Verona from Italy relaunched on 1584 kHz
Verona from Verona in northern Italy has begun broadcasting
on 1584 kHz mediumwave. The station transmitted
on mediumwave already in the early 90's, but was
forced to shut because of co-channel interference.
Since then, one Italian transmitter on 1584 kHz
has been closed, but both Radio Studio X and the
national broadcasting company RAI still have transmitters
on the same frequency. Radio Verona broadcasts also
on FM 103 and 103.9 MHz, and was originally launched
in 1975. Contact information as follows: Radio Verona,
Piazza Cittadella 26, I-37122 Verona (VR), Italy.
Tel. (+39) 045 8000896, telefax (+39) 045 8000481.
The station was first observed by Italian DXers
around July 22-23. According to an Italian DXer,
the station doesn't however have a broadcasting
license, and can be considered a pirate station.
July 28, 2005, edited on August 4)
Tatras International finally on 1350 kHz from Latvia
Tatras International has eventually begun broadcasting
on 1350 kHz mediumwave. Transmissions were said
to begin in early April, but were delayed until
July 20, 2005. Transmissions
are run 24/7 with 50 kW of power from Kuldiga. The
relay service is provided by the Riga-based company
Krebs TV. More about the station on DXing.info Radio
News from April 2005.
July 24, 2005)
Slovakia International to continue on shortwave
Radio (SRo) announced in early July that it would
lay off 84 employees, and would end foreign language
shortwave broadcasts by the end of July. The measure
was reported by Slovak newspaper Sme, and subsequently
by the BBC Monitoring Service and Radio Netherlands.
SRo management wanted to cut costs and make up for
revenue shortfalls in this way. SRo's shortwave
foreign language broadcasting would be replaced
by broadcasting through the Internet. The Radio
Council, a supervisory body of Slovak Radio, however
decided that foreign service programming on shortwave
should continue. The Radio Council consists of members
appointed by the parliament. The head of the
Council Michal Dzurjanin concluded that now they
have to wait for
the Parliament and the Government to solve the current
deficit of over €8 million for the Radio. Because
of financial problems, it remains unclear how long
Radio Slovakia International will be able to maintain
service at current level.
July 12, 2005, edited on July 24)
launches new station on 1431 kHz
Betar, the government-owned national broadcaster,
has launched a new mediumwave station. A transmitter
in Bandorban operates on the frequency of 1431 kHz
and has a power of 10 kW. Regular transmissions
have begun, although the station has not yet been
officially inaugurated. The station broadcasts currently
only at 0600-0800 UTC. News about the station was
first published by Bangladeshi DXer Ashik Eqbal
Tokon on hcdx mailing list on July 8.
July 9, 2005)
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