- Sackville Transmitter -
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Sackville, New-Brunswick, Canada.

RCI ceased all shortwave and satellite transmissions on June 26, 2012.


 

Radio Canada International (RCI)

 
QSL left - 9800 kHz DRM, RCI celebrating 60 years of broadcasting (2005).
QSL right - 11865 kHz DRM report (2003).
 
This transmitter site covered over 350 of acres of salt water marsh using seven 250 kW Thomcast and three 100 kW Harris transmitters. The antenna field consisted of 26 curtain antennas supported by 13 towers at 131 metres height and spanned some 182 metres. Some of the radio towers have since been demolished.
 
The loss of this transmitter means that there are no DRM capable transmitters in North America. As well as broadcasting RCI to USA this transmitter was also used by most of the European broadcasters to transmit DRM and AM to the USA. This is a typical schedule (times in UTC) showing other broadcasters -
 

0100-0200

daily

6140 kHz

China Radio

0300-0400

daily

11955 kHz

BBC WS

1600-1700

Sat

11900 kHz

TDP Radio

1955-2030

daily

9800 kHz

Vatican Radio

2030-2100

daily

9800 kHz

RNW

 
At other times Sackville also carried Radio Sweden, Deutsche Welle.
 
Although the American FCC (Federal Communications Commission) allow DRM on shortwave, DRM is not authorised on 'medium wave' as the FCC have adopted another digital broadcast system called IBOC (In Band On-Channel) which is a hybrid method of simultaneously transmitting both digital and analogue radio. This has consequences for the potential market for DRM in North America.
 
QSL cards (AM).
 
 
 
RTL Junglinster
RCI Sackville
BR Ismaning
Moonsbrunn TX
BBC Orfordness
BBC Rampisham
RTL Marnach
Woofferton

Moonsbrunn Ant
DW Sines