New Antenna Saga

New antenna
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 building.

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September 2017 Update
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.

July 2017 Update
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 antenna.

April 2017 Update
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.