Thursday, December 21, 2006

AM station moved to San Francisco

San Francisco, California: 860KHz:
Speaking of KMPH-840...
The station that used to be KMPH is now on the air from San Francisco.
50,000 watts day and night, directional.
3 towers day at 38-09-33N/122-24-44W.
4 towers night at 37-35-34N/121-46-27W.
Of course, different patterns.

Monday, December 18, 2006

New AM stations

Hampden, Maine: 750KHz:
A permit has been granted for a new station.
50,000 watts daytime, non-directional.
10,000 watts nighttime, directional, four towers.
44-51-27N/68-49-36W.

Lovelock, Nevada: 1450KHz:
An application has been filed for a new station.
250 watts fulltime, non-directional.
40-10-46N/118-28-21W.

Mount Angel, Oregon: 1130KHz:
An application has been filed for a new station.
25,000 watts daytime, directional, 3 towers.
490 watts nighttime, directional, 3 towers. (different pattern from daytime)
45-04-35N/122-48-27W.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Digital radio in Canada

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has revised its policy on digital radio.

(Click here to see the original document)

In 1995, an initial policy was established. Spectrum at L-band (1452-1492MHz) was assigned. Digital Radio Broadcasting (DRB) was established primarily as a replacement service for existing analog AM & FM stations - but provisions were made for authorizing new digital-only stations as well. The first license was issued in 1998. Since then, 57 commercial DRB stations and 18 CBC stations have been authorized. The 76th authorized DRB station, in Toronto, is a digital-only ethnic outlet.

The Commission is very concerned about the stalled DRB transition. Roughly 15 of the 76 authorized stations (including the digital-only operation in Toronto) are not on the air. Some stations that once operated have since ceased operations. Few recievers have been sold, and there is no interest in expanding DRB service beyond the six cities where it exists. Since DRB transmitters have only been built in the largest cities, motorists travelling between Quebec and Windsor, between Calgary and Edmonton, or between Vancouver and south-central British Columbia lose DRB reception. As a result, automakers have switched their support from terrestrial DRB to XM/Sirius satellite radio.

The Commission asked:

- How can radio best transition from analog to digital, and how can the Commission help?
- Should the Commission cease to consider DRB as a replacement technology?
- Should new digital-only stations be encouraged?
- Should other technologies besides Eureka 147 be considered?
(IBOC, DRM, DMB, DVB-H)
- If we give up on DRB, what should be done with the spectrum?

A number of parties commented. Three mentioned IBOC:

- iBiquity claimed that "...the technology is compatible with the current broadcast infrastructure and therefore enables the reuse of frequency spectrum as well as some of the existing equipment." They also claimed their system provides other public benefits through multicasting.

- The Ontario Independent Radio Group "...recommended that Canadian stations wishing to adopt IBOC technology should be able to do so without a prolonged regulatory process..."

- The only comprehensive technical comments came from the CBC. They stated that AM-IBOC "...would create a serious degradation in sound quality for existing AM stations." (*all* AM stations, not just the ones adopting IBOC) They also state that due to interference concerns, "...IBOC transmission at night is not practical." As for FM-IBOC, implementation "...would require additional first and second adjacent channel coordination." and "...would make it difficult to coordinate the CBC's network operations." (presumably, they'd have trouble finding FM spectrum for expansion of Radio Two and the French-language services)

The Commission concurs with the CBC: "...digital IBOC signals will add a certain amount of noise to a station's analog signal, marginally reducing its effective service area." and "...IBOC signals can degrade the service areas of technically related stations located in the same or adjacent markets." (both of these premises have been presented by DXers in the U.S. and are generally denied by IBOC supporters. It is interesting to see them accepted, on the record, by the Canadian regulatory authorities.)

The Commission says it's up to the station to decide whether any IBOC self-interference is enough to discourage adoption.

However, they do not accept interference to other stations. "...the Commission has concluded that, if the aforementioned issues can be addressed, particularly any potential interference to other stations, the use of IBOC technology,... could be considered for licensing."

To a large degree the decision of whether to authorize IBOC is not the Commission's - it lies with the Department of Communications. The Commission says "...if the Department authorized IBOC technology for the AM and/or FM bands under the Radiocommunication Act, the Commission would be prepared to authorize services..."

The Commission has announced it will hold a round table in six months, with the CEOs of the major radio groups, to discuss further plans for DRB implementation.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

New stations: Maine, Nevada

Orono, Maine: 1530KHz:
An application has been filed for a new station.
50,000w day, 2 towers directional
9,000w critical hours, 4 towers directional
270w night, 4 towers directional
44-51-48N/68-40-06W

Orono is near Bangor.

Battle Mountain, Nevada: 1450KHz:
A permit has been issued for a new station.
250w fulltime, non-directional
40-39-20N/116-56-49W

Permittee is IHR Educational, a Catholic religious broadcaster.

Friday, December 08, 2006

New station in Wisconsin

Howard, Wis.: 1520KHz:
A permit has been issued for a new station.
250w day, 2 towers directional at 44-33-29N/88-08-54W
3,000w night, 4 towers directional at 44-24-43N/88-04-44W

The daytime site is just west of Green Bay, and the night site just south of the city - both facilities should more-or-less cover Green Bay.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Glenn Hauser found this link that may shed some light on the 590/1020/1610 test situation.

This appears to be a 2005 Special Temporary Authority for BAE Systems to operate test transmitters on these frequencies. Some explanation excerpted from the FCC document:

Please explain in the area below why an STA is necessary:
Required to complete full scale transmitter and associated equipment testing.

Please explain the purpose of operation:
Company is a govt contractor which is developing mobile broadcasting units which can be deployed worldwide in order to satisfy customers immediate military requirements. Broadcast operation encompasses use of AM band frequencies which are necessary to simulate overseas operating parameters.

Station Location
Bowling Green Virginia North 38 7 59 West 77 19 49
(a) Overall height above ground to tip of antenna in meters: 50.00

585.00000000-595.00000000 kHz FX 10.000000 kW 9.750000 kW
1015.00000000-1025.00000000 kHz FX 10.000000 kW 9.750000 kW
1595.00000000-1605.00000000 kHz FX 10.000000 kW 9.750000 kW


This STA, however, expired in November 2005. (and note that it specified 1600KHz instead of 1610) It sure does look a lot like what we've been hearing though.

This is an Office of Engineering & Technology STA. STAs for operation in the broadcast bands are now handled by the Media Bureau; however, this is a relatively recent change. (I believe OET STAs were legal for broadcast frequencies in 2005) This may be why there has been no information from the Media Bureau: it's quite possible they aren't aware of this STA!

Monday, December 04, 2006

New station in Idaho

Wendell, Idaho; 1340KHz
IHR Educational (a Catholic religious organization) has applied for a new station here.
250 watts, non-directional.
Single tower at 42-45-58N/114-39-28W.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Distributed (TV) Transmission System in Penna.

The FCC has granted WTVE-51 (Reading, Pa.) an 8-transmitter Distributed
Transmission System (DTS) for their digital operation on channel 25.
All eight transmitters are considered co-equal by the FCC.

The transmitters:
#1: 760w/366m 40-21-16/75-53-57 NE of Reading, on their existing
analog tower.
#2: 2.8kw/282m 40-37-13/75-17-37 east of Bethlehem (WZZO-95.1
tower)
#3: 110w/116m 39-33-42/75-55-48 S of North East, Md.
#4: 1kw/337m 39-53-44/76-14-23 S of Lancaster on Hwy. 272
(WDAC-94.5 tower)
#5: 1.15kw/235m 40-23-53/76-19-25 E of Lebanon, N of Myerstown
#6: 600w/168m 40-23-06/74-52-58 E of Lambertville, N.J., N of
Trenton
#7: 126kw/444m 40-02-30/75-14-13 WCAU-10 tower, Philadelphia
#8: 4.25kw/138m 40-45-50/76-02-03 between Pottsville & Tamaqua on
Hwy. 209

(I'll bet you can guess which one WTVE will consider the "primary"!)

The FCC has not yet completed final rules for DTS operation. This
facility is authorized under Special Temporary Authority; WTVE has been
warned that the DTS may require modification to come into compliance
with any future changes in the rules.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Discount on MT Express subscriptions

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MT Express is a .pdf electronic version of the monthly printed magazine. You get everything that's in the printed magazine - but as an added benefit, pictures that are in black-and-white in the printed magazine are in color, and the Web links are active - you don't have to type them in on your browser.

A one-year subscription to MT Express is ordinarily $19.95. If you order by the end of the year (December 31st) and mention this American Bandscan blog, you can subscribe for only $14.95. This special is valid both for new subscribers and renewals. But you must order by December 31st and you must mention this blog.

See the MT Express website for more details.

Give it a try!

X-band news in Canada

Gatineau, Quebec:
Application filed for new station here, 1670KHz, 1kw ND. Programming in French for children and teenagers. Gatineau is across the river from Ottawa.

Toronto, Ontario:
CHHA-1610 will be signing off temporarily effective tomorrow. Due to interference they've been ordered to stop transmitting from their current site. They've already found a new site on the Toronto lakefront and will return to the air when they can complete construction there.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

New station in Arizona

Nogales, Arizona:

An application has been filed for a new station in Nogales.
1340KHz, 250w ND fulltime
One tower at 31-23-18N/110-56-35W.

Mystery test on 1610

Many DXers are reporting a VERY strong test signal on 1610KHz last night. It broadcast only a 1KHz tone... and was heard coast-to-coast.

At 0800 CST, it's still audible (but just barely) here near Nashville and by Neil Kazaross near Chicago.

Direction finding and fade characteristics suggest a location on the Eastern Seaboard generally between Philadelphia and Raleigh.

If you hear this station as local reception please let me know.

Friday, November 17, 2006

New station application in Colorado

Keystone, Colorado: 1320KHz
An application has been filed for a new station here.
1,000 watts day/500 watts night, DA-2 (directional day & night, different patterns)
3 towers at 39-36-46N/106-00-05W.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Clear Channel sold

News reports say radio/TV owner Clear Channel has agreed to be acquired by two investment firms for nearly $19 billion:

(Boston Herald)

(Reuters)


The same reports indicate that in a separate action, the company will be selling 448 small-market radio stations and their 42 TV stations.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

More on Montana DX tests

Again, http://www.dxtests.info for more on these...

An additional station has joined the test. Stations that will be testing this weekend:

KANA-580 Anaconda 1,000 watts
KKGR-680 East Helena 5,000 watts
KERR-750 Polson 50,000 watts
KLCY-930 East Missoula 5,000 watts
KGVO-1290 Missoula 5,000 watts
KEIN-1310 Great Falls 5,000 watts

The test will begin at midnight Mountain time (2am Eastern time) and run until 2am Mountain (4am Eastern) Saturday night, November 18th - technically Sunday morning in most of North America. On KERR-750 the test will run from 12:05am-1:58am Mountain time.

Reception reports preferred via e-mail to l e s
@
h i g h
n o o n
f i l m
.
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(take out the spurious spaces & carraige returns. Blame the spam scam scum. Maybe someday they're face some Montana justice...)

Please put "Montana DX Test" in the subject line. Include an audio recording (mp3 etc.) if possible, the stations would like to know what they sound like at a distance.

Thanks to Kevin Redding & The ABDX E-Mail List, Ron Huckey, Michael Richard, Steve Dow, Todd Clark, Tony Mulligan, Les Rayburn, and the staffs of these stations! Montana is a tough logging east of the Rockies; this is likely to be the best chance in most of our lifetimes to log this state!

New AM station applied for

Honaunau, Hawaii

An application has been filed for a new station on 1340KHz. Power will be 10kw fulltime, non-directional with a single tower at 19-31-13N, 155-55-04W.

If approved this would be the only U.S. station on a local channel (1230/1240/1340/1400/1450/1490) to run more than 1kw power.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Frequency change in Washington State

KZTS-1230, Sunnyside, granted frequency change from 1210. Power to decrease from 10,000 watts day, 1,000 night to 700 watts fulltime. Station will remain non-directional.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Frequency change in Illinois

WSQR-1560 Sycamore, Ill. has moved to 1180.

With the move comes a significant increase in daytime power from 198 watts to 900.



Nighttime power actually decreases from 18 watts to one. However, on 1560 WSQR was only allowed to use that 18 watts from sunset in Bakersfield, Cal. (where dominant station KNZR is). Between Sycamore sunset and Bakersfield sunset WSQR was limited to 2.3 watts.



The lower dial position will also improve coverage considerably.



WSQR will remain non-directional both day and night.

Friday, November 03, 2006

New North Dakota station

KKAG-740, Fargo has been reported testing.

50,000 watts day; 7,500 watts critical hours; 940 watts night, three different patterns.

46° 58' 29.00" N/96 ° 30' 12.00" W

Pattern favors the west with a sublobe to the south at night and to the northeast during the day.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

More AM actions & applications

Mountain Ranch, California:
Application for new station on 1340, 1,000 watts ND, 38-14-28N/120-33-25W

Winnemucca, Nevada:
Application for new station on 1340, 250 watts ND, 40-58-48N/117-45-37W. Applicant is Catholic religious organization IHR Educational

Apollo, Pennsylvania:
WAVL-910 requests move to 1360, 6,700/700 watts DA-2, 40-27-42N/79-36-07W

Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania:
WPTT-1360 requests move to 910, city from McKeesport. Power to 7,000 watts DA-D (daytime only), 40-16-05N/79-59-01W

Greenville, Rhode Island:
Application for new station on 1140, 27,000/1,200 watts DA-2, 41-53-29N/71-37-21W

Bluffdale, Utah:
KOVO-960 requests move from Provo. Includes power increase to 50,000/940 watts DA-2,
40-35-06N/112-04-20W.

More new stations

Permits have been issued for two new AM stations:

Charlestown, Rhode Island:
1370, 2,500/5,000 watts DA-2. 3 towers at 41-22-38N/71-39-50W.

Langtry, Texas:
1400, 1,000 watts ND from a single tower at 29-47-30N/101-30-30W.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Frequency change in Texas

KHCH-1400 Huntsville, Texas has moved to 1410. Power is decreased from 1000 watts fulltime to 250 watts day, 87 watts night. I presume this is to accomodate KHCB-1400's planned move to League City.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Night of a thousand (OK, four...) DX tests

Four Montana stations have scheduled a simultaneous DX Test on the early morning of Sunday, Novebmer 19th.

The test will run from midnight to 2am, Mountain Time.

Stations involved:

  • KEIN-1310, Great Falls

  • KLCY-930, East Missoula

  • KGVO-1290, Missoula

  • KANA-580, Anaconda



  • Extra IDs, including Morse Code, and other test material will be broadcast. Montana is a tough state in the east; this test is much appreciated! (thanks to Kevin Redding, Les Rayburn, and the staffs of these stations and of KEVA-1240, Evanston, Wyoming who helped arrange this test)

    More details on www.dxtests.info

    Good luck!

    More new stations

    A few days worth:

    Arroyo Grande, California: application for new station, 1060KHz, 10,000/1,200 watts DA-2, 35-08-44N/120-31-15W

    Comstock, Texas: new station granted, 1450KHz, 1,000 watts ND, 29-40-50N/101-13-00W

    Presidio, Texas: new station granted, 1230KHz, 800/710 watts ND, 29-36-00N/104-25-14W

    Brampton, Ontario: application for new station, 1650KHz, 1,000/680 watts ND, ethnic. Mutually exclusive with Mississauga application.

    Mississauga, Ontario: application for new station, 1650KHz, 1,000 watts ND, ethnic. Mutually exclusive with Brampton application.

    Montreal, Quebec: application for new station, 1400KHz, 1,000 watts ND, ethnic.

    Thursday, October 12, 2006

    New station on air in Utah

    KENT-1400 Parowan, Utah has filed for a license-to-cover.

    This new station is at 37-48-22N, 112-56-40W and runs 1kw non-directional fulltime.

    Format unknown. (if you hear this station, please let me know!)

    The FCC hasn't had much time to deal with AM lately, they've been filing hundreds of applications for digital companion channels for low-power TV stations...

    Friday, October 06, 2006

    Calls for new stations

    Call letters have been assigned for two of the new stations recently reported in this blog.

    670 in Essex Junction, Vermont is now WVVT.
    1590 in Kearsarge, Penna. is now WCXJ.

    Saturday, September 30, 2006

    DX Tests link

    I've added a link on the right to Brandon Jordan's "DXtests.info" blog.

    This blog lists all current NRC/IRCA DX tests.

    His site also explains just what a DX test is.

    Keep an eye on it!

    New station: Bend, Oregon

    Permit granted for:
    900KHz.
    50,000 watts daytime, 2 towers directional
    2,000 watts nighttime, 3 towers directional
    40-04-50N/121-16-51W

    Tuesday, September 26, 2006

    New Wyoming station

    The FCC has approved a new AM station in Jackson, Wyoming.

    The station will operate on 1450KHz with 1,000 watts fulltime, nondirectional. It'll have a single tower at 43-27-45N/110-47-37W.

    Permittee is Bott Communications, a religious broadcasting chain.

    New HD radios

    Sangean has announced a
    HD radio tuner and
    HD standalone table radio. Radio Magazine reports that suggested retail on the HDT-1 tuner is $299. I would guess the price on the HDR-1 table radio might be slightly higher, probably around $349. How close to MSRP will Universal's price be? Good question.

    The Radio Magazine report also mentions a car adaptor (which converts HD radio to analog for reception over the existing car radio) with a MSRP of $199, and another table radio for $249.

    NH DX test

    A DX test has been announced for the night of November 5th, 2006 over WWNH-1340 Madbury, New Hampshire. The test will run from 10pm until 2am, Eastern Time, and will include frequent IDs, some in Morse Code.

    Audio reports (recordings on MP3 file, CD, or cassette) are preferred if possible, and email reports (to les@highnoonfilm.com, with "WWNH DX Test" in the subject) are preferred. USPS mail reports may go to:

    High Noon Film
    100 Centerview Drive, Suite 111
    Birmingham, AL 35216

    A self-addressed, stamped envelope is required for a response.

    Good luck! (a DX Test from a "graveyard" station in Wyoming was heard on the East Coast last year, so it's worth checking for this one anywhere in North America...)

    Monday, September 25, 2006

    Major change in Houston area (kinda)

    The FCC has approved the application of KHCB-1400 Galveston, Texas to move to League City.

    The transmitter is also moving, to 29°25'35.00"N, 95°08'0.00"W, *very* roughly 20 miles west-northwest of their existing site. The station goes from non-directional to "DA1" - directional with same pattern day & night, two towers. (the FCC site claims "DA2" - different day and night patterns - but the parameters of the two operations are identical...)

    This is officially a "major change" (I think because of the change in city of license) but in fact it will have little effect on DX.

    Thursday, September 21, 2006

    Old WOR 710 towers to come down (or not?)

    Three old WOR-710 towers were to be destroyed late Wednesday night. They've been superceded by three new towers nearby; the land under the old towers is to be taken over by a golf resort. However...

    WINS-1010 reports that local police asked that the demolition be halted, for security reasons. (one rumor on another site suggests they feared passing motorists on the NJ Turnpike would see the towers fall and fear
    a terrorist attack was in progress.....)

    Thursday, September 14, 2006

    Missouri station moves to Illinois

    KPCR-1530 Bowling Green, Missouri has moved to Illinois.

    The station, now WLIQ, Quincy, has filed for a license-to-cover.

    1,400 watts daytime, 290 watts critical hours (2 hours prior to sunset), non-directional.
    Single tower at 39-55-51N/91-25-46W.

    Reportedly relaying KHMO-1070 Hannibal, Mo.

    Monday, September 11, 2006

    New AM station in Penna.

    1590 in Kearsarge, Pa. granted by FCC.
    500 watts day, 900 watts night, DA-2.
    Three towers at 42-01-47N/80-07-06W.

    Friday, September 08, 2006

    More new AM stations

    New stations applied for:

    1340 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 1,000 watts full-time, non-directional, single tower at 29-47-30N/101-30-30W.

    1400 in Langtry, Texas. 1,000 watts full-time, non-directional, single tower at 29-47-30N/101-30-30W.

    CKDO-1580 DX test

    CKDO-1580 Oshawa, Ontario has announced a special "DX Program"

    Saul Chernos reports the program will run from 9pm Eastern time, Thursday, October 5th (0100 Oct. 6th UTC) to 2am Eastern time Friday, October 6th. (0600 UTC) This date is precisely coincident with the 60th anniversary of CKDO's 1946 debut.

    The broadcast will be with the station's normal 10,000-watt directional signal. CKDO uses the same facilities day and night, there is no more powerful daytime pattern to use for the test. Their pattern favors the east and west - it should be easily heard in New England and the Midwest.

    This program is in honor of CKDO's recent frequency change to 1580KHz. CKDO originally signed on on 1240KHz, and operated on 1350 for over 50 years. CBJ (Chicoutimi, Quebec) moved from 1580 to 93.7 FM in 1999, opening 1580 for use elsewhere in Canada; CKDO was the lucky winner(grin).

    DXer Wayne Plunkett and CKDO owner Douglas Kirk have arranged this special program. Those hearing it are encouraged to call the station. (a toll-free phone number will be given out on the air) Written reception reports may be sent to:

    CKDO
    Attn. Special DX Program
    1200 Airport Blvd.
    Suite 207
    Oshawa, Ontario L1J 8P5
    CANADA

    Thursday, September 07, 2006

    More tech changes

    New station granted:
    1100 in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
    850/230 DA-2 from a five-tower array at 43-36-06N/93-22-32W.

    Major change:
    WKGC-1480 Panama City Beach, Florida.
    Granted move to Southport, Florida, 30-17-45N/85-39-42W.
    Daytime power to increase from 500 watts to 5,000.
    Nighttime power to decrease from 78 watts to 34 watts.

    Wednesday, September 06, 2006

    New stations & frequency change

    Frequency change:
    KMER-950 Kemmerer, Wyoming has moved to 940. They've also decreased daytime power from 5,000 watts to 250 and increased nighttime power from 90 watts to 150.

    New station granted:
    1340 in Huntley, Montana. This is just east of Billings. 250 watts full-time, non-directional with a relatively short (17m/56') tower at 45-54-18N/108-16-17W. Permittee is IHR Educational Broadcasting, a Catholic broadcasting organization.

    New station applied for:
    1400 in Tonopah, Nevada. 1,000 watts full-time, non-directional with a single 58.8m/193' tower at 38-02-54N/117-14-27W.

    Saturday, September 02, 2006

    DX Quiz (very retro)

    I found a (partial) list of 1926 radio stations in a 1926 copy of QST magazine.

    Can you match the station with its frequency (as it was in 1926, not today!) and its city?

    The frequencies are pretty hard. Many of the cities are easy, many are hard, many are trick questions.




















































































































































































    CFCA

    630

    Ames, Ia.

    CFCN

    680

    Atlanta

    KDKA

    690

    Atlantic City, N.J.

    KFKX

    700

    Beloit, Wis.

    KFWB

    720

    Boston

    KOA

    740

    Buffalo

    KSL

    760

    Calgary

    WAHG

    790

    Chicago

    WBCN

    820

    Chicago

    WBOQ

    830

    Chicago

    WBZ

    840

    Columbus, O.

    WCAL

    870

    Denver

    WCAU

    890

    East Pittsburgh

    WCBD

    900

    Freeport, N.Y.

    WCCO

    920

    Hartford

    WEAO

    930

    Hastings, Nebr.

    WEBH

    940

    Hollywood

    WEBW

    950

    Jefferson City, Mo.

    WFBH

    970

    Lansing, Mich.

    WGBB

    1000

    Mason, O.

    WGES

    1000

    Newark

    WGR

    1020

    New York

    WGY

    1040

    New York

    WHN

    1050

    Northfield, Minn.

    WLBL

    1070

    Philadelphia

    WLIT

    1080

    Philadelphia

    WNAC

    1080

    Richmond Hill, N.Y.

    WOI

    1100

    Richmond Hill, N.Y.

    WOR

    1110

    Salt Lake City

    WOS

    1120

    Schenectady, N.Y.

    WPG

    1130

    Springfield, Mass.

    WREO

    1190

    St. Paul-Minneapolis

    WSAI

    1200

    Stevens Point, Wis.

    WSB

    1230

    Toronto

    WTIC

    1270

    Zion, Ill.

    Friday, September 01, 2006

    More Canadian AMs going away...

    The following Canadian AM stations have applied to mve to FM:


    CJNB-1050 North Battleford, Sask.: to 102.9
    CHVO-560 Carbonear, NL: to 103.9
    CFWB-1490 Campbell River, B.C.: to 106.1
    CHQB-1280 Powell River, B.C.: to 94.1
    CBA-1070 Moncton, N.B.: to 106.1


    This last one hurts, it's a 50kw non-directional and probably the easiest way to log the Maritimes from outside New England.

    Thursday, August 31, 2006

    Recent DX

    Sunday, August 27th:

    2034 EDT: WZQZ-1180 Trion, Ga.; call ID, soft adcon/nostalgia music, fair
    2037 EDT: WACV-1170 Montgomery, Ala.; "Montgomery's all new news, talk, and ?? station, 1170 WACV" - with oldies music...

    Shows how much time I've had to DX lately...

    Comments fixed

    I believe I figured out what wasn't working with comments - they should be working properly now.

    New stations

    Granted:

    670KHz in Essex Junction, Vermont.

    50,000/300 DA-3, 20,000 critical hours

    44-29-40N/73-08-37W



    Applied for:

    1450KHz in Battle Mountain, Nevada.

    250/250 ND

    40-37-30N/116-55-11W

    Applicant is IHR Educational, operators of a number of Catholic religious stations in California and adjoining areas.

    Saturday, August 26, 2006

    WBBR-1130 off

    WBBR-1130 New York will be off the air for maintenance at midnight Eastern time Sunday morning. (i.e., in about 90 minutes from the time of this post)

    When they return to the air, test tones will be broadcast as part of ongoing maintenance. (so those of you in places where WBBR is not normally heard may want to listen)

    Friday, August 25, 2006

    WISS-1090 Wis. to 1100

    WISS-1090 in Berlin, Wis. near Oshkosh has moved to 1100 and doubled power from 500 watts to 1,000.

    Wednesday, August 23, 2006

    Comments not working?

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    Tuesday, August 22, 2006

    "New" station in Philadelphia

    A "new" AM station is on the air in the Philadelphia suburbs.

    WFYL-1180 is being reported with talk programs. The city of license is King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. WFYL is 420 watts, daytime only, non-directional. It is for all intents and purposes a new station, though technically it's a frequency change and city move for the former 1530 station in McConnellsburg, Penna.

    New expanded-band station?

    The FCC is opening a filing window for a new expanded-band station on 1700KHz in Rockland Co., New York.

    During the recent filing window for major changes, WRCR, Spring Valley, New York filed an application to move from 1300KHz to 1700. The station claims it's precluded from upgrading on its current frequency by other stations on 1300. It also claims that improved coverage (especially at night) is necessary to provide emergency information to people living in the evacuation zone of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Commission staff initially denied WRCR's application; the major change window specifically stated expanded-band applications would not be accepted, and denied WRCR's petition for a waiver of that freeze.

    The full Commission has reversed the staff decision, and agreed to consider applications for a new expanded-band station on 1700KHz. However, they decided it would be unfair to simply grant the frequency to WRCR. Instead, a filing window will be opened. If more than one mutually-exclusive application is received (almost certain, IMHO) then an auction will be held to award the permit.

    Applicants must:

  • Specify a city-of-license located in Rockland Co., New York.

  • Provide a 2mv/m daytime and interference-free nighttime signal across at least 50% of the Indian Point Emergency Planning Zone. (a 10mi. radius around the nuclear plant)

  • Agree to participate fully in EAS, carrying all state and local alerts. (most stations are only required to carry the EAN and EAT national alerts)

  • Adhere to expanded-band technical rules. (presumably the station will be 10,000/1,000 watts non-directional)



  • This proposal is possible only because WGIN-930 in New Hampshire never filed to use the 1700KHz expanded-band channel assigned to them in the original expanded-band allotments.

    It will be interesting to see if this decision spurs any other similar applications...

    Boston-area format change

    Boston-area FM format change:
    Entercom has purchased WILD-FM 97.7 Brockton, Mass.. The urban station will become a relay of WAAF 107.3.

    WAAF, originally licensed to Worcester, has been trying to get a better signal into Boston proper and other eastern parts of the market, but an attempt to move the transmitter 10 miles to the east failed with disappointing coverage.

    Friday, August 18, 2006

    IBOC tests in Canada

    American Bandscan
    DXer Saul Chernos is reporting IBOC on the CBC's CBLA-FM 99.1 Toronto.

    Canada currently authorizes Eureka 147 digital radio. However, uptake of digital radio north of the border has been disappointing. (in fact, it's been disappointing everywhere, except Britain. The CRTC has opened a proceeding to consider whether the U.S. IBOC (HD Radio) system should be authorized in Canada.

    It is common practice for CBC stations to experiment with technical changes before the CRTC considers whether to allow routine use of these technologies.

    One must wonder if IBOC could be a train wreck in Canada. Use of third-adjacents is common in large Canadian cities, and even second-adjacents are not unusual.

    3rd adjacents in major Canadian cities:
  • Winnipeg: 89.3/89.9/90.5 CBW-1-FM, CKSB-FM, CKSB-10-FM

  • Vancouver: 93.1/93.7 CKYE-FM, CJJR-FM (also, there's a 92.9 just across the border in the U.S.!)

  • Calgary: 89.7/90.3/90.9 CBCX-FM, CIKL-FM, CJSW-FM; 96.9/97.5 CKIS-FM, CIRI-FM; 98.5/99.1 CIBK-FM/CBR-1-FM

  • Montreal: 91.3/91.9/92.5 CIRA-FM, CKLX-FM, CFQR-FM; 104.7/105.1 CBME-FM-1, CKDG-FM

  • Ottawa: 88.5/89.1 CILV-FM, CHUO-FM; 97.9/98.5/99.1 CJLL-FM, CJWL-FM, CHRI-FM; 104.7/105.3 CIIO-FM, CISS-FM

  • Toronto: 88.9/89.5/89.9/90.3 CIRV-FM, CIUT-FM, CKRG-FM, CJBC-FM; 91.9/92.5 CHIN-1-FM, CJAQ-FM; 93.5/94.1 CFXJ-FM, CBL-FM; 95.9/96.3/96.9/97.3 CJKX-FM-1, CFMX-FM-1, CKHC-FM, CJEZ-FM; 100.7/101.3 CHIN-FM, CJSA-FM; 103.9/104.5/105.1 CIRR-FM, CHUM-FM, CHOQ-FM; 106.5/107.1 CKAV-FM, CILQ-FM

  • Thursday, August 17, 2006

    FCC news summer 2006

    Below are some FCC & CRTC applications & actions for AM stations in the U.S. and Canada.

    Listings are for applications filed or actions taken since 1 June 2006. Only major
    changes are listed - these consist of changes in frequency and/or city-of-license.
    Changes that only affect power or antenna pattern, or that move the tower(s) without
    changing the city-of-license, do not appear.


    New stations granted:
    CA Crescent City 670 500/250 DA2
    CO Del Norte 1490 1000/1000 ND
    FL Havana 1180 1000/250 DAN
    KY South Shore 1450 1000/1000 ND
    NH Berlin 1490 1000/930 ND
    NH Lancaster 1450 1000/670 ND
    NV Sparks 1060 15000/370 DA3
    PA Reading 870 850/225 DA2
    TX Mabank 890 20,000/250 DA2 KKBM calls already assigned
    VA Exmore 890 220/220 DA2
    VA Midlothian 1410 350/350 DA2
    WA Raymond 1350 5000/500 ND
    WY Jackson 1490 420/1000 ND

    Major changes granted:
    AL Selma 1310 1100/16 ND WJUS from Marion
    FL Goldenrod 1140 5000/1500 DAN WRMQ from Orlando
    ME Monticello 780 5000/60 ND WREM from 710KHz
    MO Springfield 660 1500/44 DA2 KLTI from 1560KHz, Macon MO
    OK Catoosa 1120 2000 DAD KEOR from 1110KHz, Atoka; 1000w critical hours
    OK Catoosa 1570 1000 DAD KMUR from Pryor; was ND

    New-station applications dismissed:
    AL Bay Minette 570 technical facilities not available
    NM Aqua Fria 1530 18000/570 DAN
    TX Iola 1450 250/1000 ND
    WA Opportunity 740 technical facilities not available
    QC Quebec City 980 technical facilities not available

    Existing station to be deleted:
    NS Sydney 950 CHER to move to 98.3 FM

    Applications filed for new stations:
    CA San Luis Obispo 850 500/500 DA2
    GU Agana 1170 250/250 ND GU=Guam
    MN Albert Lea 1100 850/230 DA2
    OR Bend 1400 1000/1000 ND
    PA Kearsarge 1590 500/900 DA2
    RI Charlestown 1370 2500/5000 DA2
    TX Comstock 1450 1000/1000 ND
    TX Presidio 1230 800/710 ND
    WY Jackson 1450 1000/1000 ND

    Applications for major changes:
    AS Leone 720 5000/2000 ND WVUV from 648KHz. AS=American Samoa
    TX League City 1400 1000/1000 DA2 KHCB from Galveston, was ND
    VA East Highland Park 990 4000/2000 DA2 WLEE from Richmond

    ND: non-directional at all times
    DAD: directional daytime only
    DAN: directional at night only
    DA2: directional day & night, different patterns
    DA3: directional day & night, different patterns; uses a third pattern during "critical hours"


    --
    Doug Smith W9WI
    Pleasant View (Nashville), TN EM66
    http://www.w9wi.com

    Wednesday, August 16, 2006

    FCC database (and what's new updates) down

    Rumor has it the FCC's Consolidated Database System (CDBS) used to track technical parameters of domestic broadcast stations has been having problems for the last week. In fact, trying to pull up the CDBS right now (Wednesday afternoon) confirms that, returning a page indicating a hardware failure has occurred. They promise recovery tomorrow - good luck!

    Hello testing 1-2-3-4....

    This is a test of a new blog... right now the Javascript is doing some weird things, probably due to the use of a really old browser.