General News · 31st August 2012
Cortes Radio Board
For the past several months, Cortes Community Radio has been struggling to solve the technical issue of drop-outs. These are the silent breaks in our transmission, some lasting 30 seconds to over a minute long (please note that if you listen to CKTZ on-line, the drop-outs do not occur). While we don’t want to get into all of the complex technical details of the problem, we wanted to explain the situation and what we are doing to solve the problem.
CKTZ uses an internet link to get our signal from the studio at Manson’s to the transmission tower located off Thunder Road. Most large commercial stations use a dedicated VHF link between the studio and transmission tower. We have obtained a quote to install such a system and the cost is $15,000. The current board believes that this sort of dedicated link is what the station needs in the long term as it would enhance our ability to continue broadcasting during power outages, emergency situations, etc. While we have applied for a grant to offset half of the cost of doing this, the fact remains that the station simply does not have the funds to proceed at this time.
Sean (the station’s main technical resource) and our service provider Twincomm have been and continue working hard to tweak the system to eliminate the problem. The board has also approved the purchase of some relatively inexpensive new equipment that we hope will help to resolve the problem as soon as possible.
The board of Cortes Community Radio wishes to thank our DJs, sponsors and our listeners for your patience while we deal with this issue. We realize that it is an extremely frustrating situation for our dedicated DJs who work so hard to prepare the great local programming we air. It also isn’t the quality listening experience we want to provide for our listeners and sponsors and we are committed to fixing it.
We also want to acknowledge the significant efforts of Sean and Twincomm as they have spent many hours researching this problem and trying to resolve it.