Vigra 630 KHz – farewell!

Yesterday, June 30, the mediumwave transmitter on Vigra island was shut down.  Since 1934 the 100 KW transmitter has fulfilled an important service for the fishing fleets and other mariners along the coast, carrying the the NRK 1 and NRK Møre og Romsdal programmes.  Now it’s silent, which means that there are possibilities to hear weaker signals on 630 KHz. I was listening for a while yesterday evening here in Biri, and the dominating station was (not surprislingly) Romania Actualitate. There was also an arabic speaking station, carrying recitation from the Holy Qu’ran, which I at first guessed was Kuwait. However, co-DX:er Bengt Ericsson in Växjö has ID:ed the station as RTT Tunisia. Thanks, Bengt!

630 KHz will be a very interesting, and among DXers, also a very busy frequency when the mediumwave season 2011/12 starts up. Lot’s of interesting DX here, and maybe I (after some 25 years) will get BBC Radio Cornwall in the log?

About Hans

Male. 50 years young. DX:er since 1980. In September 2011 I moved up to Vardø on Vardøya Island (EU-141) to start working as manager for the Coast Radio station in Vardø. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity to work with the thing that I think is the most interesting in the whole world - Radio! My main interest is, yeah - you guessed right: Radio. I'm a ham radio operator, holding the callsign LA2MOA. My main radio interests is low power operation and low band DXing on the amateur bands, but also mediumwave and tropical band DX-listening. I'm also interested in angling, fly-fishing and fly-tying. The area around Vardø offers some great opportunities to do all of this. And, since I'm of swedish origin, I'm also madly interested in ice-hockey and since 35 years I'm a hardcore supporter of Rögle BK in Ängelholm - one of the few really true hockey clubs left in Sweden.

Posted on 1. July 2011, in DX, Pre Vardø, QRM!, Stations. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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