Radio Merkurs on 1485 kHz
Radio Merkurs on 1485 kHz has not the same transmitter that was carrying Radio Nord. Radio Nord was broadcasting from Ulbroka with 2.7 kW, but Radio Merkurs is broadcasting from Riga (Agenskalns, Western Riga). Power should be 1 kW, but most likely power used now is much lower (maybe about 100 W).
After absence in the end of August and in September radio station is on air again since September 30 (not only non-stop music like it was before, but also some programs). Though transmission isn’t considered test anymore, engineers are still trying to improve quality of reception.
This transmitter in Agenskalns is carrying not only Radio Merkurs, but also a plenty of FM stations, though many people are worried that antenna is too old and because of strong wind can fall down. Radio Merkurs is the same radio station as former Radio Nord 945 kHz – the same programs, the same music and the same DJs. Relocation was necessary as land of Ulbroka mediumwave transmitter (945 kHz) was sold to someone, future of 9290 kHz Ulbroka transmitter is also unclear. I heard rumours about cancelling all relays via this transmitter December 31.
(Yuri Dimbovsky, Riga, Latvia via MediumWave.Info)
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