West FM’s Antenna Update
November 2017: Our new temporary transmission antenna was
installed at our studio on Friday November 17, 2017 and listeners were
quick to acknowledge the improved radio signal.
This is a
temporary solution until the new full time, full strength antenna can be
erected at the Progress Reserve after ACMA (the Australian Communication
and Media Authority) corrects a long existing issue.
The Hume City
Council has been working with us to make this happen, and as a result they
will now be able to move forward with their plans for the former Town Hall
September 2017: The setting up of the new Transmission
site at Progress Reserve includes making extra submission to the Australian
Communication and Media Authority. As a result ACMA will need more
time - which means Hume and the Town Hall renovations would be held up
beyond what is “reasonable”.
As a result, it
has been agreed that we apply for a temporary transmission site to be
located at our studio until the plans are developed for Progress Reserve to
correct a long existing issue.
Hume Council is working with us to make
this happen, and as a result they will be able to move forward with their
plans for the former Town Hall building.
The Application Form for the temporary
Transmission site has been submitted. While this permit will be obtained
for a 12 months period, it is expected we will only use it for 2 or 3
months, as the Progress Reserve site should be approved by then.
At this stage, we
don't expect that our signal will be any worse than it is at the moment -
with a bit of luck it will be improved. Either way, it is only temporary -
and then we can look forward to the real improvement with our new permanent
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
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.
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 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
We thank the Hume City Council for
their co-operative work.
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
West FM Transmitter Update
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
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.
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
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
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.
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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