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Hi Ian, did read your story about the Mebo 2. Most intresting, well done.

I met Robin Banks in London in the 90ies, what happened to him?

I am very curious to learn what happened with the stored TX rigs in Tripoli, is there any chance that they are still there?

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14 uur geleden zei ruudam:

Hi Ian, did read your story about the Mebo 2. Most intresting, well done.

I met Robin Banks in London in the 90ies, what happened to him?

I am very curious to learn what happened with the stored TX rigs in Tripoli, is there any chance that they are still there?

Sadly Robin died in 2018. I knew him from working at Radio ERI in Cork, Ireland where he was our engineer. A great guy!

4 minuten geleden zei scotty:

Sadly Robin died in 2018. I knew him from working at Radio ERI in Cork, Ireland where he was our engineer. A great guy!

I asked Robin about the transmitters. He said they were taken from the ship and put in storage just outside Tripoli. The intention was to use them again on land, but Robin did not think this happened. 

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5 uur geleden zei scotty:

Sadly Robin died in 2018. I knew him from working at Radio ERI in Cork, Ireland where he was our engineer. A great guy!

I asked Robin about the transmitters. He said they were taken from the ship and put in storage just outside Tripoli. The intention was to use them again on land, but Robin did not think this happened. 

I learned that the transmitters from the Mebo 2 were indeed put in storage, not in Tripoli but in Benghazi. One of the old 10 kW Veronica-transmitters has been used from Benghazi on 675 kHz. This info was given to me by the embassy of Libya in The Hague many years ago. 

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1 uur geleden zei Piet van der Vooren:

I learned that the transmitters from the Mebo 2 were indeed put in storage, not in Tripoli but in Benghazi. One of the old 10 kW Veronica-transmitters has been used from Benghazi on 675 kHz. This info was given to me by the embassy of Libya in The Hague many years ago. 

Maybe they were not sure of their information?? Benghazi is 100 kw.

 

This is what Robin wrote me in an e mail in 2010

 

YES ALL THE TX'S WERE REMOVED + THE STUDIO'S, POWER GENERATORS AND ANTENNA 
MAST.  I SUPERVISED THE REMOVAL AND ALL WAS TAKEN TO KILOMETER 10 NEAR 
TRIPOLI. THE PLAN WAS TO INSTALL ALL OF IT ASHORE AT VARIOUS SITES. TO MY 
KNOWLEDGE NONE OF IT HAS BEEN USED SINCE. IF IT STILL EXISTS, IT WILL BE IN 
A VERY POOR STATE I'M SURE. THE 100KW WAS A PROTOTYPE WHICH I THINK WAS 
BUILT IN ITALY  WITH THE SERIAL 002. I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY MORE 100KW SETS 
BEING BUILT AFTER THAT. I HEARD THAT THE PHASE MODULATOR WAS NOT POPULAR. 
THESE DAYS IT WOULD BE A VERY RELIABLE SYSTEM WITH MODERN VALVE-LESS 
TECHNOLOGY, HOWEVER, THERE IS NO DEMAND FOR AM NOWADAYS OF COURSE. THE 
AMPLIPHASE METHOD WAS QUITE EFFICIENT AT THE TIME, AROUND 60% OVERALL.

 

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22 uur geleden zei Robin Westhof:

 

 

Sorry, I must have missed that, sad to hear.

1 uur geleden zei scotty:

Maybe they were not sure of their information?? Benghazi is 100 kw.

 

This is what Robin wrote me in an e mail in 2010

 

YES ALL THE TX'S WERE REMOVED + THE STUDIO'S, POWER GENERATORS AND ANTENNA 
MAST.  I SUPERVISED THE REMOVAL AND ALL WAS TAKEN TO KILOMETER 10 NEAR 
TRIPOLI. THE PLAN WAS TO INSTALL ALL OF IT ASHORE AT VARIOUS SITES. TO MY 
KNOWLEDGE NONE OF IT HAS BEEN USED SINCE. IF IT STILL EXISTS, IT WILL BE IN 
A VERY POOR STATE I'M SURE. THE 100KW WAS A PROTOTYPE WHICH I THINK WAS 
BUILT IN ITALY  WITH THE SERIAL 002. I'M NOT AWARE OF ANY MORE 100KW SETS 
BEING BUILT AFTER THAT. I HEARD THAT THE PHASE MODULATOR WAS NOT POPULAR. 
THESE DAYS IT WOULD BE A VERY RELIABLE SYSTEM WITH MODERN VALVE-LESS 
TECHNOLOGY, HOWEVER, THERE IS NO DEMAND FOR AM NOWADAYS OF COURSE. THE 
AMPLIPHASE METHOD WAS QUITE EFFICIENT AT THE TIME, AROUND 60% OVERALL.

 

Thanks Ian for this.

Of course the rigs have no commercial value at all now, but from a historical point of view it would be nice to find out if they are still there, certainly the Veronica 10 kW Continental ones. 

Maybe a TV documantary: "In search of the source millions used to listen to".

(However Libya is not the place you want to be)

 

I did hear an Arabic programme on 675, after switch off in Holland on Sept 1 2015, could have been from Benghazi, this is listed with 100 kW.

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