Upgrade to 101FM Studio A - Here at 101FM we have just completed an upgrade to Studio A resulting in the biggest change to how presenters play out their programs in about 10 years. Previously we operated one computer to play the announcements and another to play the music. The announcement program and its computer were quite old still running on Windows 7 Pro 32 bit so if this computer had failed it could not be replaced as Windows 7 is no longer supported and Windows 7 operating system can no longer be purchased.

We were also running a DJ program to play out the music which was not specifically designed as a radio play out system and was running into limitations with the large amount of music we have available at the station. The decision was made to replace both these computers with a single computer running a purpose designed radio play out system on a new computer. This has meant that all presenters have had to be trained on the new system and with so many presenters at the station this has been quite a challenge.

You will possibly notice some glitches in the program as presenters become familiar with the new system. Fortunately we are still running the old system in our second studio, Studio B, so those presenters who do not feel comfortable with the new system can still use this second studio. However, in about 6 weeks the second studio will also be upgraded so both studios will operate in the same way.

Following the work being completed in Studio B, the outside broadcast desk will also be upgraded. In this way we are continuing to improve the facilities at 101FM and keeping the equipment and the sound up to date. As always we thank you for your continued support.

Everyone had a great time at our outside broadcast at Opal by Living Gems during their Open Day. Mike Anderson took over from Matt East from 10am and then Mal West hosted from 12pm. Dennis from Living Gems dropped by for an interview. He and his wonderful team will be on hand again tomorrow 10am-4pm for another Open Day. Check out their website for more information on this wonderful resort at https://www.livinggems.com.au/opal/. Brett Raguse also stopped by for an interview with Mal.

We wanted to give our listeners an update on the technical issues that we had been experiencing. From August 2019 the station had been running on our old standby transmitter after having problems with our main transmitter and sending it off to be repaired, which meant that we had to run on reduced power. Unfortunately when the main transmitter came back it failed again during testing, so was packaged up and sent to England before Christmas for repairs. It has now been returned, tested and is back in service.

As we had been running on the old standby transmitter at reduced power, a further failure would have put us off the air so Management approved the purchase of a new FM exciter and power amplifier. These were installed which meant that we were able to return to full power while using the standby transmitter. We can now transmit on full power with both the main and standby transmitters.

You can imagine that all this work is quite expensive Therefore, we are extremely grateful to the Logan community who continue to support 101FM.

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