252 - LONG WAVE
This station had a huge following in my part of the world. There was
nothing worth listening to in the area, and still isn't. In houses,
cars and shops, you would hear A252. Even in a gym I used to attend
in Killie had Atlantic 252 as background music in those days, even
The station broadcast from a site west of Dublin, with studios in
TRIM. Power was 500kw, and signals were powerful enough to reach out
over the UK and beyond. The signals even made it to the USA and Canada
to the receivers of DXers.
Listening again to these recordings from late 89 and the early 1990's
brought back the style of music which was around 20 years ago. I find
it difficult to take a hold of the fact that a generation has passed
that will never have heard of Atlantic 252. To me it is a relatively
THE LARGE BILLBOARD STYLE ADVERTISING ATLANTIC 252
HAD IN IT'S EARLY DAYS
In my own humble opinion, when music went down the dreadful dance/
rap/ rave/ whatever name we have for it this week/ route in the 90s,
radio went down hill with it. I could listen to the music played on
Atlantic in 1991, but only a few years later, I found it far too dance
orientated. But then I guess I am an old hippi, who prefers the "real
music" of The Eagles, or Led Zeppelin, or AC/DC!!!!
ATLANTIC USED ILLUMINATED BUS SHELTER ADVERTISING AS
I recall a time in 1992 when a few enthusiasts and I were visiting
some of the radio stations around Ireland. We went along to the small
town of TRIM, where the studios were situated. After travelling from
Scotland and finding the station, we were met by a locked door!! We
were given the "bum's rush" by the people in the studio,
who were nothing more than down-right rude. They hadn't even the manners
to answer the door!! All we heard was a silly voice on an intercom
asking us to come back at such and such a time. When we returned after
something to eat, the same intercom announced that we couldn't come
in, end of story.
"Well here are some folks who have grown too big for their boots,
from their humble beginnings on the Irish/ offshore pirates of the
1980's", I thought.
I have had this experience in the past at ARD in Dublin, whose presenter
was eager to show us around and have a chat. Same presenter a few
years later working on Sunshine Radio would barely look the road we
were on!! Such is life!!
After the snobbery at the studios, we decided to go and take a few
photos of the mast a few miles away. It wasn't too difficult to find
as it is rather high. After a few photos, I spotted an old chap at
a nearby house, working in his garden. I had a video camera with me,
and asked him if he would be prepared to say a few words about the
massive tower that had been recently built at the foot of his garden
almost. I honestly thought he was going to burst a blood vessel. I
had struck a sore point. He began shouting and swearing at me, as
I made myself scarce!!
So that was LONGWAVE RADIO, ATLANTIC 252.
How did it effect me as a dxer. It didn't. I would be able to hear
Algeria if need be on the same frequency, but it blocked no transatlantic
DX on LW, so it wasn't even a dx pest, unlike other national commercial
In 2008 when RTE closed their 567 transmitter and became LW 252 only,
it opened good dx opportunities on 570 for TADX.
The downloads below are recorded it seems from various radios, and
not always the one with the best audio quality either. I seem to have
had some odd ideas in my earlier years about what was good quality
audio and what wasn't. Some material, I used to record from various
communication receivers, instead of the much better quality Grundig
Satellit 3400 which I had since 1979!! Many of my old tapes are recorded
from a much more inferior (audio wise) Trio 9R59 receiver (Not the
DS vs), or a Racal RA17. I also used to use a hi fi separate tuner
at times as well, which was rather ropey, but at the time I somehow
thought it was great!!
The opening of Atlantic 252 on 1st September 1989 (Not December as
reported on their tribute site!!) has about 40m of bad audio just
as it opens. It sounds like it may have been a dicky connection on
my part. I don't think the station had technical problems on the launch
date?? The whole day is here, from the opening until close at 7pm.
There are some tests as well, prelaunch, and a few odd hours here
and there. I found one unmarked reel that looked promising for recordings
of Atlantic on it, but there was nothing. But not too bad a collection
considering. All in all, recordings are fairly good. One or two should
have been better. The long recordings of day 1 are made from reel
- reel, and tape speed running at 1 7/8, slow speed, to allow 6 1/2
hours per track on a triple play reel. (KEN,