Texas Radio Shortwave is teaming with WRMI to present an hour of music from Radio Merlin.
The program will be broadcast on 5800 kHz, Friday night, July 16, at 10 p.m. ET (0200 GMT on July 17).
Radio Merlin went on air in 1990 after changing its name from Radio Galaxy. Radio Galaxy was an FM pirate that moved to shortwave in 1989 after authorities raided it many times. They changed their name to Merlin as there was already a station called Radio Galaxy. From 1990 until 1994, the transmitter site was an abandoned electrical substation. After being raided many times, the station closed down for a few years and returned to broadcasting in 2004 with a new transmitter location. Radio Merlin is regularly heard throughout Europe with a transmitter power of about 20 Watts.
Reception reports must be sent directly to the station because Texas radio shortwave won’t issue an eQSL for the broadcast. The station’s address is email@example.com.
This is the third in a series of weekly WRMI relays of European pirates and low-power licensed broadcasters, many of which haven’t been heard in North America for many years — if ever. The rest of the series looks like this:
July 24 – Radio Monique International, The Netherlands
July 31 – CoolAm Radio, The Netherlands
August 7 – Cupid Radio, The Netherlands
August 14 – Free Radio Service-Holland, The Netherlands
August 21 – Atlantic 2000 International, France
August 28 – Radio Delta International, The Netherlands.
Texas Radio Shortwave sails in international waters off the South Texas coast. Its programs are regularly broadcast in North America and Europe.