Bergen Kringkaster(Bergen Broadcasting Station)to broadcast World Radio Day programme
The LKB/LLE radio broadcasting station is operated by Foreningen Bergen Kringkaster(FBK)(Bergen Broadcasting Association) and located near the village of Erdal on Asköy Island northwest of Bergen, Norway's second largest city. It had two 150 metres masts, housing the former AM(LW/MW) NRK broadcasting stations LKB(regional and national service, T-antenna) and LLE(local service, Longwire)having primary coverage across Western Norway and the city. It is a Norwegian Technical and Cultural Heritage site.
The transmitter building rooms the only complete remaining Telefunken broadcasting transmitter(20 kW)of this type from 1936. Its first broadcast was in 1937 on LW 260 kHz. In 1950 the frequency was changed to MW 890 kHz in accordance with the Copenhagen Plan. The site is also housing a Marconi broadcasting transmitter(1 kW). It broadcast from 1937 on LW 355 kHz, changing to MW 1115 kHz in 1950. It closed in the spring of 1966. The 890 kHz service, then using a Philips transmitter closed just after midnight, November 1st, 1978.
The site was used for local FM broadcasting and LW utility radio in the 90s.
Foreningen Bergen Kringkaster was incorporated in February 2009 as radio enthusiasts after many years secured a lease of the site from Asköy Municipality. Our radio amateur station LA1ASK is often in use operating on 3.7 mHz. We also have an amateur LW Beacon LA1ASK/B.
In November 2012 MW broadcasting licensed by NKOM recommenced from the site under a test and development license on 1314 kHz followed by broadcasts on SW 5895 kHz 2013 and FM 103,8 mHz 2014, when also a second MW frequency 1611 kHz was added. One of the transmitters in use is a 250 watts Western Electric originally used by LLU Odda Kringkaster on 1466 kHz until November 1978.
LKB/LLE is using different types of wire antennas and has recently succeeded in re-erecting part of one of the original masts. Transmitters are both ex-NRK, surplus and converted amateur equipment.
Leasing of airtime is possible. Contact us for details. Northern Star Media Services AS www.northernstar.cc is already using the facilities for Radio Northern Star.
Foreningen Bergen Kringkaster was incorporated in February 2009 as radio enthusiasts after many years secured a lease of the site of former NRK Broadcasting stations LKB LLE at Frudalsmyrene in Askøy Municipality northwest of Bergen, Norway. The two stations left the air in 1978 and 1966 respectively but in November 2012 the site returned to the air under a test and development license on 1314 kHz. In 2013, 5895 kHz was added with 1611 kHz and103,8 MHz coming on the air in 2014. The station also has a ham station LA1ASK operating on 3.7 mHz. Every 6th week QST-LA of NRRL is transmitted on 3725 kHz LSB. Station also has a LW beacon LA1ASK/B presently inactive. LKB LLE is using different types of wire antennas and has recently succeeded in re-erecting part of one of the original masts. Transmitters are both ex-NRK, surplus and converted amateur equipment.