Translated from German:
The two medium waves on which programs intended for foreign countries are already broadcast from Lithuania should not be enough: the aim is also to reoccupy the 666 kHz frequency.
A frequency tender is currently underway with a deadline of November 6th. There are likely to be concrete plans behind this that have not yet been disclosed.
The medium wave 666 kHz is the former main frequency of the first radio program from Vilnius. Its shutdown in 2009 marked the end of AM broadcasts from broadcasters in the Baltics as a whole. In Estonia and Latvia, this step was already taken in 1998/1999.
The tender specifically mentions Sitkunai near Kaunas as the transmitter location. This continues the unexpected revival of this station.
It was only in 2017 that the broadcasting network operator LRTC kicked out the last users and completely cleared out the technology building. If this address can no longer be de-cluttered with a photo collection, we recommend taking a look at what conditions existed when the business was still running.
The continuation of the 1386 kHz frequency, supported by US authorities, including the German-language broadcasts from Polskie Radio, was only possible from a different location. Accordingly, observers were astonished when broadcasts from Sitkunai began again.
The transmission of Russian-language programs was observed for the first time on August 5, 2022 on 1557 kHz. Since then it has been running in the evenings.
It is a Dutch project that will officially be called “Radio Pravda”. However, this name is not used anywhere. On air and online it is just called “Nascha Lenta” or “Radio Lenta”.
Lenta is actually the name of a Russian online newspaper founded in 1999, from which the Riga-based Medusa project split off in 2014. As far as we can tell, the broadcasts on 1557 kHz have nothing to do with this.
It doesn’t look like it has a Ukrainian background, such as Lenta.ua, which is now operating in Kiev, but rather a simple hijacking of the well-known brand.
While nothing is known about the journalistic background of these broadcasts, a relevant report offered all the details about the technology. The transmitter from a Canadian manufacturer that was active in the Netherlands on 1008 kHz until the beginning of 2019 is connected to one of the antennas still present in Sitkunai.
The chronicle included information that no one wanted to give at the time, namely the transmission power used in the last operating phase of the Zeewolde medium wave station: it was 50 kW.
Kai Ludwig, Radio Eins (2023-09-10) via Herbert Meixner in A-DX iog (2023-09-12)