I go on holiday for a few days and when I came back this evening I found Laser Hot Hits had closed down! I saw the statement on their website (www.laserhothits.co.uk) about pressure from the authorities. The station broadcast from Ireland so I wonder if this was pressure from the Irish authorities (ComReg) or the UK authorities (Ofcom) getting tough on the guys behind Laser?
If this is an Irish clampdown how will it affect other 48m stations broadcasting from there, which includes the religious station, Reflections Europe?
The good thing about Laser was what whatever time of the day or night you could turn on the radio (conditions permitting) and hear free radio on shortwave. The band is strangely silent tonight.
Thanks Laser for your many, many hours of great programmes and all you've done over the years for free radio. You can still listen to the station via their website.
A new Dutch station was heard this evening on 48m.
Radio Bonovox was on 6305 @ 1915 playing a varied selection of Dutch and English music with announcements in English. SINPO 34333. He said it was his first time on 48 metres.