dilluns, 15 de febrer de 2021

Informacions sobre Radio 208 i WMR

 Transmitter situation 

World Music Radio shifted to the new frequency of 5930 kHz on December 31st 2020 from Bramming. Initially there were a few problems, but this was soon fixed, and WMR can now be heard on 5930 kHz daily 0700-1745 UTC.  As of January 22nd 2021 power was increased from slightly under 100 Watts to now 180 Watts and the audio quality has been improved.  The plan is still to increase power to 500 Watts on 5930 but this is probably not going to happen until sometime in April or May.

The 19 m outlet was changed from 15805 to 15790 kHz on December 12th 2020 as planned. The new frequency works very well and have almost no interference from the station on 15800 kHz. WMR can be heard on 15790 kHz (200 Watts) every Saturday and Sunday at 0700-2000 UTC. Reception is best in the Middle East, Russia and SE Europe in the morning, then the signal strength increases in So. Europe and in the afternoon reception is best in SW Europe and also possible in Eastern North America and Brazil. Currently reception on 19 m is poor in Central Europe. Remember to use AM mode when listening on 15790 kHz. The audio gets distorted if using ECSS/SAM or LSB/USB modes

Work on the aerial for 927 kHz in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, continues but has been delayed due to the current winter weather.  Luckily the concrete footing for the mast was made before the ground froze.   

And finally some really exciting news: From the Summer season starting March 28th 2021 WMR is planning on using 25770 kHz from a new transmitter site in the southern part of Aarhus. Even with the current low sunspot figures, some interesting E-skip and F2 propagation is expected.  More details next month.

Radio208 continues 24 hours a day seven days a week on 1440 kHz from Ishøj, Copenhagen. Power is 500 Watts. Works very well.

On the other hand: The shortwave outlet for Radio208 coming from Hvidovre, Copenhagen, have had a run of bad luck.  The old frequency 5805 kHz went silent late November 22nd 2020 and it wasn’t until December 9th we had Radio208 back on the air – on the new frequency 5970 kHz  with full power 250 Watt. But only for a few hours.  The next day, the signal was gone. On December 11th we managed to get 5970 on the air again – but now with 50 Watts only, but this didn’t last either. Two different, broken transmitters. One has now been fixed and the other is awaiting a new PSU module. A couple of days ago we managed to get one of the transmitters on the air again on 5970 kHz, but now the connection between the studio and the transmitter failed. That was supposed to have been fixed today, but due to the winter weather this has been postponed to February 9th. So – hopefully Radio208 will be on the air on 5970 kHz – daily 0700-1600 UTC – with 100 Watts of power from Tuesday next week. There are also plans to install a new and better aerial for 5970 kHz – when the weather becomes a bit better.     

QSLs 

DX’ers waiting for a QSL from WMR and/or Radio208 - please be a bit patient. I am running a bit late. But I hope to have most eQSLs (for WMR in 2020 – and for Radio208 reports from 2020 and 2021) sent out within the next few days.  There will be a new QSL 2021 from WMR later this month.

Please help keeping AM radio alive – and WMR and Radio208 on the air   

Listeners of World Music Radio and Radio208 are kindly invited to send a donation to cover some of the costs involved with running these two, non-commercial radio stations. The running costs includes music royalties (450 euro per month) and electricity costs for the AM-transmitters. Funds are also needed for setting up the aerial for the 927 kHz transmitter in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, and for the new transmitter and aerial for 25770 kHz.  

All amounts are welcome!!

Please use this link: paypal.me/worldmusicradio - or please make a bank transfer to Hartvig Media, Hovedvejen 17, DK 8920 Randers – IBAN DK1093310007162081 – SWIFT KRONDK22 (the bank is Sparekassen Kronjylland, Mariagervej 47, DK 8920 Randers, Denmark)

Please mention, if you want your contribution to be anonymous - please write “anon”.

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