Beat FM and ABC 94FM are back broadcasting on their original split frequencies in Dublin. Tune to 87.6MHz for Beat FM and 94.3MHz for ABC.
Overseas listeners to Dublin radio will be glad to learn that ABC 94FM’s shortwave service is due to return soon on 6940kHz.
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.
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.
The medium wave station from those behind ABC 94FM and Beat FM will broadcast from Cavan on 1593kHz and not 1557kHz as stated previously.
Technical problems have delayed the 1593kHz am broadcasts planned by ABC 94FM. They are however currently broadcasting 24 hours a day with low power on 6940khz shortwave from north of Cavan.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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)
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
ABC 94FM are off air again today!
Comment: And where’s Beat FM???
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?
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
87.6MHz 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.
Dublin pirate station ABC 94FM’s 87.6MHz transmitter received a much-needed boost in power today resulting in a noticeably improved signal in many areas.
Gold FM test jingles were aired on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz in the early hours of this morning. The jingles were new and mentioned a 24 hour a day service rather than the “Gold FM at the weekend” promos of the past. There were also test jingles aired for a service by the name of Hope FM for Dublin.
ABC are staying tight-lipped about future plans for their frequencies although a spokesperson told Radiowaves that Beat FM will not be returning.
When the jingle package played out the frequencies shifted to a Sky Digital relay of Heart 106.2 from London. This finished at lunchtime and Beat FM jingles and programming reappeared on both frequencies for a while before a return to unidentified music.
Comment: Tests or just total confusion?
ABC 94FM, who will be five years old on Monday week, have launched a revamped website and a new-look logo. On the website there are hints that future plans for the station will be announced soon.
Comment: Some interesting developments from the ABC stable.
ABC 94FM returned to Dublin’s airwaves this evening on both 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz but without RDS at present. This replaces Gold FM which occupied the frequencies over the weekend.
Problems with links to the mountain transmitters have dogged both stations in recent times but a new link has shown no sign of trouble and Gold FM – featuring music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s – will take up full-time residence on 87.6FM as soon as a second arrives.
A spokesperson this evening told Radiowaves, “…despite all the technical problems we are working hard behind the scenes to improve things and are grateful to all for their patience”.
Plans for an AM service have been put on hold.
Comment: ABC’s fifth birthday programming plans are in progress.
Details of ABC 94FM’s fifth birthday programme have been finalised. It will begin at 8pm on Monday and “is an excuse for an anorak session”, presenter Mike Williams told Radiowaves!
There will be recordings of the Dublin station from the past featuring various djs and there will also be airings of many old jingles and idents.
Special guests have also been lined up to take part.
ABC 94FM presently broadcast to Dublin on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz.
Comment: Here’s hoping the station’s sixth year features less of the technical problems which affected the fifth. Happy birthday!
Dublin’s ABC 94FM were off air for a period this morning due to a power cut at their transmitter site. The station are now back broadcasting on both their 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz frequencies.
Just after 3pm today, ABC 94FM was replaced on 87.6MHz by test transmissions, with a full launch scheduled for Monday at 7pm. ABC’s plans were for a full-time Gold FM service on 87.6FM although no station name has been mentioned on the tests. ABC 94FM can now only be received on 94.3MHz in Dublin.