The mediumwave/shortwave transmission settlement of the Radio Station of Macedonia, in Perea, is being dismantled rapidly, following decision for partial mediumwave switch-off and liquidation of the real estate. At the moment, the shortwave equipment has been fully dismantled, whereas the shortwave aerials and the mediumwave equipment remains to be removed next.
The process of removing the shortwave installation lasted two days, during which the equipment of the four former ship transmitters (35KW each) got violently dismantled and loaded onto tracks. That machinery had been donated by The Voice of America to the Greek public radio in 1972, when the former ceased broadcasting from this site. It served for shortwave broadcasting until 2002, when it got abandoned, as the ERT3 shortwave transmissions were taken over by the ERA5 transmitter at Avlida.
The building for the mediumwave is still on electrical current, whereas the spotlights on top of the two medium wave blasts are still in operation. Modules of the Siemens mediumwave transmitter have already been removed, early March, by engineers from Rhodes and Komotini, whose mediumwave transmitters of the same brand need replacement parts. The forest of the shortwave antennas and the oil power generators are the next to be removed.
Apart from the mediumwave replacement parts, all of the dismantling operations are being handled by a subcontractor, assigned by ERT. All metal material is being sold in bulk by the subcontractor, who pays an amount back to ERT, according to the agreement. Technical equipment of tremendous value, that once needed months to be installed, is being rapidly scrapped.
Photo: Perea before the storm. Source: selapos