Hello everyone. Welcome to my world in Dxing. I’ve been around in dx circles for years and years. I’m an Aussie from Melbourne who has found himself living in Europe. I started way back in 1976 and most of my DXing has been in Australia. I can tell you it has been a culture shock coming to The Netherlands in 2006. Not only from a social and work sense, but DX wise I’ve had to start all over again. Propagation is different, bands are more jammed packed. So to be honest it has been daunting.
Give me Pacific or Asian languages and I can tell you straight away what it is.. but Norwegian, Fininsh, Swedish and all of the Eastern block countries are just a real nightmare. But saying that.. Its a challenge a whole lot of fun.
Thankfully the guys in DX Antwerp and the Benelux DX club have been a real help and have showed me the way. You never stop learning and I’ve learnt some other aspects of dxing like Navtex, DGPS, DSC, NDB and HFDL etc.
My main passion remains Mediumwave, Tropical Bands and FM. So enjoy some of my stories and get in touch. I’m always pleased to hear from other dxers.
I first began serious listening in 1976 – Wow now 42 years ago. I can’t believe its been that long. It only seems like yesterday writing out those hand written reports.
- Age: 57 – Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Married: Karin Kallenkoot (Dutch – Den Helder) in Tasmania 2001
- Son: Matthew – 16 years old
- Residence: Rijswijk, near The Hague, The Netherlands – JO22DB
- Home town: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Occupation: The British School of The Netherlands
- Mediumwave – My main interest since about 1981
- Navtex – I use Yand / SeaTTY to receive maritime broadcasts on 490 and 518 khz
- DGPS – Differential GPS signals between 283.5 and 325 khz
- NDB (Longwave) Beacons on longwave. CW mode
- Tropical Bands – The most romantic. Listening between 2 – 5 Mhz
- Shortwave – 5 – 30 Mhz broadcast stations. I like 25m (11 Mhz) the most.
- FM Broadcast Band (During Summer) 87.5 – 108 Mhz. Mainly during Sporadic E.
- Low VHF – 30 to 70 Mhz. An interesting band that often opens up to the USA.
HF / MW Receivers
- Perseus SDR – My main receiver because of the filters and ability to record a band.
- Icom R75 – A great receiver that I have used on many a DXpedition.
- Drake SPR4 – Runs off the sniff of an oily rag. A great radio for 12 volt DXpeditions.
- Drake SW4A – The valve version of the SPR4.
- Trio 9R59DS – A great radio in its time. Great selectivity and sound. Valve.
- Kingsley AR7 – Old RAAF receiver. A museum piece. What a beautiful radio.
- National DR49 – A nice Shortwave receiver. Lacks selectivity but has lovely audio.
First Shortwave QSL
- Radio Japan NHK 15.160 kHz in 1976
First Mediumwave QSL
- 1593 1XP Radio Pacific – New Zealand in 1983
Best DX Catches
- 850 Khz – JBC Radio One, Jamaica. One of those rare occassions that a station fades up for a few minutes and is never heard of again. I was sitting at Marlo in Western Victoria, looking for latin american signals. I thought what had faded up was a U.S. station but later when I went through my recording I nearly fell off my chair. It came up with “JBC Radio One” ID and then into some reggae. Faded and was gone forever. Not many Australians would have heard this. The station no longer exists on 850 khz.
- 15043 khz Weekend Music Radio – Voice Of Scotland (80 watts) From Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Not the most exotic catch I have ever received but given propagation and distance involved, 80 watts of power from Scotland for a pirate was pretty special I think. I have many low powered Indonesian amitir stations and some great tropical band dx that could go close, but for power this is the one.
- 518 khz Muscat Oman. Even though I have had quite a bit of Trans Atlantic dx, this one across land would have to be my best. The Asian’s have evaded me so far on a personal level but the guys at Walsoorden have heard the Japanese before. So I live in hope. Bahamas has been nice and New Orleans.
- Hard to say: Probably some of the Pacific stuff. Low powered NZ or the 10 watt info stations in outback Australia. Sitting on the Tourist Info stations on 88.0 back in Melbourne and following the SpE cloud was pretty special. These wee little transmitters that had no right to propagate. You could sit there with a road map and predict where the next station was going to be. These days in Europe it is interesting but very difficult. Thank goodness of RDS.
- 301.3 Greensboro, NC USA #824 REF 046 – Have started DGPS dx in Feb 2012. I have 100 stations and about 37 countries.