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LPAM Kilrock 1287 kHz off air from June 1st

One of my favorite LPAM stations because of their music selections, Kilrock 1287 kHz, will go off air June 1st as the owner is relocating. As they write on their website (translated in English):

Dear medium wave listeners,

KilRock currently broadcasts radio on 1287 kHz AM. These broadcasts will have to be stopped for a longer period of time as of June 1. Our program offering remains available online via kilrock.nl and the websites that offer KilRock radio on their own pages.

Why does KilRock stop broadcasting on 1287 AM?

Willem moves to another home. Our transmission system will have to move with us, as it is located at Willem’s home. There is no other installation location available, unless a temporary installation location for our transmission installation can be found elsewhere in the Hoeksche Waard. We do not expect to be able to realize something like this in the short term. The move is scheduled for July 2024. The antenna mast and transmitter must be dismantled well in advance and ready for transport. The disassembly work will start on June 2. That is why KilRock will no longer be receivable via 1287 kHz from Saturday, June 1 after 6:00 PM. The intention is to resume medium wave broadcasts from the new location as quickly as possible.

New start date unknown.

It is still unclear from what date we can switch the channel back on. This depends, among other things, on how quickly we can obtain an environmental permit at the new location; Such a permit is required if you want to install a transmission tower over eleven meters high. We will inform you via our Facebook page and this website if there are any new developments. Always keep in mind that KilRock is a hobby project. There are often more important things in life than pursuing a hobby. A move should be considered one of the most important things in life, whether it is fun or not…

Galei Zahal back on 1287 and 945 kHz

Galei Zahal from Israel has reactivated their medium wave transmitter on 1287 kHz (50/100 kW), and there are also reports that 945 kHz is active. Galei Zahal is the broadcasting station of the Israeli Army IDF. It’s also abbreviated as “Galatz”.

I only tried briefly to receive this station this morning as I was busy with finishing the Collective Listening Event 299 on NDBs. The local LPAM station Kilrock on 1287 kHz was dominating the frequency. But guess what? They sent a message in response to listeners complaining about interference in the evening, explaining that it was Galei Zahal causing the issue. Check this YouTube recording of the Kilrock message (in Dutch obviously).

In 1999 I received Galei Zahal on 6895 kHz, for which I received a QSL. But for more than a decade they have been active on FM only.

QSL received from IDF station Galei Zahal
QSL received from IDF station Galei Zahal in 1999

UPDATE: received the station today (3JAN24) on 1287 kHz, around 17:30 h UTC, fading in/out over local LPAM Kilrock, up to near perfect quality. Later in the evening also audible on 945 kHz, here well over Radio Romania Actualitati.

Kilrock is installing a new antenna

Kilrock is installing an new antenna. The previous one went down in a storm. I’m a fan of this station because of their choice of music. They also have one of the nicest e-QSL cards you can get! The You-Tube video gives you a pretty good idea about the LPAM (low power AM) scene in the Netherlands… I’m told they hope that their antenna is up and running by Easter. All is “weather prevailing”. And as a cyclist I can tell you weather hasn’t been much in the last weeks even though it is supposed to be spring.
Anyway for you radio enthusiasts in Europe, you should have better opportunities to receive this nice station from ‘s Gravendeel on 1287 AM!

QSL Kilrock AM, 1287 kHz, ‘s Gravendeel, The Netherlands

QSL Kilrock 1287 kHz

Kilrock is a low power medium wave station (LPAM) operating from the village of ‘s Gravendeel, southwest of the city of Dordrecht, the Netherlands. The village is located on the banks of the tidal river “Dordtsche Kil”. So now you know where the station name comes from.
But Kilrock also sounds like Kilroy. “Kilroy was here” was graffiti drawn by American troops in World War II. The text was often accompanied by a man looking over a wall… as in the Kilrock QSL, which is one of my favourites.

QSL Kilrock AM 1287 kHz

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