German Public Broadcasters Plan LW and MW Shutdowns

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Jul 8, 2013 - German public broadcasters Deutschlandfunk and Deutschland Radio Kultur will decommission their medium-wave and long-wave transmitters by the end of 2014, according to RadioNL. The money saved will go in to the expansion of their DAB+ transmission capabilities.

DeutschlandFunk has transmitters on 153kHz and 207kHz, along with seven MW frequencies, including 1269kHz and 549kHz. Deutschland Radio Kultur has stations on 177kHz and 990kHz. The LW power levels are 500kW, and the MW power levels are between 100 and 400kW. The broadcasters expect to save millions of Euros every year in electricity costs.

Both DeutschlandFunk and Deutschland Radio Kultur are available around Germany via FM, and increasingly, via DAB+. However, the shipping industry makes use of the 1269kHz and 177kHz frequencies, since messages regarding the shipping forecast are broadcast thrice daily. The public broadcasters both say that the same information is available via alternative methods, including DAB+ and via the public Internet.

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