Wed Sep 4th 2019
Works have begun today to help ensure the continuance of RTÉ’s longwave radio service for a minimum of two years, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Deputy Hildegarde Naughton, Chair of the Oireachtas Communications Committee, said: “I have received confirmation from the national broadcaster that works have begun today on elements of the transmission equipment which will help ensure the continuance of the longwave service for a minimum of a further two years.
“The maintenance of long wave radio for the Irish diaspora has been a significant concern to the Committee.
“Earlier this year, RTÉ committed to maintaining the service following engagement with the Committee and I am pleased that listeners abroad can now be assured that service will continue for a minimum of two years.”
Chair of the Oireachtas Communications Committee, Hildegarde Naughton, has welcomed RTE’s decision to undertake significant remedial works on transmission equipment and the guarantee that the longwave 252 service will continue for at least the next two years.
Deputy Naughton said: “The maintenance of long-wave radio for the Irish diaspora is a significant concern to the Committee.” Read the full story here.
Read letter of confirmation from Berlin installers as to the maintenance requirements of LW252
As can be seen on the graphic in the accompanying document (see link), a great deal of space is up for commercial use providing income for national governments and commercial users. But it will be necessary to move listeners from their habitual AM and FM stations onto the new DAB stations in this part of the spectrum. How better than to close current means of listening so forcing the listener to adopt these DAB stations? Link (PDF)
Many people have found that DAB radios will work in one part of their house but if they move to a different room the radio goes into search mode and hunts for stations again.
One of the difficulties with Dab is that it can also suffer from interference from LED lighting.
BBC aims to boost flagging DAB sales with smartphone push (reported on Southgate Amateur Radio site)
A wide section of the Irish community listens to RTE Radio 1 on longwave in Britain – people of all ages listen in their cars, sports fans hear GAA matches, and for many older emigrants, it is a treasured link with home. There are no adequate alternatives for many people: RTE advises listening online or via satellite, but these are not accessible to everyone. Listeners in Britain (and Northern Ireland) will not be able to use DAB, which RTE is also pushing as an alternative, as that signal is only available in urban parts of Ireland.
Campus and community radio stations
A digital system that excludes them is in the offing.
Chances of stakeholders sharing a common platform are fading – BCI (Digital Radio Final ReportV3). A digital upgrade to existing FM network is ignored, – www.drm.org
Radio Tara, a joint venture between RTÉ and Radio Luxembourg, began transmission in September, 1989 as Atlantic 252. Although the transmitter was in Ireland, the station was widely available in Britain and beyond. Atlantic 252 continued to operate until December 2001.
By James Martin, The Irish Post. on October 22, 2014
RTÉ Radio chiefs have met with the Irish in Britain organisation to discuss the impact the loss of its longwave service will have on the community.