Managing short wave broadcasts from Ascension Island
Radio World reports on the remote Atlantic Relay Station that transmits critical radio broadcasts to millions in Africa and beyond
A six-mile stretch of volcanic rock in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean is home to the BBC’s Atlantic Relay Station.
Now managed and operated by Encompass Digital Media on behalf of the BBC World Service, the stations’ six powerful shortwave transmitters on Ascension Island beam program in a dozen or more languages to some 30 million listeners in north, west and central Africa.
The shortwave transmitters include two 250 kW Marconi BD272 transmitters originally installed in 1966 (and still in daily use) and four 250 kW RIZ K01 transmitters, which are also capable of transmitting in Digital Radio mode.
Read the Radio World story at
(Source: Mauno Ritola via WRTH Facebook page)
Encompass (BBC content) Encompass DRM tests from Woofferton are planned for March 26th and 27th:
- 1200-1300 UTC 11780 kHz
- 1500-1600 UTC 11790 kHz”
Very strong signal on 11780 kHz now.
Thanks for the tip, Mauno!
Many thanks to an SWLing Post contributor who shares this item which was originally posted by Kai Ludwig on the Shortwave Sites email group. Kai writes:
There is a new name to get familiar with:
Note the statement from Encompass about their reasons for purchasing Babcock’s Media Services. It does not mention the word “radio” at all. Seems to me that radio distribution will in future be just a legacy service, kept in the same way Babcock already keeps the traditional stuff of World Radio Network after they likewise took over this company three years ago. Just consistent with the observation quoted at https://twitter.com/ChrisGreenwayUK/status/1022963699374596099
“Shortwave is on its last legs” a BBC colleague told us yesterday. OK, but the Chinese government still feels it necessary to jam many SW channels with their “Firedrake” music, as they were doing this evening on 9355 kHz, to stop their own people from hearing voices from abroad pic.twitter.com/bM9oenliOx
— Chris Greenway (@ChrisGreenwayUK) July 27, 2018
The sports stuff mentioned in the statement is this:
And a picture is worth thousand worths, so just compare the photos from 2004
with the current ones of what has in the meantime developed into a TV/video NOC:
I would be surprised if Encompass keeps the former WRN HQ, because they already have a facility in London: