New Zealand

The reinstatement of the Waipapakauri mast near Kaitaia which serves the Far North of NZ means that 837 RNZ National and 1026 Newstalk ZB return to the air after going off air in July.

The Ōtaika transmission site carries 837 RNZ National serving Whangarei and Ōhaeawai near Kaikohe carries 981 RNZ National & 1215 Newstalk ZB.  These sites are still on air.

The Waipapakauri closure some months ago was seen as a foreunner of a gradual move away from AM transmissions with a rumoured 2030 date for a more general closedown.  This year the FM coverage of NewsTalk ZB in the Far North was bolstered by a more powerful transmitter (10kw) on 105.1 being installed at Maungataniwha.

Bryan Clark, Mangawhai – Northland to mwmasts iog (2022-12-02)

New Zealand

Situated on the northwest tip of New Zealand’s north island, and home to the historically significant Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the Northland region is to receive a funding boost to strengthen its AM broadcasting infrastructure.

New Zealand’s Minister of Broadcasting and Media, Willie Jackson, and Minister for Emergency Management, Kieran McAnulty, have announced a NZD$1.48 million package to fund the repair and replacement of three transmission masts in Northland to ensure AM radio can stay on air in the region.

“This funding will secure the reinstatement of the Waipapakauri mast, which services Far North communities, and replace the masts at Ōtaika and Ōhaeawai which are on their last legs,” Willie Jackson said. “This will ensure that Northland communities retain their access to AM transmission in areas that are not serviced by FM frequencies.

“RNZ has already completed work to reinstate the Waipapakauri mast, which went back on air today.”

Minister for Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty said radio is a critical information channel to help reach New Zealanders in an emergency.

“When emergencies happen, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and local Civil Defence Groups work with the media to issue warnings and other critical information. We rely on radio as our number one emergency info channel as it is the most resilient and widely available form of public communication.

“Northland is especially reliant on AM radio due to its remote and rugged terrain, its exposure to hazards like tsunamis, and limited access to cellular service and other information sources,” Kieran McAnulty said.

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, NEMA, and RNZ are collaborating to develop criteria for future decisions about other AM sites to make sure communities are able to stay connected and access critical warnings and guidance in emergencies.
https://content-technology.com/asia-pacific-news/boost-for-am-broadcasting-in-nzs-northland-region/

Ian, AUS to mwmasts iog (2022-12-02)

United States

I was asked if I had possibly misheard the ID on 1350 WOAM as it has been inactive since 2013.
But I checked and couldn’t get it to anything else so I logged on to a Kiwi SDR in Peoria IL and listened to 1350 and there was a music station going which was ID as FM and AM 1350 WOAM.
So it’s apparently back on. There isn’t much info about this online so it can’t have been running that long. The license was renewed on 15/7-2022 and is valid for 5-6 years.

Lars Jeppesen to nordx iog (2022-11-16)

Russia

Kaliningrad 1143 kHz.
Attention! Today, November 15, the Kaliningrad Radio Center turned on the broadcast of the Radio Russia program for a daily run. I remind you: the frequency is 1143 kHz, 150 kW. We kindly ask you to check and send in the messages how and where you will be able to receive the signal. The best results are possible in the evening and at night. A message can be sent to me by e-mail: andrey_hamradio@mail.ru Your information will help evaluate the actual reception area. Thanks in advance

Steve Whitt to mwcircle iog (2022-11-15)

He could introduce himself, if asking for a favour.

73, Mauno to mwcircle iog (2022-11-15)

Norway

Update on The Northern Star AM stations.

AM 1611 The Sea and AM 5895 Radio Northern Star/The Sea came back on the air on Thursday, October 27th at 1702 and 2000 CET respectively after a long absence since December 15th, 2021.
A new technical team is now in place.

LLE-4 1611(400 watts of 2 kW possible) is running our Classic Country station “The Sea» through an inverted “V”.
LLE-3 5895 has a mix of Radio Northern Star(Classic and Pop favorites from both sides of the Atlantic) and The Sea(30 watts in AM mode, through another inverted «V».
The schedule is tentative for the moment and the transmissions must be considered as engineering tests:

1611 @1700-0015 CET
5895 @0530-0010 CET

The licenses runs out on New Year’s Eve, but new licenses has been applied for.
We verify correct reception reports for 1611 and 5895. And reports are very welcome, preferably with mp3 recordings and a clear ID to this email address only: 1000@northernstar.cc

The situation for LLE-2 1314 kHz is still uncertain.
Further updates as they come.

Northern Star Media Services FB group (2022-10-30)

Russia

Re. 1089 and 1143 kHz:
It seems that they do not test on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, now already for two weekends in a row. Last weekend 1143kHz was silent (1089 not testing yet), this weekend 1143 and 1089kHz seem to be silent. But it is irregular, so I could miss something… I do not sit at my radio all the time  🙂  But I check it usually around noon in Central Europe when it is usually on during working days with a test tone or Radio Rossii. Off in the late afternoon.

Karel Honzik to mwcircle iog (2022-10-30)