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SYSTEMS UPDATE
Notes From Our Engineering Department
Q93FM continues to be the test site for new technology, which keeps us at the cutting edge of broadcast sound quality.

We successfully completed testing for the 5,000 watt channel allocation during the months of January through April, in order to determine the impact of such power levels on second and third-adjacent channels, given a possible change in FCC rules which will allow more stations like Q93 to broadcast in what otherwise was a very restricted FM band, under the old station separation rules. Our findings are very exciting! And it looks like the FCC is in agreement with our findings and those related in the latest Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, RM-9242, a petition to license low power FM stations up to 1000 watts of power and "shoehorn" these new stations in between existing high power stations. If this rule becomes law, it may become possible for Q93 to go commercial, which means we'll have the capital to return to 24/7 broadcasting schedule and serve the community on a full-time basis. Look for news on this coming soon.

Some new milestones were reached this year, which we are proud of. We've added an improved "bass processor" which strengthens the intensity and depth of percussion and bass sounds. Last month we made dramatic improvements on the high end of the musical register. The whole trick is in optimum utilization of existing bandwidth through innovative audio processing. So far, it seems to be working nicely.

For those of you in the fringes of our signal, there are some things you can easily do to improve reception of our station, and the entire FM band as well. Radio Shack sells an effective and inexpensive antenna (catalog number 15-2163) for $19.95. To hook it up to your tuner, we recommend a 300-ohm to 75-ohm "balun" transformer (a couple of dollars), and enough RG-6 coax cable to reach your receiver. A roof or attic mounted location on a short piece of pipe will do the job. Simply orient the antenna for best reception. Another way to improve the sound, if reception is noisy, is to switch to monophonic mode on your receiver, if it has a "mono" switch. Monaural transmission range is greater than stereophonic range.