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ABC back on SW

Overseas listeners to Dublin radio will be glad to learn that ABC 94FM’s shortwave service is due to return soon on 6940kHz.

New Station Planned From Cavan

A new station is planned from those who bring us ABC 94FM and Beat FM. The new service from Cavan will air on medium wave and shortwave only and is expected around early June.

Testing, Testing, A B C

The medium wave station planned by ABC/Beat FM is due to start test transmissions this week on 1557kHz medium wave. There is, as of yet, no name for the service which will be independent of its stablemates.

1593 Actually

The medium wave station from those behind ABC 94FM and Beat FM will broadcast from Cavan on 1593kHz and not 1557kHz as stated previously.

Power Cuts ABC…Gold FM

In Dublin, ABC 94FM and Gold FM were off air for long periods this morning due to a power failure but both returned after 10am.

New aerials have been installed on the Beat/Gold 87.6MHz transmitter which should see a noticeable improvement in signal in the city centre and towards the northside.

There is a new high-powered rig which will be ready to go on air after a few problems have been ironed out. Timescale mentioned is early July.

Meanwhile, ABC 94FM are planning new programming on weeknights and at weekends from mid-July if all goes to plan. Programmes will take the form of special interest shows e.g. country, classical music, rock etc.

ABC ShortWave Belting Out

ABC 94FM’s shortwave transmissions have been heard in Scotland and North England despite only 15 watts of power. In July they hope to increase to full power of 100 watts which should top off what’s looking like an exciting month for the ABC/Beat/Gold stable! No word yet on the planned AM transmissions. If you’ve heard ABC on shortwave, they would welcome your reception reports at feedback@abc94fm.freeservers.com.

Music for MW

The medium wave station planned for 1593kHz by those behind ABC/Beat FM will be music-based – contrary to the circulating rumours that it will be a religious service. ABC are currently awaiting the arrival from the UK of a new aerial for use on both the medium wave and shortwave broadcasts.

New Sundays on ABC

ABC 94FM are introducing a new Sunday schedule. These are the details Radiowaves News has to hand:
9am Ballads and Irish (coming soon)
11am Golden Gold Sunday (’60s music – starts tomorrow)
2pm Golden Gold Sunday 2 (’70s and ’80s music – starts tomorrow)
6pm Non-stop hits (’90s and current music – starts tomorrow)
9pm The Classical Hour (coming soon)
10pm Brother Stairs Overcomer Ministry
11pm Love Songs (starts tomorrow)

Power Off Delays Hot’s Turn On

In Dublin, Hot Radio’s live launch was hit by a power-cut on their mountain site this evening. All set to launch at 7pm, power went just after 6.30 also putting Freedom FM off-air. Power returned at about 7.45 but ABC 94FM were on Freedom’s 92FM frequency (as well as their usual 94.3MHz), however Freedom returned at 7.55pm. Meanwhile Hot Radio were carrying RDS and a test-tone on both of their frequencies.

Live programming on Hot Radio finally got under way with a countdown at 8pm. Power is slightly reduced and it will be a while before normality returns. Hot Radio are now broadcasting live programming to Dublin on 99.4MHz and 88.1MHz.

RDS News

Dublin’s ABC 94FM have changed their RDS to “94.3 MHZ”.

Meanwhile, Phantom FM’s RDS is off at the moment. Phantom broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.

ABC Suspended

ABC 94FM have suspended normal programming until next Tuesday or Wednesday to allow some work at their studio location to take place, including the re-installation of equipment to allow for more live programmes in the future. Link problems will also be cleared up this week.

Other plans for ABC 94FM (plus sister stations Beat FM and Gold FM) will be announced in the coming weeks.

Extra Beat

Beat FM have been on 94.3MHz in Dublin since Monday. This is in addition to their normal frequency of 87.6MHz.

As reported here on Sunday, this is to allow for continued studio work at sister station ABC, who normally occupy 94.3, and the move will last for a few more days at least.

Meanwhile, the aerial planned for the long-mooted medium wave station has arrived and tests should be commencing soon.

ABC Back

ABC 94FM has returned to the airwaves on their usual 94.3MHz plus the 87.6MHz frequency usually occupied by Beat/Gold. RDS is restored to ‘ABC 94FM’ and not ‘94.3 MHZ’ as it was for a few days before they went off air in early July.

Off and On

Hot Radio were off air most of today on both their frequencies, as was ABC 94FM on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz. Both stations reappeared later in the day.

ABC Off

ABC 94FM were off air yet again today up until evening time. Broadcasts on both 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz have been missing for the last three weekdays, reappearing in the evenings, and it is unclear whether this is for routine maintenance or that there are problems at the station. A blank carrier has also been heard on 1593kHz, the frequency for the by now long overdue MW station planned by ABC, but again, whether this is related is unclear.

Testing 1593

Test-tones have been transmitted this evening on 1593kHz medium wave with the signal strongest in North Cavan close to the Co Cavan – Co Fermanagh border. Blank carriers have also been monitored on this frequency on a number of occasions in the past week.

Reporter: Sean Brady.

Comment: 2+2 = The medium wave station from ABC/Beat…then again, maybe it equals 5?

The Sound of Eighty-Seven Six

ABC 94FM are no longer on 87.6MHz in Dublin which is now home to a looping announcement stating “24 hours a day – this is Eighty-Seven Six” and also “Eighty-Seven Six FM – the sound of Eighty-Seven Six”.

Comment: Change in the air at ABC/Beat/Gold

87.6 Dublin

87.6MHz in Dublin was silent for much of this afternoon while work was carried out on their UHF link. The frequency came alive again to test transmissions from approx 4pm (playing some very interesting jingle-package documentaries) and from about 4.45pm the tests cut to continuous music with no id’s. ABC 94FM is scheduled to reappear on this frequency later this evening for a limited period but there are plans for a new service sometime in the future.

Comment: Confused?