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post #16 of 161 (permalink) Old 2015-08-30, 09:16 PM
 
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AM 740 Toronto will also be on 96.7 FM

Just heard it mentioned tonight should be coming soon, from there website:
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We are thrilled to announce that the CRTC has approved our application to operate a nested FM transmitter in downtown Toronto!

You can expect to hear the same “Best of The Best” AM 740 programming that you know and love on our new 96.7 FM frequency. This FM frequency will give us an improved reception in the downtown Toronto area like you’ve never heard before.

We aim to launch this new station by Fall/2015. Stay tuned for more information!
Looks like they're already on the air. Very weak signal meant for downtown only, I did manage to catch it a little around the airport but comes in and out at that distance.
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post #17 of 161 (permalink) Old 2015-08-31, 12:19 PM
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That appears to signal a change in policy for the CRTC. Previously, simultaneous broadcasting on AM and FM was not allowed. Ownership of both AM and FM stations in the same market has always been allowed but broadcasting identical content has not.
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post #18 of 161 (permalink) Old 2015-08-31, 01:02 PM
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The CRTC has been allowing this (if the conditions are right) for awhile for infill FM transmitters in downtown areas. Previously, I think it was only the CBC that was applying for infill FM re-transmitters.
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Agreed that this is remedial, similar to the situation with CBC Radio 1 in Vancouver where their original 690AM coverage had nasty issues in a variety of Lower Mainland spots so 88.1FM was also assigned. Ironically they later had to also activate on 88.5FM for areas further up the Fraser Valley. I can't remember the last time I used 690AM to listen to them while in the Lower Mainland. Combined with CBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 propagating from over in Victoria the CBC's two networks are well represented on the FM dial.

The Golden Horseshoe has such a crowded FM dial that it is a bit of a feat for IC to have found a frequency that gives the new service a coverage bubble in downtown Toronto.
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Approval in April discusses some of the technical issues.

Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-162
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post #21 of 161 (permalink) Old 2015-08-31, 02:58 PM
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It helps that the new frequency is second adjacent to another of MZ Media's frequencies, so they are able to accept interference from a co-owned station.

From Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-162
("the Department" in CRTC-speak refers to Industry Canada)

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The proposed frequency 96.7 MHz is second adjacent to that on which CFMZ-FM operates, 96.3 MHz. Pursuant to the rules and procedures established by the Department,Footnote 4 the use of frequency 96.7 MHz requires consent from CFMZ-FM. This requirement may preclude the use of frequency 96.7 MHz by any other party. Consequently, the Commission is of the view that its use would not have an impact on the availability of frequencies in Toronto. Further, given the protection requirements on incumbent stations in adjacent markets, the licensee’s use of that frequency, as proposed, would not have a significant impact on the availability of frequencies outside Toronto.
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As a fill in transmitter with limited power, it would have no effect here as CHYM-FM from the Kitchener Waterloo area is a bit choppy at ground level and rock solid from my 11th floor apartment looking northwest.

I would have preferred they buy out a major player with the amount of similar content musically being currently broadcast in Toronto across many stations, but that's another topic.

One thing with low powered stations, you need a good radio to receive them as cheaper receivers tend to "cave in" when confronted with the tough radio environment that downtown Toronto is.

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At 96.7 I get both CHYM-FM From Kitchener but also CJWV From Peterborough. I imagine not much will change for me in Barrie I just have to rotate the beam around but i wonder how much this will screw up CHYM in the western GTA and CJMV in the eastern GTA? Pointing the beam right at downtown Toronto gives me CHYM so I'm guessing there will be more interference there. I doubt I'll be able to pull CFZM-FM out of the noise as its only 22 watts! I can get the York University Community station CHRY on 105.5 but they have 158 watts I think.

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Totally crazy to use 96.7.CHYMs 100KW will cause interference as its currently receivable almost everywhere in Toronto.

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Right now in the north west end of the GTA the signals start fighting each other around the HWY 410 & 401 area not sure about anywhere else yet.
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From the gov approval, I gather this is meant to be a type of repeater to serve offices and buildings in the core where the AM signal has difficulty penetrating due to interference. It goes on to mention that there are no available FM slots in the GTA. Therefore any new FM stations approved would only serve very specific low-power roles such as this one.

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post #27 of 161 (permalink) Old 2015-09-04, 03:47 PM
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fm 96.7 is now on the air. if only rogers cable would pick up the fm signal instead of their am ( 740 ) signal for better sound quality.
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am 1580 and fm 107.7 oshawa has been doing it for years.
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post #29 of 161 (permalink) Old 2015-09-07, 08:04 PM
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CHYM fm interference from AM 740

My reception of CHYM driving around is ruined by AM740.Thanks CRTC/Industry Canada.

Attic CM 4248 at Buffalo,M4 at Buffalo.VHF yagis at Toronto .
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I believe that Derry and Winston may actually be inside CHYM's protected contour. You should contact CHYM, AM740, or Industry Canada to let them know. AM740 will probably have to make some adjustments if they interfere with CHYM.
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