98.7 CKPM and their poor audio quality

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98.7 CKPM and their poor audio quality

Postby Nighthawk » Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:34 pm

Whenever I tune the dial to that station it has poor audio quality. Since the station was new I though maybe in time they would equalize the frequency response of the audio but it still sounds like crap. The sound has the symptoms of a low bit rate studio to transmitter link. Is that the case? Has anyone else noticed this? Honestly a 99 cent FM ipod transmitter from china would sound better than CKPM. Just another observation of mine of the lower mainland FM dial. FM is capable of better quality than that. It is one of the reasons I will not subject myself to parking the dial on that station.
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Re: 98.7 CKPM and their poor audio quality

Postby tuned » Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:13 am

If Jim Pattison can't be bothered to maintain a stereo signal on CJJR what do you expect from a little fish like McBride?
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Re: 98.7 CKPM and their poor audio quality

Postby Nighthawk » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:12 am

LOL I suppose you are right. Just had to get it off my chest. I just could not imagine going to such an expense and effort to run a station and have it sounding like a tin can. That is just me though I guess. Expensive certified transmitters and engineering and all these rest! ha ha But it sounds like a tin can? I have heard pirate stations put together with a few hundred dollars and they sound like gold compared to that 98.7
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Re: 98.7 CKPM and their poor audio quality

Postby Toomas Losin » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:22 pm

Speaking of pirates, here's a thought: Was the Bluegrass Pirate providing better service on 98.7? That's despite the listener needing to be in just the right spot to even hear it in Vancouver.
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Re: 98.7 CKPM and their poor audio quality

Postby Eldon-Mr.CFAY » Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:22 pm

Greetings,

Yes Toomas the Bluegrass Pirate FM in Whatcom County does or did provide more consistent service and sounded pretty good audio quality on 98.7 to answer youir question. In parts of the Fraser Valley it was very good in fact in South Langley for example. From what I am reading here about CKPM things seem to be going downhill technically too for them.

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