Switch-Off Rimavská Sobota 1521 kHz on 31 January 2022.
I’d like to share information regarding this frequency. It looks that Slovak Radio and TV company RTVS is going to close down this MW transmitter soon.
Article translated from https://www.radia.sk/spravy/4449_na-konci-mesiaca-bude-vypnute-vysielanie-na-strednych-vlnach-z-rimavskej-soboty
12.01.2022 | RTVS, Towercom
At the end of the month, medium-wave broadcasting from Rimavská Sobota will be switched off.
On 31 January 2022, the Slovak Radio and Television will end the operation of the Rimavská Sobota – Uzovská Panica medium-wave radio transmitter on the frequency of 1521 kHz.
The transmitter is located in the area of the broadcasting center, from where it has been broadcasting on shortwave since the mid-1950s. The dominant feature not only of the area, but also of its surroundings, are several up to 170 meters high masts from the turn of the 70’s and 80’s, which serve as beams for the antenna field of a shortwave transmitter. It is no longer in operation, it was shut down in 2011.
The mid-wave transmitter is a stand-alone mast that was built in the second half of the 1980s (on the cover photo on the right). At that time it was a novelty, the technology was supplied by the company Tesla Hloubětín. “An interesting and European first was the operation of technical equipment (filters), which allowed the connection of all three medium-wave transmitters, transmitting on three different frequencies, to one antenna, which consisted of a 102-meter-high iron lattice mast,” says the current operator of the transmitter, Towercom on its official website.
While the transmission from Rimavská Sobota on short waves was terminated more than a decade ago, the medium-wave transmitter with a radiated power of 10 kW still works today. In recent years, RTVS has used it to broadcast Radio Patria‘s broadcast for minorities from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and has recently been supplemented by Radio Devín.
“The RTVS decision reflects the change in listeners’ preferences and allows RTVS to continue modernizing terrestrial radio 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, especially in DAB+ broadcasting, “says RTVS.
Broadcasting on medium waves in Slovakia will thus continue from February on only two transmitters – in Nitra at 1098 kHz and in Košice at 702 kHz. RTVS has signed a contract for these two transmitters until the end of 2022.
Ron M. Lackovič (2022-01-16)