Listeners must endure poor reception

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 April, 2002, 12:00am
 

I refer to Mary Trueman's letter, (South China Morning Post, April 1) regarding Radio 3's reception.


The head of Radio 3, Martin Clarke, had referred to FM frequency enhancement (Post, March 25). The Radio 3 FM frequencies, 97.9MHz and 106.8MHz only cover small areas of Hong Kong and some of the music broadcast on these frequencies is not in stereo.


The former frequency serves the Happy Valley area and the latter serves the south side of Hong Kong Island. The latter frequency is shared by Radio 5 serving the northwest New Territories.


Both transmitters have weak receptions and it is ridiculous to have a shared frequency.


The AM reception, at 567kHz and 1584kHz (where does this frequency serve?) becomes inaudible at night especially when driving along the urban areas and near the tram tracks when the neon lights from the shop display signs and the electric current emitted from the trams jam the reception.


Radio 6 (BBC World Service) on AM 675kHz is also inaudible at night. Why was the BBC previously broadcast on FM 96MHz and 105MHz until 12 years ago, when it was switched to AM? When I was in Singapore, the BBC was broadcast on an FM frequency and in stereo. The reception was marvellous.


To finish on an angry note, it is a biased move to deprive English minority listeners of prime listening pleasure, as opposed to the Chinese minority listeners.


DAVID SMITH


Kennedy Town


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