More about the closure of Eidar longwave transmitter on 207 kHz
in Icelandic, but Google translate does a good job
“Today at 15:11 RÚV’s long wave transmitter finished its mission on Eid. Then the transmitter stopped broadcasting the daily RÚV and is now singing its last with an announcement that RÚV’s broadcast on this frequency has been turned off. The long-wave tower on Eid will be taken down on Wednesday, but it is the third tallest structure in the country, 218 meters high.
The long wave on Eiður has been replaced by a more powerful FM system in East Iceland. RÚV increased the number of FM transmitters and renewed. For a while it will continue to be broadcast on longwave from Gufuskálar, but then the FM system will completely take over the role of safety broadcasts.
In an announcement from RÚV, it is stated that the equipment needed to maintain the existing masts is very expensive and radio equipment that receives longwave broadcasts is rare. The change should be made in cooperation with Emergency Line and Public Safety. The construction of the FM system in less frequented places started in 2017 and is progressing well. Transmitters have been placed on the highlands as well as large transmitters at key locations for seafarers. Back-up power stations reduce the risk of transmission interruptions due to weather and power outages. In the next two years, the FM system will be further concentrated in the service area of the long-wave transmitter at Gufuskálar, and it is expected to be taken out of service next year.”
At ruv.is/dreifikefirti there is information on where to access RÚV’s broadcasts. It is also possible to present suggestions on where the distribution system could be improved.
Hansjoerg Biener to MWlist iog (2023-02-27)