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

IRCA
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,

Nick


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

WB2BJH

Blue Bell, PA

Grid FN20id

 

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

IRCA
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

WB2BJH

Blue Bell, PA

Grid FN20id

 

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

IRCA
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

WB2BJH

Blue Bell, PA

Grid FN20id

 

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

IRCA
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:

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/112918/Statement-Absolute-Radio-proposals-to-reduce-AM-coverage.pdf

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:


a516digital.com

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.

https://www.a516digital.com/2018/04/absolute-radio-mw-coverage-cut-approved.html

 

TP 13 Apr Victoria version  View Printable Version 
Saturday, April 14 2018

IRCA
Not quite as DU this morning, but nothing very exciting from Asia either. Post sunrise was a wipe out as well.

pretty darn good audio (all of it understandable by a native speaker, at least briefly):

774 JOUB English lessons 1232UT

828 JOBB English lessons 1305UT

Reasonable audio at times during the period (much of it understandable by a native speaker, though often battling w/splash or noise):

594 JOAK man and woman in Japanese 1301UT

747 JOIB English lessons 1237UT

1566 HLAZ man in Japanese 1309UT


not so reasonable audio, occasional words or phrases in splash or noise could be understood by a native speaker:

693 JOAB English lesson 1237UT

756 man in DU English 1245UT; likely NZ but no parallels

972 HLCA woman in Korean 1240UT


Burbles in the splatter and noise (if lucky, language might be guessed at by cadence of talk, or parallel established by changes in talk or music)

567 JOIK man talking, rough, but //594 1230UT

612 likely 4QR. man talking DU English intonation, not heard on north Flag 1313UT

603 Islandish sounding vocal, only on west Flag 1311UT . Waatea likely?

702 2BL likely with man talking 1308UT; seemed // with scraps of 612

1116 man talking, DU English intonation 1246UT

1287 man talking, Japanese intonation? 1306UT

1593 CNR1 although weak, CNR1 news sounder was very recognizable 1303UT


Strongish het, no or "near imaginary" audio (either undermodulated or ravaged by splatter)

666 864 873 891 909 1053 1134 1143 1323 seemed to be Asian;
576 585 675 846 891 1017 1098 1386 1548 seemed to be DU

best wishes,

Nick


Nick Hall-Patch
Victoria, BC
Canada

 

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