venerdì 27 dicembre 2019

Extra low-power frequency 1116 kHz available in Netherlands

As of January 1, 2020, an additional frequency for low-power medium-wave transmissions will be available in parts of the Netherlands: 1116 kHz.

This frequency was used by Radio Bloemendaal in the past. This radio station has used the medium wave frequency 1116 kHz until the end of September 2018. Since then, the radio channel can only be listened to via the Internet with its broadcasts. The masts of the church broadcaster from Bloemendaal were dismantled early this year.

According to the Telecom Agency, Radio Bloemendaal has now handed in the medium-wave frequency broadcasting license and the frequency will become available as of January 1, 2020 for medium-wave broadcasts with low power. You can broadcast in parts of Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland and Utrecht on the frequency with 50 watts or 100 watts. Applications for this frequency can be submitted to Agentschap Telecom from 10.00 on 30 December 2019.

Last year, ten extra frequencies have become available for low-power medium-wave broadcasts. These are the frequencies 801 kHz, 819 kHz, 846 kHz, 900 kHz, 918 kHz, 1098 kHz, 1134 kHz, 1179 kHz, 1287 kHz and 1467 kHz. A large number of broadcasting licenses have already been issued on these new frequencies.

Agentschap Telecom started in 2016 with issuing low power permits for medium wave. Permits could be requested at various frequencies up to a maximum of 100 watts. After evaluation, the government decided to continue issuing low-power medium-wave licenses.

According to Agentschap Telecom, there is a lot of interest in these low-power licenses, so a number of extra frequencies have become available for these broadcasts this year.

Translated from original Dutch at:

[in the UK, BBC Radio Derby and BBC Radio Guernsey use 1116 kHz]

( 26 December 2019 via Alan Pennington via bdxc io group)