Energy 106 FM is running on substantially reduced power due to damage incurred from repeated ESB power failures up at Alien Mountain, Co Monaghan. This may lead to a delay in the introduction of the Magic – Power Country service on 107.7 while the main Energy 106.6 6KW transmitter is repaired. This also effects the Magic 105 service to the west on 105.8.
Magic 105, Kiss 106 and Energy 106 face the threat of raids following recent correspondence between Jim Rodgers of the UUP in Northern Ireland and An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, whose reply stated that it is an urgent priority to have the stations raided.
Report: Miles J
Energy 106 is being jammed in Belfast by a pirate operator who is running copied Energy material and using a fake american accent. The jamming commenced this afternoon and Energy have reported the jamming to the Radio Communications Agency. Lawrence John has stated that he is willing to pay for any services which leads to the tracking down of the jammer.
Report: Miles J
Border station Energy 106’s website has been closed because of a dispute over payments.
Source: Miles J.
Monaghan border-blaster Energy 106FM is running on reduced power as a result of a power failure.
Source: Miles J.
Energy 107.7 has launched a club music service for Mid-Ulster with tests starting today. The pop chart service on 106.6MHz will remain the same. The station originally planned for 107.7MHz – Magic Country – will now use 105.8FM.
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.
The north-eastern based border pirates were all off the air last night following a raid on Alien Mountain which targeted Magic 105, Energy 106 & Choice 107.7FM. It is thought that the other stations – such as Kiss FM (rebranded as a Country station) & Storm 106.2FM – all went off for precautionary reasons, as Kiss FM & Storm 106.2 were back on air this afternoon. Tonight Magic 105 have also returned despite having most of their equipment taken.
The border pirates are a special breed of stations that broadcast from the more relaxed Republic into Northern Ireland, which falls under the remit of the UK authorities who are less tolerant of unlicensed broadcasts.