Does anyone else have problems getting Kiss 106.4 Ipswich at all?

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Does anyone else have problems getting Kiss 106.4 Ipswich at all?

Post by eastangliauk » 20 Nov 2018 22:39

Does anyone else have problems getting Kiss 106.4 Ipswich at all?
Signal used to be OK around Clacton Jaywick and Holland
but the last month or 2 there has been little to 0 signal.
Its not my radio because its broken in the car to.
I was picking them up ok all the way in Skegness back in the summer does it still go for you there? :shock:
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Post by Chris Howles » 21 Nov 2018 09:19

Not that I've noticed. Kiss is a good conditions indicator for south easterly reception from here. Its here most days. I'm listening to it now and signal is weak to ave and fluttery but conditions are really flat. It only takes a whiff of a lift and it is up to full RDS and its been hammering in during the recent tropos.
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Post by eastangliauk » 21 Nov 2018 10:14

its strange what could be blocking the signal around all the towns here?
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 21 Nov 2018 10:40

You are lucky. I wish something would block Kiss here. :lol:

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Post by eastangliauk » 21 Nov 2018 15:46

Was in Jaywick and was 0 signal there was just able to pick it up in the correct spot at Brightlingsea though Heart 106.2 is still there.
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Post by PFM907 » 21 Nov 2018 18:59

If this is the former transmitter of "vibe 104-108 fm" from Mendlesham, this is the ONLY commercial broadcaster (apart from Classic FM which does
send out non-commercial music) that ever reaches me in Germany during very good tropo every 2-3 years while BBC is audible at least once a year.
The location of this transmitting site (expecting it to be the former mast of "vibe 104-108 fm" which by the way never replied to QSL) must be great.

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Post by Catherine » 21 Nov 2018 19:56

PFM907 wrote:
21 Nov 2018 18:59
If this is the former transmitter of "vibe 104-108 fm" from Mendlesham, this is the ONLY commercial broadcaster (apart from Classic FM which does
send out non-commercial music) that ever reaches me in Germany during very good tropo every 2-3 years while BBC is audible at least once a year.
The location of this transmitting site (expecting it to be the former mast of "vibe 104-108 fm" which by the way never replied to QSL) must be great.
Yes, it's Mendlesham.

I can also get Kiss from Stoke Holy Cross on 106.1. Both signals have ranged from a bit dodgy to almost non-existent over the last couple of months.

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Post by eastangliauk » 23 Nov 2018 10:54

yet my Mate getting it good in Walton not far up the road so its strange oh well I can just use DAB for now but the car does not have dab it only gets dream 100.2 or radio 1 on its FM its not the aerial thats bad .
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Post by John Faulkner, Skegness » 23 Nov 2018 11:05

I just studied the 106.4 Mendlesham signal more closely and there's definitely something reduced about it. Stoke Holy Cross 106.1 is now stronger! I have never known that before. Furthermore, I nulled out 106.4 quite easily and Einslive from Aachen fluttered in on the frequency. That is the first time I have noticed Aachen 106.4 under flat conditions.

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Post by PFM907 » 23 Nov 2018 12:59

Very strange to read this. On FMLIST, it is still listed with 20.000 watts (which always used to be, as far as I remember).
Visiting FMSCAN and entering Mendlesham, will bring up 7.100 watts pdir (meaning strong diagram) listed with 89 dB.
Certainly, this tx is on reduced power or lower antenna system. Maybe because of ownership changes?

Does anybody know if this used to be a Babcock location? Babcock Media Service, as responsible sector of the company recently sold many of theirs to Encompass which brought on-going changes in signal power due to different radiation diagram or lower aerial fields.

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Post by eastangliauk » 28 Nov 2018 10:12

RDS no longer goes on kiss to soon as retune to 102.0 Ipswich is loud and clear.
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