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World Radio Day 2020 letter

Thursday 13 February, 2020

Almost every Australian has a climate change story to tell from this summer holiday.

Fires, smoke, power outages and now floods.

We are used to the cycle of natural disasters in Australia, but this summer has been different. This is the year that the effects of climate change disasters came to the cities.

Smoke obscured the Harbour Bridge and the banks of the Yarra River. Eerie red suns shone over Brisbane and Adelaide. Power outages were felt in many cities. Now floods have finally put out the fires, but have also swept away cars and trees.

Villa Griffoni Bologna: the birthplace of radio

Thursday 26 April, 2018
Bologna, Italy is the birthplace of the inventor of radio, Gugliermo Marconi.

Steve Ahern visited the villa where it all began.

While in Bologna after the recent RadioDays conference, I made the trip out of town to Villa Griffoni, the house where Marconi conducted his first experiments with radio.  It is now the home of the Marconi Museum.

Brisbane’s DAB+ Dilemma: the Gold and Sunshine Coasts’ unwelcome visitor

Saturday 25 November, 2017

Brad Smart examines the ongoing battle over Brisbane’s digital radio coverage in this opinion piece for radioinfo.
When digital radio finally raised its head in Australia, commercial stations in Brisbane, as in all other capital cities, banded together to form a DAB+ consortium, to operate the city’s multiplex.
It was decided the antenna array would be located on one of the TV towers on Mt Cootha; the perfect location, you’d think.

We're back baby: 2XX transmission stable

Friday 10 February, 2017

In it's 40th year of operation, Canberra community station 2XX was showing its age last week, with some transmission problems.

The good news, as tweeted by the station this week, is "We're back baby!" Transmission has been stabilised.

Hey ABC... turn it down!

Sunday 03 August, 2014

Community Radio technologists attending the Technorama conference have called on the ABC to turn down the power on some transmitters, to decrease interference to other stations.

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