As we have discussed this in many different threads let’s follow it under its own topic.
ACMA has given AM stations in Solo markets where they have an existing Fm service the opportunity to convert their existing AM service to FM.
Some of the pending applications for Fm conversion are for…
Armidale - 2AD
Bathurst - 2BS
Cooma - 2XL
Goulburn - 2GN
Nowra - 2ST
Tamworth - 2TM
How will ACMA find available frequencies to allow these conversions to take place for Lithgow, Bathurst, and Nowra where frequencies are very sparse?
Will The open narrowcasters (Sky Sports Radio) in Goulburn, Cooma / Monaro, Bathurst and Nowra, be forced by ACMA to give up their FM frequencies and move to the vacated AM frequency?
What frequency would be used in Lithgow for 2LT.
For 2ST Nowra I believe going to Knights Hill on 103.7mhz would be the best option for them. They would need a highly directional antenna to keep overspill out of the Wollongong and Bowral markets, and then direct 50kW at Nowra and the South Coast. This would then allow them to close their south Coast translator services such as Ulladulla, and Jervis Bay, and free up these frequencies. Alternatively ACMA may licence 2ST to Camberwarra lookout with the same specs as Sky Sports Radio (1kW to the north, 10KW towards Nowra) which would not cover Kiama like Knights Hill does.
All thoughts are welcome.