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


  1. Hello Timm it's worth to note that the key to LW DX is the correct of day and antenna! As a DXer who lives in Southern Malaysia I could receive EU LW stations using a SDR receiver and 30 foot longwire, usually during the wee morning hours between 1730~2100 UTC , as Europe and SE Asia are both in the greyline at that time.

    Here are the LW frequencies that are usually receiveable here:

    153 Antena Satelor Bod Romania
    171 Medi 1 Nador Morocco
    252 Radio Chaine 3 Tipaza Algeria

    1. Hello, and thank you for your tips on LW stations receivable in Malaysia. Indeed, another DXer, here in the Klang Valley, has also logged Antena Satelor Bod Romania and Medi 1 Nador Morocco.

      Just this morning,24.10.2019, I manged to also catch Medi 1 at 22,40 UTC when it was still barely audible. Their signal was detected while using a Sangean ATS-909 and Tecsun S-2000.

      Again, Thank you for the advice and happy DXing. 73.