Power boost for Vectis Radio will reach further across the Isle of Wight

This is great news for Vectis Radio, as the boost in transmitter power means more villages outside Newport will be able to listen to them on FM radio

Vectis Radio - shaking hands by aerial

Following full technical clearance from the regulator Ofcom, Vectis Radio (FM104.6) will be raising its transmitter power on 18th August from the current 25 Watts to 150 watts.

This should improve the community radio station’s coverage to many of the outlying areas of Newport.

Mac: International approval needed for power increase
Station Manager, Ian Mac, said,

“We applied to Ofcom in 2019 to increase our official service area to include many of the villages on the outskirts of Newport. They agreed to our request to do this by a power increase and issued a set of technical requirements for us to meet.

“As a coastal station, it was necessary to get international approval for our power increase and although this arrived earlier in the year, lockdown stopped us progressing any further for the time being.

“I am pleased to say that we have set Tuesday 18th August for the work to be carried out.”

Currie: Interruptions will be kept to a minimum
Director, Kelvin Currie, said,

“All being well we will have the new aerial and transmitter installed and tested during that day.

“There will inevitably be some interruptions to our FM Broadcasts whilst the upgrade is happening, but these will be kept to a minimum.”

Cherry-picker needed
Finally, Vectis Radio is asking if there are any organisations on the Island who could help them by providing a cherry-picker with a suitably qualified operator for a few hours that day.

If you can help, please email [email protected]

The technical stuff
For the technically minded, Vectis Radio currently broadcasts on 104.6 MHz with an Effective Radiated Power (ERP) of 25 watts, horizontally polarised. The upgrade will be to 150 watts ERP with circular polarisation. The new polarisation should enable optimal reception across the station’s increased service area.

Thursday, 6th August, 2020 5:01pm

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4 Comments on "Power boost for Vectis Radio will reach further across the Isle of Wight"

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Tamara
It’s a shame they can’t cover the whole Island, as they do feature some events and issues involving people from all over the Wight. I took part in a group discussion they broadcast last year and was disappointed not to be able to listen back to it. In fact, I have yet to listen to Vectis Radio, but I could try tuning in on my car radio… Read more »
kelvincurrie
Hi Tamara. Vectis Radio is limited in its FM coverage by the terms of our licence. We hope that the increase in power will help with that. However, you can get Vectis Radio via the internet all across the Island by going to http://www.vectisradio.com/listen. There is a free app for Apple or Android products and you can also ask your smart speaker, if you have one, to… Read more »
Tamara

Thanks for the information, Kelvin. I find I can listen to your station online while I work on my computer. Ideal!

Dalek

Pretty good station. I can hear it across a lot of the Island in my car. But my wife’s car has an inferior radio. Maybe she’ll be able to hear it a bit more easily now.