Friday, August 05, 2011

Weird to hear the Orfordness transmitter operated by Babcock in the UK relaying Dutch public broadcasting's Radio 1 channel. This is because of the problems affecting two FM towers in the Netherlands, both of which were affected by unrelated fires three week ago. Sound's to me like the feed is using two sets of audio compression, perhaps the increase the range while using lower power than the BBC used to use. I'm guessing 250 kW. Had it on in the car while travelling round the Netherlands today. Frankly, FM reception sounded a lot better than this muddy AM signal around The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. Strong, but nothing more than an emergency. You'd think if it was important to Radio 1 audibility that they would be announcing it frequently on air. Er, no. Wonder how long it will last?

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