|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.
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.