Looks as if I don’t have enough post for the Start Up sub forum so I’m posting here.
I have been part of a small team running a couple of non-commercial LPFM (low power FM) stations in Porirua and Kapiti for a few years now. After a lot of work the coverage is now very good, Johnsonville to Pukera Bay and Paraparaumu through to Te Horo. We’re blessed with excellent high sites that deliver surprising coverage helped by good antennas, keeping to a mono service, and using professional audio processing. We passed a full on RSM audit first time.
Most recently we concluded an agreement with the BBC to rebroadcast the BBC World Service and that required an upgrade to both stations with a new server, RDS encoder, etc. Details are available on our website:
So if you live in the Kapiti and Mana areas or travel through to Wellington via SH1 then tune in for a slice of serious news and current events.
Low Power FM is a real challenge these days with the general RF noise pollution from energy efficient light bulbs, television sets, xDSL leakage, inverter heat pumps, etc, degrading reception over the last decade or so. Mobile receivers also have much reduced performance with in-glass antennas, shark fins, and other concealed antennas really hampering good reception compared with the more typical fender mounted whips of the past. Even worse are the destructive effects of multipath which are accentuated by the proximity of other vehicles when antennas fitted into vehicle bodies are used. Nevertheless, with a good site close to a highway reasonably good mobile reception is possible.
Appreciate any reception reports.