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In 2009, WVPE switched to a directional antenna as part of power increase. If not redirected, our signal would have interfered with stations in Chicago and Grand Rapids. So while the station’s signal is weaker in some directions, like in Berrien County, it ‘booms’ in other directions, like when listeners can hear the station all the way to Kokomo.
To help those now receiving a fainter signal, WVPE broadcasts in mono, or one channel, to minimize a radio receiver’s confusion when ‘unpacking’ two signals (left channel and right channel) from one stereo channel.
If you have had trouble with reception, consider where your radio is located. Antenna height matters, especially when further away from our transmitter, which is near the intersection of the 20 Bypass and Ironwood in St. Joseph County. An FM signal works best as line-of-sight connection between the 950’ transmitting antenna to a receiving antenna. Things that get in the way of a straight connection include trees, buildings, other parts of one’s home, and hills that quickly block a signal.
For further troubleshooting, if you feel you have a straight line, but the signal still is broken or weak, several public radio engineers around the country recommend trying a Terk Edge Antenna because it has proved to improve many of their listeners’ reception issues. With a compact, high-tech design that includes a built-in amplifier and noise filters, the Terk Edge can be adjusted to optimize reception of both strong and weak stations. When standing the antenna up, it is omni-directional; when placed on its side, the antenna becomes directional, enabling the user to zero in on the best reception for one station.
Incidentally, we are working to make our online signal stereo, though there might not be much difference because most of NPR’s content is mono too.