Coastal radio HF tranceivers up for scrapping in Finland
FMA (Finnish Maritime Administration in c/o with the Finnish Communication Authorithy) is closing down the coastal radio station OFK (Turku Radio) HF/MF services at 010110 00:00 UTC. (VHF service still as usual, new transmitters located at Järsö, Hammarland and Geta, ASL +150m).
In OH0 country Mariehamn and Geta HF/MF remote controlled stations will be closed at this time.
This means that all of the (3x)5 kW transmitters located at the former Mariehamn Radio QTH is up for scrapping whith a swift timetable.
This includes all the towers and antennas. The transmitters are old school, modified Standard Radio Company 1220 or 1610 with a capacity of more than 10 kW. Also a lot of 50 ohm 2'' forced air cable with compressors is up for scrapping..
The former coastal radio network infrastructure provider Erillisverkot Oy has terminated the contract with FMA as from 010110 00:00 UTC
Due to this, the whole commercial ship-shore and safety network on VHF & MF/HF has been completely rebuilt whith a new service provider.. (Navielektro)
All HF/MF stations along the Finnish coast will be terminated and scrapped!!!
This is a shame. Good working equipment scrapped...
OH1FDW / OH1BB
I think if someone made an offer to buy some of that equipment they would sell, rather than destroy it. Write and tell them that the equipment is of historical importance and should be maintained.
I agree. This happened in the USA with the Maritime Radio Historical Society, which has acquired some old Coast radio stations, with equipment, and has now put them on the air as Coastal stations, using all volunteers.
Since then, there have been other applicants for coastal radio licenses, and at least two additional ones have been issued.
The old antenna fields, towers, transmitters, receivers have been acquired by the historical society in California.
It would certainly be worth a try to turn them over to private, volunteer organizations who could put them back on the air under special license.
For more info, email: Radiomarinefirstname.lastname@example.org
Check their web site also. I don't have the URL immediately handy, but you can find it easily with Google.
Whoops. Yes I have it. http://www.radiomarine.org
Check it out. It may give you some excellent ideas, as well as things you can use if you decide to campaign to save the coastal stations.
Ed, CHOP, W5HTW - Novice 1956, General, 1957, Advanced, 1968, Extra, 1969. Keep the amateur in amateur radio, keep the pros, and Part 90, out of it.
sORRY TO HEAR SO MANY HISTORIC STATIONS SUCH AS THIS ONE ARE CEASING AND BEING TORN DOWN. AM GLAD THAT MOST OF STATIONS LIKE KPH IS BEING KEPT AS A MUSEUM. I HOPE SOME ONE WILL LET THEM DO THE SAME.
ITS LIKE A SHIP THAT IS RARE AND TO HAVE SOME GUY COME ALONG AND DECIDE TO JUST DESTROY IT.
73 FROM N6HPX/MM
Originally Posted by OH1FDW
A whole lot of equipment is scrapped..
GL de OH1BB
Ill take em see private email left here at the ZED for u.
73 jerry n9lya
What all is there, Dan? Better to do something with the stuff and not let it go to waste..
Originally Posted by OH1FDW
Coastal Station Dismantling
What a crying shame. Too bad these transmitters can't be shipped to the USA,WNE Coast Radio in Boston is in need of MF and HF CW transmitters for coastal station use. WNE is under construction and badly needs transmitters in the 5 KW class that will run CW and are frequency agile. The MF antenna is about to go up within the next month, does anyone know of any transmitters available that might be reachable that put out some serious RF?
Chief Eng. WNE Radio