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LETTER FROM OFCOM
Wednesday 2nd Dec â€˜09
VoA: possibility of change to frequency
Thank you for your email. As you may know, Ofcom has done a great deal of work in the last year on looking at the transmission arrangements of community radio services in London, especially of those which suffer from interference from illegal operators.
As I have told you in the past, in the case of Voice of Africa, we are NOT able to make changes to your existing frequency (in terms of power or antenna height for example) because this would cause interference to other services. However, we do have an alternative that we are now able to offer you.
I am sorry it has taken so long to get to this point, but the option we can offer now is only available because we have been able to move another station to an alternative location and frequency. (We needed to wait for that to happen before we were able to make this opportunity known to you, and there were complications after the service moved.)
We can offer you a change of frequency, and an increase in power as follows:
We believe this change will improve the robustness of Voice of Africa's reception in its core area. You may wish to seek professional technical advice on this matter. If you do decide to take up this option, we will need to put it through a formal frequency clearance process which will take 4-6 months.
I look forward to hear from you, and would be grateful if you could let us know your decision on this matter by Thursday 17 December.
A LETTER FROM MANAGEMENT OF VOAR TO OFCOM
Subject: OFCOM MUST ACT
For the past three weeks the 'LEGAL' pirate stations are now operating directly on 94.3FM with impunity 24/7.
Voice of Africa Radio is a legally licenced radio station, but we don't have clear signal in many parts of Newham let alone in East -London. We are consistently being bombarded with complaints from our listeners that they cannot hear us clearly as possible. Potential advertisers are taking away or refusing to place adverts on our station because they can't hear us.
We have spoken and written to OFCOM about this many times and still the problem has not been resolved, we are seriously confused as to why VOAR a licenced radio station has to put up with this constant interference from 'legal' pirate stations on our dial. Infact, Ofcom doesn't see anything wrong about this; hence it's inability to deal with the interference.
This continual interference has seriously disrupted our services to the community not only in terms of listenership but also financially. The moral of presenters and staff has been negatively affected resulting in many fully qualified trainees leaving VOAR to join pirate stations because of their unrestricted transmitter power and freedom.
We do not wish to take the law into our own hands but VOAR is seriously being FORCED to think otherwise because Ofcom cannot or will not help.
Thank you for reading this letter.
Voice of Africa Radio
020 8471 9111 / 07950 819 519