The largest shortwave transmission site in the world is…?

The 2,800 acre Edward R. Murrow Transmission Site via Google Earth.

The 2,800 acre Edward R. Murrow Transmission Site via Google Earth.

What is the world’s largest shortwave radio transmission site?  This is the question recently posed to me by filmmaker Amanda Dawn Christie, who is currently working on a documentary featuring Canada’s decommissioned RCI Sackville transmission site.

While I know exactly what North America’s largest government transmission site is–the Edward R. Murrow Transmission Site–as well as North America’s largest private transmission site–WRMI–I’m uncertain which is the largest site internationally…Is it one of these, or another?

Specifically, I believe Amanda is interested in the largest transmission site in terms of transmitters, antennas, and utilized land area.

Can anyone shed some light on this interesting inquiry? Many thanks in advance!

And if we do determine the answer, it will, of course, be posted here.

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8 thoughts on “The largest shortwave transmission site in the world is…?

  1. Bernhard

    RFI has a site in Issoudun which is quite large regarding the area where
    – the old static antennas
    – the new ALLISS towers
    are distributed.
    They are scattered around the village of Saint Aoustrille https://goo.gl/maps/wkuEK
    I don’t know if it is considered as one or two sites officially.

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  2. Dan Srebnick

    By sheer volume of broadcasts, including the Firedrakes, it might be in China. Likely it is treated as a state secret, however.

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    1. Thomas Post author

      Dan: You have a good point. I imagine some of their sites are large and nearly every transmitter is lit up at once. At least that’s what I hear on the air!
      -Thomas

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