NZ Medium Wave Changes
New Plymouth stations RNZ National 918, NewsTalk ZB 1053 and Coast 1359 all left the air on 13 November, opening up new DX opportunities for Kiwi DXers.
The sole remaining New Plymouth AM station – Gold AM on 774 will remain, though a relocation of the transmitter is anticipated.
The other NZ station on 1359 – More FM Queenstown – has also ceased broadcasting.
Bryan Clark to DXing.info fb group (2020-11-13)
Two more MW closures today.
1015 UTC Lewsey Farm 828kHz (Smooth Radio Herts Beds Bucks South)
1207 UTC Kempston 792kHz (Smooth Radio Herts Beds Bucks North)
These transmitters started in 1971 as Chiltern Radio South and Chiltern Radio Ouse Valley respectively.
Later Super Gold hosted from the South studio in Dunstable then Gold then Smooth Radio.
Permanent closure from today.
James Robinson (2020-11-02)
As of January 1, Radio Koekoek from Rijswijk will no longer be heard on the LPAM frequency 1485 kHz and Radio T-Pot from Gasselternijveen will no longer be heard on 1287 kHz because both have indicated that they will hand in the license at the end of this year.
Just counted (used Libreoffice Calc), there are 109 LPAM stations on the air in NL.
Taranaki Civil Defence Emergency Management wrote in its fb group:
Hi everyone, here’s an important update from RNZ and NZME for AM radio listeners around New Plymouth.
**RNZ 918 AM, Newstalk ZB 1053 AM, Coast 1359 AM moving off-air**
In mid-November RNZ will be decommissioning its aging AM radio transmitter site at Bell Block.
The transmitter serves some areas north of New Plymouth and some areas south and south-west of the city.
Radio listeners on AM frequencies served by the site will need to retune to alternative frequencies to continue receiving RNZ National, as well as Newstalk ZB and Coast Radio.
Listeners to RNZ National on the 918 AM frequency will need to retune to their local 101.2 FM frequency or choose alternative ways of listening via the RNZ website www.rnz.co.nz and app, www.iheartradio.co.nz or on the iHeartRadio app, and Freeview channel 50 / SKY Channel 421.
Some RNZ listeners may still be able to receive an AM signal by retuning to 567 AM.
Listeners to Newstalk ZB on the 1053 AM frequency will need to re-tune to the 96.4 FM frequency or listen at www.iheartradio.co.nz or on the iHeartRadio app.
Listeners to Coast on the 1359 AM frequency will need to re-tune to the 106 FM frequency or listen at www.iheartradio.co.nz or on the iHeartRadio app.
Bryan Clark to DXing.info fb group (2020-10-23)
Smooth Radio on 1359/1305 has closed. Station no longer listed on Ofcom site.
But no prior warning was given of its closure.
James Robinson (2020-10-15)
Christchurch 1359kHz and Hadfield Road 1305kHz are now off air. Not certain yet if thus is permanent but might be.
James Robinson (2020-10-15)
Cumulus Media has turned in the licenses for a pair of AMs in Savannah GA.
Sports “900 The Ticket” WJLG notified the FCC on July 31 that its transmitter was damaged due to a lightning strike and was operating at 200 watts day as opposed to its licensed 4.35kW.
Co-located Conservative Talk 630 WBMQ went silent at the same time due to the damage to its transmitter. The company at the time told the FCC it was consulting with its engineers to determine if the transmitter can be repaired or if it needed to be replaced.
Rather than make the repairs the company has turned in the licenses for both stations back to the FCC. Both stations also had Construction Permits for unbuilt translators: 96.9 W245DD for WBMQ and 105.7 W289CL for WJLG. Cumulus continues to own four FMs in Savannah.
Artie Bigley in WOR groups.io (2020-10-14)
The reason for the closure of 1230 CJNL Merritt BC
Andy Reid to WOR groups.io (2020-10-07)
CJNL 1230 in Merritt, B.C. went off the air for good on September 15, 2020. Owner Stingray Radio stated that the owner of the transmitter site property would not renew the lease and it would be too costly to relocate to a new site.
The original CJNL 1230 technically flipped to 101.1 FM in 2009 becoming CKMQ, however 1230 remained on the air as a 1,000 watt rebroadcaster of CHNL 610 in Kamloops.
Canadian Radio News fb group (2020-10-07)
Piepzender, the shortwave station I was already able to listen to, will
definitely be off the air on medium wave 1467 kHz.
They will still be on air on shortwave 3920 kHz in the 75m band.
They used a Rhode & Schwarz SK010, but in the documentation it is only
for the range of 1.5 MHz up to 24 MHz. I wonder how they managed to
operate it on 1.467 MHz.
More about this transmitter:
The SW-transmitter (this is a link to the website of the operator of the
Kall-Krekel SW station)