Radio Clube Portugues 783 kHz due to go to air
Radio Clube Portugues, Avanca, on 783 kHz, is expected to be on the air very soon, possibly mid / end October. This site was made ready back in 2007, and comprises a 100 kW, DRM compatible, THALES tx and a Spanish made 60 m folded monopole. According to the stationn, the continued break downs of the “twin brother” tx used on 1035 kHz (Belmonte, near Lisbon), lead to an agreement with the manufacturer whereby it will be their own pepole who’ll be activating the Avanca unit, which will take place after the THOMSON team checks the Belmonte site. It is almost obvious that MCR – the group owning RCP as well as other [VHF-FM only] stns like Radio Comercial – may not feel that happy with the quality of those Thales (now Thomson) txs which, nevertheless, are simply not expected to be run at full power either; I was told the power level will almost surely be just a bit above the level of the active, albeit irregular, unit for 1035 kHz, i.e. something in the 30 kW range in order to step down the electricity bill.
(Carlos Gonçalves, Portugal via mediumwave.info)