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KFAB-1110 off the air  View Printable Version 
Sunday, April 15 2018



Art Bell passes away at 72  View Printable Version 
Saturday, April 14 2018

That is too bad. A good friend to DXers and was quite the interviewer for many years. My partner Bob, interviewed him back in the 90s. His old shows are being run on the web and I wonder who was in charge of those and if they will continue? Often I will listen to them on the wifi radio before I fall asleep.

Patrick Martin Seaside OR KGED QSL Manager


Absolute Radio MW coverage cut approved  View Printable Version 
Saturday, April 14 2018

Our trans-Atlantic beacon in western Canada will lose some zip next
season. In the article that Mike Terry references below, the link
references another link:


which gives more technical details. The important thing for DXers
is 3dB reduction in power output from their big transmitters, the
ones most likely to make it overseas.

From Mike Terry, MW Circle:


13 April 2018

Ofcom has approved Absolute Radio's plans to cut Medium Wave coverage.
Bauer Media, the operator of the radio station, threatened to close
the entire Medium Wave service if Ofcom didn't approve of the
change. The plans involve cutting the number of transmitters it
broadcasts from, while digital radio would remain unaffected.

Following a public consultation, which yielded a variety of
responses for and against the move, Ofcom has agreed that the
changes can take place.

The request to broadcast regulator Ofcom made at the beginning of
the year confirmed the change would reduce Absolute's analogue
footprint from around 90 to 85% of the UK and would involve a number
of Medium Wave transmitters being turned off, or put on reduced power.

Absolute Radio's AM service from its transmitters at Brookmans Park
(serving London and the Home Counties), Droitwich (Midlands),
Moorside Edge (Northern England), Westerglen (Central Scotland) and
Washford (South West), will be put on reduced power this year.

Meanwhile, MW transmitters at Plymouth, Redmoss (Aberdeen), Hull,
Torbay, Redruth, Hoo (Kent), Greenside Scalp (Dundee), Wallasey,
Pirbright (Guildford), Chesterton Fen (Cambridge), Rodbourne Sewage
(Swindon) and Sheffield will be turned off altogether.

Article continues here, with maps of coverage areas.



Absolute Radio MW coverage cut approved  View Printable Version 
Saturday, April 14 2018

I think you said a mouthful Russ, at least with "propagation
conditions are marginal to begin with".

Most DXers could care less about carrier strength; they want to hear
an ID. 3dB is half an S-unit, yet not small, it is half the power;
the accountants will be very happy. I suspect that it will likely
significantly reduce the number of times weak audio is reported here
(and might be paralleled with a European SDR), but probably won't
reduce the few times that Absolute Radio is banging in enough that a
DXer actually hears an ID....and yes, it has happened.

best wishes,


At 15:58 2018-04-14, Russ Edmunds wrote:

While I am mindful of the tenuous nature of TA propagation to
Western NA, my opinion is that propagation conditions are
proportionately more responsible for these receptions, and the

small reductions in power may not have as much impact as might be
thought. If propagation conditions are marginal to begin with, then
these power reductions could preclude reception, however under
better conditions, perhaps not so much.

Russ Edmunds


Blue Bell, PA

Grid FN20id


Absolute Radio MW coverage cut approved  View Printable Version 
Saturday, April 14 2018

Absolute is still a beacon for us on the EC. Back in the 70's it was Germany on 1586, France on 1554 or this one.

When the first two shut down, Croatia on 1134 took their place. Now it's Absolute and Spain on 684.

Russ Edmunds


Blue Bell, PA

Grid FN20id


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