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by Arthur Mometer
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Review: Cheap $17 portable radio with 7-band SW from Menards; how well does it work?
Replies: 14
Views: 203

Re: Review: Cheap $17 portable radio with 7-band SW from Menards; how well does it work?

For a while, Sony and Panasonic were putting the same chips in several levels and price ranges of radios, like the Sony Shower Radio, which outperformed much more expensive radios on AM. Not sure what the FM problem was, but it could have been antenna related.
by Arthur Mometer
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: I'm stumped
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: I'm stumped

Tropo favors certain distances and directions, usually. It's like you have a radio mirror at a certain direction and midpoint. Think what you could see with an optical mirror in the same place. There may be a larger or smaller mirror or more than one in different directions and midpoints.
by Arthur Mometer
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Everywhere Else
Topic: Lexington KY radio
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: Lexington KY radio

Have you seen that self supporting 3 tower inline array yet? It’s the 1300. I think WVLK and WLAP are 4 tower parallelograms.
by Arthur Mometer
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: The atrocity known as AM HD radio
Replies: 25
Views: 1205

Re: The atrocity known as AM HD radio

When the signal has to cut across the Northwestern part of Detroit, it affects the WFDF signal. WWJ cuts through the river bed delta areas more, next to the Detroit River. I suspect that besides the pattern and the different locations, that explains it. Because if you go straight North, the signals ...
by Arthur Mometer
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: The atrocity known as AM HD radio
Replies: 25
Views: 1205

Re: The atrocity known as AM HD radio

When WFDF runs the full 50000 watts, I have heard them neck and neck with WWJ in HD, all the way to Sterling, MI on I-75. I’ve heard it goes even further on US-23 on Lake Huron. I get the impression that the newer 50000 watt transmitters have a lot of issues. WWJ has two, so it’s not as much of a pr...
by Arthur Mometer
Sat May 25, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: WFDF Is Ninety Seven Today, Belated WJR Ninety Seventh! WWJ 100th Next Year!
Replies: 1
Views: 164

WFDF Is Ninety Seven Today, Belated WJR Ninety Seventh! WWJ 100th Next Year!

WFDF is 97 today. It signed on May 25, 1922. WJR turned 97 on May 4. I hear that WWJ is planning a big party next year for its 100th Anniversary. I remember watching VP/GM Don DeGroot MC on WWJ-TV 4 for the 50th Anniversary in 1970. DeGroot started at WFDF as a teenager circa 1931.
by Arthur Mometer
Fri May 03, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Grand Rapids/West Michigan
Topic: WLAV Tower Relocation
Replies: 52
Views: 7346

Re: WLAV Tower Relocation

CMU doesn't need a higher power translator in Sterling.
by Arthur Mometer
Wed May 01, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: We're Ahead Of The Curve Again On TV Antennas!
Replies: 8
Views: 554

We're Ahead Of The Curve Again On TV Antennas!

TV Antennas are the latest thing for young adults as well as older Americans. Next rage will be the resurgence of landlines. Vacuum tubes are still very much alive and hot in guitar amplifiers, and Russian avionics. Spooks are using typewriters and snail mail for secret communications. What's next? ...
by Arthur Mometer
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Lansing/Mid-Michigan
Topic: Fm translators
Replies: 16
Views: 1631

Re: Fm translators

Remember listening at WVIC 730 as a kid....had a nice top 40 format and a great daytime signal In the History Card for WVIC...WVFN, it shows that WGN objected to the application for 730. Not may details, so I don’t know how it was resolved. WITL 1010 was close to WCFL...WMVP overlap also. But the h...
by Arthur Mometer
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Lansing/Mid-Michigan
Topic: Fm translators
Replies: 16
Views: 1631

Re: Fm translators

MWmetalhead wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:37 pm
WJRW is owned by Cumulus.

WVFN is owned by Townsquare.
It's had to keep track of all the changes. Some of those translator applications go that far back, to when they were coowned.
by Arthur Mometer
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Lansing/Mid-Michigan
Topic: Fm translators
Replies: 16
Views: 1631

Re: Fm translators

They’re working on a rebuild at KAAY, so they’re spending money. They just finished the WJRW build out.
by Arthur Mometer
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?
Replies: 43
Views: 1677

Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

Most of us were introduced to Crystal Set DX by accident. Usually it happens with the 8-16 years old experimenter who has received or built a crystal type set. We should have realized that AM BC DX was possible when the "Voice Of America signing off from Greenville, North Carolina" started coming th...
by Arthur Mometer
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?
Replies: 43
Views: 1677

Re: Most distant AM/FM/TV signal you ever tuned in?

WNOB 107.9, now WENZ, was my very FIRST true DX log on FM. But nowhere near the furthest. Growing up in Central Genesee County, there were few local FMs at the time, but a lot from Detroit Birmingham Dearborn Windsor, Lansing East Lansing, and Saginaw Bay City Midland, and other towns in between, La...
by Arthur Mometer
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Network tv switch, nearly 25 years later: who was the winner?
Replies: 25
Views: 1481

Re: Network tv switch, nearly 25 years later: who was the winner?

Steve Korvette is correct, WGPR-TV was always a full power TV station. It was on UHF, which limited their service area to nearly a strict line of sight. This sounds like a hit job that Channel 2, 4,and 7 sales departments might have done to undermine UHF competitors. That included 20, 50, and 56 on ...