Montrealers equipped with HD Radios picked up a new signal this week, as 103.3 FM activated its new transmitter on Mount Royal and began testing.
The station, CHAA-FM, which serves Longueuil and south shore communities, was forced to move off of its previous transmitter location atop the Olympic Tower, and so applied for and was approved permission to move the transmitter to the CBC’s Mount Royal Antenna, which houses most of Montreal’s FM radio stations.
The new transmitter, which is both higher (284m vs 192m) and stronger (1.7kW vs 1.4kW max ERP), should improve the reception for most listeners.
The move, expected to cost around $200,000, was financed in part by a grant from the Quebec culture ministry last summer.
Éric Tetreault, general manager of FM 103,3, tells me the testing period began on June 11, and will continue for 20 days (so until the end of the month).
So far, there is only one HD channel, which simulcasts the analog signal, but Tetreault says there will be “new content” on HD2 and HD3 “if tests are conclusive.”
The community radio station joins Radio-Canada, Cogeco and Bell as stations broadcasting at least one signal using the proprietary HD Radio technology. Here’s what’s available over the air now:
CBF-HD (Radio-Canada) 95.1:
- ICI Première
- ICI Musique classique
- FM 103,3
CFGL-HD (Cogeco) 105.7:
- Rythme FM
CITE-HD (Bell) 107.3:
- Rouge FM
- CJAD 800
- TSN Radio 690
WVPS-HD (VPR) 107.9:
- Vermont Public Radio
- VPR Classical
- BBC World Service