LKB Bergen Broadcasting Station closed down for the last time in service for the NRK on 890 kHz November 1st, 1978 at 0015 hours. LLE «Bergen Lokal» on 1115 kHz had then been closed for 12 years.
In the 1980s, Bergen Broadcasting Station was used as transmission site for local radio (two regional radio networks in Bergen municipality on 103.5 and 107.8 Mhz, from broadcasting mast, and in the 1990s also Radio Askøy 106.4 Mhz from its own mast).
Also in the 1990s, Kongsberg Navigation leased the site for utility transmissions on long wave 437.6 kHz.
Bergen Broadcasting Station is preserved as a Norwegian heritage site since 1999, but in 2001 the two transmitting masts were taken down. The site is owned by Askøy Municipality since 2004. The municipality restored in 2015 20 metres of one of the original antenna masts.
Bergen Broadcasting Association (FBK), which was founded on the 2nd of February 2009 is leasing Bergen Broadcasting Station in Askøy Municipality.
The Odda transmitter (callsign LLU) which closed down 1 / 11-78 now stands at Bergen Broadcasting Station with the Geilo transmitter (callsign LLT) that closed the same day. Odda transmitter was re-started by FBK 9 / 11-12 on 1314 kHz with callsign LLE-2. As antenna is used both a 15 meters Comrod, and earlier a «double L».
Shortwave broadcasts started 2 / 9-13 by FBK on 5895 kHz, with callsign LLE-3. As antenna is used an «inverted V».
A medium wave transmitter no.2 initiated by FBK 15/7 2014 1611 kHz, with callsign LLE-4. As antenna is used another «inverted V».
FM broadcasts started 6 / 11-14 by FBK on 103.8 Mhz, with callsign LLE-FM. As antenna is used an omnidirectional VHF antenna.
Transmissions (2 different program streams) has from the start been licensed by NKOM (Post and Telecommunication Authority) and from 2016 also by the Media Authority.
Bergen Broadcasting Association is using the callsign LA1ASK for amateur radio activity.
LKB houses two small narrowcast AM/FM stations in Western Norway, one AC Standards station with a «mid-Atlantic» format and the other runs Nostalgia. A beautiful music station stream will be added in the near future set for testing in the first half of 2017.
We hold Norwegian content and technical broadcast licenses and are located with a small studio at Bergen’s former AM(NRK) outlets LKB(Philips 10 kW) and LLE (Marconi 1 kW) near Erdal in Askøy municipality.
The site is intact except from the 10kW and the original T-antenna strung between two 150 metres masts which has been taken down. 20 metres of one of these is intact. For the moment we operate from a Comrod antenna, inverted «V»s, and longwires.
Most of the personnel are licensed radio amateurs. We also have much general broadcasting knowledge.
We have been on the air since 2012, improving and progressing a little year by year.
Please see our information sheet for the WRTH 2017 attached and transmitter equipment list at the bottom of this email.
— Transmitter List:
In addition several MW and SW transmitters from 20 kW down left on site not in operational order.
An amateur station is also regularly in use on the site with various antennas and the call sign LA1ASK, on 3702+-/3725 kHz etc.
*This is a test transmission from LKB LLE Bergen Broadcasting on AM 1314(thirteen fourteen)228 metres Medium Wave (and 103.8 Mhz in the FM band). Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to send us a written reception report, the address is: PO Box 100, N5331 Rong, Norway! Please remember to enclose an addressed envelope and to include $3 for return postage. Keep listening to LKB LLE!
*You are listening to a test transmission from LKB LLE Bergen Broadcasting Station at 60 degrees 26 minutes North 05 degrees 12 minutes East. Keep listening to LKB LLE!
*You are listening to LKB LLE Bergen Broadcasting Station on AM 1314(thirteen fourteen)228 metres Medium Wave(and 103.8 Mhz in the FM band). Keep your dial at LKB LLE!
*You are listening to LKB LLE Bergen Broadcasting. We are broadcasting on 1314(thirteen fourteen)kHz, 228 metres in the Medium Wave AM Broadcasting Band. Please send us your reception report! You can write to the following email address enclosing a sound file in mp3:
I spell: Romeo, Echo, Papa, Oscar, Romeo, Tango at Bravo, Echo, Romeo, Golf, Echo, November, Kilo, Romeo, India, November, Golf, Kilo, Alpha, Sierra, Tango, Echo, Romeo dot no. that is:
email@example.com Stay tuned to LKB LLE!
Reports preferably with mp3 recording to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email reports will be answered by email QSL card.
If you want a QSL-card, please send written report enclosing Norwegian stamps for foreign postage or 3$ bills, to:
LKB Bergen Kringkaster is the former NRK(Norsk Rikskringkasting) AM(LW/MW) broadcasting station for Bergen. Its QTH is near the village of Erdal on Askoey Island north of Bergen.
The Telefunken broadcasting transmitter of 20 kW was built in 1936 – 1937 and
is the only remaining Telefunken transmitter (complete) of this type in
The Marconi transmitter of 1 kW is also from the mid-30s.
Their first signals were broadcast in November1937 from the Telefunken on 260,
and from the Marconi transmitter on 355 kHz.
With the implementation of the Copenhagen Plan 1950 the transmitters
changed to MW channels.
In 1965 a Philips 10 kW transmitter subsituted the Telefunken for
The installation is Norwegian Cultural Heritage.
Both services closed in 1978 and 1966, using 890 and 1115 kHz,
In 2000, the original «T» aerial strung between the two 150 metres towers was taken down. The distance between the two towers was 195 meters.
The twin stations primary coverage area were the city of Bergen and the
western coast of Norway with local, regional and national programs
from NRK, using the callsign of LKB.
Photo from Bergen Kringkaster June 1961. Photo taken by Widerøe.