Engineering...

The engineering side of our broadcast was very important! Without it you wouldn't have heard our transmissions, and we wouldn't have had a fully operating studio. Find out more below...
Transmission Site
This was based at the highly secure Colkirk mast site, and consisted of a highly professional transmission system.

The transmission equipment considered of the following...


1 x SBS TX400 STL Radio Link Receiver (860.6 MHz/Ch.69 UHF)
1 x SBS FM25 Band II (FM) Broadcast Transmitter (set to 18W output on 106.9 MHz)


Our broadcasts also included the transmission of an RDS signal. This enabled radios, which were RDS enabled, to receive text and other services from us, including the displaying of our station name (shown below) instead of frequency, automatic switching to our travel bulletins and radio text, with the description of our station and broadcasts.
LCD display of an RDS radio
Above: How FTR was displayed on an RDS enabled radio.

Our Broadcast Area
The multi-coloured map, below, probably won't mean anything to the majority of people, but it was very helpful for us... It gave us an idea of which places within the Fakenham area would be able to hear us.

Those places which could receive a good signal from our transmitter included, Fakenham, Rudham, Syderstone, the Creakes, Wighton, Hindringham, Thursford, Hindolveston, Foulsham, Beetley, Dunham and Rougham, although our signal was heard much further away in Wells, Holt, East Dereham, Swaffham, Docking, Knights Hill at King's Lynn... and even in Grimsby!!
A computer prediction of our service area - Click to enlarge