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Help keep Falmouth and Penryn's Source FM on the air
9:45am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
Source FM is asking listeners to help secure its future by funding a new raqdio transmitter.
Staff at the station are glowing after a summer of hosting hugely successful season of ‘Parklive’ events in Kimberley Park and they’ve just found out they’ve got the go ahead to do the same again in 2014. But, the local community radio station which broadcasts to over 70,000Cornish residents is under threat. They say they desperately need the support of listeners to purchase and install a new transmitter that will ensure they stay on air for another five years.
Station Manager Matthew Rogers said: "The university kindly gave Source FM it’s old transmitter in 2007 and to be honest, lately it’s seen better days, and possibly a few too many seagull bums.” Source FM also have some significant blank spots in its transmission zone, which they hope will be fixed by the purchase of a better antenna with a stronger signal pattern.
"Loyal listeners of Source FM also say that the signal strength deteriorates very badly in the Penryn mizzle, which is a signal that moisture is getting into their equipment and that Falmouth may eventually loose Source FM altogether if something isn’t done about it soon"
Source FM have listed a campaign on www.crowdfunder.co.uk/sourcefm where people can pledge support.
Natthew added: "Unfortunately transmitters are expensive, even small ones cost a lot of money and the law states that a new transmitter must be installed by a qualified Ofcom engineer to ensure it's performing exactly as expected and not knocking out important emergency services like the coastguard or fire brigade.
"Source FM have received a quote from Gould Electronics to install the new items and they’re asking for £4,000 to cover the cost of the transmitter and the cost of the production of the pledge rewards."
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