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Erneside Radio - Belturbet - Co Cavan (?? - 1988)
1251 - 97.8 - 107

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IRISH PIRATES A / Z

Erneside Radio's 107 used to be audable in Scotland sometimes, although one of only two FM signals horizontally polarized. The other was Sunshine 100.5. All others were vertically polarised. The 1251 was an excellent signal in Western parts of the UK.

The station had a proper QSL card, something only a few of the Irish MW/ FM only pirates could claim. Kilkenny Community Radio was another one. Some of the SW stations had real QSL cards of course, such as Southside Radio, Suirside, Radio Dublin etc.

When Erneside Radio began their first transmissions on 1251, the initial tests were heard in Scotland, and it was believed that it may have been a Scottish pirate testing. The signal was so loud. On reflection, the voice at the time should have been obvious to the two Scottish enthusiasts as being that of transmitter manufacturer, Heddy Eddie.

Offshore broadcaster Don Allen eventually found his way to Erneside Radio.

The photos below were taken on Steve West's travels in 1987

 

 

 

 

A poster sent out by the station. Click for a high res version that can be used to make a reprint, by taking the jpg to a professionsl printer.

ERNESIDE POSTER FULL RES - 2,966k

 

 

Some images of Erneside Radio, taken by Steve West on his travels in Ireland in 1987. Views seen are of the studio, and the premises, as well as a mast with a horizontal antenna on top for FM Band 2 by the look of it. Maybe that was the 107 horizontally polarised signal, heard up in Scotland on a regular basis.

 

 

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