Technical changes for 4BC and Gold Coast radio services

The Australian Broadcasting Authority is proposing to vary the technical specifications of four Gold Coast community FM radio services.

The proposed changes will:

· change the technical specifications for community radio service 4MET to reflect a change of site from Lower Beechmont to Mount Tamborine;

· correct a minor radiation pattern discrepancy in the technical specifications for commercial radio service 4HTB and community radio service 4RHI;

· and revise the technical specifications for community radio service 4CAB to reduce the effective radiated power (ERP) of the service to minimise interference.

Before reaching a final decision on the proposals, the ABA is interested in receiving comments on the draft variation to the Gold Coast radio licence area plan by 3 December – Freecall 1800 226 667.

Just up the road in Brisbane, 4BC has been given the go-ahead to continue with day/night power switching.

The ABA has changed the technical specifications of 4BC Brisbane, to allow it to continue to operate its service at a higher power during the day time and switching to a lower power at night.

Acting ABA Chair Lyn Maddock says: ‘The change follows lengthy testing by 4BC of day/night transmitter power switching and follows a request from the licensee. ’

4BC has been testing the operation of the service using day/night transmitter power switching since late 2001.