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So, you’ve got your radio, you’re all set up to use it – for business or for pleasure – and you hear somebody else’s conversation or some background noise…
How frustrating! But fear not, it’s a simple process of elimination to find out what’s causing it and if there’s anything you can do to fix the problem. Here are some key points for you to look into to explore what might be creating this interference…
Look at your location.
Are you near any large buildings that could be blocking the signal?
Does the noise happen when you’re in a particular place?
What’s the weather like? (No, not because we all like a bit of sunshine but because adverse weather conditions can cause interference. Extreme wind, fog and similar can all play a part in how the signal is received and what background noises there may be).
Are you near any equipment like fluorescent tube lighting, microwaves, even overhead power cables? (All these and other similar equipment and appliances can have an impact).
Of course, it’s also important to think about whether you’re using a licensed radio or not.
Unfortunately, if it’s not licensed, there’s not much you can do – this is down to the frequency not being specifically allocated to you by Ofcom; you’re sharing the frequency with fellow radio users. Think about buying a license from Ofcom; it could be the best thing you do!
If it is a licensed radio, you’ll need to contact Ofcom who can investigate and put things right for you.
Whatever is causing the interference, it’s normally a simple fix so it won’t be long before you can be back up and running without hassle!