At last, short wave radio station 4KZ is on the air at 5055 kHz from Queensland, Australia. Signal reports are coming in from New Zealand and parts of North America. Al Kirton VK4FFKZ general manager of NQ Radio, reports that transmissions started on the 20th of December and currently will be at half-power, or 500 watts, until repairs can be made of one of the RF boards. The station will then operate regularly at its 1 kW of power using an inverted V antenna at a site in Tropical North Queensland. Although the 60 meter transmissions are intended for the listening audience in the northern outback and the Cape York area, signal reports have come in from as far away as New South Wales, Victoria, New Zealand, Canada's province of Alberta and even Monterey, California in the U.S.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation ended its short wave transmissions to the northern outback in January.
If you're interested in listening for the signal and want to receive a 4KZ shortwave QSL card, be listening from 0500 to 2300 hours UTC and send your report to Al Kirton by writing to Al at nqradio dot com dot au (a...@nqradio.com.au) or to Radio 4KZ, P.O. Box 19, Innisfail Queensland 4860 Australia