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Early Australian AM Radio

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Ernest Fisk, Managing Director of AWA
from 'Wireless Handbook' 1924.
© Ray Crawford Collection

This listing of early Australian AM radio stations and their owners has been drawn from material supplied by Bruce Carty of Radio Yesteryear Inc to provide an introduction to the first decade of broadcasting in Australia.

To be included in this list, the experimental station [or amateur license] must have broadcast during the 1920's, on a medium wave [AM] or long wave [LW] frequency which could be heard on domestic radio receivers, and must have broadcast speech and music programs for entertainment.

Radio amateurs operated most of the stations during this period. Commercial licenses began to appear in 1924 but were still very few and far between during this first decade. Many familiar radio stations had still to make an appearance along the dial as 1929 closed.

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Basil Cooke, Perth radio experimenter in 1904
from 'Wireless Handbook' 1924.
© Ray Crawford Collection

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New South Wales
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2-FC Ad
from 'Wireless Handbook' 1924.
© Ray Crawford Collection

Early Days 1890-1919 and Golden Age 1920 - 1939

Part 1 1890 - 1929
Part 2 1930 - 1939

Victoria
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5SL Adelaide 'Jacko the Kookaburra' QSL card.
© Eric Shackle Collection.

Golden Age 1920 - 1939

Part 1 1920 - 1929
Part 2 1930 - 1939

Queensland
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4PK Ipswich 'Big Band' QSL card.
© Eric Shackle Collection.

Golden Age 1920 - 1939

Part 1 1920 - 1929
Part 2 1930 - 1939

South Australia
Golden Age 1920 - 1939

Part 1 1920 - 1929
Part 2 1930 - 1939
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Crystal set ad from David Jones Store, 1924
from 'Wireless Handbook' 1924.
© Ray Crawford Collection

Western Australia
Golden Age 1920 - 1939

Part 1 1920 - 1929
Part 2 1930 - 1939

Tasmania Golden
Age 1920 - 1939

Part 1 1920 - 1929
Part 2 1930 - 1939

  1. These lists are based on material originally compiled © Bruce Carty, Radio Yesteryear Inc, 2 Karoom Street, Kariong NSW 2250, Australia and published with permission.
    All care has been taken to ensure accuracy, however, no responsibility is accepted for any errors. Stations are listed in known order of first broadcast. A list of references from which the original list has been compiled is available on request.
  2. Additional material from other sources has been and will be included from time to time and is © Radio Heritage Foundation.
  3. All illustrations and images are © Radio Heritage Foundation and the individual collections named in captions accompanying them.
  4. Digitized version of text and layout is © Radio Heritage Foundation.

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