Nav Canada decommissions LW and MW non-directional beacons.
NAV CANADA, the country’s provider of civil air navigation services, conducted an aeronautical study that reviewed the requirement for Non-Directional Beacons (NDBs) and Very-High Frequency Omnidirectional Rangefinders (VORs).
The study concluded that given the comprehensive radar surveillance coverage, and the propensity of area navigation (RNAV) with GNSS equipped aircraft, many navigation aids (NAVAIDS) are no longer required and should be decommissioned.
Where a current NAVAID identified in the study serves as an instrument approach aid or anchors an airway segment, NAV CANADA will ensure that a RNAV (GNSS) instrument approach procedure or RNAV airway segment is published, where required, before removal of the identified NAVAID.
Implementation is ongoing and will progress for the next several years. The sixth phase is represented below. Subsequent Notices of Change will be published for each upcoming phase.
See the link for a full list of the beacons.
Mike Terry to Longwaveradiolistening iog (2021-08-12)
CYUL 248 kHz Longwave Montreal airport beacon to be turned off August 12th 2021. We are losing so many NDBs. The “UL” is the morse code ID you can hear in the video.
Satellites are taking over. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASmevtWCctA
Mike Terry to Longwaveradiolistening iog (2021-08-10)
BBC has switched off Radio Devon on 801kHz. The temporary rolling message points to other options – none of which work or are practical in many low-lying locations.
Michael to WOR iog (2021-08-04)
Also Radio Devon switching off on its shared frequency of 990 kHz.
Mike Terry to WOR iog (2021-08-04)
1070 WFNI Indianapolis signed off at midnight Eastern time with a BANG!
Listen to it below.
A history lesson: 1070 was (and a lot of people think it always will be) WIBC. It was a influential part of Indy and Indiana since 1938, when it signed on.
It was a top rated Top 40 station in its heyday with a top notch news department. If something was going on in Indy, WIBC was on it.
The “Radio Indiana” ID was, IMHO, an homage to that history.
Glenn Brannon to I Love AM Radio fb group (2021-08-03)
Last minutes from Radio Gaucha, Porto Alegre on MW 600 kHz.
On 0257 2021-08-01, sport, News Inter x Gremio (soccer clubs), 0000 local time pips, and definitively switched off the 600 kHz signal after decades on air, according a national migration plan from MW to FM. Now Radio Gaucha just on Internet and FM on 93.7 MHz.
Rudolf Grimm (2021-08-02)
Reminder that the forever closedown time for WFNI 1070 Indianapolis MAY be imminent, 0400 UT Monday – or 24 hours later? OR whenever. I never hear them in OK anyway but they allegedly have/had a good signal in the East. The old nite pattern was a tight lobe to the SE; day pattern also to SE but broader. But there are plenty of other 1070s.
Glenn Hauser to WOR iog (2021-08-02)
WFNI 1070 Indianapolis to go dark August 2.
It very likely will not go dark but Emmis will request some STA for limited low power operation from some other AM site or some temporary antenna lashup. That is because the FCC’s rules for FM translators for AM stations
do not allow the translators to stay on air if the AM signal is not in operation – even if it’s just off-air for repair or maintenance, and certainly not if it has a “silent” STA. Unless of course Emmis turns off the translators as well.
Ben Dawson to WOR iog (2021-07-20)
WFNI 1070 Indianapolis to go dark August 2.
WFNI 1070 kHz 50 kw day/10 kw night, different patterns (4 towers day/6 towers night) in Indianapolis will go dark August 2.Their night pattern dominates 1070 here in Aiken with a mix of WFLI and WCSZ when nulled.Still, maybe a chance for DXers in the central U.S. to hear KNX.
EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS is shutting down the AM signal of Sports WFNI-A-W228CX-W298BB (93.5/107.5 THE FAN)/INDIANAPOLIS on AUGUST 2nd after closing on the sale of some of the land under the station’s AM transmitter and tower array in WHITESTOWN, IN. The programming will continue on the two FM translators, W228CX and W298BB, and online, fed by WIBC-HD2. EMMIS had the site rezoned for mixed-use commercial/residential use over a year ago and listed the 70-acre site; several acres have been sold or are under contract, with some sites remaining on the market.
“As long-time owners of 1070, we are working diligently on finding the next great use for the signal,” said Chairman JEFF SMULYAN. “We were offered a wonderful opportunity to monetize the property and felt it was our obligation to explore that. Ultimately, it made the most sense.”
The AM signal was formerly the longtime home of News-Talk WIBC before that station moved to FM in 2007 and THE FAN was launched.
Brock Whaley, Aiken SC to WOR iog (2021-07-19)
Several readers have advised us that Bell’s CHAM 820 in Hamilton has been off the air since Friday July 2nd. Unaware if the cause is transmitter problems or whether they are gone for good (as was the case with Bell’s CKSL 1410 in London a few years ago). Phone calls and emails to Bell inquiring about the situation have been met with dead silence. Anybody know anything?
Canadian Radio News FB group (2021-07-05)