Currently, AIR’s transmission reaches only 40km radius in the district against 100km a decade back, thanks to a technical fault with the transmitter.
The transmission that should reach till Kangeyam is now limited to Palladam. “Also, disturbance in audio is more as antenna’s height has been reduced,” said an AIR official. The authorities have taken up the issue with the Union information and broadcasting ministry. “Within six months, old transmitters of AIR’s Rainbow FM would be replaced. Hopefully, this transmission issue would also be resolved within the same period,” he added.
Pointing out that the ministry had converted several AM transmission mode to FM in northern states, the official said, “We have also applied for this as most mobiles and radios do not have AM mode. This way, the reach would also increase.”
According to AIR sources, the working of the transmission tower was affected after a cable snapped at Chettipalayam. This tower was set up 50 years back and running fine until one-and-a-half years back. “Most times, we do not get to hear our favourite agricultural programmes. We have spoken to the station about it and officials have promised to resolve the issue soon,” said K Karmegham, a farmer from Senjeripalayam.
AIR authorities asserted that the issue would be sorted out soon. “There are two solutions. One is to repair the tower. The other option is to broadcast programmes in FM mode to reach an extra 40km radius,” said one of the employees at AIR.
Source: Times of India