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RTE 252 going qrt?

Post by Tim Bucknall » 03 Oct 2014 10:51

I caught the end of an announcement yesterday that was only aired on 252 and not on FM which seemed to be saying 252 would be gone and telling people to tune in via other means.

While won't miss it as i can hear 87.8 my Dad will miss being able to listen to it on his Kitchen portable
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 03 Oct 2014 11:54

A big shame. I used to enjoy listening to this in the car.

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Post by John J Cahill » 07 Oct 2014 16:52

This RTEs excuse.
http://radiotoday.ie/2014/09/rte-to-end ... n-252-khz/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by mediterraneandxer » 07 Oct 2014 17:09

Does anyone have details on this? I've been unable to log much on LW because of inadequate antenna(s). I suspect they're beaming in the wrong direction for me but would be interested if anyone knows heading and power details before they go offline forever.

For some reason I'm able to copy Romania pretty reliably and some north Africans as well. Have not logged any other Euro LW stations.
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Post by Tim Bucknall » 08 Oct 2014 09:25

http://www.irishtimes.com/debate/letter ... Ow.twitter" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by Tim Bucknall » 08 Oct 2014 09:30

Radionut wrote:This RTEs excuse.
http://radiotoday.ie/2014/09/rte-to-end ... n-252-khz/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Thanks, its never a good sign when citing Russia as an example to follow :D

I must say the pristine audio quality of RTE makes BBC Radio 4 LW sound unlistenable in comparison, so much so that i suspect the BBC are deliberately "nobbling" it so they have an an excuse to close it
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 08 Oct 2014 10:14

I will miss this when it closes. I often used to listen to 252 while driving when I lived in the North Midlands. Even here on the east coast it provides a very listenable signal.

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Post by Tim Bucknall » 08 Oct 2014 10:38

today is the sort of day when i'll miss it 87.8 very unreliable today,
its not as if theres much left to try for on 252 when its gone
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Post by John J Cahill » 08 Oct 2014 10:43

Catholic bishops asking RTE to rethink longwave closure;
http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1002/649442 ... ave-radio/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by John J Cahill » 08 Oct 2014 10:46

mediterraneandxer wrote:Does anyone have details on this? I've been unable to log much on LW because of inadequate antenna(s). I suspect they're beaming in the wrong direction for me but would be interested if anyone knows heading and power details before they go offline forever.

For some reason I'm able to copy Romania pretty reliably and some north Africans as well. Have not logged any other Euro LW stations.
Here is a wiki page on the transmitter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarkstown ... ransmitter" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by mediterraneandxer » 08 Oct 2014 13:02

Thanks JJ so that's an omnidirectional then? Theoretically I should be able to copy it but Algeria and Morocco may be a spoke in the wheels. I'll double check what WRTH and other sources say about who's on the same frequency. Thanks for the link.
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Post by Andrew Webster,Wigan » 09 Oct 2014 13:36

Yes very sad as 252 is good reception here I hope they do change their mind on this.

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Post by Tim Bucknall » 15 Oct 2014 12:30

we have a stay of execution til Jan 9th

I think they were surprised by the strength of feeling
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Post by John J Cahill » 15 Oct 2014 13:39

The RTE statement;
http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1015/652492-rte-longwave/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by Paul_Logan » 15 Oct 2014 20:14

I thought RTE was required to deliver service to Irish citizens ACROSS the island of Ireland - that means in the centre of Belfast or the Glens of Antrim too, where I cant imagine there is much of an FM signal.
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Post by John J Cahill » 15 Oct 2014 23:20

Paul_Logan wrote:I thought RTE was required to deliver service to Irish citizens ACROSS the island of Ireland - that means in the centre of Belfast or the Glens of Antrim too, where I cant imagine there is much of an FM signal.
They are, but it looks like the accountants don't agree.

This is what was happening when they got planning permission for the mast in Clarkstown, Co. Meath.
http://www.rte.ie/archives/2014/0811/636376-radio-tara/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by mediterraneandxer » 19 Oct 2014 12:23

Thanks Julian. I'm not having any luck with this even with Algeria possibly off the air at the moment. Last night I tried around 23:00 local time and couldn't hear anything. Checking the live stream they had a really nice acoustic music show playing but I couldn't pick up anything on my radio. Hopefully I'll find a better time of day for this.

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Re: RTE 252 going qrt?

Post by Alan Gale » 24 Oct 2014 20:17

Just found an old article from around 2008, and they were saying almost exactly the same things when it was announced that 567 kHz was closing down. Their advice then was not to worry as listeners could always change to Longwave.

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Re: RTE 252 going qrt?

Post by John J Cahill » 01 Dec 2014 14:59

RTE, News at 1 today broadcast a piece on the scheduled shutdown of the LW RTE transmission early next year. An interview was given by a lady from http://www.globalirish.ie
who emphasised the need for it by, for example, the irish expat community in the UK. She requested people to sign the petition on their website to keep this service. The GlobalIrish website further links to here
https://www.change.org/p/rte-don-t-cut- ... in-britain
Please sign and encourage others to do so. It's a great service and would be a sad loss indeed if it was shut down.

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