Google translated from German / Ed

The medium wave transmitter Zbraslav, on the southern outskirts of Prague, will soon be closed. That’s why there’s another special campaign there. It refers to the 100th birthday, which Czech radio can now also celebrate.

From May 18, 12:00 p.m., the frequency 1233 kHz will be switched on again for exactly 24 hours. On the 100th anniversary of the official launch of Radiožurnál, it will broadcast Radio Dechovka‘s program for the last time.

The three pylons hidden in the forest are characteristic of the Zbraslav station. There are no concrete statements on the pressing question of whether one of them was included in the 720 kHz blocking of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty until 1988.

In any case, in the past two transmitters, each with an output of 40 kW, were used for regular program operation. One of these was broadcasting regional broadcasts on 792 kHz in daylight.

A special feature in the 1980s was the extension on Friday and Sunday afternoons. Then, under the name of the traffic radio service Zelená vlna (“Green Wave”), came a magazine with a particularly high proportion of music and traffic reports from a helicopter belonging to the police authorities, which were known as the militia at the time.

In recent years, such a single-frequency network has been set up again in a different configuration and with lower power. Radio Dechovka (“Brass”) was broadcast, presenting brass band music and broadcasts of folk music without brass.

In 2016, Radio Dechovka also took over the 792 kHz frequency. As can be seen on this page, enthusiasts reactivated the Stěžery radio station near Hradec Kralové after more than a decade.

Radio Dechovka can no longer afford medium wave 1233 kHz due to a massive price increase since March 2021. That left only their own transmitter on 792 kHz and the transmitter near Prague where everything began in 2014.

This makeshift in Líbeznice is a joint work with Radio Impuls, which broadcasts its nostalgic program with music from the Czechoslovak era here on 981 kHz. Now Radio Dechovka is again broadcasting from there; for broadcasting reasons on the new frequency 1260 kHz and for cost reasons only with low power.

After Radio Dechovka was discontinued, one broadcast remained in Zbraslav: that of Country Radio on the subsequently developed frequency of 1062 kHz. Between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. it can only run at 1 kW instead of 20, since the privileged use of the frequency in Denmark must be protected during these hours.

That still applies, although it is definitely only a theory. In 2009, Kalundborg station finally stopped broadcasting on 1062 kHz. The antenna was eliminated three years later.

With the planned closure of the Zbraslav location, it will inevitably no longer be possible to broadcast Country Radio. There’s an interesting replacement under discussion here, though not confirmed yet.

Kai Ludwig, Radioeins Medienmagazin