Flash-in-the-pan Friday

A low clashed with the high around the Australian state of New Zealand (couldn’t resist) to produce ducting from the north. Is this low pressure system responsible for much of the state of New South Wales becoming a non-sensical, extraordinarily expensive Kevin Cosner film? Meanwhile, disgustingly sticky conditions prevailed in the city.

The duct yielded excellent signals from both Miriam Vale broadcasts. Miriam Vale is inland from Gladstone. These broadcasts are licensed for 50 watts ERP. I don’t think that is genuinely the case, but it certainly wouldn’t be the first ABC broadcast to be ‘pumping up the volume’! No sign of the Gladstone CBD commercial stations was evident. Rockhampton powerhouses such as 4ABCFM were obiliterating signals from the south so 2CS FM was predominantly inaudible. In the above chart, these regions are marked by meteorologist William Hepburn as ‘unstable’. These ABC translators offer no distinguishing local programming so timer recordings were not undertaken.

Distances for overseas or interstate readers:

Miriam Vale 359km  223 mi
Rockhampton 466km 290 mi

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