RADIO WM (95.6 MHz v.h.f.):
The BBC map showing coverage for BBC Radio WM
from the main 11 kW transmitter at Sutton Coldfield
(The coverage for
the Regional Independent Stations 105.7 100.7 and 105.2 will possibly
COVENRTY AND WARWICKSHIRE (94.8 MHz + 103.7 MHz + 104.0 MHz
BBC map showing the coverage area for BBC Radio Coventry and
from the main transmitters at Lark Stoke and Meriden together with a
low power relay at Nuneaton
|ILR STRATFORD upon AVON - 102.0 MHz v.h.f. (FM
102 The Bear / TOUCH FM etc):
The above pixel plot shows the
predicted coverage for the ILR station for Stratford upon Avon
from the 3.0 kW transmitter at Lark Stoke on 102.0 MHz
(Orginally 'The Bear' and now called 'TOUCH FM' )
|ILR BIRMINGHAM 96.4 MHz v.h.f. (formerly
94.8 MHz) (B.R.M.B):
IBA map showing coverage of ILR Birmingham (BRMB etc)
VHF contour is for the Lichfield 2kW transmitter which has since been
to a 10 kW transmitter at Sutton Coldfield (shown below)
IBA map showing the predicted coverage of the Sutton Coldfield
for ILR Birmingham (BRMB etc) compared to Lichfield
|ILR WOLVERHAMPTON AND
BLACK COUNTRY (97.2 MHz v.h.f.)
IBA map showing the coverage of ILR Wolverhampton and Black Country
(Beacon Radio / Beacon FM etc)
VHF contour is for the 1kW transmitter at Turners Hill (Now 2 kW)
|ILR COVENTRY (97.0 MHz v.h.f.- formerly 95.9 MHz
v.h.f.) (Mercia Sound / Mercia FM):
IBA Map from the
1980 Handbook showing the predicted VHF contour for the 0.25 kW FM
at Shilton NGR:
SP410836. The original frequency in 1980 was 95.9 MHz.
The A.M. coverage is not shown on the above map, but covered a
significantly wider area and was on
220 meters medium wave, 1359 KHz, with 0.17 kW e.m.r.p. - later
increased to 0.27 kW e.m.r.p.
coverage was later measured by the IBA, showing the actual coverage to
be a little wider,
and this map is shown immediately below:
IBA map showing the coverage of ILR Coventry
(Mercia Sound / Mercia FM etc)
VHF contour is the measured coverage from the 0.25kW transmitter at
Shilton (Now increased to 1.8 kW)
The general TSA (Total Survey Area) is shown by the radiating lines and
is typically the
area where satisfactory medium wave (AM) reception is available during
IBA map showing the coverage of ILR
Coventry in 1989
(Mercia Sound /
Mercia FM etc)
VHF contours are
for the 0.5kW transmitter at Shilton - measured coverage - 97.0 MHz
increased to 1.8 kW)
and the 0.05 kW relay at Leamington Spa
The pixel plot above shows the
coverage area from Shiton produced by the RadioMobile programme.
The Dark Green
area is for the original 250 Watt e.r.p.
The Lighter Green
area is for the 500 Watt e.r.p.
The Yellow area is
for 1.8 kW e.r.p; which is the power being radiated in 2004 and is
according to the directional
characteristics detailed in Ofcom's transmitter parameters.
(107.7 MHz v.h.f.) (The Wolf)
Pixel plot showing the expected coverage for ILR Wolverhampton 107.7 MHz v.h.f. f.m.
(107.7 The Wolf etc)
Transmitter is 0.17 kW at Mander House in the centre of Wolverhampton
Green area is the predicted 54 dB uV/m area where good reception should be possible
Yellow area is predicted 48 dB uV/m where reasonable reception may be possible with a
good radio and/or a good f.m. aerial.
|WOLVERHAMPTON CITY RADIO - WCR FM - 101.8 MHz
Wolverhampton's very own
Community Radio station, licence by Ofcom, launched on 30th March 2007.
As with most community radio stations broadcasting on f.m. (v.h.f.)
the transmitter power is only 25 Watts (Vertically Polarised). WCR FM
broadcasts on 101.8 MHz FM from a transmitter sited on the corner of
the roof of the Adult Education College in Bilston Street, at the south
east corner of the city centre. The broadcasts are in high quality
Stereo and are encoded with RDS (Radio Data System) which displays the
name of the station - WCR FM.
the Bilston Street transmission site is quite high at 155 m above sea
level (Wolverhampton city centre is on a hill overlooking surrounding
districts), WCR's vertical transmitting aerial is only 20 meters above
ground level, becuase the building is not especially tall, and its
outlook is therefore somewhat blocked to the north and west by taller
buildings. However the outlook is reasonably unobstructed to the east
and south. Actual listening confirms that reception is quite poor in
the western and northern parts of the city. I was pleasantly surprised
to note that reception was just
possible in the Edgbaston district of Birmingham on a good quality car
radio, though extremely weak indeed, but reception continued and
improved on a journey from Birmingham along the A4123 towards
Coverage map for WCR FM - Wolverhampton Community Radio
The map shown above is the predicted coverage produced by RadioMobile:
The Green (54 dB uV/m) area is where reasonable reception should be possible even on a portable radio in some cases.
The Yellow (48 dB uV/m) area is where reception will probably be
difficult, but may be possible given a good quality (i.e. sensitive and
selective) radio and very careful positioning of the radio and aerial.
It is always best to fully extend a telescopic/whip aerial and a
position near a window may improve reception. - In this yellow area the
use of a good quality hi-fi tuner connected to an
external vertically polarised band 2 v.h.f. f.m. aerial
(antenna) mounted above roof-top height should provide quite acceptable
reception in mono.
The Blue (38 dB uV/m) area is where reception may be possible, but
could be especially difficult. A good car radio may yield some acceptable reception and a
hi-fi tuner connected to an external, vertically polarised band 2 v.h.f. f.m.
aerial (antenna) mounted above roof-top height may also provide some
reception. Portable radios will probably have to be of very good
quality and have the aerial fully extended and carefully positioned and
may not provide acceptable reception unless placed near a window and/or in an upstairs room facing
the direction of Bilston Street.
|WOLVERHAMPTON COMMUNITY RADIO
||WCR FM, Newhampton Centre, Newhampton Road East, Wolverhampton. WV1 4AP
||101.8 MHz V.H.F. / F.M. (Stereo)
||Bilston Street, Adult Education College, Wolverhampton
|Transmitter Grid Reference
||25 Watts e.r.p.
|Transmitter Site Height
||155 m a.o.d.
|Transmitter Aerial Height
||20 m a.o.d.
For best reception the use a high quality stereo FM hi-fi tuner
connected via high quality coaxial cable to a VHF / FM radio aerial
mounted externally and above roof-top height (or at least in the loft
space) is recommended.
For reception on a
portable radio the use of good quality equipment is recommended - such
as that from Panasonic, Sony, Roberts and Philips. The telescopic/whip
aerial should be fully extended and carefully positioned until the best
possible reception is obtained.
reception circumstances positioning the radio near a window may improve
signal strength considerably. Siting the radio on the side of the house
that faces Bilston Street may help. Reception in an upstairs room is
usually stronger than in downstairs rooms.
In contrast to WCR FM, Wolverhampton's
licenced ILR station on 107.7 MHz (The Wolf) benefits from an aerial
mounted at the top of Mander House, which is the city centre's tallest
building and as such benefits from an unobstructed outlook in all
directions. This is also a good deal more powerful at 170 Watts and
benefits from mixed polarisation.
|ILR BIRMINGHAM (102.2 MHz
plot showing the expected coverage for the ILR Birmingham (Galaxy
The transmitter is 1.0 kW and located on top of Metropolitan House, 1
Hagley Road, Five Ways, Birmingham
Red area is the predicted by RadioMobile to give reasonable stereo
In 2004 a new Lindenblad mixed polarised transmitting aerial replaced
the previous vertical dipole antennas, power increased from 500 watts
vertical to 500 W V + 500 W H - totalling 1.0 kW mixed