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Mad to launch

Mad FM, currently testing, are planning to launch next week broadcasting on 93.2MHz to Dublin’s city centre.

Musical output will be rap and metal and big improvements are promised.

Mad investigations

Dublin’s Mad FM are presently investigating interference problems which has delayed their launch plans. They are currently broadcasting to the city centre on a weak stereo carrier on 93.2MHz and are also thinking about a name change.

Mad to Move

Mad Radio will be off air this week as they are moving studios in an attempt to stop interference to local services. They will also be upgrading their transmitter and hope to be back on air next week with slightly increased power which they say will not affect Raidió na Gaeltachta. 

Mad return

Mad Radio – off air since mid-June – are planning to return to air but without their planned upgrade for the moment. Supplier problems have delayed their return and they plan to broadcast using their previous set-up until new equipment arrives.

Mad FM broadcast to Dublin city centre on 93.2MHz.

Mad Radio confirm return

Mad Radio have confirmed that they will be recommencing broadcasting from this weekend whilst they await new equipment. There are no plans to increase power and they will broadcast the same varied mix of music including rap, dance and metal.

Meanwhile, if there are any community or charity organisations who would like to advertise upcoming events on Mad Radio they would be glad to help out. The details can be sent by e-mail to madradio@dublin.com.

Mad Radio broadcast to Dublin city on 93.2MHz. 

Confusion is Mad

Dublin station Mad Radio will broadcast from 101.8MHz using 5-10 watts until the current confusion over 93.2MHz is resolved.

Madness

Mad Radio are back on 93.2MHz broadcasting to Dublin’s city centre. The station had moved to 101.8MHz but interference to NEAR FM, the licensed community station for Dublin’s north-east, meant transmissions had to cease. 

Mad Delay

Mad Radio – presently off-air awaiting the arrival of a new compressor and PLL transmitter – will further delay their return until the present situation pans out. A representative of Mad Radio told Radiowaves that there were enough problems at the moment without a power struggle on 93.2MHz giving the ODTR an excuse to raid either station. He also promised that the station would be back on 93.2MHz as soon as possible.

Link: Mad Radio on Radiowaves.FM

Madness – But Not Mad – on 101.8

A blank carrier with no station id has been heard on the controversial 101.8MHz frequency in Dublin which was once occupied by Xtreme FM and, more recently, Mad Radio.

Neither station lasted long on the frequency because of interference to the licensed North-East Dublin service NEAR FM on 101.6FM – although Xtreme FM attempted to use it a second time.

No such thoughts occupy the minds of anyone at Mad Radio who this evening confirmed that the carrier had nothing to do with them.

Comment: 101.8…”COUNTRY.” on 103.7…there may be a lack of space on the band but broadcasting on these frequencies is begging for trouble.

Compensation Claim

Northern Irish owned station Energy 106 are planning to claim compensation from the ODTR following the recent withdrawal of power supply from the station’s transmitter site, according to Miles J, the station’s engineer.
Speaking to Radiowaves News today, Miles claimed that the removal of electricity supply, which was ordered against the pirate station by the ODTR last month, had caused considerable damage to the station’s main transmission equipment at their transmitter site in Co Monaghan.
“Without doubt, the ODTR will take this as a major victory against the Energy 106 station,” he said. “When you are dealing with 7,000 volts, you just do not mess about. The ODTR has cost Energy at least £4-5,000 worth of direct component damage, plus the complete loss of thousands of pounds worth of advertising and sponsorship revenue. Obviously when the time comes these substantial costs will be levelled at the ODTR for compensation.”
Miles also said that the severe climate at Alien Mountain has also caused damage to equipment.

Gem Radio Set to Sparkle Again

Gem Radio are planning to return to Dublin’s airwaves. Attention from the ODTR led them to a decision to close recently. The alternative non-stop oldies station had been available to Dubliners on 88.1MHz since last Christmas.

However, the station’s planned return may cause problems as a result of Mix FM’s planned frequency shift from 87.6MHz to 88.0MHz. A spokesperson for Gem Radio has told Radiowaves News that they have contacted Mix FM but the latter have stated that their intention is still to broadcast on 88.0FM from next Monday.

A ‘Grey Wednesday’ for Dublin’s Pirates

Dublin’s FM band was totally clear of unlicensed activity today for the first time since last year’s May ‘Black Tuesday’ raids. Every Dublin-based pirate station was off the air, the vast majority for precautionary reasons.

The unlicensed community have been fearing the worst for the past couple of weeks, and most stations decided not to take the chance of having their equipment confiscated.

ComReg visited some mountain sites today, but it is thought that this was simply to warn landowners of the possible threat of court action for allowing unlicensed broadcasts to originate from their property. However, they have been seen taking photographs of station’s sites in the recent past – usually a precursor to obtaining court warrants in order to enter the property – and this has sent panic through the radio community.

Dance music station Club FM were the last pirate broadcaster on air today. They stopped transmissions at just after 1pm this afternoon. At this stage, every other station had already turned off.

Rhythm FM, who broadcast on 105.7MHz FM, switched off their transmitter last night, as did those behind the carrier on 88.1MHz FM. Other stations had already switched off in the past few days, and those that were left turned off their equipment this morning.

Amongst the stations off the air are: UCB relay on 87.6MHz FM; Jazz FM (90.3MHz); Sugar FM (91.0MHz); the unidentified station on 91.6MHz FM; Ministry FM (93.2MHz); Hot FM (94.1MHz); Nova 947; Gem Radio (97.8MHz); The Vibe (99.4MHz); & Sun FM (101.3MHz).

Today, the only pirate station audible around Dublin city was Passion FM, beaming in on 91.6MHz FM from Kildare. However, by this evening, the usual batch of low-powered stations were back on the air from various locations around the city. Included were: Galaxy 105.3, who have been running live programming tonight; Energy, running automated dance music on 107.6MHz FM; and XFM, the long-term alternative music station who were broadcasting on their usual 107.9MHz.

ComReg have been very active in other parts of the country recently. However, Dublin’s pirates have been relatively free from Comreg interference since the massive attacks of May 20th last year – commonly referred to as ‘Black Tuesday’. Many feel that ComReg are preparing to strike again whilst the memory of last year’s actions are still fresh in the minds.

Ministry FM Closes

Long-running pirate station Ministry FM has ceased broadcasting following representations made to them by ComReg. The dance music station, who had been broadcasting on 93.2MHz FM, were informed that they would be raided unless they closed down: they complied with this request.
All of Ministry’s equipment is now being offered for sale amidst rumours that station personnel are planning on bringing it back.
Ministry started life as Mad Radio with a low-powered signal covering Dublin’s city centre. They changed name to Ministry at the end of 2002 and went from strength to strength. They have closed in the past thanks to official activity, but later returned.
Another dance music station, Flash FM, has now appeared on 93.2MHz FM.