World Music Radio (WMR) has now commenced broadcasting in the 11 metre band on 25800 kHz as of today, June 14th 2021 at 11 UTC. The power is 100 Watts – or some 250 Watts ERP – and the transmitter site is a 110 m tall mast in Mårslet in the southern outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark. The transmitter will be on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing very good coverage to Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark. Occasionally the signal can also be heard much further afield when conditions are good. As the sunspot number is increasing – until the maximum is reached (probably) in the Summer of 2025 – long distance reception on 25800 kHz will improve.
After four years of struggle, WMR finally began broadcasting on MW 927 kHz from Hvidovre, Copenhagen, on April 14th 2021. Initially with 50 Watts only; power was gradually increased, and is now 250 Watts. Within the next few weeks the power will be increased to 500 Watts. The transmitter provides excellent reception in the larger Copenhagen area and in parts of Zealand and SW Sweden during daytime. Unfortunately a very powerful, Italian pirate station (supposedly from SW of Milan) began using 927 kHz a short while after WMR was launched on 927, making reception of WMR impossible in most parts of Europe, and even causing severe interference to WMR on 927 kHz in Denmark during evenings and night time.
WMR continues broadcasting on 5930 kHz with almost 200 Watts from Bramming in SW Denmark. The work on installing a 500 Watts PA, which was purchased 1½ years ago, has seen little progress but hasn’t been given up. Luckily 5930 kHz is a clear channel all day except 2100-2400 UTC.
WMR also continues using 15790 kHz with 200 Watts into a 3 element yagi beamed south. The transmitter site is north of Randers, and this transmitter is on the air regularly every Saturday and Sunday at 0700-2000 UTC. During the summer period the transmitter is often kept on the air continuously from Saturday morning at 0700 until Sunday at 2100 or 2200 UTC. The signal is mainly picked up in Southern Europe, but is also audible at times in Ireland, northern Scandinavia, Russia, the Middle East, Northern Africa and Brazil. This weekend will also see a prolonged schedule: WMR will be on the air on 15790 kHz from June 17th at 0700 UTC continuously till June 21st at 2200 UTC. Good opportunities for a great DX catch!
Radio208 continues 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 1440 kHz from Ishøj, Copenhagen. The power is 500 Watts. Works very well and is extremely stable.
After some unlucky events with the shortwave transmitter, Radio208 has now been running very well on 5970 kHz since February 9th. Power is a little under 100 Watts. From March 28th the transmitter is on the air 24/7 but the frequency is suffering from interference during evenings and night time from other users of 5970 kHz. The old 250 Watts transmitter, which previously was used on 5805 kHz, has been repaired and it is hoped that this transmitter can be taken into use on 5970 within the next month or two.
A new WMR QSL card has been printed and has been sent out to DX’ers. Please note that WMR has a new QSL policy: As of January 2021, WMR no longer issues a full detail eQSL. A printed full detail QSL card is available if you send your report by mail to World Music Radio, PO Box 112, DK-8960 Randers SØ, Denmark – and if possible enclose return postage (two duly stamped International Reply Coupons or a five euro note). A printed full detail QSL card is also available if you send your report by email, and at the same time make a donation of at least 50 DKK via PayPal to paypal.me/worldmusicradio
The QSL policy of Radio208 remains unchanged for the time being.
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 paying the huge bills for getting 927 kHz and 25800 kHz on the air; these projects did indeed cost an awful lot of money.
Your support is highly appreciated – and 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)
Thank you all so much for donations to WMR and Radio208 received in the past couple of months
Best 73s and good listening,
Stig Hartvig Nielsen,
World Music Radio / Radio208
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