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    There are Two Ways to Listen to GTFM

 

 

1. ON THE RADIO - Find us on 107.9fm in Pontypridd, the southern part of Rhondda Cynon Taf and surrounding areas. Since summer 2007 GTFM's 107.9 transmitter has been providing a stronger signal than had previously been possible (on 106.9) in Pontypridd itself and particularly the communities to the north of it - as well as westward to Porth, Tonypandy and into the Rhondda Valleys. Good reception is also maintained southward via Taff’s Well to M4 Junction 32 and most of Radyr, as well as westward along the M4 between junction 33 and the Bridgend/Pencoed turn-offs. Favourable reception reports have also been received from central and western Cardiff, Cardiff Bay, the Vale of Glamorgan, Mountain Ash and Aberdare, though the signal is more patchy in these areas because of the shadows cast by local hills and/or interference from other stations. For more information see 'FM Reception Advice' below. GTFM plans to strengthen its existing signal shortly (Autmn 2015) and hopes to eventually open small relay transmitters to fill key reception blackspots.   

2. VIA THE INTERNET - GTFM streams its sound 'live' on the internet via this website. Click the 'Listen Live' link (on the home page) to listen to a stereo mp3 webstream. You can listen on your computer using media players including iTunes, Real Player, Windows Media Player and Winamp.  If you have an iPhone or iPad you can now hear GTFM via its own dedicated free App, or others like 'TuneIn Radio. Like the GTFM App, the basic version of the TuneIn App is available free from the Apple App Store. You can also listen via applications such as v-Tuner on other 'smart' devices including LG TV's, as well as through Wi-Fi internet radios.  

'Android' smart phones like the Samsung Galaxy may need an application like "UK Radio Lite" for android. When you click on the link: http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/media_and_video/uk-radiolite_pesx.html in the browser it asks which app you want to open to play the stream, choose uk radio . An Android version of the GTFM App will also be launched shortly.

 

 

FM Reception Advice 

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Weather Effects

If you listen to us on 107.9fm some way from our Pontypridd transmitter, you may experience more background hiss and interference than usual during what the boffins call 'signal lift conditions'. These can occur during settled spells of dry weather caused by high air pressure conditions (shown as a big 'H' on TV weather maps). Lift conditions cause radio and TV signals to travel further than usual, making distant stations which share our frequency stronger enough to cause interference. If its any consolation, we will probably be doing the same to them! The problem gets washed away when the rainy weather returns. A dramatic example of  'lift' conditions was when the whole FM band in South Wales was full of exciteable Italian voices one morning. Someone even rang us up to ask if our presenter was speaking Italian! We wonder what the Italians made of Gtfm!?

Out of Area FM Reception

As a result of providing stronger signals to the Pontypridd/Lower Valleys area, reception on 107.9 is generally not as good as it was up to summer 2007 on 106.9 along the Bristol Channel coast east of Cardiff, in Cardiff itself east of M4 J32, plus Caerphilly and everywhere to the east of both places. This is because more hills lie between our 107.9 transmitter and listeners in these areas and due to interference on our new frequency from The Breeze (a local commercial station in Bath), plus ‘adjacent channel’ interference from a commercial station in Weston-Super-Mare on 107.7.

If you are experiencing poor off-air reception on 107.9, there are two things you can do:

A. Listen via smart device apps, or on-line via this website;


B. Consider investing in a directional FM aerial pointed at Pontypridd with its rods mounted upright – i.e. in the vertical plane, unless you live to the west of the town (eg in the Rhondda or Cynon Valleys), where horizontal may work better. But you should only consider this (potentially expensive) option if you have a suitable FM ‘tuner’ or radio with an external aerial socket and can already hear some sort of signal from GTFM already on 107.9 - even if it is accompanied by interference from one or both of the radio stations named above. In that situation a directional FM aerial should do a good job of focussing our signal and reducing the effect of the other stations as they lie in the opposite direction.

Webcasting News: During July 2012 GTFM established its own direct mp3 sound stream with the help of the Community Media Association to replace the two (mp3 and QuickTime) streams kindly provided for the previous ten years by the University of Glamorgan, which couldn't continue due to redevelopment at the host building at the Treforest campus. GTFM hereby records its very grateful thanks to the University and its engineers, especially Roger Carruthers, for their kind support to our charitable operation in this regard.                           

If you have any reception reports, comments or suggestions on technical matters please email: terry@gtfm.co.uk