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Energy 106

Energy 106.6FM broadcast to Northern Ireland from a transmitter site based in the Republic

Supplied by kind courtesy of Miles Johnston

Energy 106.6FM was born in February 1997 as a weekend-only station broadcasting to Belfast from a site close to the city.

The UK authorities raided the station in May after only a few months of broadcasts, so they moved transmission site across the border to Monaghan.

They were back on air with tests on a makeshift basis by July that year. Work continued over the winter months and an aerial tower was in place by March the following year.

Test transmissions recommenced in May but the signal was not reaching Belfast. Later that month, the station moved to 105.8MHz in an attempt to correct a bad SWR reading at 106.6MHz. However, continual problems led to more adjustments and time off air, but Energy 106.6FM finally launched at 6.30pm on 4th July 1998 with a tape playing music, advertisements and promos.

The station provided a youth service to Northern Ireland.

Energy 106.6FM Gallery

All images supplied by kind courtesy of Miles Johnston

Frequency Logs
  • 106.6MHz: July 2000 (Radiowaves News)

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