Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE) 1

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE) 1*, transmitting from Dublin, Ireland, was logged on 27 October 2014. A delightful mix of Irish news, advertisements and pop tunes, some Irish oldies thrown in as well, was monitored from 07.50 to 08.50 UTC. Musical selections included Frank Sinatra - "Old Man River", Barbara Streisand duet - "When Will I Be Loved", Bob Dylan - "Hurricane", Frankie Valli and Four Seasons - "Ragdoll", Clash - "London Calling", Annie Lennox - "Memphis in June", Simon & Garfunkel - "Bookends", and an Irish song by Jim McCann - "Grace". On this particular day, the Dublin City Marathon was scheduled and listeners were alerted of road closures. Advertisements for Volvo, Dublin-London travel, Electric Ireland and "Click-n-Go" promotion was sandwiched between songs and Irish inflected chatter from the announcers. Reception on the longwave frequency of 252 kHz was (SINPO) 54554 -- excellent signal strength with QRM from French language station and some heterdyning was present, otherwise content was clear and audible.

Reception report was emailed on 27 October 2014, with a follow-up email on 4 November. RTE sent an eQSL the following day. Glad to get their verification, although it is from a remote receiver, and especially since RTE will reportedly terminate their longwave service next year. Such a pity, considering their programme content is exceptionally good!


*Logged using remote SDR receiver at University of Twente, the Netherlands

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