Listening to Radio Online
For pcs & laptops, we have a built in player on our website. Apple Ipods/Iphones/Ipads or Android devices also make good Wi-Fi players around the house. An alternative to the on page web player is to listen via the TUNE IN website; https://tunein.com/radio/Rebel-FM-994-s87256/
Currently streaming via the website only offers our Gold Coast service. For other regions the introduction of regional services are planned following telecommunications infrastructure upgrades in the future.
Listening to Radio on your Mobile Phone
For mobile phone (IOS/Android) listening you can also listen online by clicking above.
Alternatively, you can download from the App Store and install the free TUNE IN radio app. Search for REBEL FM 99.4. Click play, and add it to the TUNE IN favourites list for easy recall.
Improving Home/Work FM Reception
FM works best on a "line of sight" basis using good equipment. So house/work reception can be a problem in a fringe signal area or hilly areas obscured from the transmitter site.
First make sure you can receive us ok on a known good car radio outside your house/work, as most (but not all) car radios tend to be better than the average radio, and they benefit from an outdoor antenna. This step proves there is some signal to work with outside, even if it is fairly weak. That's a good starting point!
Two things help improve or resolve poor in building reception, requiring one or both of;
An external FM antenna. It makes a huge difference in most cases. Please make sure your radio has an external FM antenna input socket before trying this, but most good stereo systems have one. Something like a Hills Y3FM antenna (these are similar to small VHF TV antennas and often <$50) bolted onto your TV mast, pointing towards the transmitter site, and plugged into the external FM antenna input socket of your home stereo. In very poor signal areas you may need a larger (higher gain) antenna than a Hills FM3 and/or a FM/VHF masthead amplifier. You can put these in yourself if you’re so inclined, or any reputable TV/FM antenna installer can do this for you. An installer should be able to measure the signal, and confirm if it will likely work for you before they proceed with the installation. If you have trouble, try a few different antenna locations high on your roof. Moving it 1 or 2 metres along the roof can sometimes make a big difference.
In some cases, if you have an existing external VHF TV antenna pointing in roughly the right direction, this can work as an alternative to a dedicated external FM antenna, and is a quick and easy test to plug your existing TV antenna into your FM tuner. An indoor splitter will be required if you want to permanently share the antenna between your TV and FM radio. UHF TV antennas will not work.
A good quality FM radio/tuner, ideally plugged into an external FM antenna. If you have a few radios, try them all, as they can vary a lot in quality. While price of the radio can be a broad guide to its ability to process weak FM signals, it’s not always the case. We've seen $50 radios outperform $500 radios. Typically tuners with a digital frequency display in your home stereo system are likely to be best, so try that one first. For stand-alone radios, Dick Smith, Jaycar etc sell 'sensitive' units that are designed for fringe/long distance FM reception. If you don't have an external FM antenna, be sure to try positioning the radio's inbuilt antenna close to the transmitter side of the house, if possible with its antenna fully extended in front of a window, so your radio antenna is as close as possible to visually "seeing" the transmitter site.
Improving Car/Mobile FM Reception
Car reception is generally easier to get than in home FM reception. So if you can get the FM signal at home, then in the car (around the same area) should be possible. Try traveling in another car (or a few other cars) to see if their radio can receive the signal in the area you are interested in, as it may be just that the signal is too weak even for good radios to receive in your area. Cost of car is not always a great indication of radio FM sensitivity. For example, we have a recent Toyota Prado, which came with an on-glass antenna and it’s not great. We also have a cheaper Toyota RAV4 and the radio is brilliant, plus the car has an extendable FM antenna which works well.
The same principle applies, as indoor FM reception;
External antennas work best. That is, the extendable or fixed length type of antennas that sits above the car body. If your car does not have an obvious external antenna, then it probably has an "on glass" antenna. These look like rear window demister coils, and can be seen as "fine wires" stuck on the glass, usually on a rear side window. These rarely work as well as an external antenna. For truck & 4WDs with bull bars, external antennas can be mounted on them replace them, if you don't mind the look!
Get a better car radio. Try other cars/radios with family/friends to see if they have better reception. If they do, it suggests you could also benefit with a better radio and/or antenna. You ideally need a digitally tuned, highly sensitive FM radio. This does not mean an expensive one necessarily some of the cheapest units from a good manufacturer are some of the best. Talk to someone such as JB Hi FI or a car audio specialist, and tell them you need a unit to pick up a fringe/weak FM signal. If possible, try different demo units in store to see which one best picks us up (or any other known weak FM signal in that location).
If you still can't get reception or are well outside our FM coverage area, you can listen to our on line internet streaming at home/work via ADSL/NBN (or Wi-Fi) using a pc, a dedicated internet radio (with AAC+ codec support). For pcs & laptops, we have a built in player on our website. Apple Ipods/Iphones/Ipads or Android devices also make good Wi-Fi players around the house. Our website has details on recommended pc players and how to get streaming.
For mobile and car listening, Apple Iphones/Ipads and Android phones connected to one of the 3G/4G mobile phone networks (with a data plan) works well for some people within a good 3G/4G reception area. Just watch your data use - streaming can more than 25mb an hour of data. We suggest you download free apps that track your monthly data usage. If you do not wish to listen online, the app we suggest to play our stream is the free TUNE IN RADIO app available at the Apple App store or on Google Play. After installation of TUNE IN RADIO, just search for our station name and save us as a preset.
You can buy an audio adapter card for your our phone, and plug it into the external audio input of a car stereo system for much better sound quality. For car stereo's without an external audio input, Jaycar sell cassette shell adapters for <$20, which allows you to connect phones with a headphone output to car cassette decks.
Newer car stereos often support Bluetooth audio streaming, so your phone can wirelessly play our station through your car stereo.