The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) have ceased operating on the 7190kHz amateur radio frequency from 1st June 2013.
As per the latest schedules, this 10 kW transmitter was used at 0645 to 0900 IST for broadcasts to South India.
7190 kHz has been used for decades by SLBC for broadcasts to South India in various languages and at various times.The old timers may remember that at one time Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation was the most powerful station in Asia and very popular in India (no TV then!) and this 7190 kHz was their best frequency for listeners in South India..
7100 to 7200 kHz was issued to broadcasting stations in Region III till a few years back and then re-issued to Radio Amateurs. While the other broadcasting stations vacated that frequency segment, Sri Lanka Corporation continued to broadcast on 7190 kHz till yesterday.
In fact, SLBC is closing down that old Short Wave transmitter site at Ekala and has transferred their services to another transmitter site at Trincomalle using other frequencies from today June 1, 2013.
The new schedule of SLBC to India from June 2013 is
- 0645-0743 IST 11905 kHz (Bengali/Tamil/Hindi)
- 0745-0900 IST 9770 kHz (English)
- 1645-1745 IST 9770 kHz (Malayalam etc.)