Ofcom’s new “covid licence” category

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Tim Bucknall
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Expect to see more stations like Lockdown FM appearing

Cheadle FM, Cheshire should be starting today on 87.9 but no sign of them yet
And from here I would expect to hear them even if they were as qrp as 300mW

I don’t mind them having 87.9 its trashed here by Heart 88.0 anyway

The RSL thing was dying apart from during Ramadan so it might be nice to have some new low power dx targets around
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Licensing 87.9 in Cheshire with Heart Wrexham on 88 is criminal. Next up, Lockdown 106.2? Home 103.3?

Wonder why they're not licensing RSLs beyond the usual 87.7-87.9 range, wouldn't it be easier to license some LP on 99.2 for instance?
Probably scanning the band atm. And definitely moaning about the conditions.

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Cheadle is effectively in South Manchester and is 65 km away from the low power Heart transmitter over the border in Wrexham. Nobody in South Manchester would be listening to Heart on 88 Mhz.

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There is no sign of them on FM here, 4km away and I've not heard any test tx. The website https://cheadle.fm/ claims they have started today, but no longer names the host of the first show, and the online feed is some sort of looped test with news on the hour.

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Now on air, fair signal here with RDS CHEADLE
Wild variations in mod level

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Very poor compared to the Ramadan station

I’m not sure I’d have found it without Julians tip

Modulation averaging around 33khz b/w on speech &
When i last checked a bit more on music.
I estimated power at around a watt considering the tx site
I presume it’s supposed to be more than that Eventually? unless cheadle is very compact and easy to cover?

I was vertical but beaming south for skip and and assumed I would see it when they signed on
But no, my aerial’s FB rejection In vertical is surprisingly good
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Can't receive it here fortunately so that's good don't want any new stations here the thought of new stations occupying 87.7-9 fills me with dread lost a lot due to Ramadan on 87.7 so far this season.

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