WFMU is now beamed into the stratosphere 24 hours a day,
bouncing through the cosmos
and off the satellite known as GStar 4. This means that our programming is
... But we're using our satellite presence primarily to
available to more people within 100 miles of New York City. One non-commercial
station is already simulcasting WFMU 24 hours a day, bringing our
programming to Northwest New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the central Hudson
New York. The station, WXHD, simulcasts WFMU at a frequency of 90.1 fm.
We've had reception reports in New Paltz, Poughkeepsie and Liberty, New
York as well as much of Western Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.
In coming years, we'll be trying to find other stations and cable systems
to pick up all or part of our broadcast week. Each receiver and downlink
costs $4,000, but can be leased for $85 a month. If you know of a cable
system or a radio station in your area that might be willing to simulcast
WFMU or to rent time to WFMU, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org about it. Many cable systems
offer what is known as a "Cable FM" service, in which they can deliver FM
stations to your home in addition to the basic TV channels. You may be able
to convince your local cable company into carrying WFMU's signal. Several
cable companies already do this.
Now that we're on satellite, it is possible to pick up WFMU anywhere in
the continental United States. Not that it's easy or cheap, but it
is possible. Here's what you need:
- $85 a month or $4,000 to buy a KU band downlink and receiver.
- The where-with-all to install the above.
- Enough land or rooftop to install a 6 foot-wide satellite dish
that can be pointed to the southern sky at about a 45 degree angle, without
encountering obstructions like trees, buildings or giant Paul Bunyon statues.
- After you've jumped these hurdles, you can go to Satellite GSTAR-4,
Transponder 4 located at 105 degrees W.L. The Downlink Frequency is 11904.800
Mhz. The Satellite is up NOW! If you experience weird, inexplicable
receiving problems, please call the station at (201) 521-1416
If you would like more information about WFMU's satellite project,
e-mail me at email@example.com
- Ken Freedman, Station Manager
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