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North West FM’s Antenna Update

April 2017 More good news! Preliminary investigative work has been completed on the new site for the Antenna, and the Australian Communication and Media Authority will soon be contacted for their approval so the project can move on.

As far as we are aware, the end of June 2017 has been set as a time when we can expect to have the process complete and the antenna and transmitter operating from the new site - but watch this space!

In the meantime - if your signal is less than adequate, you can listen via the “Listen Live” streaming link on this website.

 

January 2017 Update

 

Further progress has been made with the antenna issue. We have reached agreement regarding the Lease wording to be signed once the site is ready to be turned on - and have signed a letter of agreement for this.  

While it is a small step, it is still an important part of the move to get a new site established. Hume Council will now acquire any permits that are necessary; the pole will then have to be installed; and Agile Broadcast will be contracted by Council, to handle the installation of our equipment. 

It is not possible to say how long this will take. Our signal will be amazing when the equipment is moved to the new site. In the meantime - if your signal is less than adequate, you can listen via the live streaming link on our website.

 

September 2016 Update

September 4, 2016: Here is the latest from Hume City Council regarding the new site for North West FM's transmission.

Talks are continuing with Hume Council, who have arranged a concrete monopole to be installed at Progress Reserve - upon which our antenna and studio transmitter receiver will be attached.

We are currently working on an agreement with them for this to progress. We cannot say how much longer this will take, but it will be amazing to have our full signal strength again.

We thank the Hume City Council for their co-operative work.

July 2016 Update

 

July 14, 2016: Here is the latest information from Hume Council re them finding a new site for North West FM's transmission. It’s great news.

Hume Council have informed us they have the finance set aside to install our antenna and transmitter on a pole they have in the planning to provide extra lighting to a local sports ground - details of how this will work are at this stage still being planned.

North West FM is currently working with Hume Council to get an agreement in place to support this work. If all goes as planned our antenna and transmitter will be placed near the sports building on the Progress Reserve off Almurta Avenue in Coolaroo. A great site and we hope it works out as planned. We thank the Hume City Council for this co-operative work.

 

North West FM Transmitter Update

February 3, 2016: Some weeks ago our old transmitter in the Broadmeadows Town Hall failed totally and our techs immediately moved the new transmitter that had been sitting idle on top of the Municipal Offices to our current transmission site.

We now have a better signal, although the new transmitter had to be turned way down so the old antenna could cope. We keep our fingers crossed the antenna doesn't go the same way, and cause damage to the transmitter in the process.

Latest report from Hume Council told us that a second potential site had been declared as unsuitable by both our technical advisers and confirmed by ACMA. Another site is now being investigated.

Hume City Council Has Engaged A Consultant To Assist With The Relocation Of Our Antenna

September 19, 2015: Our meeting with the Hume City Council on Thursday September 18, 2015 showed Council was still unwilling to let us run another test transmission using our new antenna and transmitter on the top of their Municipal office building.

However, following further discussions, Council has now agreed to fund the relocation of our antenna and transmitter and they have engaged the services of a competent consultant to assist with the move once a suitable location is identified.

We thank all the presenters, listeners and members of the public from all walks of life for their support and assistance in moving us forward in our endeavours to have the best possible radio signal in our designated area.

Read North West FM’s reply to the Hume Council CEO’s incorrect and misleading statement issued in September 2015 regarding our antenna situation.

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7 April 2017