This is a compilation of all the logs and news items that have appeared on this site in 2003.
Some external links may no longer be valid though they did work at the time of writing.
December 28, 2003
European Music Radio - are on-air from Latvia from 1400 UTC on 9290 kHz. Putting a good signal into London and Southern England. Their next broadcast is scheduled for 18 Jan 2004.
June 26, 2003
Trans-Atlantic FM !!! - has been heard today by DX-ers in the UK. Paul Logan in Northern Ireland listened to WHCF Bangor Maine on 88.5 which faded up nicely for the top of the hour ID at 1900 UTC. David Hamilton in Ayrshire, Scotland recorded two clips around 2000 UTC on 97.1 which are from CBTB-FM in Baie Verte, Newfoundland. CBTB-FM clip 1 and then CBTB-FM clip 2.
A full write-up is on my Trans-Atlantic FM page.
June 10, 2003
Tropo - overnight last night to Spain. Euskadi Irratia on 88.9 MHz from Bilbao heard in London, and a couple of other channels 91.2 and 96.9 heard near Reading.
June 9, 2003
Phoenix FM - are on-air with their 8th RSL for Brentwood and Billericay on 87.7 MHz until the 28th June. They also stream via their website www.phoenixfm.com
June 7, 2003
Canadian TV - is propagating on channel 2. One candidate is CKCW-tv in Moncton NB. Visible with cartoon after 1030 UTC (7.30am Atlantic Time) and audio indicating Canada. Another station it could be is another CTV outlet CJCH-5 Hamilton NS via its relay in Sheet Harbour NS on channel 2.
June 6, 2003
Air Fair Radio - has begun its annual RSL covering the Biggin Hill Airshow this weekend. Unlike previous years, they are on 1278 kHz AM rather than FM. Apparently there were no FM frequencies available this weekend. They're also webcasting via their website www.airfair-radio.co.uk
Also the Radio Vodafone Derby RSL from Epsom seem to have missed out on their usual FM allocation this weekend. They're on 1134 kHz mediumwave.
June 1, 2003
Tropo - conditions observed yesterday evening, peaking around 11pm due to the current hot weather. Best catches from here were to the SouthWest, with my first ever reception of BBC R Cornwall on both 95.2 and 103.9 MHz.
May 31, 2003
Propagation - Sporadic E briefly to Italy in afternoon.
16.20 87.7 I R Italia 5220 brief MH
Propagation - Tropo conditions overnight in the south of England due to the high temperature of the day. My first ever reception of Cornwall on FM from here.
20.42 103.4 G BBC Devon, N Hessary Tor "BBC Local Radio" prgm C812 BBC_Devn good MH 20.43 96.1 G BBC Solent Talk C912 BBC_Slnt excel MH 21.24 95.2 G BBC Cornwall, Caradon Hill BBC Local Radio prgm C712 BBC_Cnwl fair MH RT: 'BBC Radio Cornwall ...serving YOU in Cornwall ' 21.45 103.9 G BBC Cornwall, Redruth // 95.2 but RDS didn't form fair MH 22.47 103.6 G BBC Swindon, Blunsdon Talk prgm CA12 BBC.Swin good MH 22.49 104.3 G BBC Wiltshire, Naish Hill CC12 BBC_Wlts good MH
May 29, 2003
Propagation - Sporadic E to Tunisia for about 90 minutes.
15.47 87.6 TUN R Tataouine, Zarzis 7205 RG-Tatao fair MH
Station News - The authorities in Holland are re-organising their AM and FM bands on June 1, 2003. It's a "Zerobase" operation, designed as a one-off event to allow more commercial stations on FM. Some current stations will lose their channels, eg Radio 10 FM lose 675 kHz and all their FM channels. Radio 1 will go FM only, with 1008 kHz being allocated to Radlon Media Ltd - an Essex based company. They hope to use the full 400 kW power non-directional to broadcast Wonderful Radio London to SE England.
Here is a listing of the new channel allocations by Frequency
1008 and 891 kHz currently have a tape loop advising listeners to re-tune.
May 28, 2003
Propagation - Sporadic E to Italy, but fairly brief and confined to low end of band.
17.14 87.7 I R Italia 5220 R_ITALIA fair MH 18.41 87.7 I R Italia 5220 brief MH
May 25, 2003
Station News - Energy FM now plans to move the frequency of their Ramsey relay to 98.4 MHz in the middle of June. Snaefell & Jurby transmitters are currently running at 1/2 licenced power. Their new 25 Watt relay at Ballasaig is now planned to come on-air in late summer 2003.
May 23, 2003
Local Radio - Thames 107.8 in SW London testing in mono-only.
16.33 107.8 G Thames 107.8 C6B0 _THAMES_ good MH RT: 'YOUR MUSIC / YOUR NEWS / YOUR STATION /........................ '
May 13, 2003
Propagation - Sporadic E to Eastern Europe in late afternoon. Not many stations heard here - propagation favoured the Midlands and Northern England.
15.11 87.7 I R Venere 5A4A CAPIAZZA brief MH 17.40 87.7 SVK FunRadio, Kosice 5340 FUNRADIO fair MH RT: 'HELICO & TINA - STORY ' RT: 'Hotline ' RT: 'FOO FIGHTERS - TIMES LIKE THESE (ACOUSTIC VERSION) ' RT: 'MR. DJ & LADY M - FUNK ME (ORIGINAL MIX)' 18.01 87.7 SVK R Rebeca, Banska Bystrica 5350 _REBECA_ fair MH 18.07 91.6 SVK FunRadio, Lucenec 5340 FUNRADIO fair MH RT: 'ROACHFORD - GET READY '
May 12, 2003
Station News - Virgin 105.8 changed their transmitter site today from Croydon to Crystal Palace. Also their RDS changed from _VIRGIN_ to _Virgin_
15.00 105.8 G Virgin 105.8, Crystal Palace C4B4 _Virgin_ excel MH RT : Virgin Radio 105.8 - Better Music, More of it.
May 7, 2003
Propagation - Brief Sporadic E to Italy in mid-afternoon. Also medium distance UK tropo around midnight.
11.25 87.7 I R Italia 5220 brief MH 16.04 87.7 I R Capital 5219 _CAPITAL fair MH RT:'RADIO CAPITAL RADIO CAPITAL RADIO CAPITAL' 19.46 87.7 POR RDP 1, Mendro OMs talking brief MH 22.40 106.6 G Saga 106.6 music, ID's, news C3A2 QSB MH 22.50 107.9 G Passion FM, Oxford music C090 PASSION_ fair MH 23.10 96.9 G Chiltern FM usual network overnight CB86 Chilt_FM fair MH 23.15 95.7 G BBC Cambridgeshire Keith Skewes prgm fair MH
May 6, 2003
Propagation - Sporadic E to Italy noted here. Others also heard Tunisia and Spain.
16.04 87.7 I R Venere 5A4A R.VENERE fair MH 16.19 87.7 I R Italia 5220 R_ITALIA fair MH 16.35 87.7 I One o One Network 5215 brief MH 17.53 87.7 I R Italia 5220 brief MH
May 5, 2003
Station News - Splash FM - launched today on 107.7 MHz. Splash FM are the small-scale local licence holder for Worthing. RDS PS: SPLASHFM and PI:C89E. Website www.splashfm.net.
May 1, 2003
Station News - Passion FM is the rebranded name for Fusion FM in Oxford broadcasting on 107.9 MHz. RDS: PASSION_ and PI:C090. No obvious website yet.
April 30, 2003
RSL - TUBE Radio - began their latest RSL from Ealing with test relays of SBN on 87.9 MHz at 6pm this evening. Their RSL licence runs 1 May to 24 May. website www.tuberadio.co.uk
April 28, 2003
Propagation - Sporadic E to Italy in late afternoon.
17.06 87.7 I R Italia 5220 R_ITALIA fair MH
April 23, 2003
Propagation - Sporadic E to Italy in early evening.
18.04 87.7 I R Potenza Centrale (PZ) 534D RPZCENTR fair MH
April 19, 2003
Propagation - Sporadic E to Italy in late morning.
11.05 87.7 I R Italia 5220 R_ITALIA brief MH
April 17, 2003
RDS - Lite FM on 106.8 MHz - has their RDS changed recently ... perhaps removing the *'s?
March 31, 2003
RDS - Heart 100.7 RDS PS Name is now Heart_FM in UPPER/lower case.
March 29, 2003
Shortwave - FEBA Radio ceases use of their Seychelles transmission facility on 30 March. Well maybe the 29 March depending on how you interpret their B02 & A03 schedule information on their website. Instead of Seychelles, they will hire airtime on various transmitters in Africa and Asia.
March 25, 2003
Station News - BBC Hereford & Worcester will soon be heard on 1584 kHz AM via the 300 Watt transmitter at Woofferton near Ludlow. With BBC R Shropshire having opened two new FM transmitters recently, the decision was made to switch 1584 kHz to carry BBC Hereford & Worcester so that listeners in North Herefordshire would enjoy better reception. It was several years ago that the Hereford AM transmitter on 819 kHz was closed. A possible date for the changeover is March 31, with a "retune" loop being broadcast for 24 hours prior to the switch.
Station News - Energy FM will soon be testing a new channel on 105.2 MHz from Ballasaig. Also their Ramsey transmitter on 98.6 will change to 98.3 MHz this month. Later this summer they'll also be on 102.4 MHz from Beary. (Energy FM website)
March 19, 2003
Station News - Neptune Radio (96.4 and 106.8) is now rebranded as KM-fm Folkestone, and TLR (107.2 MHz) is now rebranded as "Thanet's KM-fm". Allegedly the ex-TLR station has RDS: _KM-fm__ and the ex-Neptune stations have RDS: KM-fm___. Anyone within coverage area to verify?
March 14, 2003
Station News - Star 1079 in Cambridge have changed RDS from STAR_CAM to Star1079 ... much like the previous change from STAR_FM_ to Star1066 in Slough.
March 13, 2003
RSL - Festival RSL for the Cheltenham Racing Festival has RDS FESTIVAL on 87.7 MHz, and is off-air in the evenings/overnights.
March 10, 2003
Station News - Time FM is the new name for Millennium FM from Thamesmead in SE London. PI:C090 PS: TIME_FM_ Website www.time1068.com
23.14 106.8 G Time FM, Greenwich pop C090 TIME_FM_ fair MH RT: '106.8 TIME FM. PUTTING SOUTH-EAST LONDON + NORTH-WEST KENT FIRST'
February 24, 2003
Station News - Dee 106.3 - more RDS information now to hand ... RDS:Dee106.3 PI:C797 TA:1 TP:0 M/S:M PTY:10 RT:More music, more variety Radio at the heart of Chester"
February 18, 2003
Station News - Dee 106.3 is currently testing to Chester on 106.3 with RDS: DEE106.3 - their website www.dee1063.co.uk isn't yet updated with launch information.
January 30, 2003
Station News - Saga FM East Midlands began on-air testing of their lower power relay on 101.4 from Drum Hill. RDS:__SAGA__ and PI:C3A2.
January 28, 2003
Station News - Saga FM East Midlands began on-air testing on 106.6 MHz from the Waltham site. It's on low power with a temporary vertically polarised antenna. RDS:__SAGA__ and PI:C3A2 although the RDS inject level is very low. Programmes are due to start at 7am on Tuesday 11 February.
January 24, 2003
Station News - WWKB on 1520 in Buffalo NY is dropping NewsTalk in favour of oldies starting 6am Eastern Monday 27 Jan. "KB" are one of the easier to hear US MW stations from over here in the UK, particularly around dawn. They've also got a natty new logo.
January 15, 2003
Station News - Saga 106.6 is due to launch on February 11 on 106.6 and 101.4 MHz.
FreeView - UK Bright Ideas and FTN launched today. UK Bright Ideas is on-air 6am-6pm, with FTN 6pm-6am.
BBC TV - is the replacement for BBC Choice on Dsat, Freeview and Dcable. The channels is due for launch on Sunday 9th February. The first evening will be a simulcast with BBC TWO, and to promote interest some Eastenders episodes will be shown first on BBC THREE.
January 14, 2003
Station News - KMFM 106 is the new name for CTFM in Canterbury on 106.0 MHz, which is now owned by the Kent Messenger Group. RDS now KM-fm106.
January 13, 2003
Station News - Radio Caroline launches on the Sky Digital platform today at 1430 UTC. They're at 11.623H, SR275 FEC2/3 but are not currently listed in the EPG.
January 6, 2003
Station News - LBC 97.3 has changed RDS PS to LBC_97.3 and PI:C581.
January 5, 2003
Station News - GTFM Access Radio on 106.9 MHz noted with RDS GTFM1069 and PI:C491.
Station News - Chiltern 96.9 - also updated their RDS Chilt_FM
January 4, 2003
Station News - Vibe 101 has taken over the 101.0 MHz spot in Bristol from Galaxy 101. New RDS is vibe_101 with the same C3A5 PI code.
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