Community radio station changes frequency

A community radio station in Yorkshire is changing its frequency hoping to offer a clearer signal.

Drystone Radio, which broadcasts from the village of Cowling in North Yorkshire, launched five years ago on 106.9 FM. But with the addition of Stray FM on 107.1 MHz the station is moving to a clearer frequency of 103.5 FM and will now utilise their full wattage allowance of 25 watts rather than the previously used 17 watts.

A new jingle package starts Friday and the station has a new logo and website.

Director David Adams tells RadioToday: “Our permitted wattage remains at 25 watts and our area of permitted broadcast remains unchanged. We are however taking fuller advantage of the wattage previously granted as we are changing the aerial we use to try and plumb some of the depths of terrain in our hilly patch.”

Ofcom told RadioToday in a statement: “A change of frequency was cleared for use in Sutton in Craven by Drystone Radio to help resolve interference issues. The station has indicated that it has not been broadcasting at its full licensed power level for some time, so some residents who have not been able to receive the service recently may now be able to. In addition, any Skipton listeners who have been experiencing interference to reception at 106.9 are likely to perceive an improvement to coverage due to the low level of interference on 103.5 MHz.”

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