Radio Caroline: Staff were sent recently to Orfordness to connect the 648
transmitter to one of the 350ft main aerial masts instead of the 160ft standby tower. This has now been done and Alan Beech has applied to Ofcom for an increase in power over the present 1KW.
Further work may be needed to make the other full height masts compliment the signal and not absorb or deflect it. The masts required inspection, for which we paid Maxxwave, who did the climbing. This cost was kindly sponsored by Leonard Weldon of Manchester.
http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html (“Latest News”).
Radio Caroline website (2020-08-14)
840 WHAS Louisville is going off the air at midnight (in other words 12:01 AM Tuesday 28 July) for tower maintenance. They do not say how long they expect the outage to last.
Chris Gay in WOR groups.io (2020-07-28)
“Essential engineering affecting MW Radio 5 Live [Brookmans Park] service in London and the South East 01 June 2020.
Essential engineering work is taking place on the Brookmans Park transmitter that will have periods of reduced power between 10.00 – 16.00 from 3rd June until 24th July.
Listeners’ access to Radio 5 live may be affected during this time period.
You can use our Transmitter Checker which will give you an exact view of the current status of the transmitter and any recent changes. We would recommend not re-tuning your Radio’s during this period of essential engineering.”
The site is home to
909 kHz BBC Radio 5 Live
1089 kHz talkSPORT
1215 kHz Absolute Radio
1458 kHz Lyca Radio
So reception of all these stations should have been affected.
Dr. Hansjoerg Biener (2020-07-26)
On this SDR north of London Absolute Radio is good on 1215 kHz:
It seems that the transmitter operates.
Kind regards Marco (2020-07-25)
Townsville (Brandon), Qld – ABC Nth Qld Mast Replacement 630kHz.
Reading the below it seams that a standby low power mast might be in use throughout the period of main mast replacement on 630kHz with the addition of the 3 temporary FM transmission sites/frequencies.
Ian (AUS) in mwmasts groups.io (2020-07-17)
WTZA AM 1010 kHz Atlanta, GA USA on at high power at night.
Recently WTZA AM 1010 kHz in Atlanta, Georgia USA signed on simulcasting the Radio Punjab network. It is normally a 50 kW AM station during the day. However, the station is failing to drop down to its 78 watts at night. It is staying at its 50 kW daytime power (or maybe the critical hours power of 45 kW) throughout the night.
The station should be easy to receive at least in the southeast U.S. I was able to verify this on KiwiSDRs located in NC and Key West, FL.
Confusingly, the station broadcasts a station ID at the top of the hour as KTXV AM 890 in Dallas, TX. The ID is in English. Apparently, relaying an online feed from this Rado Punjab affiliate. No local station ID has been heard since it signed on with this format in late May. Radio Punjab broadcasts in the Punjabi and other south Asian languages with some commercials in English.
Harry S. Atlanta, Georgia USA in WOR Groups.io (2020-06-15)
Radio Visión Cristiana is rebuilding their transmitting station which operated earlier on 530 kHz.
WRTHmonitor June 2020 updates (2020-07-09)
Probably the only remaining AM transmitter in the country on 279 kHz has been operating very irregularly and even then with hardly any modulation.
WRTHmonitor June 2020 updates (2020-07-09)
Re. rumours about RTL 234 kHz (2020-06-04) Rémy Friess has responded at firstname.lastname@example.org:
“These rumours have been going on since Europe1 closed its longwave transmitter. But the station has never confirmed any of these.
However the station seems to go on reduced power every evening. This has been going on for months. At 1820 UTC (1920 UTC in the winter) ±2 minutes there is a break in transmission of about 5 seconds. Then the signal comes back with lower power.”
Mike Terry to WOR groups.io (2020-07-09)
640 WNNZ Westfield MA
Does anyone who follows MW broadcasting know if this station has reduced its daytime power or changed its antenna pattern. I used to pick up this 50kW NPR affiliated daytimer with ease here during daylight hours in the Albany NY area. Now I find it’s almost impossible to hear.
John Figliozzi to WOR Groups.io (2020-06-18)