PAL Radio Guides
Discover The Pacific with the Pacific-Asian Log [PAL] Radio
Editor-in-Chief: Bruce Portzer
Free PAL Radio Guides list thousands of AM and SW stations across the
entire region. Includes station location, region, frequency, power,
station call or brand name, hours of operation, format and much more.
The Story of the PAL Radio Guides
The Pacific - Asian Log (PAL) Rado Station Guide edited by Bruce Portzer in Seattle WA
is the definitive guide to AM broadcasters in this extensive region
of the world.
Discover The Pacific with the Pacific-Asian Log
Used by broadcasters, engineers, listeners, advertising agencies,
government planners and many others, PAL is the only list of its kind
based on widespread monitoring of the mediumwave dial from
Afghanistan to Alaska and the rest of the Pacific and Asia region.
PAL was first published in the late 1950's by the New Zealand Radio
DX League and editor Merv Branks was a well known AM listener. He
contacted hundreds of radio stations in the region and began
publishing a 50-60 page long guide with results of his queries and
observations from hundreds of club members.
Merv Branks - PAL's first editor
"The area that PAL embraces is No.1 spotlight in today's
current events. It may be a haunting rhythm from the Pacific, a weird
melody from the vast Asian continent, a muezzin summoning the
faithful to worship from the minaret of a mosque in the lands of the
Middle East, or even beat music from some jungle outpost."
Merv Branks, 'Listening with PAL' 1966
Merv withdrew from publishing PAL because of advancing age, the
final edition being in October 1966.
Chris Martin of the Southern
Cross DX Club (Australia) published a 'Pacific Log' in 1978 dedicated
to the memory of Merv Branks. This ran to 90 pages and co-incided
with the move to 9kHz spacing along the mediumwave dial throughout
Asia and the Pacific.
Chris Martin's Pacific Log
Another smaller guide was published in 1983, when Robert Chester of
the ARDXC, issued a 'Mediumwave Guide to Australia, NZ and the South
Pacific' running to 36 pages and excluding Asia.
PAL reborn in the digital age
It would be almost 20 years before Bruce Portzer took advantage of
the digital age to begin compiling PAL again, with regular revisions,
and the tradition established by Merv Branks was reborn.
Almost 50 years later, PAL has returned to New Zealand as 'flagship'
of the Radio Heritage Foundation Guide Series under the control of
editor-in-chief Bruce Portzer.
The Original PAL Log
New features include on-line search of the database
Maintained almost 'live' with updates, PAL has great new features.
Use the new search facility for the most popular data such as
country, location and frequency.
PAL is the most comprehensive guide to mediumwave radio in the
Pacific - Asia region, and continues to be freely available.
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Continuing the half-century tradition of using monitors and
broadcasters to keep PAL up-to-date, send us changes,correct errors and add new information.
Online database updates are released round the beginning of each month. PDFs for download are available mid month.
Bruce Portzer has been an avid medium wave DX listener since 1964.
He has specialized in trans-Pacific stations for many years, and has
heard hundreds of stations throughout Asia and the South Pacific.
Bruce Portzer - Editor in Chief Radio Station Guide, the Pacific-Asian Log
His interests often take him to quiet receiving locations along the
coast of Washington state, away from the noise and interference at
his home in Seattle.
In the late 1990's he started compiling information found on
the internet to supplement other DX references. After a while, he had
enough material to put together a complete logbook, and the current
Pacific Asian Log was born.
Bruce works as an engineer in the wireless industry.