Saturday, May 15, 2010

6WA Wagin WA 558 kHz QSL

The second Australian mediumwave station to make it through to Sandbaai was 6WA Wagin WA on 558 kHz. The station was heard on the 18th August 1985 with ABC news, weather, the Australian National Anthem and sign-off at 1602 hours UTC.

The QSL card above was received in response to my reception report.

The name of the "Australian Broadcasting Commission" was changed to the "Australian Broadcasting Corporation" from the 1st July 1983.


Construction of the ABC station at Wagin began in 1935. A very windy day on the 25th August 1936 blew down the top 91 metres of the mast just as construction was nearly complete. At the time the station had the tallest mast (nearly 200 metres) and most powerful transmitter (10 kw) in Australia.

On the 7th December 1936 opening celebrations were held at the Wagin Town Hall and transmitted across the country - the first national broadcast from south west Western Australia. Visiting musicians who performed for the celebrations were taken by bus back to Perth. One bus crashed and the station briefly became a first aid centre as the injured were treated by ABC staff.

Read more about the station's history here at the ABC website.

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