Who am I?
My name is Josh Agnew, I am 14 years old and am from Tasmania, Australia’s island state.
I own and operate an FM radio station in Tasmania called Pulse FM.
Pulse FM is a radio station targeted at young people in Southern Tasmania, specifically between 13 and 25 years old.
I have been involved in radio since I was 7 years old, starting out at a rural community radio station. I started an internet radio station called ‘JNET’ when I was 9 years old, and launched Pulse FM when I was 10.
Pulse FM started out as a internet radio station focused on youth in southern Tasmania in 2016.
I was able to obtain a low-power FM license in a part of Tasmania’s Huon Valley near the end of 2016, and, with the help of businesses like Tasmanet, Claesseon Edwards Audio and The Telos Alliance, I was able to put the service on the air in April 2017 at 12 years of age!
In August of 2018, I put in an application to the Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) on behalf of Pulse FM to obtain another low power FM license, which would provide coverage to the greater Huon Valley, and would provide the Kingborough municipality with coverage in some areas.
Just two weeks after putting in the application, I received a response from ACMA letting me know Pulse FM’s application had been approved!
After months of back and fourth emails between companies like Axicom (the tower owner), Tasmanet (our tower ground-space and IP link provider) and Sigmacom (our transmitter manufacturer), as well as people like Leif Claesson (Omnia Audio) and Paul Thompson (TCOM), we were ready to put Pulse FM’s 87.8 service on the air!
On February 10th 2018, Pulse FM’s dipole antenna was installed by the tower riggers from Tasmanet, while I installed the transmission equipment on the ground. The 87.8 service commenced at around 1 PM (AEST) on the 10th of February.