lördag 25 april 2015

This weekend's transmissions using only one transmitter

Please note that for the transmissions on April 25-26 we have only one 10 kW transmitter available, as the 5 kW transmitter is not functioning very well right now. It needs some overhaul and there is not time to fix it in time for today's transmissions. Please check our schedule for detailed programme information. 

fredag 17 april 2015

Summer frequencies for Radio Revival Sweden

We have now got the following frequencies registered for the period until October 2015:

3955, 3975, 6060, 6175, 7390, 7440, 9405 and 9705 kHz.

Please let us know if you are interested in airtime.

lördag 7 mars 2015

Time to apply for summer frequencies - please let us know which ones you would like!

First of all, we would like to express our thanks to all the broadcasters who have chosen to use our relay facility. Your faith is inspiring and as the time has now come to apply for new frequencies for the period March – October we would appreciate any input from you with regard to what frequencies you would like to use.

A thorough frequency planning is essential for reaching out on SW. If you only have one frequency, you will be very vulnerable to interference from other stations. Therefore, we always apply for several spare frequencies. Sadly, all stations do not follow the registrations they have made and interference may occur even if the channel should be vacant at a specific time. We offer you airtime for €30 per hour on two frequencies (5 kW AM plus 10 kW A3H - carrier plus one sideband) or €20 per hour on one frequency.

As there are today a number of more or less low-powered SW relay stations around in Europe, we feel that we all could benefit from cooperating. Selling airtime on SW is today such a narrow niche that there is actually no big money in it. Apart from government owned stations, most SW relays are operated by radio enthusiasts who believe in the medium.

In the USA we have the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters, which was set up to represent the interests of FCC licensed international broadcasters. What do you think: could we in Europe benefit from creating a similar organization, where we could agree about frequency planning and other practical details?

For some years there have been a number of low-powered stations (1 kW) operating in Germany. Prices for airtime has been around 15 euro per hour which naturally is very affordable to most broadcasters. However, the reception has not been very good in many areas. The Swedish DX Federation used to broadcast over one of these stations but the members requested that another relay station be used in order to provide a better reception. That was the prime reason why the Radio Revival Sweden relay facility was set up. We then decided to offer airtime to other interested parties.

Another German station has appeared, claiming 10 kW of power, also charging 15 euro per hour. It is not clear whether this is peak or average power but either way, this rate can hardly cover more than a fraction of the power costs, let alone all other costs for running such an operation. 

Honestly, we don’t believe that this philosophy is the solution. A broadcaster will want to know that you are a reliable transmitter operator and that you will still be around when needed. We have decided not to step into this cutthroat race and we will not reduce our airtime rate just in order to compete with operators charging extremely low airtime fees. 

We will, however, continue to provide you with a reliable resource for reaching out on SW.
We hope that as independent SW operators we can cooperate with other relay facilities instead of competing with each other. Think positive!

måndag 19 januari 2015

Tests from Radio Revival Sweden on Thursday, January 22

Test transmissions will be carried out by Radio Revival Sweden from the Sala transmitter site as follows:

Date: Thursday, January 22

Time 1200 - 1500 UTC

The following frequencies will be used:

6035 kHz AM 5 kW 1200 - 1500 UTC

9815 kHz A3H 10 kW 1200 - 1300 UTC

9865 kHz A3H 10 kW 1300 - 1400 UTC

9875 kHz A3H 10 kW 1400 - 1500 UTC

Reception reports are most welcome to radiorevivalsweden (at) hotmail.com , preferably comparing the signal on various frequencies. We have no printed QSL card at the moment but will respond by email.

Regular transmissions will be made on January 24 - 25 and on Saturday, January 31. Time slots are available so please get in touch as soon as possible if you want to book airtime for these dates. Good listening!

måndag 5 januari 2015

Radio Revival Sweden testing new frequencies in mid-January

Update from the Sala transmitter site in Sweden:

In addition to the usual channels 3950 and 6065 kHz we have registered the following frequencies:

3970, 3980, 6035, 9815, 9865, 9875, 11705, 11745 and 11755 kHz.

We will be testing the 31 metre band frequencies plus 6035 kHz by mid-January. If you would like to book airtime during these tests, please contact Ronny at info (at) rock.x.se as soon as possible.

We have two transmitters: one 5 kW rig which can broadcast in AM (carrier + both sidebands) and a 10 kW transmitter which can use A3H mode (LSB + carrier) or SSB. The 5 kW transmitter is primarily used in the 75 metre band.

fredag 26 december 2014

Radio Revival Sweden is now testing on 3950 and 6065 kHz

We are now testing from Sala on 3950 kHz and 6065 kHz. Please comment below and tell us how you are receiving us in your area. It will also be a good help if you state what type of receiver and antenna you are using. 

söndag 21 december 2014

Broadcast your radio show over Radio Revival from Sweden

This is the blog of Radio Revival - the Sala relay transmitting centre. On a number of occasions we have broadcast Radio Nord Revival on shortwave, medium wave and FM as a tribute to Swedish offshore station Radio Nord which was active in 1961-1962. We now offer airtime over our shortwave transmitters located in Sala, Sweden.

PLEASE NOTE: For some reason, some Yahoo mail accounts seem to block mail from our domain. I have no idea why but if you can contact us from another account, please do so. I already know there are two programme producers, who have asked for broadcasting time, that I have not been able to reach. Please get in touch again if you see this.


5 kW transmitter Collins 204-F1
Exciter HP 8657 B
Sound processing Orban Optimod 8282
Antenna: broadband dipole, height 19 metres
Used in the 75 metre band, prime frequency 3950 kHz

10 kW transmitter Collins 208 U-10 A
Exciter SRT TD90
Sound processing Orban Optimod 9100 B
Antenna: broadband dipole, height 12 metres
The 10 kW unit was earlier used by Radio Sweden at their Hörby transmitting station
Used in the 49 metre band, prime frequency 6065 kHz

The antennas are cage dipoles 2 x 1/4 wave length long. The cages are conical with the tips towards the centre isolator. The feeders are cellflex ½" and 7/8".

Geographical coordinates WGS84 59°36'24.8"N 17°12'43.7"E

Do you want airtime for your programme/radio show? Please contact Ronny at info (at) rock.x.se if you are interested.