Car Radios


#343

You can manually tune in with the kia but its a few steps in one of the menus to activate it. As a radio nerd I like quick access :slight_smile:, definitely a first world issue.


#344

88.0 Toowoomba operates from how many sites? Coverage is ‘surprisingly good’ for one watt :wink:

Always fun to accompany a scenic drive through the range suburbs or drive up via Blanchview, arriving at the bottom end of the golf course and marvel at the coverage of 102.9 so far away compared to 102.7 so close.

The Gold Coast antenna at 63m is far closer to spec (250w ERP) out west to the significantly less ERP of the original antenna at 22m.


#345

Yes very very very good for 1 watt… Also loud on the dial with peaks to 115khz deviation… Yes not Modulation percentage, 115k deviation :slight_smile:


#346

Not strictly the same, but noticed 102.9’s considerable advantage to the west compared to its other GC cousins in the plateau between Warwick and Cunningham’s Gap today. Can get good signal and RDS where the others are far weaker, this even with 102.7 rearing its head to a respectable level next door (though obviously not the same as it would be in Toowoomba)


#347

Yes. I’ve been for a few drives that way in 2018 and noticed same. Almost as far as Gladfield’s driver reviver site yet those on the 22m antenna are gone by Fisher Park fuel station just through the gap.


#348

Noted on the life and tech show, Charlie mention his digital radio cuts out for 5 secs etc (in his car). Without knowing where he lives, I wonder if he drives a Mazda. The kia has been flawless and how I expect dab should work. Same with the guys who had the ford focus. One brand of car people blame dab being bad, where its the car radio. Maybe I am jumping the gun a bit. But it does not help digital radio if one brand gets it wrong.


#349

Yeah, & for those in Sydney, a test of how good your radio is, drive by the tower at Artarmon.

We’ve yet to find a car radio that doesn’t drop out, as you approach the traffic lights cnr Mobray Rd & Pacific Hwy, coming up the hill next to the Great Northern Hotel traveling Eastwards, & then also turn right into Hampden Road, & it drops out again, out the front of the TXA gate under the tower, heading down the hill towards Artarmon train station, (of course it’ll do the same traveling in the opposite direction).

We have no trouble receiving perfect DAB+ inside directly under the tower. Not sure if it’s a null at those points or tuner overload? Could be a null, because being Vertical polarisation, the antenna array should throw the signal out more than straight down, we’ve never bothered going out & measuring, so can’t say, doesn’t bother us that much.


#350

That’s interesting, I’ll keep that in mind next time I’m down there, does it happen on all of 9A, 9B and 9C or only some?


#351

All 9A, 9B & 9C as far I know, no ones sat there going through all to find out?


#352

Surely this can be tested in car?

As you write, it’s not the primary signal, so not a big worry.

I know the hill well on Mowbray Rd West.


#353

I will give it a go next time i go there.


#354

This is the route, we can check and it should drop out. I remember my two other cars did drop at the traffic lights.