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"Wavescan" is a weekly program for long distance radio hobbyists produced by Dr. Adrian M. Peterson, Coordinator of International Relations for Adventist World Radio. AWR carries the program over many of its stations (including shortwave). Adrian Peterson is a highly regarded DXer and radio historian, and often includes features on radio history in his program. We are reproducing those features below, with Dr. Peterson's permission and assistance.


Wavescan 413, November 24, 2002

The Mystery of Irish Radio History - Shortwave Summary

And so we come to the end of this seven-part mini-series of topics on the radio scene in Ireland under the title, "The Mystery of Irish Radio History."  In our first presentation seven weeks back, we posed the question:  "Was Ireland ever on the air shortwave?"  As you have heard week by week here in Wavescan, the answer is of course "yes."

Here now is a brief summary of all of the shortwave broadcasting in Ireland.

A small 1.5 kw shortwave transmitter was installed at the mediumwave base at Moydrum near Athlone in Ireland.  This unit was on the air with a bulletin of news on relay from the mediumwave station in two separate eras.  The first era stretched from early in the year 1939 until the year 1941 during the European conflict.  The second era began in 1944 as an interim experimental service pending the installation of a larger 100 kw unit.    

The 100 kw unit was installed in 1948, though it never got any further than preliminary testing.  The implementation of a regular shortwave service using their own transmitters was abandoned in 1953. 

However, relay services over other shortwave transmitters have been noted on many occasions.  In 1961, there were relay broadcasts for Irish troops on duty in the Congo, and in 1997 shortwave relays were implemented on behalf of both RTE in Dublin and Mid West Radio in a regional city.

Then, as previously noted, pirate radio broadcasts have been noted on shortwave; in particular from UCB with 1 kw, and Radio Dublin with even less power.

We should remember also that the BBC was on the air shortwave from Northern Ireland as a wartime measure using 100 kw at Lisnagarvey.  This station was on the air for six years, from 1941 to 1946.

However, if you would still like to obtain a valid QSL from a shortwave station located on Irish soil, you can do so by tuning in to the voice broadcasts from a well known communication station.  The Aeradio communication station, Shannon Radio, is on the air every day on many different shortwave channels with weather forecasts, and it is also heard in communication with international air flights across the Atlantic. 

Shannon Radio, with just 2 kw under the callsign EIP, is an excellent verifier.  We would suggest that you check your favorite radio magazine for frequencies and times when EIP can be heard in your area.  They issue a colorful and very descriptive folded sheet with full QSL details.