Termination of operation of the medium wave transmitter Rimavská Sobota. On 31 January 2022, the Slovak Radio and Television will end the operation of the SV Rimavská Sobota string radio transmitter in the Uzovská Panica locality on the frequency of 1521 kHz. The transmitter in the Rimavská Sobota locality broadcast with a radiated power of 10 kW and was used to broadcast Radio Patria ‘s national broadcast from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. At night, it was supplemented by the broadcasting of the RTVS Rádio Devín program service . The RTVS decision reflects a change in listeners’ preferences and allows RTVS to continue modernizing its terrestrial broadcasting. The funds so far intended for signal propagation via the Rimavská Sobota medium-wave transmitter will be invested in the development of Slovak Radio’s digital services, in particular in DAB + broadcasting. https://www.rtvs.org/ako-naladit-radia?fbclid=IwAR148sC5m0zXqEzJkM-J1Rx3UBPmDIFuMyrRb9zYjP-ft_W0NpJEl1wolK8
DR Kalundborg 243 kHz on air during this afternoon in // with DR P4 København, off schedule. Abrupt s/off 1615 UTC. Normal schedule 0445-0505, 0700-0805, 1045-1115 and 1645-1715 UTC. Still not the usual good reception quality, but the problem with outages seems to have been solved.
The Kalundborg LW transmitter on 243 kHz: “Signal was on-off here permanently, on irregular basis. Observation on Sunday, Jan. 30th around 18:10 CET. Radiation power seems to be reduced as well, usually this is booming in here at the Baltic Sea (I can even catch Kalundborg FM transmitters some time). Disappointing signal strengh this afternoon, and many drop outs.” Two other observations from Sweden and Denmark tell the same story.
A severe storm passed the country from Saturday till Sunday noon and it could have caused some problems. The storm may have put a fine layer of salt over the power supply components (just my guess).
BIG SUNSPOT ALERT: A big, rapidly growing sunspot is turning to face Earth this weekend. AR2936 is one of the largest sunspots in years and it could soon pose a threat for strong Earth-directed flares. Observing tips and more information @ Spaceweather.com.
A Northwest News Battle Arises In Seattle As KOMO Is Set To Become KNWN. A pair of Seattle stations are entering a battle for the name “Northwest News“. As first reported here in our December 31 Domain Insight, Lotus Communications is rebranding News 1000 KOMO Seattle/97.7 KOMO-FM Oakville WA as KNWN. The move was a requirement of Lotus’ acquisition last year of the Seattle cluster from Sinclair. Sinclair retained the rights to the KOMO calls for its KOMO-TV. The KNWN calls will take effect on Wednesday, February 2 along with a brand change to “Northwest News Radio“. KOMO Program Director Rick Van Cise told the Seattle Times, “There won’t be any difference in the sound of the radio station. The personalities, the reporters are all staying the same.” Since our original report in December, which was triggered by the FCC inadvertently making the KNWN calls active earlier than Lotus requested, a Seattle competitor has also staked a claim to the “Northwest News” identity. Bonneville News/Talk 97.3 KIRO-FM Tacoma tweaked its on-air branding from “KIRO News 97.3” to “KIRO NewsRadio 97.3” and has begun positioning as “Your Northwest News Station” as of this week. https://radioinsight.com/headlines/219196/a-northwest-news-battle-arises-in-seattle-as-komo-is-set-to-become-knwn/
FAST-GROWING SUNSPOT TURNS TOWARD EARTH: Since yesterday, sunspot AR2936 has more then doubled in size. It is now turning to face Earth and crackling with minor C-class solar flares. The sunspot’s rapid growth could destabilize its magnetic field, leading to stronger flares this weekend. https://spaceweather.com/
It seems that Army MW810 kHz is not on air anymore. The radio station of the Ukrainian army has been testing several times since the beginning of December on 810 kHz 10 kW. In an answer to Mauno Ritola the station says: “So, it was test signal…. Now we don’t have medium frequency like 810(( But you can hear us on the satellite and online if you want))) I am sorry “
A co-rotating interaction region (CIR) could hit Earth’s magnetic field on Jan. 29th, according to NOAA forecasters. CIRs are transition zones between slow- and fast-moving streams of solar wind. They contain shock waves and compressed magnetic fields that often do a good job sparking auroras. Think of them as mini-CMEs. If this one arrives as predicted, Arctic sky watchers might witness an outburst of lights this weekend. https://spaceweather.com/
(CRTC) CKNB 950 in CAMPBELLTON flipping to FM. Maritime Broadcasting Systems got the go ahead today to convert CKNB 950 AM in Campbellton, New Brunswick to 100.7 FM. Power will be 5,330 watts. Antenna height will be 182.3 metres (EHAAT) with a directional radiation pattern. CRTC DECISION: https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2022/2022-15.htm