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by cckadlec
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 94.5 The Q - new format is Adult Album Alternative
Replies: 36
Views: 2069

Re: 94.5 The Q - new format is Adult Album Alternative

So when exactly did the on-air switch occur?! I browsed through the posts here but can't seem to figure out the answer as the original post mentions the change via streaming, but then I didn't see any post until a few posts ago that mentions they were listening to the radio and heard the songs. I ha...
by cckadlec
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 97.3 Grand Rapids shut down
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: 97.3 Grand Rapids shut down

So, is 97.3 Grand Rapids still on the air, or did it go silent again? As of being in town early Saturday morning, it was on the air as usual. I can't hear it from up here in Fremont anymore due to WDEE certainly being on the air, but I have no reason to believe they've managed to go off the air aga...
by cckadlec
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Lake Superior Bandscan Series
Replies: 24
Views: 2135

Chippewa Falls Bandscan

Here's a bandscan at Chippewa Falls with a few additional notes from up the road at Batchawana Bay. Chippewa Falls isn't far north of Sault Ste. Marie, but still gets in on the cross-lake conditions to Wausau due to the orientation of the coastline. CHIPPEWA FALLS / BATCHAWANA BAY, ONTARIO BANDSCAN ...
by cckadlec
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 97.3 Grand Rapids shut down
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: 97.3 Grand Rapids shut down

WDEE was off for 12 days?! I seriously didn't notice that for 9 of those days? Wow, and I call myself a DXer. Of course, I did clean up the dial in the last three days of them being off the air and I don't usually pay great attention to strong local frequencies, knowing nothing will come from them. ...
by cckadlec
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 97.3 Grand Rapids shut down
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: 97.3 Grand Rapids shut down

The added mention of "Would you believe the plaintiff even sued me (unsuccessfully) for all of my assets including equipment I paid for to run the station?" to the edited Facebook posts seems to shine some (still-dim) light on the situation.
by cckadlec
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 97.3 Grand Rapids shut down
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: 97.3 Grand Rapids shut down

The fact 94.9 and 97.3 dumped African American-centric formats just weeks apart strikes me as odd. My guess is 97.3 was bleeding cash and has inside info that Cumulus is about to flip one of its local 50,000 watt stations to Urban. I wouldn't say that 97.3 dumped their format. They were proudly Afr...
by cckadlec
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 97.3 Grand Rapids shut down
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

97.3 Grand Rapids shut down

After a lengthy court battle over... stuff... WJWC-LP has seemingly been forced off the air this morning, according to a post I accidentally ran into five minutes before they shut down. With WDEE off the air since Friday here, I've been listening to the Grand Rapids LP here in Fremont for these past...
by cckadlec
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Holy Winter Tropo Blasters!
Replies: 26
Views: 1030

WDEE off the air this weekend

97.3 KHKI Des Moines, 105kw (417 mi.) with fading legal ID here in Fremont on still-off-the-air 27-mi. local frequency. Fade-ups of the usual KGRR (254 mi.), WHDG (208 mi.), and WRNW (103 mi.) as well as solid signals from WMEE (167 mi.) and WMJO (109 mi.), and a weak but steady WJWC-LP (49w at 35 m...
by cckadlec
Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Holy Winter Tropo Blasters!
Replies: 26
Views: 1030

WDEE off the air this weekend

My 27-mile local 97.3 WDEE has been off the air all weekend so far. Within the first few hours of noticing, I managed to easily hear, from Fremont: 97.3 WMEE Fort Wayne (167 mi.), which is a regular in 24/7 97.3 WJMO Essexville, Joe FM (109 mi.), also a regular, exceptional depending on where I stan...
by cckadlec
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: 99.3 WQAN Signal Strength
Replies: 8
Views: 909

Re: 99.3 WQAN Signal Strength

Can't say I'm surprised. I doubt they'd admit to running less than rated power. That'd be silly, considering one could just make the argument that that's what was given to them when they bought the stations. Any reasonable person could understand they'd need to be given some chance to upgrade. Of c...
by cckadlec
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: 99.3 WQAN Signal Strength
Replies: 8
Views: 909

Re: 99.3 WQAN Signal Strength

I actually sent an e-mail to Blarney Stone to try to determine what power all the old Henderson stations were running at, assuming if Blarney bought them, they had to have had their engineer at the transmitter sites and perhaps would be open to letting me know what the power was/is at those stations...
by cckadlec
Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Lake Superior Bandscan Series
Replies: 24
Views: 2135

Brimley / Sault Ste. Marie Bandscans

Here are two scans from Brimley, ten miles outside Sault Ste. Marie. The first scan was performed during a typical nighttime radiation inversion, which is largely Northern Michigan stations. Weather was still dense fog over the lake, a strong low-pressure system dumping inches (even a foot-plus of r...
by cckadlec
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Lake Superior Bandscan Series
Replies: 24
Views: 2135

Whitefish Point Bandscan

Here's a bandscan from Whitefish Point. While it would appear to an outsider to be a great spot for lake tropo, it really isn't, mainly for the reason that it lacks the elevation that is required for Lake Superior ducts. The result is that one merely hears many TrS-type signals that are falling out ...
by cckadlec
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: 1260 Zeeland Transmitter site burns
Replies: 20
Views: 2346

Re: 1260 Zeeland Transmitter site burns

Maybe the WBRN problems had to do with STL Microwave Tropo feed problems? I'm not so sure about that, but I really can't speculate further. They came back on some days later (perhaps a week?). However, 96.5's signal coverage drastically changed upon coming back on the air. Before they went off, the...
by cckadlec
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Lake Superior Bandscan Series
Replies: 24
Views: 2135

Miners Castle Bandscan

Here's a bandscan from Miners Castle, just east of Manistique. The weather over the lake was very dense lake fog in the midst of a strong low pressure system, the same one that crossed Wisconsin and Michigan and flooded the Madison area with over a foot of rain the day before. Nonetheless, condition...