HitsStrong
90.9Freshstream FMCommercial - Christian (Yorke Peninsula)Faint
91.9Nova FMCommercial - YouthStrong
92.7Fresh FMCommunity - Youth, Dance, Urban MusicStrong
93.7Three D RadioCommunity - Progressive, Alternative MusicStrong
95.1=SBS RadioSBS - EthnicStrong
95.9=Triple JABC - YouthStrong
96.7=MIX 102.3Commercial - Hits of the 80s, 90s & NowStrong
97.5=Classic FMABC - Classical MusicStrong, No Compression
98.3=Triple MCommercial - YouthStrong
99.1=Nova FMCommercial - YouthStrong
99.5Freshstream FMCommercial - Christian (Mid-North)Faint
99.95MBSCommunity - Classical, Jazz, Fine MusicStrong
100.3Power FMCommunity - Mount BarkerVery Faint
100.5WOW FMCommunity - SemaphoreVery Faint
101.5Radio Adelaide 5UVCommunity - Educational, Jazz, Student RadioStrong
101.9Radio National+ABC - Radio NationalFaint
102.3MIX 102.3Commercial - Hits of the 80s, 90s & NowStrong
103.15EBICommunity - EthnicStrong
103.9Classic FMABC - Classical MusicStrong, No Compression
104.7Triple MCommercial - YouthStrong
105.5Triple JABC - YouthStrong
106.3SBS RadioSBS - EthnicStrong
107.1SAFMCommercial - Top 40, Modern HitsStrong
107.7*Radio NationalABC - Radio NationalFaint
107.9Life FMCommunity - ChristianStrong

Note: Red rows are night readings, taken at 23:00 on 17-Feb-2004 - an unusually good night for long distance reception on VHF (with a clear, still summer evening and a high pressure system - the right conditions for tropospheric ducting. They are not uncommon and yield strong Wirrabara (The Bluff) TV DX BTW.)

= Retransmissions targetting Adelaide foothills listeners in the primary transmission shadow.

+ This matches Tumby Bay or Roxby Downs, which are 240km and 500km away respectively. Tumby Bay is the likely one.

* Which ABC transmitter is it? Perhaps Wudinna.

Useful Links: SA Community Radio Stations here and here.

Domestic HF*/AM
2300kHz-2495kHz, 3200kHz-3400kHz, 3950kHz-4000kHz, 4750kHz-4995kHz, 5005kHz-5060kHz

* Technically 2300kHz-2495kHz is within the MF band.

National (ABC) stations

The ABC has a domestic shortwave service, with transmitters in the Northern Territory. It provides ABC Local Radio on the following frequencies to remote and outback regions, including the Kimberley (remote North West).

Frequency (kHz)StationLocationTx Power (W)ContentReception*Approx. Distance (km)
2310VL8ARoe Creek (Alice Springs)50kABC Territory RadioFair1300
4835VL8ARoe Creek (Alice Springs)50kABC Territory RadioFair1300
2485VL8KKatherine50kABC Territory RadioVery Faint2400
5025VL8KKatherine50kABC Territory RadioVery Faint2400
2325VL8TTennant Creek50kABC Territory RadioFaint1800
4910VL8TTennant Creek50kABC Territory RadioFaint1800

Note: Red rows are night readings.

* Received indoors, using the built in 800mm telescopic antenna.

Another set of frequencies are held: 3230kHz (VL8A), 3315kHz (VL8T), 3370kHz (VL8K). It would seem that the ABC switches frequencies to suit environmental conditions (sunspots and seasons etc), keeping three more in reserve, just in case. So we should expect the day and night frequencies table to change from time to time.

Privately-operated stations

It could be argued that this section doesn't belong on this web page as none of the following stations can be heard. But domestic HF is an unusual class of broadcasting these days and the following makes for an interesting watch-list.

Information from the ACMA Register of Radiocommunication Licences shows that at least three such broadcasters exist. Some websites claim that these domestic HF broadcast licenses may have been bought just as a low-cost path into digital radio:

"If you own a broadcast licence in Australia when digital radio is introduced, you'll automatically be granted a licence to broadcast Australia-wide in digital. That's a lot of data and new services, potentially lucrative, which will come on stream. You'll have much the same rights whether you've spent $25 million at auction for a metropolitan FM licence, or, a few hundred bucks for a Domestic HF Licence." -- New Zealand DX Times, November 2002.

I've since spoken with the operator of Station X (the primary subject of the above quote). The circumstantial and speculative reasoning in the DX Times article was way off. A grab for digital was not contemplated.

Frequency (kHz)StationLocationTx Power (W)ContentReceptionApprox. Distance (km)
2368.5Radio SymbanPEAKHURST, NSW Narrowcast - GreekNil1200
2368.5Station X SOUTHPORT, QLD Narrowcast - Music from the 1960s to todayNil1900
2368.5Craig Allen, GLENMORE PARK, NSWFANNIE BAY, NT  Nil 
TOWNSVILLE, QLD  Nil 
CRAIGIEBURN, VIC  Nil 
WEST SWAN, WA  Nil 
PARALOWIE, SA  Nil 

No station is transmitting on this frequency yet. I will update the site if one does.