2CBD volunteers with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall in their Glen Innes studio this week, Treasurer Jeff Lowien, left, Glen Innes Severn Mayor Steve Toms presenters David Newport and Geoffrey Black, Chairman Neville Campbell presenter Carolyn Dunn and Secretary David Donnelly.
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
RESIDENTS around Deepwater and Emmaville will soon be able to tune in to community radio with extra clarity and reliability, thanks to a NSW Government funding windfall.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall was in Glen Innes earlier this week to announce $7,835 for the installation of a new 2 kilowatt antenna at Deepwater that will significantly improve the reception of 2CBD’s 91.1 frequency. The community station has been broadcasting to Deepwater since April 1997 but has been able to reach Emmaville for the past 16 months.
2CBD Secretary David Donnelly said Mother Nature showed her wrath over Christmas.
“A lighting strike caused cables to fail, so we haven’t been able to broadcast at full power. It killed the transmitter and it killed the mixing desk – replacing this antenna will finish the repairs,” Mr Donnelly said.
Mr Marshall secured funding from Premier Gladys Berejiklian for not only a repair, but a substantial upgrade, following a conversation with Mr Donnelly at the station’s new headquarters opening in October last year
Mr Marshall said 2CBD was an important community asset.
“As well as providing entertainment, 2CBD also gives voice to the community of Glen Innes and the surrounding area,” he said.
“Towns like Emmaville, Torrington and Stannum were losing contact with a gradually worsening signal – but it will now be restored, with greater reliability and a reduced maintenance burden.
“With a 2 kilowatt capacity antenna, 2CBD will have the capability to almost double their range, extending their reach virtually onto the Queensland border.”
The new antenna is non-directional, which shortens the maximum range marginally, yet provides much greater fill around hills and valleys. This should remove many reception blackspots, particularly for drivers and those on rural properties.
Mr Donnelly welcomed the capacity for extended range – but said the local community would always be the priority.
“Community radio now is well accepted in the community, and very well supported by business – all indicators are good, we’ve got three new presenters in training at the moment, and most key hours of live presenters are covered,” Mr Donnelly said.