Newcastle Radio


#491

Triple M did their whole breakfast show on the tram last Friday morning, picking up celebrities and dignitaries and taking them for rides.


#492

Yes I think you are right on the character limit.

One thing is for certain Sydney FM and sometimes Wollongong gets into Newcastle better than what Newcastle gets into Sydney. So it is unusual to see both Triple M on my radio list (Also 2st is a factor) in most parts of Sydney. If 2GO became Triple M then they would need to do something.

In my car I would prefer a traditional radio at times where the scan is more manual and does not sort by RDS (mixing FM with dab), sorting by freq is easier and a separate dab band. Given driving around Newy, Sydney dab is unlistenable.


#493

Yes, Newcastle commercials are only 2kw towards Sydney vs 20kw from the Gong and 55/150kw from Sydney (I am right on the 25 degree bearing where the max 150kw output changes to 55kw, presumably to reduce overspill into the Central Coast).

What they could do is add frequencies (or truncated place name as @SydneyCityTV suggested into the RDS to differentiate between the various MMMs, eg MMM NEWC or MMM102.9 (which is ironically how it was for a few hours on launch day).

Yes, Sydney DAB is only listenable right on the coast in Newcastle in normal conditions. Even elevated locations like Braye Park reserve (near Waratah) and is about 70m ASL with a good line of sight to the south can’t get DAB, as it’s somewhat blocked by the hill that my suburb of Charlestown is on, which is about 120m high.

I think I will go and check out the light rail open day, will keep an eye out for any on site media coverage by local radio and TV.


#494

Great idea @Radiohead, it’s on until 4pm.


#495

RE: Sydney going North, theoretically yes but reality no, the Artarmon & Gore Hill FM antennas (main) are essentially omni-directional, with some smaller loabs between the faces.

Don’t know about any Radio or TV at the light rail comunity day today (Sunday), 2HD are doing breakfast from the Wickham interchange tomorrow (Monday), for the first official operating day (public having to pay to use the service). NEWFM may be there too?


#496

That’s interesting and good to know, and that makes sense as i haven’t noticed any real difference in reception anywhere up this way.

Do they run the full 150kw except for those loabs?


#497

Short answer, Yes.


#498

DAB is highly restricted north. I wish dab was onmi directional. I listen to the sydney radio on an app, so no need to protect the local radio stations. Unless it is restricted to protect tv reception then its understandable.


#499

We were talking FM, but DAB+ is highly restricted in all directions.

If you look at the DAB+ radiation pattern, it’s actually restriced more in the West & South Westerly direction from Artarmon, than it is to the North.

It was done like that, to not only stop overspill to Katoomba & the Illawarra, but to protect TV in Bathurst & Canberra.


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#500

Post restack, this should be removed. Then again, tried in Brisbane and mired in an impasse into its third year now with no leadership from ACMA or the minister’s office. No surprises there, consistently disappointing.


#501

Thanks for that.


#502

If that was the case, I’m surprised it wasn’t restricted to the north as well as Prime7 at Middle Brother (Taree / Port Macquarie) was on 9A prior to the restack too. And it’s also vertically polarized.


#503

Also just got back from checking out the new light rail in the Newcastle CBD.

No sign of any media presence, either radio or TV.


#504

TV would’ve been just NBN and ABC right? I guess they would’ve been there early to file and finish as quick as they could being a Sunday.


#505

I was there from 9.30 to 3. Popped in to see a mate from Hit 106.9 too.

I saw NBN (Lauren Kempe), ABC Radio, Triple M and the Herald all walking around filming and interviewing.

Was a great day. Nice and warm, people were patient and happy.


#506

Good to hear! I wasn’t at the Interchange for long (12 to 12:15 perhaps).

I agree, it was a good day, a lot more people there than I thought there would be.


#507

NewFM has a new look website www.newfm.com.au.

A similar format to the 2HD website.