Station Profile - Heusweiler 1422 kHz

Written by Hansjörg Biener
Translated by Herman Boel

Europawelle Saar

Heusweiler antennaAs of 1965 the highest Medium wave antennas in Germany can be found in Heusweiler. These antennas have a height of 120 meters and are linked to a 1.2 MW transmitter. In order to shield the electromagnetic interference a metal shield was built over the nearby motorway. In 1976 and 1993 the transmitter output was reduced. A 100 kW spare transmitter and 50 meter antenna were used during the day, while at night 600 kW was used.
With a coverage area of 400 km during the day the public station Europawelle Saar was a competitor for Radio Luxembourg (1439/1440 kHz) in West and Southwest Germany for many years. In the evening and night hours the station could be heard from Italy to Scandinavia and in large parts of Eastern Europe. No wonder that the station focused on long distance truck drivers. The station even received reception reports from Asia and Australia.

On 23 November 1978 a new frequency plan became effective, organising 10,000 frequencies on Long and Medium wave in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. The Saarländische Rundfunk now broadcasted on the slightly higher frequency of 1422 kHz.

Meeting point for millions of listeneners... SR 1 europawelle saar

This is a sentence printed on an historic card with which the Saarländische Rundfunk thanked the sender of a reception report in 1978.

The Deutschlandfunk from Heusweiler

When FM had definitely taken over from medium wave, and the jolly programmes from Luxembourg continued with competition from private stations, medium wave had more and more become redundant for the Saarländischen Rundfunk. As a small ARD company the Saarländische Rundfunk also had to deal with political issues. Thus, the Saarländische Rundfunk gave up medium wave in October 1994.

As of 1 January 1995 the Deutschlandfunk took over the transmitter location and used it to replace its transmission to Southwest Germany via Mainflingen on 1539 kHz. As before 600 kW were used.