RTE R1 252 kHz LW off air again on Tuesday 15 November
2rn – Summerhill, Co. Meath. Complete outage due to essential engineering work will affect the RTÉ Radio One longwave service between 09:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday 15th November 2022. (2rn @2rnNMC on Twitter 12 Nov) (252 kHz was also off due to “unforeseen technical fault” back on 29-30 Oct)
73, Alan Pennington, BDXC iog via Longwaveadiolistening iog (2022-11-12)
Radio208 is back on the air on 1440 kHz broadcasting with 400 Watts from Ishøj, Copenhagen. In parallel to 5970 kHz (100 Watts) from Hvidovre, Copenhagen.
The old CCA 1 kW transmitter from 1974 is no longer in use. The tubes and driver tubes were worn out, and they would have been rather expensive to replace. Besides, the old tube transmitter consumed a lot of electricity. So the use of this transmitter ceased a few months ago. A spare 75 Watts transmitter was put into use on August 11th, but this transmitter broke down about a month later. A new transistorized transmitter was ordered, and this has now been put into service today Saturday from around midday.
Broadcasting hours on 1440 kHz is now 0400-2400 UTC. Broadcasting hours on 5970 kHz and via Internet streaming remain 24 hours 7 days a week.
198kHz Droitwich off-air BBC R4 Droitwich TX appears to be off-air at present, first observed here at 1050UTC. I’m currently copying a weaker signal from Burghead. Maybe a daytime opportunity for Iceland on 189 or 207?
WRJR 670, Claremont, VA is no longer Spanish language religious. It’s now part of a consortium of stations that carry a progressive/alternative/eclectic rock format fed from Stu-Comm’s independent, non-profit WNRN out of Charlottesville. (reported yesterday 17/9)
WRJR is licenced with 20kW days and 3 W at night. For some reason this has been omitted from previous lists of US “daytimers” that European DXers might hear just before the transmitter reduces power..
In September it should reduce power at 1815EST = 2315UTC and reception should improve towards the end of the month. At the end of Sept actual sunset will be 1754EST so the transmitter will be running full power for about 20 minutes after sunset.
There is one catch however, the station runs a directional antenna during the day with a deep null pointing directly at the BDMR in Clashmore! (shown by the trace in the image below). Best reception should be in South Africa. ( the null is a legacy of the years before 2003 when CKXB operated on 670kHz from Musgravestown in Newfoundland.)
WTNI 1640 kHz (actually always slightly offset +13 Hz at 1640.013 kHz), Biloxi, Mississippi, USA is back on the air with a steady, constantly ON signal. They seemed to finally fixed the on/off cycling of their signal which had grown progressively worse over the course of months as noted by DXers such as Lou. However, this week, when they came back on the air, the modulation or audio is somewhat wobbly when music is playing. Oddly audio seems clear when there are just voice announcements. The main AM carrier is steady, so the problem seems to be the modulation or audio feed. The WTNI online feed has also been fixed this week after being offline for months. It is at… https://v7player.wostreaming.net/7316 The audio on the online stream is clean but in mono. On air branding is always “Bob 106.3”. “106.3” refers to the FM frequency of translator W292CD associated with simulcasted sister station WANG 1490 KHz.
Radio Panj 1521. This station seems to have technical problems today. At 0945 utc a very low level distorted audio stream can be heard on a seemingly normal carrier. But during news at 1000utc the audio level improved but audio is rough sounding and sibilant.