Radio on lw (long waves)

Channel Hopper

Channel Hopper

Suffering fools, so you don't have to.
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My Satellite Setup
A little less analogue, and a lot more crap.
My Location
UK
I'm aware of Europe 1 shutting down it's long wave transmissions from Flensburg on 183 kHz later today, but I've heard no announcement that RTL are also closing their long wave outlet as well? :blink:
We await for the o/p to provide a link to confirm the claim, they usually have their finger on the pulse.
 
hvdh

hvdh

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2,067
My Satellite Setup
Dr.HD F16, TBS 5927, T-55, Laminas 120 cm
My Location
Oss, NL (5.5°E 51.8°N)
The TDF carrier on 162 kHz is off now, by the way.
Also 243 kHz (Denmark) is off?
According a reply on SDR chat box:
162 kHz has maintenance on Tuesdays,
243 kHz is active only 0445-0505, 0700-0805, 1045-1115, 1645-1715 UTC.
 
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rodscha

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Location
carcassonne south France(Languedoc)
My Satellite Setup
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My Location
carcassonne south france,700ks south of Paris ,300k N of Barcelona
europe 1 's transmitter is in a little village just on the German/French border called Ueberherrn...funny name meaning ...Supermen!
380ks east of Paris
 
Adam792

Adam792

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My Satellite Setup
Dishes: 80cm (5°W/4.8°E), 80cm (30°W), 60cm Zone 2 (13°E/19.2°E/28.2°E)
Receivers: HTPC (Intel i3 processor, nVidia Graphics, and TBS6905 4x DVB-S2 PCIe tuner card) running Ubuntu with Kodi/TVHeadend, Wetek Play2, Skybox M3.
My Location
Worcester
According a reply on SDR chat box:
162 kHz has maintenance on Tuesdays,
243 kHz is active only 0445-0505, 0700-0805, 1045-1115, 1645-1715 UTC.
I can faintly hear DR Langbølge on 243kHz here at the times when it's on air.
 
hvdh

hvdh

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My Satellite Setup
Dr.HD F16, TBS 5927, T-55, Laminas 120 cm
My Location
Oss, NL (5.5°E 51.8°N)
183 kHz Europe 1 indeed switched off (about half an hour before midnight, I read).
189 kHz Iceland can be heard quite well now, with high bandwidth (about 10 kHz).
234 kHz RTL did NOT switch off.
 
2cvbloke

2cvbloke

Bulbs need shelter too...
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My Satellite Setup
No satellite stuff for the moment (aside from a 43cm minidish that was on the house already), Samsung SyncMaster T27B550 Smart TV & Monitor, and a few computers...
My Location
Near Pontop Pike, Co. Durham
It wont be too long before Radio4 LW falls silent - they have only a limited number of transmission valves left and they burn around one out a year.
I know the UK is often far behind on technology, but surely the BBC by now has learned about transistors!!! :-rofl2
 
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steeviebops

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My Satellite Setup
A basic 28.2 Freesat config, but have had a long history of satellite TV dating back to the analogue 19.2 days. Using a HP ZBook 15 G5 laptop (Core i7-8850H, 32GB RAM, Quadro video card)
My Location
Drogheda, Ireland
I know the UK is often far behind on technology, but surely the BBC by now has learned about transistors!!! :-rofl2
The Marconi transmitter at Droitwich was installed in 1985 so it isn’t terribly old, but it is valve-based. Despite that, I think the Guardian article about the valves was a bit exaggerated - it made it seem that the TX was a relic from the 1940s or something.

Atlantic 252 had the same problem, they used a pair of 300kW valve-based Continental units and were horribly inefficient. RTE replaced them with a single 300kW solid state unit when they took over the 252 frequency for RTE Radio 1.
 
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