On 28 September, Antenne Saar (Heusweiler 1179 kHz, DAB+) added news in English and Arabic for refugees. The short newscast is broadcast on weekdays at 11.55 h LT (currently CEST, 09.55 h UTC) and jointly produced by WDR Cologne and RBB Berlin. More information on Radio Refugee is available at http://www.funkhauseuropa.de/sendungen/refugeeradio/
The website gives access to the newscasts in audio and text form. For interested Germans all items are also available in German at
Dr. Hansjörg Biener (4/10-2015)
Concerning the item about Deutschlandradio/Germany from Jurgen Bartels on 23/9, this is my complete text I have published in FUNKAMATEUR Magazine, edition 10/2015 (October), on page 1125:
Beim Deutschlandradio bereitet man sich und seine Hörer derzeit auf die Abschaltung der noch verbliebenen Mittelwellen zum Jahresende 2015 vor. Im Editorial der September-Ausgabe des monatlich von der Station herausgegebenen Programmheftes beschäftigt sich Chris Weck, Hauptabteilungsleiter Technik und Infrastruktur des öffentlich-rechtlichen
Radiosenders, unter der Überschrift „Es war einmal ... Radio über Mittelwelle“ mit diesem Thema.
Demnach fiel der Startschuss für den Mittelwellen-Rundfunk in Berlin am 29.10. 1923, als aus dem Vox-Haus das erste Hörfunkprogramm in Deutschland mit einer Sendeleistung von 250 W ausgestrahlt wurde. Doch die Zeit bleibe nicht stehen und so stellte im September 2013 Deutschlandradio Kultur seine Aussendung auf der Mittelwelle 990 kHz ein. Der 160 m hohe Sendemast in Berlin-Britz wurde erst im Sommer 2015 gesprengt; wir berichteten.
„Jetzt läuft der Countdown“, schreibt Weck weiter: „Am 31.12. 2015 werden die letzten Mittelwellensender in Deutschland abgeschaltet, die das Programm Deutschlandfunk ausstrahlen.“ Grund sei die effizientere und energiesparende Digitalradiotechnik.
Die zum Jahresende aufgegebenen Frequenzen erwähnt er in seinem Editorial aber nicht: 549 kHz mit 100 kW aus Nordkirchen und Thurnau, 756 kHz mit 100 kW aus Königslutter und 200 kW aus Ravensburg, 1269 kHz mit 300 kW aus Neumünster, 1422 kHz mit 400 kW aus Heusweiler.
Damit ende für Deutschland eine über 90 Jahre währende Ära der analogen Verbreitung amplitudenmodulierter Rundfunksignale. Dazu sei angemerkt, dass dies so nicht stimmt: Über die Kurzwellen-Sendestelle Nauen kommen weiterhin AM-Sendungen und die in Deutschland privat betriebenen KW-Stationen sind ebenfalls auch im kommenden Jahr aktiv.
So sang und klanglos wie etwa beim NDR oder beim WDR will man seine Mittelwellen beim Deutschlandradio aber nicht aufgeben. Vielmehr, so Weck, möchte der Sender „das Ende dieser analogen Radiotechnik“ zum Ende des Jahres mit speziellen Radioprogrammen begleiten „und zurückblicken auf die Geschichte und die seinerzeit revolutionäre Technik, die ganz neue Möglichkeiten bot.“ Zeitzeugen sollen bei dieser Gelegenheit ebenso zu Wort kommen, wie „Experten der neuen Medienverbreitung“ mittels Digitalradio,
Für diese Sendungen wünscht sich Chris Weck die Beteiligung von Hörern und er ruft daher in seinem Editorial auf: „Teilen Sie uns Ihre außergewöhnlichen Erfahrungen mit der Lang-, Mittel- oder Kurzwelle mit. Auch über Aufzeichnungen von interessanten Sendungen oder Fotos freuen wir uns sehr.“
Zuschriften müssen den Sender bis spätestens 31.10 2015 über diese Postanschrift erreicht haben: Deutschlandradio, Hans-Rosenthal-Platz, 10825 Berlin. Außerdem kann man sich per E-Mail an email@example.com oder über Facebook unter dem Stichwort „Mittelwelle“ mit einem Beitrag an die Redaktion wenden.
Zwar ermuntert Weck die Radiohörer in seinem Editorial nicht ausdrücklich dazu, auch ihre Meinung zur Entscheidung einer kompletten Abschaltung der weit reichenden Mittelwelle zu äußern – doch wer wollte uns daran hindern?
Some background info: Chris Weck, chief technician at Deutschlandradio/Deutschlandfunk, published his editorial in the September 2015 edition of their monthly printed program magazine. They are planning special programs, "celebrating" the end of medium wave broadcasting in Germany. Mr Weck is a strong supporter of Digital Radio (DAB+) and formerly was working at the "Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik" (IRT) (see
Mr Weck welcomes input and feedback for their planned "farewell mediumwave" programs at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Regards, Harald Kuhl (26/9-2015)
I rust read in a ham magazine that Deutschlandradio intends running a special px about the end of their medium wave tx. They ask listeners to post their "extraordinary experiences with LW & MW" to
mittelwelle at deutschlandradio dot de
latest by 31-Oct. Interresting audio clips or photos are also welcome.
I guess it will be a discussion program sometime towards the end of 2015, not likely the very last program on MW on 31-Dec.
Nothing is published about that on www.deutschlandradio.de
So perhaps long distance listeners may have something interesting for them? And since the px will be in German, you may have higher chances to get mentioned when you write in German, I think.
Jurgen Bartels via mwdx yg (23/9-2015)
AFN Frequencies off for good. In addition to the report from Sept. 5th the other two frequencies on AM 1485 kHz (Hohenfels and Garmisch) are also off air and I suppose this will be for good. Step by step AFN will leave good old Medium wave.
Regards, Heinz Schulz (9/9-2015)
Veteran DXer Erich Bergmann (Ansbach) reports that AFN Bavaria's medium wave outlet Ansbach 1485 kHz has gone off the air. [probably at the end of August. I heard AFN Ansbach on 20 August when passing by Ansbach on the A6 highway. Normally, you would start to hear traces of 1485 kHz only when leaving Nuremberg towards Ansbach.]
The station served a helicopter air base at Ansbach-Katterbach to which the local German population has long opposed because of the noise. As far as I know this air base will not be closed in the near future.
While AFN Ansbach 1485 kHz is inaudible in Nuremberg, AFN Vilseck 1107 kHz, where AFN Bavaria is headquartered, is still being heard on the air today.
By the way, on 31 August it was 20 years ago, that AFN closed its Nuremberg studios and moved to the William O' Darby barracks in neighbouring Fuerth. In 1995, the American Forces' Network moved again to Vilseck near a giant military training area that the US did not give up even when withdrawing from barracks in the region like Amberg.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener, Nuremberg (4/9-2015)
I just saw Marcel Rommerts comment from Aug 10th and I would like to inform you that indeed there were comments regarding the shut-down of the three AM-towers of AFN in Oberursel-Weisskirchen, at least in national DX-media in Germany. I wrote a report regarding this event in the ADDX Radio-Kurier in its July-issue. A video-sequence of the demolition can also be seen on my home page www.dxradio-ffm.de
I miss these remarkable landmarks so much.
73 from Frankfurt, Heinz Schulz (13/8-2015)
I haven't seen any reports in the DX press about the demolition of the antennatowers of AFN near Weisskirchen on Thursday 23 April 2015 at 12.56 local time. The AFN broadcasts via this frequency ended on 31 May 2013.
There is a nice story on AFN TV about the history of the AFN broadcasts via 873 Khz with pictures of the demolition:
Regards, Marcel Rommerts (10/8-2015)
The former transmission site Wiederau (Senderstrasse 1, 04523 Pegau, Wiederau) will again be opened on the occasion of the German Heritage Day (part of the European Heritage Days) on 13 September.
At http://maps.tag-des-offenen-denkmals.de/#/denkmal/1188837598280, there is the following description: "Oldest broadcast station in Saxony, built in 1932, various extensions over the years. A total of about 20 buildings including generator house, culture house, bunker. The plan is to make the object accessible to interested parties."
The site, which is not accessible to the public during the rest of the year, will be opened 11.00-17.00 h (local time) (extended over the previous year).
Dr. Hansjörg Biener (10/8-2015)
Bayerischer Rundfunk MW 801 & 729 to be ceased for ever, on Sept 30 at 10.45 UT / 12.45 CEST.
Wolfgang Bueschel, mwdx yg (5/8-2015)
De-construction of former radio mast in Berlin-Britz
Dr. Hansjörg Biener (20/7-2015)
While there is general gnashing of teeth regarding some countries plans (or lack thereof) to shut down their FM networks, there seems to be no equivalent with respect to plans on shutting down AM mediumwave stations.
At 2 am local time, July 6, both of the WDR (West German Radio) MW transmitters were turned off for good. Funds thus saved will be ra-allocated for DAB+ radio.
The transmitters are in Langenberg (720 kHz @ 63 kW) and Bonn (774 kHz @ 5 kW). They provide coverage in the north Rhine and Westphalia areas, along with Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse, according to digitalfernsehen.com
The programs that have been transmitted via the two AM stations are already available via the internet, over DAB+, satellite radio, and on local cable systems.
WDR on 720 kHz and 774 kHz will cease at 0000 UTC on the night of 5-6 July. The service will continue on digital satellite, DAB+ and online.
James Robinson (1/7-2015)
On Wednesday Westdeutscher Rundfunk WDR announced, that even earlier than
Bayerischer Rundfunk BR they will close down Bonn 774 kHz and Langenberg 720kHz
at the beginning of July this year.
Walter Barteczek, Germany (1/5-2015)
It has been announced that Bayrischer Rundfunk will close its remaining medium wave transmitters on 30 September 2015.
The frequencies affected are:
729 kHz: Würzburg and Hof
801 kHz Munich 100 kW and Nürnberg 20kW
James Robinson (30/4-2015)
177 khz test in DRM old use of D Deutschlandradio Kultur from Zehlendorf in Oranienburg. The reception is only valid close to this station, because the Europe 1 in 183 Khz will cause interference. Ideally transmit at 171 or 261 Khz in that area these frequencies are free. Inexplicable that they continue with this mutual struggle.
Time Schedule 0800-1200 UTC.
Sergio Sarabia (8/4-2015)
Regarding the question of James Robinson, on your news list:
To my knowledge NDR Info Spezial on MW did not make any announcements about the shutdown, in the way it was made on the LW channels that closed om 31 of December. The only announcements about the termination made on NDR Info Spezial itself seems to be at the end of the Seewetternachrichten, as can be heard here in this clip, around 19:20, from the 10th of January 2015
The NDR did not make much out of announcements of the termination on their homepage either, but answered correct (allthough with quite some response time) on request. It seems like the NDR simply sneeked away from MW and hoped noone would notice. They refer to DAB+, but I doubt DAB+ can be recieved far from land.
With kind Regards Kim Christensen (17/1-2015)
NDR 972 kHz transmitter ceased at 0800:37 UTC. There was no announcement, no announceements before the news at any time to my knowledge in the past.
The service simply switched off.
I used to be able to get 828 and 792 faintly after dark, but could not get 702. Did the others stop at the same time or one at a time? Thanks.
James Robinson (13/1-2015)
Closure of NDR MW transmitters: On January 13th will Flensburg 702 kHz, Hamburg-Moorfleet 972 kHz, Hannover 828 kHz and Lingen 792 kHz close down.
Der NDR schaltet seine Mittelwellensender am 13. Januar 2015 ab. NDR Info Spezial aber können Sie weiter hören. Wie bislang schon ist NDR Info Spezial auch im Digitalradio DAB+
über das Internet <http://www.ndr.de/infospezial/index.html>,
die NDR Radio App <http://www.ndr.de/radio/Die-NDR-Radio-App,ndrradioapp127.html> und über Satellit (DVB-S)
Weiterhin können Sie auf NDR Info Spezial beispielsweise wichtige Bundestagsdebatten und Fußballspiele, die ARD-Infonacht und den Seewetterbericht hören.
Mit der Abschaltung der Mittelwelle verabschiedet sich der NDR von einer vergleichsweise teuren und ökologisch nicht mehr zeitgemäßen Technologie. Unter allen Radio-Verbreitungswegen verursacht die Mittelwelle die höchsten Stromkosten und bietet dafür eine Tonqualität, die für die Mehrzahl der Hörer nicht mehr akzeptabel ist. Die technischen Möglichkeiten der Mittelwelle sind begrenzt, ein Angebot in Stereo ist ebenso wenig möglich wie die Verbreitung programmbegleitender Dienste.
Der Abschied von der Mittelwelle entspricht einer Empfehlung der Kommission zur Ermittlung des Finanzbedarfs (KEF). Sie hat den ARD-Landesrundfunkanstalten die finanziellen Mittel für das moderne Digitalradio DAB+ zur Verfügung gestellt unter der Maßgabe, dass ein Abschaltkonzept für die Mittelwelle realisiert wird. Der SWR, der MDR,
der HR, der RBB und Radio Bremen haben die Mittelwellenverbreitung bereits eingestellt. Am 13. Januar folgen die NDR Mittelwellensender in Flensburg (702 kHz), Hamburg-Moorfleet (972 kHz), Hannover (828 kHz) und Lingen (792 kHz).
Jakob Roschy (5/1-2015)
I was "tracking" the German longwave transmitters going off and found something interesting. Details here:
This was all planned.
Then when talking to a guy on IRC from Bulgaria, he noticed 261 kHz also going off air!
Confirmed by resident of Bulgaria, BNR Horizont/Parlament Radio went off air around 00:00 local time, 22:00 GMT.
He told me there was some speculation of this happening. Citizens of Bulgaria would not like this, as this is the only parliament outlet. Nothing is confirmed yet, but so far it's still off air. (This would make not 270 kHz but 261 kHz the first frequency with nothing left on it.)
And this just in, around 04:00 UTC, 153 kHz came back on air:
Good luck and happy new year!
http://x264.nl/dump/0-40/153khz-2015-01-01-0602utc-deutschlandfunk-offair-second-time.jpg 153 kHz turned off again.
Jarod Middelman (1/1-2015)
177 kHz and 207 kHz LW are now silent [0007 UTC].
153 kHz continues with what appers to be an announcement telling listeners the station is no longer available. Signal too weak to make out the words, but this is interspesed with church bells.
153 kHz now appears to have gone off air. I still hear a carrier on this frequency but not clearly enough to hear anything. It may be that the German transmitter is on carrier, but this is doubtful [0028 UTC].
James Robinson (1/1-2015)
On request DLF told me today, that the exact switch-off time would be 23:55 local time for all three frequencies.
Happy New Year!
Wolfgang Heuer (31/12-2014)
Just spoken to DLR and it was confirmed that 153, 177 and 207 kHz will all close tomorrow (31 Dec 2014) at midnight local time (2300 UTC).
Transmitters on MW for Deutschlandradio Kultur and Deutschlandfunk will cease on 31 December 2015.
James Robinson (30/12-2014)
On 153 and 207 kHz, Deutschlandfunk is now carrying a message prior to each
hour just before the news. The message has the same wording as that on 177
kHz but with a different voice.
James Robinson (28/12-2014)
NDR is to close its four mediumwave transmitters on 13 January 2015, original report in German:
and in English but not well translated - sorry::
The frequencies affected are:
Hamburg-Moorfleet (972 kHz)
Flensburg (702 kHz)
Lingen (792 kHz)
Hanover (828 kHz)
James Robinson (15/12-2014)
Acc. to the above news from radioszene.de WDR, SR and BR also have plans about closing down their MW transmitters.
Ydun Ritz (15/12-2014)
Reception report for 177 kHz Deutschlandradio Kultur. I can receive this and is audible next to Europe 1 on 183 but there is a whistle.
Europe 1 on 183 kHz goes off air at 0003 UTC in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday only.
The shipping forecast can still be heard on 177 kHz between 0005 and 0030 UTC approx and is also on heard on 1269 kHz at the same time.
It is available on the phone by dialing +49 221 345 29918.
James Robinson (15/12-2014)
DLR Kulture on 177 kHz is now broadcasting a recorded message at one minute to the hour explaining that the service is leaving that frequency on 31 December 2014. The message details where you can continue listening.
The message immediately proceeds the news each hour.
Received with weak but audible signal in North West England. When 183 kHz is on air, this station is inaudible here. 183 kHz goes off air at 0003 UTC nightly.
James Robinson (14/12-2014)
Today NDR in a press info declared 972 kHz to be back on the air :-)
I already heard them back on yesterday at tune-in around 1700 UTC. Strange they never mentioned the frequency in their statements.
Regards Harald Kuhl (14/3-2014)
Schaden repariert: NDR Info Spezial sendet wieder auf der Mittelwelle.
Die Probleme am NDR Sender Hamburg-Moorfleet sind beseitigt. Das Programm NDR Info Spezial, das unter anderem Bundestagsdebatten überträgt, kann ab sofort auch wieder über die Mittelwelle empfangen werden. Zwei Tage lang war der Sender wegen technischer Probleme ausgefallen. Davon betroffen war der Mittelwellenempfang im Großraum Hamburg sowie in Teilen Schleswig-Holsteins, Niedersachsens und Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns. Über DAB+, im Internet auf NDR.de sowie über Kabel und Satellit ist NDR Info Spezial auch in den vergangenen Tagen störungsfrei zu empfangen gewesen.
14. März 2014/RP
NDR Presse und Information, Rothenbaumchaussee 132, 20149 Hamburg
presse(at)ndr.de - http://www.ndr.de
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (14/3-2014)
972 kHz NDR Info Spezial Hamburg currently is off the air because of technical problems.
They hope to be back on the soon.
Here is the NDR official press statement concerning problems at 972 kHz transmitter site.
It seemingly will take some time to fix the problem with a defective cable.
73 Harald Kuhl (12/3-2014)
German television "Das Erste" (also available via satellite & internet) will broadcast a documentary on legendary offshore broadcaster "Voice of Peace" Abie Nathan on 7 January 2014 at 2245 CET.
Press info Norddeutscher Rundfunk 19 November 2013:
Neuer Dokumentarfilm von Eric Friedler: „The Voice of Peace – Der Traum des Abie Nathan“
Sendetermin: Dienstag, 7. Januar, 22.45 Uhr, Das Erste
Radikaler Träumer und rebellischer Visionär: Der Friedensaktivist Abie Nathan war seiner Zeit mit entwaffnender Direktheit stets voraus. Ob mit seinem Piratensender „The Voice of Peace“, der in den 70er-Jahren weit über den Nahen Osten hinaus internationalen Kultstatus erreichte und von John Lennon, Bob Dylan oder Gloria Gaynor unterstützt wurde, oder mit seinen Versuchen, schon lange vor den Friedensverhandlungen von Oslo 1991 einen Dialog zwischen PLO und Israel zu etablieren.
In einer filmischen Komposition aus Interviews und seltenem Archivmaterial entdeckt der vielfach ausgezeichnete Regisseur Eric Friedler („Das Schweigen der Quandts“, „Aghet – Ein Völkermord“, „Der Sturz“, „Ein deutscher Boxer“) in seinem neuen Dokumentarfilm „The Voice of Peace – Der Traum des Abie Nathan“ einen unbesungenen, zu Unrecht vergessenen Helden. Zeitzeugen wie Yoko Ono, Sir Michael Caine, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim oder Israels Präsident Schimon Peres versammeln sich zu einem imaginären Austausch und lassen ein fesselndes Porträt entstehen, das Abie Nathan in seinem ganzen Facettenreichtum dem Vergessen entreißt.
73 Harald Kuhl (19/11-2013)
On the occasion of the dismanteling of another mast of the former Muehlacker medium wave station, a local newspaper asked its readership to send in photos of the mast. A selection of the pictures along with a short SWR video (unrelated to the actual dismanteling) can be found at
Dr Hansjoerg Biener (8/11-2013)
the “Deutschland Radio Kultur” station Berlin-Britz on 990 kHz will stop broadcast at September 4. This is the station which formerly has broadcast the legendary “RIAS Berlin 1” program. Herewith the last remaining AM broadcast station from Berlin comes to end.
Se here for more: "Sender Berlin-Britz wird am 4.9. stillgelegt":
Best Regards, Jacob Roschy (1/9-2013)
Switch off AFN 873 kHz:
Info via Dxaktuell:
73s, Ehard Goddijn (2/6-2013)
After the closure of Frankfurt AFN 873 kHz the next best bet for DX´ers and afn fans may be 1107, which is shared by Kaiserslautern and Vilseck (Bavaria). But if AFN Kaiserslautern went back to the former frequency 612, there would be a two-fold advantage: Continued AFN AM for Wiesbaden (see afneurope.net), as day-time ground wave propagation is better for 612 than 1107. And, 2, DX´ers would have a much clearer signal from 1107.
Stefan Z. Adeler, Denmark (28/5-2013)
The station AFN 837 Germany [suppose you mean 873/ed] will close for good on May 31st.
Story here ... http://www.afneurope.net/Headline/ta...aspx?aid=28284
Read about MDR Info in your mediumwave.info. Found the orginal message of MDR here:
Thanks and 73s, Ehard Goddijn (21/3-2013)
On 1 January 2013, the German service of the Voice of Russia introduced a new schedule, which reduces medium wave usage in Germany to 693 kHz. To assess the new coverage, the German Lutheran Hour (Lutherische Stunde, Postfach 1162, 27363 Sottrum, www.lutherischestunde.de) asks DXers for reception reports for their 5-minute programmes in January 2013 and promises a special QSL.
The schedule is 17.55-18.00 UTC: 693 kHz Mo We Sa
Due to the limited ressources of the ministry (1 fulltime staff), German DXer Dr Hansjoerg Biener has volunteered to handle incoming reports for this one month long survey.
Dr. Hansjörg Biener, Neulichtenhofstr. 7, 90461 Nürnberg, Deutschland, Hansjoerg_Biener@yahoo.de
While the ministry is directed at German speaking listeners in Central Europe, reports from outside the main target area may also qualify for verification. Reports should then be in English and accompanied by a recording proving reception. QSLs will be sent starting in March after full evaluation of the survey.
Dr. Hansjörg Biener (1/1-2013)
I've been at the IBC over the past few days (I'm on the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, which is part owner of the event), and while there I was given some information about the collapse of the mast in the 4 element main directional array of Europe 1.
My very well-informed source told me that the collapse was caused by mechanical failure of one of the guy line insulator assemblies. These insulator arrangements have been spoken of as a potential problem in this installation for some years, according to my source. The insulators are of the "frame and post" design, intended to be "fail-safe". They consist of two interlocking metal frame rectangles, separated by one (or sometimes two in parallel) compression post insulator. The intention is that failure of the ceramic post insulator will not result in failure of the guy line, because the metal rectangle frames are interlocking. But in this case the metal frame itself reportedly failed, causing the insulator and the rest of the frame structure to experience unusual tension or shear rather than merely insulator compression, and thus failing, resulting in a break in the guy line.
This style of insulator is quite common particularly in high power installations, where other interlocking fail-safe types are either not of sufficient voltage rating or are of greater cost. Lower voltage insulators can be stacked in series, but after 4 or 5 there is a point of diminishing returns where the end insulator voltage stress goes up rather than down with increased numbers. Therefore the post-and-frame type can be used with a simple ceramic post, of considerable length if necessary. The frame has to be constructed with chamfered edges and rounded corners, however, to avoid corona in very high voltage situations. The ones of Russian design have an internal arc gap with series inductance to avoid arcing in the vicinity of the relatively fragile ceramic post. Modern encapsulated fiberglass rod or oil-bath enclosed fiberglass band insulators are much more desirable, and have a low failure rate. They also have better construction for corona avoidance, and can be much more easily fitted with corona rings.
Best regards, benjamin dawson , Versailles, FR, dxld yg (13/9-2012)
Deutschland Radio Kultur on 177 kHz
it's maintenance. People who asked have been told that it's supposed to continue throughout August and that the transmitter is supposed to be switched on overnight, from 8 PM to 7 AM or thereabouts (well, tonight at 20:38 CET it is still off).
No further details emerged so far, but there are hardly other explanations than extensive work on the antenna. And there is no longer a back-up antenna, the Dreieckflächenantenne (don't have the English term at hand) that previously existed had been decomissioned in 1999, when the current solid-state transmitter took over, and subsequently demolished. Not even to dream of a complete back-up facility since the
longwave equipment at Königs Wusterhausen had been finally shut down in
Still this is of course pretty excessive, and an obvious question could be turned around into why they bother at all if the transmission contract expires in 2016 anyway? Or, to throw in a little conspiracy theory, is the "maintenance" in fact a test? [A good question/YR]
All the best, Kai Ludwig (2/8-2012)
AFN 873 Frankfurt: For several years the directional antenna was seriously out of
adjustment, due to an ill-advised replacement of part of the antenna feed system. About 3 years ago the military agency contracted with a German company to rebuild the system, including relocation of the feed lines and (probably) a change to coaxial feeders rather than open-wire quasi-coaxial ones. It is possible (and indeed probable) that the rebuild, if it has been completed, has resulted in significant reductions in radiation in some azimuths from the antenna, which is a three-element in-line directional array.
Ydun Ritz from a very reliable source (12/2-2012)
AFN Frankfurt 873 used to be audible with fair signal strength at night in this area (Denmark), and - during the winter months - often with good signal strength after 7 am
CET (change of directional antenna). Now for the past months the station is barely audible at any time (being squeezed out by Kaliningrad 873). Does Ydun have any information whether there has been a substantial reduction in power (from 150kW)or a change in the directional antenna pattern?
Stefan Z. Adeler DNK (5/2-2012)
Sorry, can't help you, but maybe some of our fellow dxers can.
Dear Idun, i heard the last minutes of MDR Info on 882 khz (Wachenbrunn). On July 1, at 0.00 local time they broadcasted the news, then a recorded announcement informs about the closure of the frequency and advises listeners to other receiving possibilities. As i wrote this (00.15 central european time) the announcement goes on.
Off topic: i am not surprised about the switching of analog programmes on Astra satellite (position 19.2 E). I think this is the last analog broadcast in the satellite world in Europe. Others were turned off long time ago. Digital satellites can provide the same quality as analog ones. In the digital satellite world satellite DXING (monitoring) is also possible. To tell the truth, i loved analog, and i will miss it because analog was the entry point into the satellite world for me in around 1995 when western europeans started to turn to digital.
Sincerely, Tibor Gaal HNG (1/7-2011)
Dear Idun, www.mediumwave.info published the announcement of AFN Europe on may 25, 2011 stating "AFN Europe will put 873 AM back on the air July 1st."
I think AFN Europe was not correct. Today I heard regular programming of AFN on 873 khz from 03.00 CET (01.00 UTC).
Sincerely Tibor Gaal, HNG (22/6-2011)
Hello Idun, from 9th of June, I don't hear AFN on 873 khz. They switched off, but, i
don't know the exact time. The frequency is open for new dx catches.
Regards, Tibor Gaal, Hungary (12/6-2011)
I'd like to comment the report (20/05-2011, GERMANY: about AFN 873 khz) written by Karel Honzik.
He wrote: "... surprised to hear Radio Rossii and Spain together with AFN."
On my location (western Hungary), i hear this setting every night. Radio Rossii starts at 03.00 CET (05.00 Moscow time, 01.00 UTC summer time). And also, i hear BNR from Bulgaria.
I think AFN power is reduced because 3-4 years ago its signal was more powerful.
I want to call your attention to the 1485 khz AFN transmitter, which also serves U.S. soldiers in Germany. According to Euro-African Medium Wave Guide (www.emwg.info) 2 transmitter serves them:
D - AFN Wurzburg Primary, Ansbach (0.3) - 24h; local px Ansbach: 0400-0800, 1000-1200, 1600-1700
D - AFN Bavaria, various (0.3) - 24h; txs in Hohenfels, Garmish-Partenkirchen and Regensburg.
At nights I hear AFN on that frequency, but, i don't know which signal comes to me!!!
Sincerely, Tibor Gaal HNG (31/5-2011)
No, it'snt easy to find out where the signal comes from, when no local items and places are mentioned.
Ydun Ritz (1/6-2011)
Hallo Freunde, unter dem nachfolgenden Link:
ist mein "kleines MW-Projekt" zu erreichen. Das Projekt umfasst Infos und ein kleines, einfaches Forum rund um das Thema Mittelwelle. Es ist von meiner Seite sicher noch viel zu tun, um es mit Leben zu füllen.
Ich würde mich freuen, wenn Ihr mal vorbei schaut.
73 aus Lünen Friedhelm Wittlieb (25/3-2010)
Because of high energy cost, from July 1, 2009, ERF Radio cuts back airtime on mediumwave 1539 kHz: they will be on the air daily 5 till 8 UTC and 1730 till 2100 UTC.
Verschickt: Mi., 3. Jun. 2009, 16:43
Thema: ERF Radio reduziert Sendezeit ueber Mittelwelle 1539.
ERF Radio reduziert Sendezeit ueber Mittelwelle 1539.
Alternative Angebote ueber Satellit, Kabel und Internet.
Wetzlar/Mainflingen (ERF). ERF Medien reduziert seine Sendezeit Ã¼ber die Mittelwelle 1539 kHz in Mainflingen bei Hanau. Nach Angaben von ERF Vorstand Hartmut Diehl geschieht dies auch aus Kostengruenden. Die Ausgaben fuer Strom bei dem Sender bezifferte Diehl mit jaehrlich rund 280.000 Euro.
Die Hauptsendezeiten am Morgen und am Abend sollen aber beibehalten werden. Tagsueber, wenn die Mittelwelle nur in Regionen um den Sender zu empfangen ist, werde die Leistung eingespart. Gleichzeitig sei aber ERF Radio ueber Satellit, im Kabel (beides analog und digital) und ueber Internet (www.erf.de) zu empfangen. Bislang sendete ERF Radio taeglich 19 Stunden aus Mainflingen von 6 bis 24 Uhr.
Ab 1. Juli wird ERF Radio von 7 bis 10 Uhr und von 19.30 Uhr bis 23 Uhr ueber die Mittelwelle 1539 kHz bundesweit zu empfangen sein.
ERF Radio ist seit April 1996 ueber den ehemaligen Deutschlandfunk-Sender zu hoeren. Die Telekom hat 2005 den alten 1962 errichteten Sender durch einen auch fuer die digitale Mittelwelle tauglichen Sender ersetzt.
Harald Kuhl (3/6-2009)
Dear Mr. Ritz(!),
for World Poetry Day on March 21st, the Italian sound artist Alessandro Bosetti is launching his radio speech machine "arcoparlante" on the German Deutschlandradio's medium and long wave frequencies and on the internet. Please join us in this pleasant game and please forward Alessandro's call for participants.
Thank you very much in advance!
With kind regards, Marianne Allweiss
In search of participants for ARCOPARLANTE, a live radio experiment !
On March 21st, together with the radio-art group of Deutschlandradio, I will organize a big STILLE POST ("telephone", telefono senza fili etc...) game. We will be using the middle/long waves and internet streams of the radio station. For four hours, between 8pm and midnight, european time (2pm and 6pm USA east coast time ), a speaker will broadcast several transcriptions from my personal collection of "incomprehensible radio broadcastings". These are recordings of broadcasted speech where neither the language spoken nor the meaning are decipherable. The only certain thing is that they will contain HUMAN SPEECH.
The listeners ( that's YOU !!) will be asked to transcribe what they hear and ( believe to ) understand. Then send it back to us, via email or telephone. In the best case scenario, this will happen in real time. We will be including all the new transcriptions we receive from you into the broadcasting. We will give them to the speaker right away and then feed the "arcoparlante" circle one more time. You are also welcome to send us your transcriptions LATER, by post, passenger pigeon, by hand, etc....
We encourage all listeners (yes, YOU, again !) to record the moments while you listen and try to figure out what the texts are. Feel free to use any recording device (from very good to very bad quality). We'll take anything from cassettes, mini cassettes, cd's, minidisks, audiofiles etc....
So, invite some friends for dinner (if you are in Europe or Africa), for a late lunch or coffee ( if in the Americas) or for breakfast (if you are in Asia ), turn on your radio and play with us !!
Eventually, I will re-compose all the scattered recorded bits and pieces. All these materials will become the building blocks of a final composition.
This is how you can tune in and receive the "arcoparlante" broadcasting on your radio or computer :
Medium Wave : 855 and 990 KHz
Long Wave : 153 and 177 KHz
Satellite : ASTRA 1, Transponder 77, ZDF.vision
Internet stream : http://www.dradio.de/streaming/dplus.m3u
This is how you can reach us :
Snail mail :
Hoerspiel / Klangkunst
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone : 00 800 800 22 11 (only during the broadcast)
Fax : +49 (0)30 8503 940 5585
We hope to hear from you and to play with you !! And don't forget to spread the word about ARCOPARLANTE !
Cheers from Berlin, Alessandro Bosetti (9/3-2009)
According to information from the DX 183, where the station has been monitored, Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR) has activated the 10 kW xmitter in Heusweiler on 1179 kHz. This frequency has SR 3 programme, and is on air from 8-18 local time (7-17 UTC). News from Paris every half hour.
Ydun Ritz (29/11-2005)
(Northrhine-Westphalia): On the occasion of the RC World Youth Convention, the regional public broadcaster WDR Cologne will broadcast a special "Weltjugendtags-Radio". The programme will be heard from 15 August 9.00 h CEST (7.00 UTC) until 21 August 20.00 h CEST (18.00 UTC) on the following frequencies: locally Cologne FM 87,6 MHz, all over Northrhine-Westphalia with an additional coverage of neighbouring states and countries on the mediumwave frequencies Langenberg 720 kHz and Bonn 774 kHz. The special programme is carried 9.00-23.00 Uhr CEST (7.00-21.00 h) while the rest is a relay from WDR 5 and WDR Funkhaus Europa. International QSL-hunters might appreciate the fact, that the special programme will include service announcements in many different languages, including English at the half hour (:30).
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (4/8-2005)
Dear Ydun, as reported in the forum of www.ukwtv.de the SWR-tx at Rohrdorf on 666 kHz, currently carrying the programme of "SWR cont.ra", will be signing of for some hours during nightime from June 1st. Exact off-times are unknown yet.
Regards, Sascha Zimmer, Viersen, Germany (20/5-2005)
Today [11/9] on 1512 KHZ at 17:00 UTC heard Chania in Benevento Italy with weak
signal in car radio (SINPO 33333).
Bye. Carlo Tenga, SWL I82088/NA (11/9-2015)
The ERT declares also to operate the following frequencies:
- 1278 kHz, broadcasting the regional program from Florina http://webradio.ert.gr/florina/
- 1458 kHz, broadcasting the regional program from Volos http://webradio.ert.gr/volos/
- 1512 kHz, broadcasting the regional program from Chania http://webradio.ert.gr/chania/
Best wishes, Giovanni Ricci (11/9-2015)
I write to you because the ERT, for the first time since it reopened, has published its MW schedule (here is the link: http://webradio.ert.gr/syxnotites-radiofonias/ ), which is quite simple: 729 kHz, 24h a day, from Athens Bogiati.
Yours sincerely, Giovanni Ricci (10/9-2015)
After Netherlands, bad news (I fear) also from Greece. The State owned broadcasting old company ERT was reopened on June 11, 2015; soon after the ERT reopening, the following stations were regularly operative:
Athens 729 kHz 150 kW, operated by NERIT
Chania 1512 kHz 100 kW operated by ERT Open
Komotini 1404 kHz 100 kW operated by ERT Open
Tripolis 1314 kHz 10 kW operated by NERIT
A few days before the official ERT reopening, we have read here the following post:
ERT will relaunch officially on Monday May 25th, Mr. Aris Kondizas, technical director of ERT said on the phone.
Which xmitters to re-open (5 or 6 AM transmitters) will be decided within the next 2 weeks, but it could be
Chania on Crete
Megara on 150 kw abt. 40 km west of Athens
Komotini - northern Greece
Jens Hede, Crete(23/5-2015)
Chania and Komotini already logged by Wolfgang Büschel May 22nd.
Unfortunately, it seems that things have gone very differently.
At the moment (September 2), only Chania (Creete) 1512 kHz seems to be operating regularly. Athens 729 kHz is off-air from mid August and Komotini 1404 kHz is silent from a few days. Also Tripolis 1314 kHz is silent from July. No other station has been restarded and I have not heard anything for future plans (if any).
Does anyone know what future we can aspect for AM broadcasting in Greece? I also noted that on the official ERT internet site, they only quote FM frequencies and Internet streaming......and (for me) this is not a good thing.
Alessandro Sacerdoti (3/9-2015)
Zach Liang just wrote on the CUMBRE DX Facebook page:
ERT /ET starts back from tomorrow 11/6 2 years after the so called ‘black ‘ie the suspension of ET’s programming and transmissions. A special happening will be held outside the operations building tomorrow night.
Mike Terry, mwdx yg (10/6-2015)
ERT will relaunch officially on Monday May 25th, Mr. Aris Kondizas, technical director of ERT said on the phone. Which xmitters to re-open (5 or 6 AM transmitters) will be decided within the next 2 weeks, but it could be
Chania on Crete
Megara on 150 kw abt. 40 km west of Athens
Komotini - northern Greece
Jens Hede, Crete(23/5-2015)
Chania and Komotini already logged by Wolfgang Büschel May 22nd.
Noted two frequencies tonight, played continously a loop announcement program in Gfeek language and ERT interval signal on slute followed by religious or symphonic classic singer - like Gregorian church singer - observed around 19:08 till 19:20 UT, when checked on Zakynthos Greek island remote SDR unit
1512.005 kHz Chania Crete origin, and
1404.004 kHz Komotini, Rodopi
Wolfgang Büschel, mwdx yg (22/5-2015)
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with newly appointed director Dionysis Tsaknis and CEO Lambis Tagmatarchis of national broadcaster ERT, which had been renamed NERIT by the previous government, and announced that it will reopen next Monday, May 25.
Tsipras informed the two men that ERT is officially reopening next Monday and suggested that their first priority should be the orderly return of former employees, who had been laid off, to work.
The Greek premier said that ERT should set new standards in public broadcasting, be pluralistic and independent. He also asked them to restore Greek people’s faith to the national broadcaster and provide good programming for all.
Tsipras also asked for fair and objective reporting of news, suggesting that ERT should be objective, not a government mouthpiece, and should not be afraid to criticize government policies when necessary.
Finally, he asked them to be present at the ERT headquarters’ courtyard celebration on June 11, the anniversary of the national broadcaster shutdown in 2013.
Mike Terry, dxld yg (22/5-2015)
Yesterday March 28 I heard Greece on 729 kHz at 21Z. No id but stn was definitely Greece.
Jorma Mantyla, Sahalahti Finland via mwdx yg (29/3-2015)
ERTopen seems back on 1404 on 1309 26/3 with sports program. Once again this Saturday. I had to hear them in MW at least for 2 weeks.
I heard from the news that the Government will discuss bout ERT after the Greek Easter ie after 13/4.
Zach Liang, wrth fb group (29/3-2015)
Here's the situation tonight at around 2:00 gmt in the context the lack of clarity regarding the closing ERA:
Following stations still operate, some of the same program and some with nonstop music.
1260.2 strength signal from rhodes but with interference from Saudi Arabia on 1260 khz
Broadcasts were heard in northern Israel near the Mediterranean coast.
O. Barth (15/6-2013)
Hallo Ydun, Here is some info from a Greek Dxer:
"The aftermath of the dark side of the greek public broadcasting Thursday, June 13 2013.
First the transmitters logged on 12/6:
The following frequencies were with local program :
1278 , 1404 , 1108 . and on afternoon (after 17 )1512 which on 20 UTC was //1108.
The following freqs were with only carrier: 666 729 981 and 1179.
IN Thessaloniki the frequencies of ERA were unmodulated in the morning but on local afternoon they were vacant : 88 /90 /92 /93.8/ 95.8 /102. Also 93.6 which is now dominated by a serbian station !
During my monitoring on 88 (1630UTC ) I found E-propagation with Arabic station.
902 TV (the voice of the Communist party ) carried nearly all the day the transmissions of NET for all Greece , via its digital stream. IN the evening the signal was from webstream , full of timeouts but on local nights the signal was quite clear as NET used one freq for analog signal and on 52 (after 18??) with digital signal There was a transmission fail for ca 1 hour on 2030 to 2130 with a color bar test card. As it is noticed today the program was
transmitted with he help of a van from EBU.
Local radio station from ERA transmitted via the 902 FM facilities in Thessaloniki on 90.4 mHz.
NET was also transmitted via internet via these sites : zougla.gr enikos.gr cybc.cy alterpress.gr and targetradio.gr and for Europe via EBU Via satellite only the signal from the parliament was available.
The program was consisted mainly with discussions with members fom various political parties . Outside the building of the public broadcaster thousands of people were demonstrated against the decree from the government and later a musical has been held
A video has been aired on how the staff from the transmission facilities in Hortiatis has been outed with About 20 policemen entering the farm and the small house !!
Another video shown demonstrations from Tripoli . ca 250 or more people were outside the building of the public broadcaster .More than 7 stations on the regions of Peloponisos relay the local program of ERA Tripoli They will help them also technically in case any new obstacles from government occur.
http://delicious.com/gr_greek1/zak (all my pages )
Please reply to email@example.com "
The shortwave transmitters are still on air according schedule and carry the sound of H-NET EPT TV via the internetstream since 13/6/2013 1614 UTC.
Currently 2008 UTC excellent reception here in Holland on 7450 and 9420 kHz.
The TV-stream is here:http://www.greektvlive.net/et1-live.html
73, Ehard Goddijn (13/6-2013)
I also heard the news about the closure of greek public radio and television broadcasts. The BBC reported it and it caused confusion in me: on the BBC's website mentioned 3 television station, 4 central radio station + Voice of Greece and some regional broadcasts.
But, live broadcast of the BBC Wolrdservice told differently: 3 television channels, 7 central radio, 17 regional stations and a printed magazine were affected by the temporary closure of the Greek public broadcaster.
My experience is that i hear music on 1260 khz from greece. It means that i have doubts over the whole closure issue. If ERA is closed, how is it possible to hear greek music on 1260 khz? I don't know.
Sincerely, Tibor Gaal from Hungary (13/6-2013)
Tibor; the whole situation on Greek media is quite confusing. Who knows what is up and what is down. Some sources say, that only TV stations are closed, other then tell that the radio stations are closed as well. Could it be possible, that the staff from some station, i.e. 1260 kHz is running the station?
Would be fine, if some Greek dxers could clear it up for us.
Hi Ydun, several changes to ERA mediumwave stations in Greece were observed on remote receiver locations in Greece and Italy.
927 kHz ERA, Zákinthos is confirmed to be inactive (18.05.2013), observed on a remote receiver situated directly in Zákinthos, close to the tx site.
1314 kHz ERA, Tripolis apparently has been reactivated, it was received (//981, 1008, 1260 kHz) today (May 18) on a remote receiver in southern Italy.
73, Björn Tryba (18/5-2013)
ERA from Rhodes is now on new m.w 1260 khz (ex voa) 24H. No transmisson on 1494 khz.
O. Barth (22/12-2012)
Thessaloniki public radio fares medium-wave well and forever, as the historical transmitter of Perea, relaying the 102FM service of ERT3 on 1044 Khz, switched off for good. The medium-wave relay of 9.58FM at Malgara was switched off a bit earlier, on the 22nd of February.
Greece switching off 11 mediumwave transmitters
the greek radio (3/3-2012)