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Not that there's anything wrong with commercial country music...
a new commercial station signed on the air in Victoria, B.C. at 91.3
FM÷the very same frequency that KBCS uses here in the United States.
Sadly, we're finding that the Canadian signal is blocking out
reception of KBCS for some folks in places like Pt. Townsend, Sequim,
Granite Falls and even (sigh) some spots in Seattle. The Canadian
station is legal, so we can't do anything about their broadcast
signal, but if you've lost KBCS on your radio, here are some things
you can do to try to get us back: 1) Call your local cable company÷whether you're a current subscriber or
not÷and encourage them to add KBCS to their cable radio line-up.
Explain how this is a great opportunity for them to do a real
community service. Put it in writing, if you have time, and send KBCS
a copy of the letter. 2) Try tuning in to KBCS on the web! Just click the
1) Call your local cable company÷whether you're a current subscriber or not÷and encourage them to add KBCS to their cable radio line-up. Explain how this is a great opportunity for them to do a real community service. Put it in writing, if you have time, and send KBCS a copy of the letter.
2) Try tuning in to KBCS on the web! Just click the
3) Write to the manager of the Canadian station to let them know how you feel:
The New X 91 Three dot fm
Top Floor, 2750 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC Canada V8T 4E8
Or go to the station's website, navigate to their staff listing and send the general manager an e-mail message.
4) Try moving your antenna to a new spot÷pointing away from Canada and towards Bellevue. You might also try adding a directional antenna to your system. Our engineer has some suggestions on how to do that using low cost (Radio Shack-type) equipment:
Omni-directional antennas receive in all directions equally. Since you are trying to improve reception in one direction while ignoring signals to the side or back, you need a directional antenna, such as the Radio Shack 42-2385 ($2.99), which is a simple di-pole antenna. The directional pattern for this type of antenna is a figure-8÷meaning that it receives as well from the front broadside as well as the back.
If you face one side of the di-pole towards Bellevue and the other side faces Victoria, there will be no relief. But if one tip of the antenna points to Victoria and the broadside faces Bellevue (with the other tip pointing south, away from Canada) you might get some relief.
This would also apply to those of you who use rabbit ears for reception.
Radio Shack also has an amplified table-type antenna, model 15-1833 ($29.99) that is basically a di-pole with a figure-8 pattern. But since it is a di-pole and lacks the front-to-back rejection, it has the added benefit of amplification and a small profile.
Radio Shack 15-2163 ($19.99) is a directional antenna with good rejection from the back as well as the sides on the antenna. This antenna is large and meant to be mounted outdoors on a mast. One end has elements (the rods that fold out) that are longer than the elements at the other end. The long elements are the back, the short elements are the front and should be pointed towards Bellevue. With this type of antenna you need a feed cable between the antenna and the radio. Use co-axial cable (co-ax) since it is insulated and will reject any signals leaking into the cable. Make sure you use a Balun matching transformer to convert the co-ax connector to leads to connect to the antenna.
Items you'll need from Radio Shack to set up a directional antenna system
Some stereos accept 75 ohm inputs so this item may not be needed for some installations.
Mast mounting hardware is available at Radio Shack from $6.99 to $19.99. Sometimes you can attach the mast to a fence or pole.
I have even seen outdoor antenna mounted in large attics. As long as there is no foil-back insulation in the path of the antenna some attics do work. However, nothing is better than the antenna mounted out in free air on the roof.
Another thing to consider is an outdoor television antenna pointed towards Seattle. This may help since a typical outdoor antenna is directional. If it has the big elements in back and small ones in the front it is a directional antenna. Bellevue is in the same path as Seattle so little or no alignment may be needed for better reception.
"Coping with Bad FM reception" article
Call the KBCS office at 425-641-2427 and ask for a copy!
If you're having trouble getting KBCS on your radio, try hooking up a small, inexpensive antenna, such as the floppy soft wire type that comes with many receivers, or those old-fashioned "rabbit ears."
Antenna Tips (Sam Roffe, KBCS technical adviser)
There has been much written on FM reception and trying to improve it at your location. There are also many different antennas and signal boosters on the market that people can use as well. Depending on your location, all you might need to do is erect a simple, inexpensive antenna in order to receive KBCS effectively.
Many stereos come with a ribbon type antenna that attaches to the back of your receiver. If you have one and have not hooked it uptry it! Just be sure you check to see that the connections are secure.
Or try making your own antenna!
KBCS on cable
Glen McCarthy (a creative listener!) wrote in with this:
I just thought I'd share with KBCS listeners a way to not miss your favorite show(s): tape them onto video tape!