Poland

Just to let you know that Polish Radio Programme 1 longwave transmitter on 225 kHz located in Solec Kujawski will be switched off for maintenance from September 27, 0610 UTC to October 10, 1700UTC.

Wojtek Zaremba, Legionowo, Poland to HCDX list via WOR iog (2021-09-25)

United Kingdom

Radio Caroline, Have acquired a 25Kw transmitter, which they are going to install at there Orfordness site in Suffolk on 648Khz, permission granted by Ofcom, the regulator.
The idea being to overcome interference man made, and to overcome the skip signals from  Spain and Slovenia. The signal should be strong in the East, and South of England, and of course in NW Europe.
Should come to air sometime before the end of the year.
Mike Simmonds (2021-09-13)

United States

Bicoastal Media has swapped dial positions for its two AMs in Longview WA.

Conservative Talk/Sports 1400 KEDO Longview has moved to 1270, while Classic Country “Real Country” KBAM makes the reverse shift.

The move, as with most AM changes now, was done to improve the translator signals for each station. With the move to 1400, KBAM is now tied to 99.1 K256CQ Longview giving it the 250w/181m signal. KEDO moves its FM signal to new sign-on 99.9 K260DH Longview with 70w/-139m. Bicoastal has not yet set plans for KBAM’s former 93.5 K228FA Longview with its 100w/189m signal.
https://radioinsight.com/headlines/212429/longview-wa-signals-swap-locations/

RadioInsight (2021-09-03)

Canada

Radio station VOWR [800 kHz] is still assessing the damage and working through the insurance system following the lighting strike on their tower.
Station manager Doreen Whelan says, in all likelihood, the transmitter was damaged beyond repair. They are still broadcasting online at vowr.org and occasionally on Stingray’s local New Country station CJYQ 930 AM.
Whelan estimates they will still need about $30,000 even if insurance fully covers the loss.
She says, realistically, it’s going to be three or four weeks before they get back on AM radio.
https://vocm.com/2021/09/01/vowr-storm-update/

awr to Canadian Radio News fb group (2021-09-02)

Afghanistan

Google translated from German:
Reserved from August 24th, but initially not implemented on this day, additional broadcasting times via the broadcasting systems in Oman, CEST from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on 13630 and 13850 kHz, then until 10.30 a.m. on 13740 and 15310 kHz and from 1.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. on 13630 kHz.

Should it come to that, the BBC would broadcast almost the whole day for Afghanistan, with only two breaks of one and a half hours in the morning and five and a half hours at night. For the expansion, the usual alternating design in Dari (the Afghan form of Persian) and Pashtun is planned for shipments to Afghanistan.
https://www.radioeins.de/programm/sendungen/medienmagazin
/radio_news/beitraege/2021/afghanistan_bbc.html

The BBC‘s existing Afghanistan program is currently running on the following frequencies, unless otherwise stated, broadcast from Oman:
(times is CEST = UTC+2)
02.30-03.00: 1413 kHz
02.30-04.00: 6195 kHz, 7295 kHz (Austria)
03.00-05.00: 7445 kHz
04.00-05.00: 9410 kHz, 9880 kHz (Armenia)
05.00-05.30: 9880 kHz, 11870 kHz (Abu Dhabi)
05.00-05.30: 13580 kHz (Armenia)
10.30-13.30: 13740, 15310 kHz
16.00-21.00: 5970 kHz, 7465 kHz (Singapore)
19.00-21.00: 5875 kHz (Armenia)
20.00-21.00: 1413 kHz

Kai Ludwig, Radio Eins Radio-News (2021-08-24)

Denmark

Unfortunately World Music Radio WMR is off the air on 927 and 15790 kHz due to technical problems. However, 5930 and 25800 kHz remains on the air 24/7 – as well as the internet streaming of course.
It is expected that 927 will be back on the air by early September. When 15790 is back on the air is uncertain.
World Music Radio fb page (2021-08-18)

United Kingdom

Analogue community radio
Licence extensions granted in this period
A five-year extension has been granted to the following:
Service name Licensee Location New expiry date
Radio Panj Radio PANJ Limited Coventry 31 December 2026
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-july-2021 (3 August 2021)
via Dr Hansjoerg Biener

Radio Panj
1521 KHz – Coventry
On Air From: 01-01-2017 to: 31-12-2026
Licensee: Radio PANJ Limited
Contact Details:Jaswinder Dulay
Radio PANJ Limited, 6 Longford Road, Longford, CV6 6DX
[…]
Website: WWW.RADIOPANJ.ORG
[…]
Last Updated : 09/08/2021 06:23:23 hrs
http://static.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/html/radio-stations/community/cr100535ba3radiopanj.htm

via Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2021-08-09)

United Kingdom

Station Radio Caroline
Current licence area Suffolk and northern parts of Essex
Extended licence area Suffolk, northern parts of Essex, and parts of Kent and East Sussex
Reasons for agreeing to the extension:
Increase in licensed area: A power increase was AGREED to combat man made noise and interference in the existing coverage area, and to extend coverage to adjoining areas.  While the subsequent increase in the licensed area was considered to be significant, the decision-maker deemed there to be exceptional circumstances in order to approve this request.
Exceptional circumstances: Ofcom considered that there were ‘exceptional circumstances’ to justify an increase that would be reasonably considered to be significant. Since the award of this AM licence in 2018, the service has experienced high levels of background noise and interference, particularly in urban areas. The licensee also serves a ‘community of interest’ as opposed to a defined geographic community meaning the service is positioned to be accessible to the community of interest in the proposed extended areas.
Other considerations
There is an affinity between the existing and extended coverage area as the sea path from the existing transmitter at Orford means that the service is already receivable in parts of the extended coverage area, although existing reception is currently poor. Furthermore, the studio location means that the station attracts and engages volunteers from both the existing and extended coverage areas. The power increase will therefore improve signal in the extended coverage area, where some of the station’s volunteers live and work.
The applicant cited demand from its online audience base for access to the service via analogue. The power increase will therefore contribute to fulfilling this demand and broaden choice in how the community of interest in the extended area access the service.
The licensee set out their approach to how it would raise awareness of the improved coverage in the extended areas
The licensee provided plans of how it would further engage audiences in the extended areas noting that the social gain prospects would be greatly enhanced in Kent, Essex and elsewhere as a consequence of the proposed extended coverage.
Specifically, the extended coverage would result in their iconic and historically important Radioship becoming part of the licensed area. This will enable the use of this museum space to serve as an educational tool in offshore radio, and an additional education and training resource for potential volunteer radio presenters and technicians, which alongside the studio facilities in Kent will provide additional social gain capabilities.
No additional frequency resource is required to extend the service to the community of interest in the extended area.”
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/manage-your-licence/radio-broadcast-licensing/monthly-updates/radio-broadcast-update-july-2021 (3 August 2021) via

Dr Hansjoerg Biener (2021-08-09)

United Kingdom

Radio Caroline power increase.
In reply to my email Caroline’s Pat Edison said “It seems OfCom rather pipped us to the post with this announcement as we were due to announce it during our August Fundraiser next week. At this point we can say no more …actual coverage won’t be known until the day the power is increased.”
Chris Lowdon (2021-08-05)