Radio Exterior de España to close Costa Rica shortwave relay station

REElogoMany thanks to SWLing Post reader, Martin Delfin, for this news from REE and for his translation:

Hi Thomas– This was just posted today on the Radio Exterior website:

http://www.rtve.es/radio/20131014/loteria-navidad-radio-exterior/764480.shtml

This is [my] English translation:

From October 28, Radio Exterior de España will permanently conclude its shortwave transmissions from its relay station in Cariari, Costa Rica. At the same time, from that date, broadcasts from its transmitters in Noblejas, Spain will be considerably expanded.

These changes will affect those listeners in Central America, North America and the northern part of South America’s Southern Cone who tune us.

In the coming days, we will post and announce our new frequencies and times in which you can hear Radio Exterior de España on our webpage and programs.

73s Marty Delfín, Madrid, Spain

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6 Responses to Radio Exterior de España to close Costa Rica shortwave relay station

  1. Keith Perron says:

    Not surprised. REE was losing money on this relay. If they were smart that could have leased time. But their prices were way out of the market norm. They were charging nearly 200Euros for a 100kW. Just another example of a public broadcaster that has no commercial sense.

  2. Marty Delfin says:

    Hi Keith– Just curious — How was that breakdown in price? The €200 per 100kW, was that per hour or per broadcast? Do you know roughly how many people stand to lose their jobs at Cariari? I informed La Nación and Tico Times, both San José dailies, but the Costa Rican press seems too busy celebrating that their national soccer team qualified for next year’s World Cup.

    • Keith Perron says:

      The price given to me from when I contacted REE was 200Euros per hour for a 100kW. This is way out of the market. Yamata in Japan 150USD for 100kW, Shepperton (Broadcast Australia) or RA 100usd for 100kW, Singapore (Babcock) 130USD for 100kW, Trincomalee (SLBC formerly DW/Media Broadcast 125usd for 125kW. 200 Euros is around 270usd. This is way outside the market.
      But this is typical of of the public/government funded stations. They have no business sense. You should also see what it’s like dealing with REE. No one returns emails, phone calls, only transferring calls to the wrong person, people saying they will call you back in 1 hour, then 3 days later they do. ect ect

  3. Jim Bailey says:

    new to swl and listening to radio exterior espana @6055 here in denver co. Need address for qsl and will they be affected by this closure. They are S6-8 here on my Alnico DX-R8. Please reply to my email – jame...@q.com

  4. Jim Bailey says:

    new to swl and listening to radio exterior espana @6055 here in denver co. Need address for qsl and will they be affected by this closure. They are S6-8 here on my Alnico DX-R8.

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