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Shortwave Radio

Shortwave Radio

For nearly 60 years, Reach Beyond's international broadcast site at Pifo, Ecuador beamed the Gospel around the world, often into countries closed to other forms of outreach such as the Former Soviet Union.  In recent years our focus has moved to supporting local partners to reach their own communities through local radio and the Pifo site has now closed to make way for the new Ecuadorian airport.

For some areas of the world, however, shortwave is still an important medium and can reach into remote areas where other technology is not available. Reach Beyond uses shortwave to reach villages in North Africa and the Middle East, where satellite and internet signals can't be received.

Since 2003 Reach Beyond has been transmitting from far North West Australia to the Asia Pacific region through shortwave radio. Today we broadcast Gospel programmes in 27 languages, including 16 Indian languages, for more than 11 hours a day to places such as India, Japan and China.

The broadcast facility is located near the township of Kununurra in what’s known as ‘The Kimberley’ region in far north Western Australia. “It’s one of the most remote yet beautiful parts of this country. It’s real ‘outback’ Australia!” said Dale Stagg who leads Reach Beyond in Australia.

Reach Beyond has a 200-acre farm, currently growing bananas and mangos, plus a plantation of sandalwood trees. Accommodation for mission staff and working visitors is also located here. The transmitter building plus the huge towers that frame the 6 antennas have been built and erected by a multitude of volunteers under the watchful eye of a handful of skilled and experienced staff. Perhaps impossible by human thinking but all achieved because of God’s provision and faithfulness.

“This may be one of the most beautiful places in Australia visited by thousands of tourists every year, but our shortwave facility is uniquely placed in Australia to deliver a powerful message of hope to remote and isolated communities of this region” said Dale.

One listener from India wrote, “Dear friend, I write on behalf of our small home church. Most of us have accepted Jesus Christ and continue to learn from your radio programmes. Thank you for praying, writing and sending us books and tracts.”

Our shortwave transmitters are designed and built by SonSet Solutions.

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