I’m now getting Vintage FM on both 88.0 and 88.7 MHz (whereas previously 88.0 was Air FM).
Does anyone know if the only Vintage FM TX on 88.0 is from Mount Gibraltar? If so, that’s a long way for a supposedly 1-watt LPON to reach (I’m some 80km from Mount Gibraltar). I note that there’s also an LPON allocated on 88 MHz to Gregory Hills, which is a lot closer, but I’m unsure if it’s on-air.
I’m seeking confirmation from @Radiohead or any other Novocastrians- is 1692 kHz Radio Symban receivable in the daytime there? I’m trying to help some overseas DXers locate the origin of this transmitter. It’s received quite strongly here at night and has been heard in Finland.
We believe the tx to be located at Maryville, a suburb of Newcastle. Radio Symban also has licences at Bungendore and Campbelltown (Wedderburn) on this frequency but both of these are inactive.
It’s actually been totally off air for about 3-4 weeks now, possibly more, I got busy with work & totally forgot to post about it.
I haven’t had the time to go to the site & see if they’re doing anything with it though, hopefully they’re doing a complete renovation & installing a new TX, it certainly needed it.
Not that I’d listen to SEN very often, but maybe if they did a complete reno, Newcastle would have 801 reception back as good & as strong as it did when it was 2GO?
Rete Italia on 801 was supposed to be for CC & Newcastle, but due to the degradation of the site, it was more or less not achievable reception in Newcastle, unlike the old days, when 2GO reception was as good as the locals & many people around Newy used to listen to it instead of 2NX or 2KO.
It works both ways though not to quite the same extent.
Newcastle commercial FMs have very good reception in that area in a line from about Bluehaven down to Bateau Bay, but pretty much once you get past the Wyrrabalong Trig / Cromarty Hill TV TX site, it drops off pretty quickly, as from that bearing the signal output from Sugarloaf drops from 20kw to 2kw.
The 801 frequency has a bent radiation pattern, pushing most of the signal in towards the Gosford CBD, thus the reason for 3 masts, you couldn’t phase 2 masts to get that sort of a radiation pattern.
When they are working properly, I’m pretty sure all 3 are active radiating elements of the antenna array, unlike 2NM who also have 3 masts for their particular radiation pattern, but I believe one mast is passive, in by way of it re-radiating RF in a particular direction after being inducted by the other 2 active masts.