Ruud Poeze, boss of Dutch mediumwave licence holder Quality Radio, has this evening been making public some of his plans. He was speaking on a special programme on 828 kHz, following the conclusion of special transmissions marking the 30th anniversary of the closure of offshore Radio Veronica in 1974.
Poeze says he wants to transmit two Dutch services, one on 828 kHz and the other on 1224 kHz. Broadcasting both stations from a ship at Pampushaven near Almere, the old location of the MV Communicator, is a possible solution to the problem of finding transmitter sites. On 1584 kHz, the low power transmitter at Utrecht could be used for special, short-term services such as the Veronica commemoration just ended.
Ruud Poeze also said that discussions are still going on with UK-based Radio London, which was originally going to use 1008 kHz. However, the high cost and a disappointing signal in the UK rendered this plan unfeasible, and the frequency was sold to Talpa Radio Nederland for use by Radio 10 Gold. It has now been decided that Radio London will use 1395 kHz, but a new transmitter site will have to be found as the current one at Trintelhaven can only use restricted power.
No time scale was given for any of the above projects to materialise. It remains to be seen whether they will get on the air. Officially, holders of inactive licences are supposed to hand them back to the government tomorrow, 1st September, but since there isn’t exactly a queue of people waiting to use the mediumwave frequencies that were licenced to Quality Radio, it looks as if Poeze may be given longer.