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by CK-722
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:48 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: NBC IN ALPENA AREA
Replies: 7
Views: 482

Re: NBC IN ALPENA AREA

I remember staying at a motel around Oscoda back in the late 1960s or early 1970s. WNEM-TV 5 was the only station that stayed on all Night. Someone in the Office had the TV on really loud and you could hear it well into the Night. They showed Movies in the early morning hours. I remember hearing the...
by CK-722
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: WCCW AM tower site for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 1338

Re: WCCW AM tower site for sale

Looks like the Night pattern had another 70 degree tower. The efficiency was only slightly less than the Class B minimum efficiency at the time. Class B looks very possible to do that with the proposed Night array with different relative field and or phase of the radiators.
by CK-722
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: WCCW AM tower site for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 1338

Re: WCCW AM tower site for sale

It was this one. 130 lwatts Night. The NIF is 27 mV/m. Only 5 mV/m reached Traverse City, which would receive extensive interference. Since they no longer would cover Traverse City with an NIF, they could be 250 watts or more with a diplexed pattern. They could add a tower if it was beneficial. The ...
by CK-722
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: WCCW AM tower site for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 1338

Re: WCCW AM tower site for sale

WCCW 1310 had a CP for 50000 watts Daytime a few years ago. They also had applied for a CP for 15000 watts Daytime with a low PSSA power from the WTCM 580 site. That may have been modified for the new site. Under newer rules, they may be able to consolidate and diplex at the WTCM 580 site. They also...
by CK-722
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: WCCW AM tower site for sale
Replies: 22
Views: 1338

Re: WCCW AM tower site for sale

One other possibility is that this is only a part of the site. Traverse City is a much healthier market than Alpena. And WATZ 1450 was essentially replaced by an FM. Also, could this be a part of a strategy to bring their total number of properties down so they can acquire one of Henderson's? Or are...
by CK-722
Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: What Does the Fox Say? Goodbye...
Replies: 39
Views: 2544

Re: What Does the Fox Say? Goodbye...

I once lived about a mile from an FM tower. The station used to sign off the air at Midnight. But you could hear the carrier after sign off, sometimes for a few hours. The Night man said that he usually left the exciter on, as the switch was in another room, until he went home. He demonstrated over ...
by CK-722
Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: WPON WCXI Updates - 2020
Replies: 158
Views: 21048

Re: WPON WCXI Updates - 2020

They are authorized to operate at 250 watts nondirectional.

If they were doing directional proofs of performance in the classic way, they would be permitted to operate with 3750 watts nondirectional while testing during Daylight hours.
by CK-722
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:32 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia
Replies: 12
Views: 831

Re: TV FM Antenna Nostalgia

by CK-722
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Metro Detroit/SE Michigan
Topic: Will history repeat itself? (Network switch)
Replies: 34
Views: 2543

Re: Will history repeat itself? (Network switch)

With all but one station operating on UHF, there is not nearly the advantage that there was of having Channel 2 over Channel 50. ALL stations have substantially less over the air de facto service than their analog facilities. So I can't see there being much point in switching now. Though they found ...
by CK-722
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: KLT lives in the far north!!! 93.5 to dump Country.
Replies: 18
Views: 1067

Re: KLT lives in the far north!!! 93.5 to dump Country.

Contrast between WLAV Grand Rapids and KLT: WLAV Grand Rapids - "we lost our tower site and are on the air from a backup site at reduced power. We've ordered some new equipment and hope to be at improved strength in weeks and full power within the next several months." It took NINETEEN DAMN MONTHS ...
by CK-722
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: Are You Sure Your "Upgrade" Is Really That Dramatic?
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Are You Sure Your "Upgrade" Is Really That Dramatic?

Frank Roberts explains some of the tricks of the FM Upgrade Trade: "1977 was the year FM "came to life" in Birmingham.  In February, a new transmitter was put online for WERC-FM, increasing its power to the maximum 100,000 watts.  Frank Roberts was the chief engineer who oversaw the transformation o...
by CK-722
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: KLT lives in the far north!!! 93.5 to dump Country.
Replies: 18
Views: 1067

Re: KLT lives in the far north!!! 93.5 to dump Country.

I guess I thought with the softness of the Nash FM ratings, and defection of "Country" artists to AC like Taylor Swift, Country as a Contemporary format was in a downward trend.
by CK-722
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: "...mysterious voices, music come from house's walls..."
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: "...mysterious voices, music come from house's walls..."

I remember riding through Tawas City in the 1960s and 1970s on the way to Oscoda, Greenbush, and Harrisville. The signal got strong near that tower along US 23, and I thought maybe it was the WIOS tower. Later I found out they were directional, and that the tower on US 23 was just the State Police t...
by CK-722
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: KLT lives in the far north!!! 93.5 to dump Country.
Replies: 18
Views: 1067

Re: KLT lives in the far north!!! 93.5 to dump Country.

Any ideas as to why? Does WMKC have a controlling share of the Northern part of the Market? Is Country dying as a format, the young audience migrating to Crossover AC? Both? Will WKLZ 98.9 go off the air soon? Will 93.5 take over the WKLZ call letters? Both? Will the WBCM call letters go back to 144...
by CK-722
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: "...mysterious voices, music come from house's walls..."
Replies: 4
Views: 377

Re: "...mysterious voices, music come from house's walls..."

WYLL 1160. It used to be WJJD Mooseheart. The voices only come out at Night because in the Daytime, they broadcast from Des Plaines. From Lockport, it's 6 towers with the pattern going North. Insulation and or house wrap siding with a foil covering could also do it, and not strictly rectification li...