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Belmont (Lincolnshire, England) analogue radio transmitter

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This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Belmont (Lincolnshire, England) transmitter.

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012
Aubrey Stafford
8:36 AM Retford

Dear Sir.I am at Retford dn22 7gg my FM aerial is on Holme Moss but reception of radio Nottingham & Lincoln is very poor.would I be better using Belmont?.

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10:08 AM

Aubrey Stafford : No, as Belmont's FM radio coverage area is indicated as being limited to the right hand side a line down from Gainsborough to Newark, and of course you are well to the left of this.

Its even a wonder that you can actually receive BBC radio Nottingham, as you are well outside of its coverage area charts.

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Dave Lindsay
10:31 AM

Aubrey Stafford : If you have a directional aerial and are wishing to receive from different transmitters, then perhaps you would be better off with an omni-directional antenna.

The bearings of the stations from your location are:

- Holme Moss 291??
- Fishpond Hill (Mansfield) 221??
- Belmont 89??

BBC Radio Nottingham on 95.5 MHz comes from Fishpond Hill and BBC Radio Lincolnshire on 94.9 MHz comes from Belmont.

The four BBC national FM stations and Classic FM are broadcast from Holme Moss and Belmont.

So at present, BBC Radio Nottingham is being received at 70?? anti-clockwise of the antenna's greatest direction of sensitivity. If it is horizontally polarised, then its sensitivity is its least at 90?? (clockwise and anti-clockwise) of the direction it faces, so you aren't too far off that.

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Dave Lindsay
10:37 AM

jb38: Where are the coverage maps you refer to?

I know that mb21 has some, but I can't find one for Radio Nottingham on there.

Also, don't the coverage maps just indicate where the strength is calculated as being above a particular level at a particular height above ground (assuming no local obstructions)? Therefore there may be places outside of those areas where reception isn't greatly less than within. Also, assuming that Aubrey is using an external aerial ?EUR" as I believe he implies in his posting (or certainly a directional one) ?EUR" then the signal will be better and therefore the chances of reception will be greater.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts Platinum Platinum GB
5:18 PM

Dave Lindsay: As far as Nottingham's services are concerned these are on MDS975's web site obtainable via the link provided, where you will see the predicted coverage of BBC radio Nottingham (very bottom map) as well as the independent stations, although only the latter four maps are really of any interest.…html

This is the link for mb 21's site where Belmont's FM service coverage area is shown.

mb21 - Transmitter Information - Belmont

As far as what Aubrey may, or may not actually be able to receive compared to what is seen as being possible when looking at the transmitters coverage area map always based on standard rules applying with regards to the receiving aerials height etc, no hard and fast rules apply when dealing with this sort of thing and yes it is very possible for a signal to be reaching a position far further than a coverage map would suggest, or of course vice-versa! although the "only" positive way of finding out if anything is possible or not is by conducting an on site test, as otherwise there is no way of knowing.

The only snag though that can crop up should reception of whatever be found as being possible outside of an officially published coverage area is that it might not hold out for very long before the signal suffers from fading problems, so a person must always be prepared to accept the possibility of this happening and take it as one of those things!

As far as the aerial direction is concerned, any FM aerial in common with any other horizontally polarised aerial is automatically directional by nature even if it comprises of a simple dipole, this by the fact of a cone of RF silence existing from the ends of each element whereby maximum pick up is only possible when both elements are facing the signal source flat on.

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jb38's 7,179 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Thursday, 2 August 2012
7:31 AM

Dave Lindsay: I just checked the link I provided for MDS975 and see that its not working, and so to save you time searching about just click on - Continue / Site map / Broadcast masts & towers / Transmitter coverage maps / Nottinghamshire.

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