FM-reception related to weather

Several exceptional weather conditions might cause a (temporary) disturbance of the FM reception. For example mist on a hot day, or a day that starts with bright sunshine. Most radio stations know the consequences: transmitter failures or even no reception at a certain area that usually had a clear reception. This causes listeners to ask questions like "Why can't I tune to your station?", "How long will it take to fix?" and "What can you do about it?".

The main problem to these weather related disturbances is usually an enduring high pressure area over the North sea, but there might be other circumstances. Fortunately these disturbances rarely occur. It is, however, still a problem. Both for listeners as for the radio stations.

A broadcast operator can't change the weather, of course. During a period of tropospheric disturbances there are (unfortunately) no concrete countermeasures to eliminate these problems. It's just a matter of waiting for the weather to change, ironically most of the time, to worsen. There is however still, when internationally coordinating the frequency spectrum, a possibility to incorporate the chance that these disturbances might occur. Broadcast Partners makes sure all of the frequencies are as optimal as possible when planning or modifying our foreign applications.