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The Slow Demise of Longwave Broadcasting

Mike Terry
 

There are only few active high-powered long-wave broadcast stations on-the-air. One of the longest serving stations, the Czech transmitter at Topolná, has now fallen silent. Starting regular services in 1923, seeing turbulent times during the second World War, and again during the Czech uprising in 1968, high operational costs finally sealed its fate. Despite the Czech Senate Defence and Security Committee calling on the government to maintain the transmitters for emergency services, while the Ministry of Culture deciding whether to declare the Topolná transmitter a monument, České Radiokomunikace blew up two 270-meter-high masts of the Topolná long-wave transmitter on Thursday, the 28th of July. Even the neighbouring village and its mayor was not made aware of the plans, they also wanted to keep the station as a memorial.

(IRTS Radio News Bulletin)


Re: Romania -153 kHz

Alan Pennington
 

Only a brief outage maybe, as was broadcasting as usual on 153 kHz when checked around 1900 UTC yesterday (Aug 2) and is on on air this morning (Aug 3) at 0900 UTC when checked via the Bucharest SDR.

73 Alan


On Wed, Aug 3, 2022 at 07:17 AM, Mike Terry wrote:
August 2, 2022

 

Antena Satelor (153kHz) off the air again (17.45 UTC).

 

(Smileandsunshine to Medium Wave Circle FB group (2022-08-02) via Mediumwave.info)


Romania -153 kHz

Mike Terry
 

August 2, 2022


Antena Satelor (153kHz) off the air again (17.45 UTC).


(Smileandsunshine to Medium Wave Circle FB group (2022-08-02) via Mediumwave.info)


Droitwich 198 kHz transmitter faults

Mike Terry
 

Off this morning for a while, and other faults over the last few days.


Details here under "LW":


https://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/check-for-transmitter-faults/


[ICDX-AM] Last night on LW

Mike Terry
 





------ Original Message ------
From: "Tomas vk2ccc" <Vk2ccc@...>
To: "dxdialog" <dxdialog@groups.io>; ICDX-AM@groups.io
Sent: Saturday, 30 Jul, 22 At 03:12
Subject: [ICDX-AM] Last night on LW

Hi all,

Conditions appear to be changeable on LW, there is no night the same as previous.

Radio Medi 1 (Morocco) at 171 kHz was audible from about 05:17 AM to 06:12 AM Sydney time, stronger than usual. A short fragment recorded at 06:00 AM is attached.

Romania at 162 kHz had its carrier audible from 05:30 AM, up and down to about 07:00 AM, with its peak at 06:03 AM Sydney time, however S/N rate was a bit too low for its audio to be heard.

France precise time reference on 162 kHz (I understand that no audio being broadcasted these days) was audible from about 05:24 to 06:36 AM Sydney time.

Algeria on 252 kHz (new to me) had its carrier audible from 05:11 AM to 05:56 AM, peaking at about 05:30 AM. Audio signal was not audible, however.

Poland on 225 kHz had its carrier audible from about 05:17 AM to 06:12 AM, peaking at 05:32 AM, however signal level too low for audio to be heard.

Happy listening

Tomas, VK2CCC
Sydney


Masts in Topolna -CZE- ex 270kHz are no more

Mike Terry
 

July 29, 2022


Masts in Topolna -CZE- ex 270kHz are no more.
Two masts of the former high power Czech Radio transmitter in Topolná, Czechia (270kHz) were demolished today.

Karel Honzik, Czechia to mwcircle iog (2022-07-28) via Mediumwave News


The end of long-wave transmitters in Topolná:

Michel FREMY
 

České Radiokomunikace blows up the station to close the proceedings.
The Senate Defense and Security Committee called on the government to consider using the transmitters in an emergency.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture was deciding whether to declare the Topolná transmitter a monument.
All these beautiful people were taken aback and České Radiokomunikace blew up two 270-meter-high masts of the Topolná long-wave transmitter on July 28! Even the village and its Mayor was therefore not aware of the blasting, they also wanted to keep the station as a memorial.
It must be said that the simple replacement of the cables of the masts would have cost almost four million euros to the owner of the transmitter who is České radiokomunikace. What closes any discussion with the explosive.
At the beginning of the year, the Topolná transmitter in the Uherskohradišť region stopped broadcasting Czech longwave radio after 69 years. It is the eleventh tallest building in the Czech Republic.
Story in french: https://media-radio.info/radiodiffusion/index.php?radiodiffusion=Tch%E9quie&id=339&cat_id=47
Michel FREMY
Radio Magazine


RTE R1 252 kHz LW off air for engineering work Wed 13 July

Alan Pennington
 

RTE transmitter network provider 2rn say 252 kHz will be off air next Wednesday 0830-1430 UTC:

2rn: - Summerhill, Co. Meath. Complete outage due to essential engineering work on Radio One Long Wave service between 09:30 and 15:30 on Wednesday 13th July 2022.


(2rn on Twitter 10 July)

73 Alan Pennington
British DX Club

Virus-free. www.avg.com


A reminder - No SAQ Transmission on Alexanderson Day 2022

Mike Terry
 

The World Heritage radio station at Grimeton, Sweden, will be fully open to visitors on Sunday 3 July for this year's celebration, the first time since the Covid pandemic began. The historic alternator transmitter will be started up as usual, but will not actually be able to transmit on-air due to antenna difficulties.


Additional information (including YouTube video links and schedule) can be found at this new Alexander Association page. (Times on that page are given in Central European Summer Time, which is two hours ahead of GMT. Example: 10.00 CEST => 0800 UTC => 4:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time.)


[cidx] SAQ unable to air on Alexanderson Day

Mike Terry
 





------ Original Message ------
From: "Ralf Bender" <rlfbender@...>
To: cidx@groups.io
Sent: Saturday, 18 Jun, 22 At 07:58
Subject: [cidx] SAQ unable to air on Alexanderson Day



---------- Forwarded message ---------
Von: SAQ Grimeton Radio Station <info@....se>
Date: Sa., 18. Juni 2022, 08:23
Subject: SAQ unable to air on Alexanderson Day



News from
Alexander SAQ
Grimeton Friendship Association
www.alexander.n.se

SAQ unable to air
on Alexanderson Day July 3rd, 2022

Welcome to World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station on Alexanderson Day 2022
Due to difficulties in obtaining components in the ongoing maintenance work, the 98 year old 200kW Alexanderson alternator will not be able to air on Alexanderson Day.

The Alexander Association welcomes all visitors to Alexanderson Day, Sunday, July 3rd 2022, 10:00-16:00. After the pandemic restrictions of the last two years, we are happy to welcome all visitors again. Together with the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station, we will offer many activities, for the whole family, during the day.

We will make two transmitter startups with SAQ, but this year without any transmission over the antenna due to difficulties in obtaining components in the ongoing maintenance work.

Live Video from World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station
Both transmitter startups can be seen live on our YouTube Channel or by following the links below. This year we will give a more in depth technical presentation of the Alexanderson alternator during the startups.

Program
Here is the program, subject to change (All times are CEST):
10:10 Start live broadcast.

Live Video Stream of transmitter startup, scheduled at 10:10 CEST on Jul 3rd, 2022

10:30 Start-up of Alternator. 11:00 Telegraphing of a message.
11:15 Guided antenna walk (Swedish)
11:45 Lecture and movie in the transmitter hall (Swedish)
13:10 Start live broadcast.

Live Video Stream of transmitter startup, scheduled at 13:10 CEST on Jul 3rd, 2022

13:30 Start-up of Alternator. 14:00 Telegraphing of a message.
14:15 Guided antenna walk (English)
14:40 Lecture and movie in the transmitter hall (English)

In addition to these program items, lots of other activities are offered throughout the day, including:

  • The exhibition, where you can test your Morse skills, among other things.
  • The control, an obstacle course for all climbers, where there are different tasks to solve.
  • Operation Palmqvist, an escape room that takes place on Grimeton Radio Station during World War II.
  • Kjells café, with good coffee.
  • The radio shop, the world heritage well-stocked souvenir shop.
Please see grimeton.org for activity details.

SK6SAQ
During the day, our amateur radio station SK6SAQ will also be staffed and be QRV on the following frequencies
– 3,535 kHz CW
– 7,035 kHz CW
– 14.035 KHz CW
– 3.755 kHz SSB
– 7,140 kHz SSB
QSL-reports to SK6SAQ are kindly received via:
- Email to info@....se
- or via: SM bureau
- or direct by postal mail (link to address here)

Two stations will be on the air most of the time.

Not a member yet? Then it's time to join the Alexander team!

We welcome you as a member of the Alexander Grimeton Friendship Association, to support our non-profit activities in preserving, documenting and bringing to life the unique Alexanderson alternator from 1924.

As a member You get a 10% discount on World Heritage Grimeton's entry, shop and activities, and free admission to Alexander's evening displays and to the Alexanderson Day, upon presentation of your membership card. Four times per year, you will receive our online magazine “Alternatorn”, exclusively available only to our members.

Alexander members also have free admission to the Radio Museum in Gothenburg.
Membership costs SEK 125 / year.

Apply For Membership Now!








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Transatlantic Long Wave

Mike Terry
 

June 11, 2022

Transatlantic long wave propagation was unusually good last night June 11, 2022, around 0230 UTC, received in Maryland near Washington DC. The receiver was SDRplay RSPdx with SDRuno software, using a 550 foot beverage antenna aimed at Europe. Here are links to YouTube recordings of the spectrum and waterfall displays along with the audio.
Morocco 171 khz
Algeria 252 khz
BBC on 198 khz

Marshall Reel to WOR iog (2022-06-11) via Mediumwave News


Re: [WOR] Transatlantic long wave propagation unusually good June 11, 2022

Mike Terry
 





------ Original Message ------
From: "Marshall Reel" <gmreel@...>
To: WOR@groups.io
Sent: Sunday, 12 Jun, 22 At 10:02
Subject: Re: [WOR] Transatlantic long wave propagation unusually good June 11, 2022

Thanks!

Of course, here near Washington DC I can hear 1010 khz from New York clearly every night. Only occasionally do I ever detect a carrier from a European MW station. As I posted, when conditions are favorable I do hear the big European and North African LW stations.

I agree that abandoning AM broadcasting would be regrettable. Here in the US there is no shortage of AM broadcasters on MW and HF, but they are dominated by religious programs and conservative political commentators. Many who are not of a conservative political or religious persuasion actually refuse to tune to MW or HF bands. I have even heard someone referring to HF as "the dark web of radio"!

Marshall


[bdxc-news] no SAQ transmission on 17.2 kHz on Alexanderson Day 2022

Mike Terry
 





------ Original Message ------
From: "Harald Kuhl" <hkdx@...>
To: bdxc-news@groups.io
Sent: Monday, 6 Jun, 22 At 09:32
Subject: [bdxc-news] no SAQ transmission on 17.2 kHz on Alexanderson Day 2022

Hi there,
I ask SAQ about the transmission on 17,2 kHz for Alexanderson Day 2022 and received the following answer.
Regards
Harald DL1AX
Gesendet: Montag, 06. Juni 2022 um 08:16 Uhr
Von: "Alexander Grimeton" <info@....se>
An: "Harald Kuhl" <hkdx@...>
Betreff: Re: SAQ transmission in June 2022?
Dear Harald,
Thanks for including our information about Alexanderson Day 2022 in FUNKAMATEUR.
Here's the official text about the Alexanderson Day 2022. We are sorry to inform you that SAQ will not be able to air, due to technical issues. Instead, we would like to encourage the listeners to watch on our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/c/AlexanderSAQ, where we will livestream two transmitter startups, with in depth technical information about SAQ.
Kind regards,
Fredrik Wiklund / Alexander association
SAQ unable to air on Alexanderson Day
The Alexander Association welcomes all visitors to Alexanderson Day, Sunday, July 3, 2022, 10-16.
After the pandemic restrictions of the last two years, we are happy to welcome all visitors again.
Together with the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station, we offer many activities, for the whole family, during the day.
We will make two transmitter startups with SAQ, but this year without any transmission over the antenna due to difficulties in obtaining components in the ongoing maintenance work.
Both transmitter startups will be broadcasted live via our YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/c/AlexanderSAQ.
This year we will give a more in depth technical presentation of the Alexanderson alternator during the startups.

Here is the program, subject to change (All times are CEST):
10:10 Start live broadcast. 10:30 Start-up of Alternator. 11:00 Telegraphing of a message.
11:15 Guided antenna walk (Swedish)
11:45 Lecture and movie in the transmitter hall (Swedish)
13:10 Start live broadcast. 13:30 Start-up of Alternator. 14:00 Telegraphy of a message.
14:15 Guided antenna walk (English)
14:40 Lecture and movie in the transmitter hall (English)

In addition to these program items, lots of other activities are offered throughout the day, including:
- The exhibition, where you can test your Morse skills, among other things.
- The control, an obstacle course for all climbers, where there are different tasks to solve.
- Operation Palmqvist, an escape room that takes place on Grimeton Radio Station during World War II.
- Kjells café, with good coffee.
- The radio shop, the world heritage well-stocked souvenir shop.

During the day, our amateur radio station SK6SAQ will also be staffed and be QRV on the following frequencies
- 3,535 kHz CW
- 7,035 kHz CW
- 14.035 KHz CW
- 3.755 kHz SSB
- 7,140 kHz SSB

See more information at alexander.n.se and grimeton.org


‘A link across time’: how shipping forecast will outlast Radio 4 long wave

Mike Terry
 

The Guardian
By Jim Waterson
3 June 2022

Radio 4’s shipping forecast is a national institution, with millions of listeners reassured by the thought that, somewhere out at sea, British fishers are patiently waiting by their radios to find out whether there is a gale warning in Rockall or Cromarty.

Yet the announcement that Radio 4’s long wave signal will be shut down as part of the BBC’s latest cuts has left many wondering how the country’s fishing fleet will cope without access to the four-times-a-day updates.

The slightly less romantic reality, according to Mike Cohen of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, is that his members have not needed Radio 4 for decades. Modern fishers have far more accurate devices to warn them about the wind and rain: “Even the small 15-metre boats in Bridlington have satellite internet these days. I’ve had video calls from people in the middle of the sea.”

Yet that does not mean they are immune to the charms of Sailing By, the music that heralds the forecasts and was designed to help captains adjust their radios: “That theme tune is a link to other times, other people, other places. There’s as much a fondness among fishermen for that as there is for the rest of us.”

When the fishers’ trade body asked its members how they felt about the shipping forecast one said it “acted as a link across communities, a link across time”. Another added: “For us it is a bygone age but for many older folk it is a reassuring connection to the past.”

The BBC plans to end dedicated programming on its Radio 4 long wave frequency next year, which could mean the loss of two of the current four shipping broadcast updates. The early morning and late night forecasts will remain on FM, DAB and online broadcasts. But the loss of the long wave signal – accessible far from the British mainland – confirms they will essentially be nostalgia pieces, more about waking the nation up or lulling listeners to sleep.

Cohen said modern fishing boats were stuffed full of GPS equipment, chart plotters, and highly precise weather information: “You can get all of this built into the technology in the wheelhouse. Fishermen want detail for exactly the spot they’re in – not just a summary of the nation.”

While fishers still take substantial risks every time they head out to sea, he said the reality was that the modern fishing industry is a technology-heavy job that is “worlds away from the stereotype of Captain Birdseye with a sou’wester knitting his own kippers”.

The shipping forecast has been broadcast for more than a century but took on its current form in 1949 – including most of the 31 distinctive names for nautical areas around the coast of Great Britain and Ireland. Over the decades it has been parodied, interrupted crucial moments of Test Match Special cricket coverage, and provided musical inspiration – inspiring Sea Power to write the song Gale Warnings in Viking North, and giving Blur the lyric “On the Tyne, Forth and Cromarty / There’s a low in the high forties” on This Is a Low.

A spokesperson for the BBC said the forecast would not disappear altogether and would remain as a “much-loved part of the regular Radio 4 schedule, giving listeners moments of calm in their day”. The long wave signal – which has been threatened before and currently relies on a small supply of metre-high historic glass valves to keep broadcasting – will survive for a few more years.

Cohen suggested the general public enjoyed hearing unfamiliar place names such as North Utsire and South Utsire – coastal regions near Norway – which he likened to encountering “here be dragons” on an ancient map: “You don’t see those names on a road sign. It’s a bit like beating the bounds – going to the edge of the nation and looking off.”

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jun/03/shipping-forecast-radio-4-long-wave-broadcast



BBC - severe cuts announced

Mike Terry
 

The official text of his remarks makes no mention of a specific date for closing LW. Here's what it says:

"We do plan to stop scheduling separate content for Radio 4 Long Wave, consulting with partners, including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, ahead of the closure of the Long Wave platform itself. 5Live on Medium Wave will also close no later than December 2027, in line with a proposed industry-wide exit from the platform."


(via Chris Greenway BDXC)




------ Original Message ------
From: "Mike Terry" <miketerry73@...>
To: bdxc-news@groups.io; WOR@groups.io; "Medium Wave Circle" <mwcircle@groups.io>; mw-dx@groups.io; Longwaveradiolistening@groups.io
Sent: Thursday, 26 May, 22 At 15:28
Subject: BBC - severe cuts announced

Sky News reports that, in a speech by Director General Tim Davey, he has said that in the next few years, the corporation will stop broadcasting BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC and Radio 4 Extra.


Mike


BBC - severe cuts announced

Mike Terry
 

Sky News reports that, in a speech by Director General Tim Davey, he has said that in the next few years, the corporation will stop broadcasting BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC and Radio 4 Extra.


Mike


Re: 252 kHz

Michel FREMY
 

ALGERIE "Alger Chaine 3" on 252 kHz in Tipaza.
Not only is the transmitter back on the air after a very long outage, but the RTA will also build up a stock of spare parts!
It has just launched a consultation for the acquisition of spare parts for the energy equipment of the TIPAZA 1500 kW Long Wave station.
--
Michel FREMY
https://www.media-radio.info
https://www.facebook.com/Radiosdumonde/


Re: Luxembourg

Michel FREMY
 

LUXEMBOURG  RTL France” on 234 kHz in Beidweiller.
More mixed speech of RTL on the stop of the long waves. The station recognizes that “The audience of RTL via the long waves is still important”. To this day, no more stop date exists. We are even talking about 10 years, 5 years or 3 years!
The station will, however, continue to suspend its broadcast between 12:30 a.m. or 1 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. or 5 a.m. During this time slot, the station rebroadcasts programs of the day.
The station accuses the genes of reception "following the jamming caused by computer screens and any other equipment"!
She also claims that the transmitter settings have not been changed, while the power has been reduced by five, compared to the glory days.
Michel FREMY
https://www.media-radio.info
https://www.facebook.com/Radiosdumonde/


Re: 252 kHz

C.K. Raman
 

Logged Algeria with a weak signal on 252 around 2300 UT May 16, 2022 @ New Delhi. 

73
C K Raman
_____________________


On Tue, May 17, 2022 at 8:26 PM Mike Terry via groups.io <miketerry73=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

May 16, 2022


Radio Chaine 3 from Algeria switched off again on the 252 kHz.

This means that only RTE from Ireland can currently be received on 252 kHz alone.

It is currently not known whether Algeria was only switched off temporarily or whether broadcasting is limited – like RTL-France does on 234 kHz .


Steffen Mehnert, Germany (2022-05-15)



I made a check this morning via a Spanish KiwiSDR and could hear Algeria on 252 kHz weak and in French.


Ydun Ritz (2022-05-16)

(Mediumwave News)



252 kHz

Mike Terry
 

May 16, 2022


Radio Chaine 3 from Algeria switched off again on the 252 kHz.

This means that only RTE from Ireland can currently be received on 252 kHz alone.

It is currently not known whether Algeria was only switched off temporarily or whether broadcasting is limited – like RTL-France does on 234 kHz .


Steffen Mehnert, Germany (2022-05-15)



I made a check this morning via a Spanish KiwiSDR and could hear Algeria on 252 kHz weak and in French.


Ydun Ritz (2022-05-16)

(Mediumwave News)


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