7RPH Broadcasting

Our Broadcast Services

RPH Tasmania broadcasts via three transmitters strategically placed adjacent to the major population centres of Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.

The Hobart transmitter broadcasts on 864AM in the MW band and has a large coverage - from Oatlands in the North, to parts of the Huon Valley in the South and along the East Coast from the Tasman Peninsular to Bicheno. The price we pay for this large coverage is the high electricity bills ! The transmitter mast is located at Sandford on an area which is frequently flooded during winter and spring rains - this provides the ideal physical environment for AM broadcasting!

The Launceston transmitter broadcasts on the FM band on 106.9 MHz. Being an FM transmitter, the mast is situated on the Emergency Services Antenna System on the Brougham Street Reserve at West Launceston. This ensures maximum transmission from our limited transmission transmitter power.

At Devonport, our signal is broadcast on 96.1 MHz FM from a mast on Kelsey Tier, west of Spreyton on the North West Coast. The Mast is the property of Grant Broadcasters who also broadcast from there.

Our Studios

All of our studios are located at the top of Davey St in Hobart in a building at the rear of the historic Highbury House. Our sandstone building is also heritage and is called the "Coach House". This was its function in bygone days. It has been extensively modified inside to be more effectively used to house recording and broadcast studios.

Inside, we have four studios :-

  • One on the ground floor (Studio 1), is used to broadcast the Australian six days a week, but mostly used for recording and it also has disabled access.
  • Three on the top floor (Studios 2,3 and 4).
    • Studio 4 is a small studio, rarely used as a "live to air" studio though many of our program recordings are conducted there.
    • Studio 3 is our secondary broadcast studio - duplicating the facilities of our main broadcast studio (Studio 2) and easily able to be used in an emergency. It is used six days a week to broadcast the Examiner/Advocate Newspapers at 10am, while the Mercury Newspaper is being broadcast. At other times, its large size makes it more suitable to record programs that require two readers, as well as the producer.
    • Studio 2 is our main "live to air " broadcast studio. It is used "live" from 10am until 5.30pm weekdays but on shorter hours on the weekend.

    Any of our studios are able to be put on air, while Studio 3 can be used to broadcast simultaneously to Launceston / Devonport regardless of which studio is broadcasting to Hobart.

  • Each studio has computer playback/recording software, cd players, minidisc players, a satellite feed, and three microphones.

What happens to the Audio from the Studios?

When a studio is broadcasting "live to air" , this is what happens *before* it gets to your AM/FM Radio.

The signal goes into our plant room where the Northern feed is put through an audio signal processor to make it sound better for you - better bass and clearer mid range frequencies. It then gets sent to audio codecs which transfer the audio via the internet to the northern transmission sites. Codecs at each site extract the audio and send it to the transmitters.

For the Sandford Transmitter, the studio codec sends the unprocessed audio to another codec at the Sandford site. It then gets processed and then goes to the transmitter. There is also a diesel generator on site to cope with power outages that may result from electrical storm events or scheduled maintenance on the power infrastructure.

Photos of Some masts

Launceston Mast Launceston Transmission Mast

Sandford Mast Maintenance Don't try this at Home - Maintenance on Our Mast

Farewell to our Assistant Manager Melvin Lee

Reading the Examiner on Air