Space Weather

MINOR GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH (UPDATED): NOAA forecasters say that minor G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible on June 3rd when a stream of solar wind is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field. Originally predicted to arrive on June 2nd, the gaseous material is flowing slower than expected from a pair of holes in the sun’s atmosphere.

Ydun Ritz (2023-06-03)


Another good old LW transmitter bites the dust.
It is with a heavy heart I breake the news that Kalundborg 243 kHz will be closing down at the end of 2023, on December 31st.
It has been in use since August 29th, 1927.

These days the transmitter is on air four times a day with navigational warnings, weather forecasts, news and a few other things.

Ydun Ritz (2023-06-02)


Targetted broadcaster Radio Lenta has a new URL for their website: Although the 1557 kHz transmitter in Sitkunai (Lithuania) is on air with their Russian programming for only 8½ hours daily this site has a 24-hour live stream as well as on-demand audio files. On air the station identifies as “Nasha Lenta” (and occasionally as “Radio Pravda”) but the website simply labels and references itself as Radio Lenta.

Dave Kernick to WRTH FB group (2023-06-02)

United Kingdom

Ofcom has fined Bauer Radio £25,000 after it stopped broadcasting Absolute Radio’s national AM service before the end of its licence period.
Absolute Radio’s AM licence was most recently renewed for a period of 10 years from May 2021. On 26 January 2023, Bauer Radio confirmed that Absolute Radio was no longer being broadcast on AM, so Ofcom revoked the licence on 13 February 2023. Absolute Radio continues to be broadcast nationally on DAB.
Under the Broadcasting Act 1990, where Ofcom revokes a national licence, it must require the licence holder to pay it a financial penalty.
In setting the level of financial penalty, we took account of Bauer’s reasoning for stopping the AM service, which included declining listener numbers on AM and the commercial viability of the service.
The financial penalty is payable to HM Treasury. You can read our decision on the level of financial penalty and our licence revocation notice (PDF, 369.6 KB) in full.

Mike Terry to WOR iog (2023-06-01)

United Kingdom

Four TalkSport transmitters on 1053 kHz went off around midday yesterday, 31st May, I understand. i.e. Dumfries, Hull, Fern Barrow (Bournemouth) and Greenside Scalp (Dundee).
Still five transmitters on air on 1053 kHz, including Droitwich, though!

Alan Pennington to tx-list iog (2023-06-01)

United Kingdom

You can hear Radio Caroline Northduring 2023 on the following dates on 1368 AM via Manx Radio, our own 648 AM transmitter or online using the ‘North’ pop-up player or the Radio Caroline app.

24/25 June
15/16 July
11/13 August (Annual Fundraiser)
16/17 September
14/15 October
18/19 November
09/10 December

Kari Kallio to nordx iog (2023-06-01)

United Kingdom

Thursday 1st June: 648AM – We’ve been having ongoing problems for a few days with our internet connection on our AM transmitter site causing breaks in our audio.  At times our system will revert to our 4G mobile broadband connection. We have raised the issue with our internet provider who are investigating.

Radio Caroline website (2023-06-01)

United Kingdom

A note to inform, the AM service of TalkSPORT on 1053kHz at Mousewald, Dumfriesshire is now off air, bringing an end to a near 70 years of AM radio service to Dumfries & Galloway at this site.
History of the Mousewald relay:-
24-Feb-1953 Scottish Home service on 809 kHz.
23-Nov-1978 Frequency changed to 810 kHz.
Spring 1983 Frequency changed to 585 kHz.
14-Feb-1995 INR 3 (Talk Radio) launched on 1053 kHz.
23-Jun-2020 Radio Scotland, 585 kHz closed.
May 2023 TalkSPORT 1053 kHz closed.

Willie Bone in Dumfries & Galloway (2023-06-01)