In recent decades, very
few licences have been issued to private shortwave broadcasters in Australia.
At the time of writing (May
2012) only two domestic broadcasters are operational, both from the Sydney (NSW)
area – Ozy Radio on 3210 kHz and 5050 kHz, and Symban Radio on 2638 kHz.
Both operate to irregular schedules. Ozy Radio presents very long religious features,
originating in the USA, Symban Radio supports the Greek speaking community in Sydney.
Aboriginal Resources and Development Services (ARDS)
A station known as the Community Development Radio Service, part of ARDS, commenced in August 2003, using a single frequency
of 5030 kHz, with 400 watts, from a transmitter at Humpty Doo, south of Darwin, NT.
Its primary target area was to NE Arnhem Land, for Aboriginal communities in
It went off the air in 2005, due to technical problems, and was reactivated in
However, it closed down in July 2007 and has never returned to shortwave.
The author visited the area in November 2009, but no trace of the shortwave station