United States

Of special interest.
630 KID ID, Idaho Falls noted silent since 11/7. We took a drive to their transmitter site (only about 7 miles away) and found one of their towers was gone.
Their nighttime signal was very weak for the past three months and I could regularly hear KQNT Spokane WA coming in over KID. I called their office and nobody could tell me what was going on. (RSR-ID)
*(RSR) Rocky S Robello-Idaho Falls ID ka7eii@gmail.com
 23 year old Sangean ATS-909 and Select-A-Tenna

Western DX Roundup, IRCA DX Monitor Dec 4, published Nov 29 via WOR iog (2021-11-30)

United States

FCC Seal 2020 Federal Communications Commission

Deletions:
International Aerospace Solutions’ Classic Hits “K-Tahoe” 590 KTHO and 96.1 K241BK South Lake Tahoe CA were deleted after failing to response to multiple FCC inquiries that they were Silent or operating with unauthorized facilities. FCC Field Office personnel and public complaints noted that KTHO went silent in December 2019 after its transmission equipment was deemed abandoned and seized by the tower owner due to nonpayment of rent. The translator was however, noted as being on the air originating programming as KTHO was off the air.

The FCC has deleted the license of New Millennium Communications Group’s 1040 WZSK Everett PA. After an agency inquiry earlier this year after a complaint was filed with the FCC’s enforcement bureau that WZSK may have been silent or operating with unauthorized facilities for over a year, owner Shane Imler replied in June but did not confirm or deny the operating status of the station only claiming “Wzsk has been up and down since the pandemic” and explaining that station’s transmitter was out for repair and its backup at life’s end. The FCC deemed that response to be insufficient.

Community Broadcasters surrendered the license of Sports “ESPN 1310WDKD Kingstree SC as the station ceased operations on November 16.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/215416/fcc-report-11-21-ktho-wzsk-lose-their-licenses/

Lance Venta, RadioInsight (2021-11-21)

Canada

CRTC) CBC APPLIES TO FLIP TO ICI PREMIERE IN LAC-EDOUARD FROM AM TO FM
The CBC has applied to convert Ici Premiere CBF-17 710 AM in Lac-Edouard, Quebec to 99.9 FM. The new station will operate with 141 watts. Antenna height will be -41.0 metres (EHAAT). The radiation pattern will be non-directional. CBF-17 will continue to simulcast programming from CBF-8 96.5 in Trois-Rivieres.

Canadian Radio News FB group (2021-11-17)

Slovakia

Google-translated from Russian:
Slovakia, following the Czech Republic, turns off analogue broadcasting.
Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (Slovak Radio and Television) terminates its contract with broadcasting provider Towercom, the only operator in the country providing terrestrial medium-wave radio broadcasting.

We are talking about the termination of the contract between Towercom and Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (RTVS) for the provision of medium-wave broadcasting at a frequency of 1521 kHz. The document is posted on the official website of the Central Register of Treaties of the Slovak Republic.
The notification to the provider is dated 10/11/2021 and it says that its term is three months. Thus, the retransmission of the RTVS signal at 1521 kHz can be stopped on January 11, 2022.

What is the reason for the decision to terminate the contract for the provision of terrestrial broadcasting services in AM by RTVS is anyone’s guess. However, the technical directorate of Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska reported that the work on phasing out analogue terrestrial broadcasting in Slovakia is being carried out gradually and, most likely, broadcasting on AM will be completely stopped already in 2022. It will be replaced by the digital broadcasting standard DAB +. Interestingly, according to experts from the technical department of RTVS, by now only 35% of the territory of Slovakia is covered by the DAB + signal (in the Czech Republic, for example, 95%).

Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska is currently broadcasting from three transmitters in the country. All three are served by Towercom:

Rimavská Sobota – 1521 kHz (10 kW)
Nitra-Jarok – 1098 kHz (25 kW)
Košice-Čižatice – 702 kHz (5 kW)

All three transmitters broadcast the two radio stations that are part of RTVS:
06: 00-18: 00 * Rádio Patria (programs for national communities living in Slovakia);
18: 00-06: 00 Rádio Devín (music and art radio channel).

The Rimavská Sobota relay facility for medium and short wave transmission was commissioned in the southern part of Slovakia in 1956. Shortwave broadcasting from here was designed for almost the whole world. In 1983, the complex was reconstructed, a medium-wave sector was created with the Tesla SRV 2×25 kW and Tesla SRV 2×10 kW transmitters. Today, the facility has 12 steel lattice masts, the heights of which are 90, 109, 160 and 169 m.
The strategy for the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting of radio and television in the Slovak Republic was adopted by the country’s government in January 2011. In the same year, RTVS began testing its transmissions in digital format.
Broadcasting digitization experiments have been actively continued in Slovakia since 2016, when the communication companies Towercom, AVIS, SRO were involved.
The updated “Strategy for the implementation of digital broadcasting in the Slovak Republic” of January 2017, approved by the Government, provided for a phased transition from analog to digital:
● Tentative period 2017-2019 – launch of digital broadcasting,
● 2019–2021 – gradual transition from analogue to digital broadcasting standard,
● 2022–2026 – depending on the state of digitization, the Ministry of Communications should prepare and submit an updated strategy including a proposal for a deadline for the analog signal to be disconnected.
https://kolkeradio.blogspot.com/2021/11/blog-post.html?fbclid=IwAR0LRuPwiOGxNSQbejdhM6mearOd3jBlSEYcaq8kftTt5G31rhmUY_6dnBI

Igor Kolke (2021-11-07)