Why can’t we hear you?
So this week at BRFM you may have noticed our signal is not as good as it should be.
Whilst firstly we would like to thank you for your patience, and kind words we have been getting.
We thought it would be good to explain the process of getting this fixed.
I won’t bore you with the technicals, but how the radio signal gets to you is from a transmitter box, which is connected to an antenna, much like the ones you would put on your house to pick up signals from far away.
In our Case we have the Antenna mounted at the very top of a large mast.
After conducting a few tests Sunday night (you may have noticed us go off air for a short while) it has been decided that the best way to resolve the poor signal is to replace the Cable and the Antenna.
These have both been in place since the station went on air nearly 10 years ago and are well due an overhaul.
We have sourced all of the required parts to get the job done, and now just need to work around the weather and availability of people to help on the day.
To change the antenna requires a climb to the very top of the tower, once up there the view is stunning across the whole of Sheppey, Especially looking down across Minster and Sheerness.
and despite being up in the air connected to a bit of metal by a piece of rope, it’s not too bad.
We have not been giving out details of a specific time to get this fixed, only because we want to make sure we have everything in place before we start the job, there is nothing worse than being 15 meters in the air and realising you have forgotten something.
in the meantime BRFM is still transmitting, but to reduce the risk of damaging any other equipment, we only have a very low power level, this can also be dropped further by the problem we have been experiencing with the antenna.
you can still listen by connecting using Tunein, or using the listen live Widget on the side bar.
if we have enough interest i will take some photo’s from the top of the mast and maybe a short video as well. Leave a comment if you would be interested in seeing Sheppey from a different Perspective