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Old 7th Sep 2019, 11:42 am   #1
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Default RTE 1 252kHz to go off air for maintenance

Just heard on RTE1 that the LW transmitter will be off between 10th September until 17th October for maintenance.

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Looks like it's being reprieved for another couple of years.

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Old 7th Sep 2019, 3:04 pm   #2
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Old 7th Sep 2019, 9:53 pm   #3
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Default Re: RTE 1 252kHz to go off air for maintenance

Five-odd weeks sounds like significant work/investment (though those more familiar with big senders and aerial systems would be better placed to judge!). Sounds as though there is at least some appreciation of olde-worlde LF and AM to get through with the minimum complication at the receiving end. UK DAB slots and 'net-borne services will always be subject to non-RoI commercial and other considerations, so maybe they feel that all those input kW and big aerials are still a worthwhile, self-contained way of getting through.

Be interesting to see what the future for 198kHz pans out to be.
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They were off for an hour or two last Thursday, there must be work ongoing
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I always check the channel, Clarkestown is still off and from late evening Algeria Chaîne 3 is usually at domestic listening quality here, with a really good late-night music show.
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Old 28th Sep 2019, 6:33 pm   #6
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Whilst reading the Irish Times there was an article on RTE. It said that the station had funding difficulties. The article went on to say the 252Khz transmitter was especially important now for both Irish & NI listeners and its engineering work couldn't have come at a more difficult time.
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Default Re: RTE 1 252kHz to go off air for maintenance

The tx is back on today with an absolutely massive signal. I expect they will resume programmes in the next day or so.
My friend who can measure the QRG accurately reckons the 2Hz error has been corrected, and we suspect it is a new transmitter. Maybe it's one of those DC-modulated types and they could be testing the carrier at 4 × normal power?
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Now carrying programme RTÉ Radio 1. Carrier level is the same, except it's gone up a bit after dark, so disregard my comment about variable carrier power
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