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WPON testing again ?

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Re: WPON testing again ?

Post by kc8yqq » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:16 am

I was by the Maple Road xmitter site yesterday a little before 6pm. WPON was off the air. WCXI is definitely broadcasting from this location. At 5:57 the station went off the air for a few seconds, I'm guessing switch over to night time. At 6:07 was the legal ID barely heard under the beginning of a song.

Signal was poor in Milford with the power lines making it unlistenable at times. Signal improved as I was heading south on Milford road and was coming in good under the I-96 overpass. Heading toward South Lyon on Pontiac Trail, the signal was fading out as I went through town. By the time I got to 7 Mile the station was gone.

The radio was a Subaru stereo and the AM band is a poor receiver. If WCXI was broadcasting from the Fenton site, I would not have been able to receive it.

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Re: WPON testing again ?

Post by fuzzpower » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:39 pm

Subarus are known for terrible AM reception.

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Post by k8jd » Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:47 pm

Just tuend in 1160 and found a BIG signal On my 60 M dipole it was s9 + a hair and on the big 160 M antenna it was 20 dB ovr S9 ! HAS to be the new site off Childs Lake Rd ! Interesting that WPON is dead on 1460 at this time. I guess it takes months to tune up the combiner network for the two transmitters !!! :D .

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Re: WPON testing again ?

Post by k8jd » Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:56 pm

Ed Joseph wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:42 pm
The Fenton site's main lobe was kidney-bean shaped to the east. I haven't been in that building since probably 1991 or so. Can't say what shape any of it is in now, but judging by the ownership, it's probably tanked.

The patterns I have seen for the 1160 two tower, Fenton array, was pretty much a standard cartioid aimed due East !
Once I drove my car right up to one tower, not much security then :D

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Re: WPON testing again ?

Post by CK-722 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:49 pm

Just checked my RL, circa 30 miles East of the site. WHKW 1220 and WMPC 1230 were slightly stronger than WCXI 1160.

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Re: WPON testing again ?

Post by Ed Joseph » Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:29 pm

Just checked the kiwi at Denton Hill in Fenton... no sign of life from either station there.

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