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April 8, 2020 10:34 am  #1


Milton FM Station Gets Power Boost, Despite Some CRTC Resistance

Unless you live in or around Milton, you’ve probably never listened to CJML-FM, the MyFM station that serves that city.
 
But despite not passing the usual sniff tests for getting a power increase, the Commission is allowing them to have one anyway.
 
MyFM is on 101.3 and operates with a small 228 watts. Generally, the CRTC only allows a power boost when a station can demonstrate an economic or specific technical need. But CJML failed to meet either criteria, despite arguing that it might not be financially viable if they couldn’t get their signal out farther. The CRTC says that new stations (it’s only been on since 2017) generally don’t make money in their first few years, so they rejected that argument. They also didn’t show a technical need, either. And there’s no other frequency where they could go that would address their issues.
 
So why did they get a virtual doubling of the signal to 480 watts? It’s because the CRTC judged that Milton is one of the fastest growing cities in the GTA and getting the signal out farther will serve a rapidly expanding community that didn't exist before, without spilling over into other markets, creating another competitor.  
 
So Jon Pole wins another round!
 
CRTC Decision

 

April 8, 2020 12:51 pm  #2


Re: Milton FM Station Gets Power Boost, Despite Some CRTC Resistance

I still rather hope myFM would apply for a frequency change to 101.1 or 101.5 MHz, because 101.3 has too much interference on it...

 

April 8, 2020 1:06 pm  #3


Re: Milton FM Station Gets Power Boost, Despite Some CRTC Resistance

Actually I'm puzzled how they could not demonstrate a technical need.     CJSA-FM Toronto on the same frequency just overpowers Milton's MyFM on the same frequency.   You have to be almost to the transmitter site to get MyFM in Milton at all.     CJSA is based on First Canadian Place with 850 watts ERP, which is likely why MyFM with only 228 watts couldn't fight it off.   The height of CJSA would put CJSA at a huge advantage.

Personally I think MyFM would have been better off on another frequency, even 1 up the dial, but if they have to use 101.3, more power would for sure help push CJSA back.   

Drive down the 401, and you will see what happens... You have to be half way through Milton to even hear MyFM.    Hopefully bumping up to 480 will help, but it's still going to be hard to push CJSA back especially on the East side.    

Last edited by radiokid (April 8, 2020 1:07 pm)

 

April 8, 2020 2:25 pm  #4


Re: Milton FM Station Gets Power Boost, Despite Some CRTC Resistance

The CJML tower site is located in a naturally low lying area (near a creek, on Reg. Rd 25 / South of Derry Rd).

As well, the tower itself is not that tall... resembles a self supporting cellular mono pole structure.

 

 

April 8, 2020 5:11 pm  #5


Re: Milton FM Station Gets Power Boost, Despite Some CRTC Resistance

Barrie, Fergus and Fort Erie are on 101.1; Orangeville and Hamilton have 101.5. Not easy...