August 2019

Another Radio Station Update

WIMP AM 1620 is on the air with a Smooth Jazz format. The good news out of the way first. The automation software is functioning well and the station sounds good at least as far as the mixing of the audio files is concerned. And the quality of the audio of the music is surprisingly good for AM with the transmitter when the audio problems are not prevalent. That leads me to the bad news and we will be working on these problems in the weeks and months ahead to eliminate the problems with the audio quality of the station. First a bad hum is in the background of the audio and it won't be possible to eliminate it due to the fact the indoor antenna is negatively impacted by the house electrical wiring. Two ways to resolve the issue. First, using an outdoor antenna which is the ultimate goal. Second, a solar system to power the transmitter and possibly the entire station.

The plan to quell the problems is as follows. First, we will install an outdoor antenna in the Fall with the hope the range of the station will improve, and it should. And then possibly installing at least one solar panel and battery to power the transmitter with the hope that will eliminate the hum problem. The other issue which is in the audio chain is due to the on board Automatic Gain Control of the transmitter which conflicts with the Audio Processor that is used to enhance the quality of the Audio as well as the loudness. I will be meeting our Station Engineer in early September and we will see if we can eliminate the distortion problem in the audio chain. Afterward working on a outdoor antenna will be the next step with improving the listening experience of the station.

Visit here for more info or you can see the WIMP AM radio website for more information about the station and future plans including improving the audio chain on the station.