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NCA Dismisses Joy FM Interference Complaint Against Assase Radio



The National Communications Authority (NCA) has dismissed a complaint by Joy Fm regarding interference on its frequency by Asaase Radio.

According to Joy FM which operates on 99.7MHz, they have discovered interferences from new radio Station, Assase Radio, which operates on 99.5 MHz.

According to the complaint, the interferences were occurring at Mataheko, Dansoman First Stop, Akokor Foto, Control, Exhibition, Lapaz, Tabora, Pokuase Mayera and Kwabenya-Abuom, all suburbs of Accra.

But after two rounds of investigations involving a rep each from Joy FM and Asaase Radio, the NCA concluded that “There was no interference recorded at the locations the monitoring was conducted”.

The report also recommended that “Joy FM should be directed to install a three-stage cavity filter with a minimum attenuation of 400Db and maximum deviation of 75 kHz”.

The Report also said “Both Joy FM and Asaase Radio had weak signals at Pokuase-Mayera and Kwabenya-Abuom, whiles Joy FM, had a weak signal at Tabora, hence the team was unable to measure both stations’ maximum deviation”.

The investigative team in the process also identified and shut down an illegal radio station at Pokuase, operating on the frequency, 99.9MHz. It also found out that another FM station, Marhaba Radio 99.3 MHz, was causing adjacent channel interference on the frequency of Asaase Radio, 99.5MHz due to over modulation.

As a result, the team recommended that the three stations “Joy FM, Asaase Radio and Marhaba Radio, should be directed to ensure that their transmissions are confined within a minimum deviation of +75k Hz during all periods of operation within 14-days, failing which sanctions shall be applied”.


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