- Woofferton Transmitter -
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Woofferton 

The Woofferton site is located in Shropshire, England and is the last shortwave transmitting station in the UK. The transmitter site is managed by Babcock International since 2010.

Perhaps Woofferton is best known as one of the principle transmitter sites to broadcast Voice of America (VoA) to eastern Europe. This site also transmits the local BBC radio station ‘Radio Hereford and Worcester’ on AM 1548 kHz.

In 2008/9 three shortwave transmitters from a Croatian company called RIZ were installed. These transmitters are 250 kW DRM or 500 kW (AM carrier), they are designated 'Sender 92', ‘Sender 94’ and ‘Sender 96’. These are the same designation as the Marconi BD272 transmitters (installed in the early 1960’s) that these RIZ transmitters replaced. For some reason the BBC referred to their shortwave transmitters as Sender (German for transmitter).

Current DRM schedule for broadcast to Europe is

0500-0700

daily

3955 kHz

BBC World Service

English

0700-0900

daily

5875 kHz

BBC World Service

English

1100-1130

Sat

9760 kHz

KBS World

English

1100-1130

Fri

9760 kHz

NHK

English

1130-1200

Fri

9760 kHz

NHK

Russian

Woofferton uses the following frequencies (kHz) to broadcast in AM for different broadcasters at various times during the day -

 

3955, 5875, 5975, 7235, 7285, 7300, 7435,7445, 7285, 9410, 9490, 9635, 9870, 11825, 11965, 12045, 15260.

 

DRM makes up only a small percentage of total hours broadcast.

 

Photo shows Sender 96 under construction

 
 
 
 
[thanks to James Briggs for the photos]
 
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