LGR 103.3

Discuss all things relating to the busy London Pirate Radio scene.
Post Reply
FMVETERAN
ne guy
ne guy
Posts: 7
Joined: Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:35 pm

LGR 103.3

Post by FMVETERAN » Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:48 am

Is it just me or do they sound worse than any pirate at the moment. So far I've noticed a RDS carrier with no stereo. Is this not a breach of their licence ? Also over deviation. Constantly around -/+ 83khz. The Ofcom code says never to deviate over 80khz at any given time. Anyone else notice this

famefm
proppa neck!
proppa neck!
Posts: 1393
Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:34 pm

Re: LGR 103.3

Post by famefm » Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:15 pm

The transmitter is almost 30 years old maybe needs a service?

4therecord
big in da game.. trust
big in da game.. trust
Posts: 94
Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:31 pm

Re: LGR 103.3

Post by 4therecord » Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:16 pm

Yes! - I noticed their RDS disappeared a few weeks back (I could always get it OK in the car before) wherever I check it now I do not get any RDS at all ... at the same time I too noticed their audio has taken a bit of a dive and sounds a bit naff.... I would think the 2 are linked and they have 'some issue' and are working to GMT to get it resolved back to normal.... (Greek Maybe Time!!!)

famefm
proppa neck!
proppa neck!
Posts: 1393
Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:34 pm

Re: LGR 103.3

Post by famefm » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:34 pm

It's only mono now also but remember rinse went off for almost 3 months earlier this year

User avatar
teckniqs
proppa neck!
proppa neck!
Posts: 2061
Joined: Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:37 am

Re: LGR 103.3

Post by teckniqs » Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:56 pm

How do you know they are still using the same transmitter as 30 years ago? Surely being a legal station the equipment gets changed over a certain amount of time.

famefm
proppa neck!
proppa neck!
Posts: 1393
Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:34 pm

Re: LGR 103.3

Post by famefm » Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:15 pm

I don't think so do you remember Albert H was saying how old X FM 104.9 is and BBC radio London 94.9 also (transmitter ) are?

Albert H
proppa neck!
proppa neck!
Posts: 1012
Joined: Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:23 am

Re: LGR 103.3

Post by Albert H » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:19 am

The 103.3 LGR rig was an SBS effort to start with. That lasted for about 8 or 9 years, until the BGY33 output module finally died in a thunderstorm. The next rig that was installed was a nasty Italian sprog box - Siel brand. They were licenced for 25 Watts and the Siel box went all dirty when the power was turned below about 35 Watts. It was OK at 40+ Watts, so there was a horrible resistive pad lashed into the aerial feeder before the cavity filter! It was wasting about 20 Watts of RF as heat! That mess was used until about three or four years ago. I don't know what replaced it, but it was entirely clean.

You have to remember that there's almost nobody in the UK who's properly qualified to maintain gear like this these days. There are a bunch of happy amateurs in the game, but all the professional (BBC-trained!) transmitter engineers have retired, and many have moved abroad. Most of the companies who're trying to maintain the broadcast sites are pretty useless, and the last contract I had with a British broadcast company expired two years ago, so we're not in that business any longer - we only work outside the UK. There are a couple of other companies who are reasonably competent, but they don't get the work because they're "too expensive".

You can expect ever more trouble with broadcast rigs in the UK as the gear ages and isn't maintained properly.
"Why is my rig humming?"
"Because it doesn't know the words!"
;)

Post Reply