Sunday, December 30, 2007

DX Test: Ontario

Saul Chernos has announced a DX Test at CFFX-960 Kingston, Ontario for the early morning of January 15th:

I haven't been able to reach Jim Pogue of the BCB DX test committee - his
voicemail box is full and he hasn't answered my e-mails. He's normally very
responsive and great to deal with, so he may be away for the holidays. In
the meantime, I have news about a DX test I would normally have asked him to
announce, but time is getting very tight, so I have decided to issue the
test notification directly. Please feel free to forward this far and wide,
and to print in any paper, audio or electronic DX bulletins. - Saul Chernos

DX TEST -- 960 CFFX ON Kingston

TIME: Early morning of Tuesday January 15 (Monday night).

MODE OF OPERATION: CFFX will test using its 10,000-watt daytime directional
pattern.

PROGRAMMING: Regular adult contemporary programming. Special test material
will consists of three hourly voice announcements followed by special test
material lasting several minutes. These will air roughly at the top of the
hour, at approximately 0000, 0100 and 0200 EST, give or take a few minutes
depending on the program log.

CONTEXT: CFFX is completing its move to 104.3 on the FM band this morning,
and 960 is scheduled to sign off for goood at 0600 EST. As part of the
transition, the AM has simulcast the FM for the past three months. This test
marks the final phase of the transition, and the test content will also air
on 104.3. This is your last chance to log CFFX on 960, so if it takes two
alarm clocks to wake you, well, you've been warned!

We will issue QSLs, but I am not yet 100 percent sure who will handle the
reports. Either the station, or me, or both of us. Regardless, we will
definitely want audio recordings if at all possible, and we want reports
sent via e-mail if at all possible. Snail-mail reports only when accompanied
by SASE will be acknowledged. The QSL will be the same, regardless. We'll
update the QSL situation soon.

Saul Chernos

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Major AM station changes granted (and not)

Turrell, Arkansas: 1180kHz:
WPLX granted move from 1170kHz at Germantown, Tennessee.
Power to 5,000 watts daytime, 26 watts nighttime, 3,500 watts critical hours, directional with three different patterns.
Towers to 35-08-31N/90-08-06W.
Turrell and Germantown are both Memphis suburbs.



Knightstown, Indiana: 1170kHz:
WRFM denied move from 990kHz at Muncie & move to 39-45-01N/85-33-19W. Application to move to 1030kHz at Princeton appears to still be active.


Jenison, Michigan: 1020kHz:
WCGO granted move from 1600kHz at Chicago Heights, Illinois;
Power to 10,000 watts daytime-only, directional;
Tower to 42-52-04N/85-27-05W.
Jenison is near Grand Rapids.


Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania: 1540kHz:
WNWR granted city-of-license change from Philadelphia. No technical changes involved.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

New AM station

Lithonia, Georgia: 1360kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
2,400 watts daytime
1,300 watts nighttime
Directional fulltime, two different patterns.
33-42-35N/84-07-47W

Thursday, December 13, 2007

New AM station

Casper, Wyoming: 1600kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
5,000 watts daytime
1,500 watts nighttime, directional
42-47-30N/106-21-50W

Northernmost radio station is no more

What was likely the northernmost broadcast station in the world has shut down its transmitter.

CHAR, 105.9 FM in Alert, Nunavut, Canada has asked the Canadian government to cancel their license, and the government has done so. The official in charge told the government the station has been off the air since February 2006. A web search suggests CHAR has become a cable-only operation. The authorized location of their tower was at 82-27-12N.

I believe the northernmost radio station is now either Qaanaq Radiunga (93.5 FM) or KNR (95.0 FM) (link is in Greenlandic) at Qaanaq, Greenland. Qaanaq lies at 76-31-50N, well north of Canada's northernmost surviving station, CBIL 105.1 at Resolute, Nunavut.

(About KNR, in English)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Amendments to applications for new AM stations

Boise, Idaho: 1430kHz:
Application for new station amended.
Frequency changed from 1400kHz to 1430;
Daytime power increased from 1,000 watts to 50,000.
(nighttime power remains 1,000 watts)
Applicant proposes directional antenna day & night, two different patterns. (original application was for non-directional operation)
Proposed site moves to 43-32-44N/116-20-41W.

Monday, December 10, 2007

DX Test: Arizona

(this is this coming weekend!)

KEVT 1210 kHz Sahuarita (Tucson), Arizona DX Test

SHORT NOTICE TEST ALERT - PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO WITH FELLOW DXERS WHO MAY
NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS OR WHO DEPEND SOLELY ON DX CLUB BULLETINS FOR TEST
NOTICES!

Date: Monday morning (late Sunday night), Dec. 17, 2007. Time: Midnight -
3:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, 0700 - 1000 UTC. 10,000 watts using
non-directional antenna pattern. Station will be running regular
Spanish-language programming with frequent use of their "La Raza" slogan,
and English IDs at top of the hour. The Broadcast Test Committee will be
handling all reception reports and verifications for this test. Both eQSL
service and traditional paper QSLs will be offered. Recordings on disk in
.mp3 or .wav format, audio files via e-mail or cassette recordings will be
accepted as proof of reception. Send reception reports and recordings to:
IRCA/NRC Joint BTC, Attn: KEVT DX Test, P.O. Box 3777, Memphis, TN
38173-0777 USA. E-mail reports and audio files may be sent to:
KH2AR@comcast.net. NOTE: All requests for paper verifications must be
accompanied by return postage in order to receive a reply. Our sincere
thanks to Chief Engineer Frank Luna for agreeing to conduct this test, to
Paul Lotsof for arranging it and to Patrick Martin for his assistance.

Jim Pogue - { email address censored for spam protection - ds } www.dxtests.info

IRCA/NRC Joint BTC Coordinator

Amendments to applications for new AM stations

Marathon, Texas: 1470kHz:
Application for new station modified from 1490kHz to 1470kHz.
Requested daytime power to increase from 250 watts to 10,000.
Nighttime to remain 250 watts but to go directional.
New transmitter site specified 30-13-09N/103-14-02W.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

New AM station on the air

Glasgow, Kentucky: 1230kHz:
WWKU has filed for a license-to-cover, implying the station is on the air.
750 watts fulltime, non-directional.
37-00-17N/85-56-27W

Glasgow isn't all that far away but this is going to be real DX for me with WHOP in even closer Hopkinsville blasting away on the same frequency.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

AM frequency changes

Montrose, Pennsylvania: 800kHz:
WPEL has moved from 1250kHz.
Daytime power remains 1,000 watts.
Station adds 135 watts night power, non-directional. (was daytime-only on 1250)


Delta Junction, Alaska: 1510kHz:
Application for new station modified to specify 1510kHz instead of 1490.
Tower site also amended to specify 64-05-01N/145-44-00W.
Power remains 1,000 watts non-directional day & night.

New AM stations

Steamboat Springs, Colorado: 1440kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
500 watts daytime
220 watts nighttime, directional
40-28-29N/106-49-46W


Masonboro, North Carolina: 820kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime, directional
3,300 watts nighttime, directional, different pattern
34-16-19N/77-58-28W

Masonboro is a Wilmington suburb, in the state's southeastern corner.

Monday, November 26, 2007

New AM station

Dalhart, Texas: 1600KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
3,000 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime, directional
36-03-31N/102-29-55W

Sunday, November 25, 2007

WIMA Ohio DX test

WIMA 1150 kHz Lima, Ohio DX Test

Date: Saturday morning (late Friday night), Jan. 5, 2008.
Time: 2 - 2:30 a.m. Eastern Time, 0700 - 0730 UTC.
1,000 watts using non-directional antenna pattern.



Programming will consist of special voice announcements by
our own Fred Vobbe of NRC's DX Audio Service, music by the Ohio State
Marching Band, Morse code and 1,000 Hz tones. Reception reports may be sent
to WIMA Radio, Attn: Lima Engineering, 667 West Market St., Lima, OH 45801.
E-mail reception reports may also be submitted to
(city of license)engineering - clearchannel.com. No eQSL service is being offered for this
test. Recordings on disk in .mp3 or .wav format will be accepted as proof of
reception. More information is available at
http://www.667westmarket.com/engineering/wima/test/dxtest.html. This great and
historic station has long been DXer friendly, having previously tested in
1992 and 2005. NOTE: All requests for verifications must be accompanied by
return postage in order to receive a reply. Many thanks to WIMA Director of
Engineering Mark Gierhart for agreeing to conduct this test, and to Fred
Vobbe for his help in putting the test program together.

Jim Pogue - KH2AR - comcast ( dot net ) http://www.dxtests.info

IRCA/NRC Joint BTC Coordinator



(sorry about the despammed email addresses - ds)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Sorry 'bout the inactivity

This blog has been a bit "unbusy" lately.

To some degree this is because there hasn't been much to report.

Call changes

The following AM stations have changed callsigns recently:


Beverly Hills, Cal. 1260 KGIL from KMZT
Coral Gables, Fla. 1080 WMCU from WTPS
Muncie, Ind. 990 WRFM from WLHN
Newport, Tenn. 1060 WGGQ from WNPC
Marion, Va. 1330 WITM from WHGB
Petersburg, Va. 1240 WTPS from WROU
Quantico, Va. 920 WURA (new station)
Auburn, Wash. 1210 KTBK from KWMG
Sunnyside, Wash. 1230 KDYM from KZTS
Union Gap, Wash. 1020 KDYK from KYXE

New AM station

Billings, Montana: 1530kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
750 watts nighttime
10,000 watts critical hours (two hours beginning at sunrise, and two hours ending at sunset)

Directional nighttime and critical hours. (the NRC would call this "U6")

New AM stations (not)

Roswell, New Mexico: 1600kHz:
Application for new station dismissed.




Midland, Texas: 1550kHz:
Application for new station returned.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Special 50th anniversary CHWO-740 QSL

"Hello all.

CHWO-AM 740 Toronto, which has been family run since 1956, has been sold
(pending CRTC approval) and no doubt some changes will be coming. We have
heard that the general format will not change for now but that's about it.
The new owner may not want to continue having someone issuing QSL cards on
their behalf. I will certainly do my best to convince them in hopes this
will continue.

Last year they celebrated their 50th birthday since the station first
started up on November 17th, 1956 on 1250 kHz and the 6th anniversary since
moving onto 740 kHz back on January 8th, 2001. It has been in the same
family all this time and NEVER changed format.

So............I think its time to celebrate both achievements with a special
QSL card AND certificate that is open to everyone. This card and certificate
will capture both the old and new of CHWO in pictures and information.

But there is a catch. You have to send in two reports.

Here is the criteria:

1/ You must send in two separate, correct reports: November 17th, 2007 and
January 8th, 2008

2/ You must hear the station between 0000 & 2359 (EST) on those dates. (+5
Hours UTC)

3/ The usually information will be required for the report:

(a)Program material (at least 10 minutes of specific program material heard:
e.g., name of announcer, commercials heard, news items, song title and
artist, etc. You can also make a short recording of the station and send it
as an MP3 provided it contains some of the specific program material noted
earlier);

(b)Signal/sound report (a general overview of how well you heard the signal
at your location and the sound quality of the program.);

(c)Mention of the type of equipment and antenna you were using to hear the
signal is helpful information as well.

4/ You can send the reports in after each date or together after January 8,
but I must have both for the special QSL.

5/ If you plan to go after the special QSL, mark your reports as 'Special
QSL.' A report for November 17th but not followed up by one on January 8th
will receive a regular QSL only (unless you already have received one in the
past.) I will post repeat announcements prior to each date.

Thank you all for your support in this endeavour and the future of QSL from
CHWO, AM 740, Toronto.

Feel free to pass this notice along and good luck to all.

Brian Smith - am740@rogers.com
AM 740 - www.am740.ca
Reception Reports - http://www.odxa.on.ca/chwo.html
Yahoo Group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AM740/
"

Thursday, November 01, 2007

DX Test: Maine (rescheduled)

Monticello, Maine: 780kHz
WCXH DX Test has been rescheduled.

November 24, 2007, 4-5am Saturday morning. (late Friday night; this is 0900-1000 UTC)

5,000 watts non-directional. Programming will include special music and tones, and Morse IDs.

Again, reports (with return postage) to:

Mr. Allan H. Weiner
WCXH Radio
274 Britton Road
Monticello, ME 04760-3110

Thanks again to Mr. Weiner for running this test - and to Jim Pogue for arranging it.

See DXTests.info for more information.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Major AM change

Huntington, West Virginia: 1200kHz:
WEMM granted move from 1470kHz.
Daytime power to increase from 5,000 watts to 22,000;
nighttime power to decrease from 72 watts to 9.

Limited to 8,000 watts critical hours.
(the two hours following sunrise and the two hours preceding sunset)

WEMM will remain non-directional, and the tower site will not change.

I would expect this move to make it much easier to log West Virginia at points west.

New AM station

Ewa Beach, Hawaii: 1320kHz:
Permit issued for new station.
5,000 watts fulltime, directional. (same pattern day & night)
21-19-16N/158-00-40W

OK, so it's not a realistic DX target for most of us (grin)...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

IBOC report from Canada

See the final report of the Canadian Digital Radio Co-ordinating Group.

This committee was formed to study the technical issues involved in introducing IBOC digital radio north of the border. It included:

6 members - representing commercial broadcasters
1 member - representing the Canadian Association of Broadcasters
2 members - representing technical consultants
4 members - from the CBC
6 members - from the Canadian Research Council
5 members - from the Industry Canada and Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

The paper is quite educational. A few interesting points:


  • It says "interference-free service for many US stations is achieved only within their 1 mV/m (60 dBµV/m) contours.", then indicates that interference would be more likely in Canada as Canadian stations are protected to their 0.5mV/m contours. Thing is, in the U.S., commercial Class B stations are also protected to their 0.5mV/m (54dBµV/m) contours. These stations are the most important stations in seven of the ten largest U.S. radio markets! - these are the stations the Canadians believe are subject to IBOC interference...


  • Note, at the end, the mention of the large amounts of heat generated by a high-level-combiner IBOC installation. 12kw of heat for one station alone in Toronto.


  • The conclusions reached by the committee:

  • The CRTC should refrain from authorizing permanent IBOC operation until Industry Canada (the technical regulators) has established appropriate technical rules.

  • Industry Canada should refrain from issuing technical rules until they complete additional studies, including field measurements, and establish mitigation measures to deal with harmful interference within the protected service areas of existing stations.
  • Canadian broadcasters should continue to monitor the availability and popularity of IBOC receivers and service in the USA to determine whether IBOC should be pushed for faster implementation in Canada.





  • The committee specifically located harmful interference from IBOC tests on CJBC-FM (90.3) Toronto within the protected contour of CBLA-FM-1 Crystal Beach (90.5).

    There's a lot more "meat" in this report. Take a look.

    DX tests: California, Maine

    Anaheim, California: 830kHz:
    KLAA will test 1-2am PST (0900-1000UTC) on December 15, 2007. (late Friday night/Saturday morning)

    The test will be on the 20kw night pattern, with Morse IDs inserted into regular programming.

    Reports to:
    Mr. Brian Clark
    Director of Engineering
    KLAA Radio
    2000 Gene Autry Way
    Anaheim, CA 92806
    bclark@am830klaa.com

    Include return postage.

    See DXtests.info for more information on this and other tests.



    Monticello, Maine: 780kHz:
    It looks like the WCXH-780 test ran an hour late. It will be rescheduled - stay tuned for more information. Thanks to Allan for trying!

    (I'm actually a bit grateful it will have to run again as I screwed up when setting up my recording equipment(grin)!)

    Call changes for AM stations

    (some of these may be old news)


    ALAB Centre 1560 WLYJ from WZTQ
    ALAB Fairhope 660 WWFF from WDLT
    ALAB Gadsden 1350 WJBY from WGAD
    ALAB Jasper 1240 WZTQ from WLYJ
    ALAB Rainbow C. 930 WGAD from WJBY
    DIST Washington 1500 WWWT from WTWP
    GEOR Elberton 1400 WSGC from WNGA
    HAWA Hilo 1590 KILE from KIXC
    HAWA Honolulu 690 KHNR from KHCM
    HAWA Honolulu 880 KHCM from KHNR
    KENT Williamsbg 1440 WCWC from WEZJ
    MARY Frederick 820 WWWB from WTWT
    MINN Moorhead 1280 KVXR from KVOX
    MINN Watertown 1600 KPNP from KZGX
    NEWH Manchester 1250 WGAM from WKBR
    NEWH Nashua 900 WGHM from WGAM
    NEWH Newport 1010 WCNL from WNTK
    NEWY Cortland 920 WYBY from WKRT
    NEWY Rensselaer 1300 WTMM from WEEV
    NORTHD Fargo 740 KVOX from KKAG
    TENN Huntingdon 1530 WWDX from WDAP
    TEXA Midland 1150 KVDG from KJBC
    TEXA San Saba 1410 KNVR from KBAL
    TEXA Wink 1480 KNIW (new station)
    VIRG Quantico 920 WURA (new station)
    VIRG Warrenton 1250 WKDL from WPRZ
    WASH Anacortes 1340 KWLE briefly changed calls to KWLE but changed back
    WYOM Jackson 1490 KJNT (new station)

    Wednesday, October 24, 2007

    DX Tests

    (as always, visit DX Tests.info for more information)

    Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin: 940kHz
    WFAW will test from midnight to 3am Central Time on November 12th. This is late Sunday night into Monday morning.

    Reports to:
    Ernie Swanson K9LO
    Chief Engineer
    WFAW Radio
    P.O. Box 94
    Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0094

    Include a SASE. CD recordings of the test may be sent.

    Thanks to Ernie and Jim Pogue for arranging this test!


    The WIRL-1290 (Peoria, Illinois) test was well heard. Unfortunately I was very short on sleep that night so couldn't stay up long enough to try live, and with storms pending I didn't dare leave the gear set up for unattended recording.


    Finally, the Joint IRCA/NRC Broadcast Test Committee (the fine folks who do the work to bring you these DX Tests) have begun the "BTC Podcast". You can subscribe or download individual podcasts. The BTC Podcast will be regularly updated with new DX Test information.

    AM station deleted

    Taunton, Massachusetts: 1570kHz:
    WPEP has surrendered its license for cancellation.
    This will allow WNSH Beverly, on the same frequency, to increase daytime power from 500 watts to 30,000 and go non-directional.

    Changes granted to AM station

    University City, Missouri: 1190kHz:
    KRFT granted move from DeSoto.
    Nighttime power increased to 6.5kw (directional) from a new site at 38-26-13N/90-16-45W.
    (daytime facility remains at existing site elsewhere)

    Sunday, October 21, 2007

    anti-IBOC website

    Don't like HD Radio?

    Neither do Bob Savage, CEO at WYSL 1040, Rochester, NY; Watt Hairston, Chief Engineer, WSM 650, Nashville, TN; or Jerry Arnold, Director of Engineering, Midwest Communications, Terre Haute, IN. (WPRS-1440 and three FM stations)

    They've formed The Anti-IBOC Alliance. The group is aimed largely at small-group station owners, emphasizing why they should be opposed to AM HD - how it's a threat to their operations.

    The website still needs a little work, but it's well worth a visit.

    Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    AM frequency change in Florida

    Cantonment, Florida: 1070kHz:
    WNVY has moved from 1090kHz.
    Daytime power has increased from 10,000 watts to 15,000, and the station is no longer required to reduce power to 2,300 watts during critical hours. It has also received permission to operate at night with 28 watts. (it was strictly daytime-only on 1090kHz)

    Cantonment is about 15 miles north of Pensacola.

    Monday, October 15, 2007

    Amendments to applications for new AM stations

    Gainesville, Florida: 1180kHz:
    Application amended to increase power from 5,000 day/1,600 night to 12,000 day/2,000 night and move transmitter to 29-41-35N/82-26-24W.


    Raymond, Maine: 650kHz:
    Application amended to increase daytime power from 250 watts to 1,500 watts and move towers to 43-55-24N/70-31-05W (or 43-52-24N/70-31-05W?, both figures appear)


    Veradale, Washington: 1170kHz:
    Application amended to decrease daytime power from 21,000 watts to 15,000; increase nighttime power from 700 watts to 1,500; and move towers to 47-41-35N/117-09-31W.


    Applications in the following cities have been amended to specify new tower sites:
    Fayette, Alabama: 1490kHz: to 33-41-25N/87-49-07W
    Vidalia, Louisiana: 1340kHz: to 31-34-44N/91-25-16W
    Orchard Homes, Montana: 1490kHz: to 46-52-39N/114-02-37W
    Jolivue, Virginia: 1490kHz: to 38-06-01N/79-03-55W
    Dunbar, West Virginia: 1450kHz: to 38-23-08N/81-42-51W
    Rothschild, Wisconsin: 1340kHz: to 44-53-48N/89-37-41W

    Friday, October 12, 2007

    Amendment to application for new AM station

    Silt, Colorado: 1490kHz:
    Amendment to increase power from 250 watts fulltime to 1,000 and move tower to 39-33-37N/107-39-05W.

    Major AM station change

    Brookfield, Missouri: 1210kHz:
    KFMZ granted move from 1470KHz.
    5,000 watts daytime
    50 watts nighttime
    two different directional patterns

    Thursday, October 11, 2007

    Amendments to applications for new AM stations

    Marquette, Michigan: 1430KHz:
    Modify application to specify 46-32-43N/87-26-40W.



    Little Falls, New York: 1120KHz:
    Modify application to increase day power from 1,000 watts to 1,500 and modify site to 43-01-19N/74-50-12W.



    Vernal, Utah: 1400KHz:
    Modify application to increase power from 250 watts to 1,000 and modify site to 40-29-30N/109-31-45W.

    DX Test: Illinois

    As always, more info on DX Tests.info.

    WLPO-1220 La Salle, IL DX Test

    Saturday morning, October 27th, 3-3:30am CT (0800-0830 UTC)
    This is probably better known as late Friday night.

    Reports may be emailed to steve[at]wlpo.net; if you send a recording, use .mp3 or .wav.

    Via postal mail:
    Steve Vogler, Chief Engineer,
    WLPO Radio,
    1 Broadcast Lane,
    Oglesby, IL 61348

    Include return postage.



    ALSO... a special request from DX Test Coordinator Jim Pogue...

    The La Salle News Tribune is writing an article about this DX Test. They want to know ASAP after the test how many people heard it and at what distance.

    Jim writes:
    "As soon as possible after the test, I’m asking everyone who hears it to send me an e-mail. In addition to telling me that you heard the test, I’d also invite your “non-technical” comments about the test as well. Most readers don’t care about weird tones and Morse code, but if you are thrilled to hear the sound of an announcer’s voice from far away north-central Illinois, that kind of comment is something average readers can understand."

    If you hear the WLPO test, please email the details to kh2ar comcast net. (insert @ and . in the appropriate places. Da*n spam criminals.)

    New AM station

    Gloverville, South Carolina: 1300KHz:
    Amendment to application for new station.
    Amendment would reduce power to 2,500 watts daytime, 820 watts night. (from 3,000/1,800)

    Wednesday, October 10, 2007

    (amendments to) Applications for new AM stations

    Steamboat Springs, Colorado: 1440kHz:
    Amendment to new-station application to increase day power from 250 watts to 500; decrease night power from 250 watts to 220; go directional at night; and move to 40-28-29N/106-49-45W.

    Major AM station changes

    Lawrenceville, Georgia: 990KHz:
    WISK files amendment to major change application.

    Amendment moves tower a few miles, reduces day power from 1,000 watts to 950, and adds 25 watts night power. New coordinates 33-57-27N/84-00-17W.

    Application is to move from 1390KHz in Americus, over 100 miles to the south.




    Huntington, West Virginia: 1200kHz:
    WEMM files amendment to major change application.
    (to move from 1470kHz)

    Amendment specifies 8,000 watts critical hours, from sunrise to 2 hours later and from two hours before sunset to sunet. Application calls for 22,000 watts daytime, 9 watts night, non-directional.

    Wednesday, October 03, 2007

    New AM stations

    Redding, California: 600KHz:
    Modification filed to application for new station.
    800 watts daytime
    1,000 watts nighttime
    different patterns day & night
    40-30-16N/122-07-18W

    Modification reduces day power from 1,000 watts and moves transmitter site.


    Middletown, New York: 1400KHz:
    Modification filed to application for new station.
    1,000 watts fulltime
    directional daytime only
    41-28-26N/74-27-01W

    Modification moves transmitter site and adds daytime directional antenna.


    Junction City, Oregon: 960KHz:
    Modification filed to application for new station.
    50,000 watts daytime
    3,500 watts nighttime
    different patterns day & night

    Modification reduces night power from 20,000 watts.

    Monday, October 01, 2007

    New AM stations

    Santee, California: 1400KHz:
    Amendment filed to application for new station.
    500 watts fulltime, non-directional
    Daytime site: 32-53-50N/116-55-34W
    Night site: 32-51-12N/116-58-22W

    Amendment also changes the city-of-license from Lemon Grove.

    I think this would be the only two-site Class C station if authorized.

    Santee (and Lemon Grove) are San Diego suburbs.



    Kirk, Colorado: 1490KHz:
    Amendment filed to application for new station.
    250 watts fulltime, non-directional
    39-37-33N/102-35-26W

    Kirk is in the middle of nowhere (?!) a few miles south of U.S. Hwy. 36 and about 20 miles northwest of Burlington in east-central Colorado. How they expect to sell enough advertising to support a radio station out here is beyond me.



    Bon Air, Virginia: 1200KHz:
    Amendment filed to application for new station.
    50,000 watts daytime
    20,000 watts nighttime
    directional all hours, two different patterns
    37-33-24N/77-41-50W

    amendment changes transmitter site.

    Bon Air is just west of Richmond - makes a lot more sense than Kirk, Colorado!



    Waterville, Washington: 1450KHz:
    Amendment filed to application for new station.
    1,000 watts daytime
    500 watts nighttime
    non-directional
    47-38-32N/120-05-34W

    Amendment increases power and changes transmitter site.

    Waterville is about 20 miles northeast of Wenatchee in central Washington State. (and not really near any large bodies of water)

    Friday, September 28, 2007

    New AM stations

    Stanfield, Arizona: 1460KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    2,000 watts day and night.
    Directional all hours, different patterns day & night.
    32-56-07N/111-42-19W


    Susanville, California: 1490KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    1,000 watts daytime
    970 watts nighttime
    non-directional
    40-26-36N/120-38-37W


    Vanderwagen, New Mexico: 1490KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    250 watts day and night, non-directional.
    35-16-09N/108-45-38W

    Wednesday, September 26, 2007

    New AM station

    Heflin, Alabama: 1370KHz:
    Application for new station.
    250 watts fulltime, directional only at night.
    33-38-22N/85-37-01W.

    Major AM station change

    Aurora, Indiana: 1030KHz:
    WGYV has requested a move from 1380KHz in Greenville, Alabama.
    250 watts daytime only, directional.
    39-02-30N/84-56-28W
    Aurora is near Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Tuesday, September 25, 2007

    DX test: Maine

    Here's another one from a tough state!:

    WCXH 780 kHz Monticello, ME DX Test

    Date: Monday morning (late Sunday night), Oct. 29, 2007.
    Time: 4 – 5 a.m. Eastern Time, 0800 – 0900 UTC.
    5,000 watts using non-directional antenna pattern.

    Programming will consist of special voice announcements, march and other special music, Morse code and sweep tones.

    Reception reports may be sent to Mr. Allan H. Weiner. WCXH Radio, 274 Britton Rd., Monticello, ME 04760-3110. No eQSL service is being offered for this test. Recordings on disk in .mp3 or .wav format will be accepted as proof of reception.

    NOTE: All requests for verifications must be accompanied by return postage in order to receive a reply.

    Our sincere thanks to the legendary Allan Weiner for agreeing to conduct this test.

    Jim Pogue – KH2AR{censored from spam crooks} www.dxtests.info
    IRCA/NRC Joint BTC Coordinator


    Again, thanks to Jim for arranging this, and to Allan for running it!

    New AM station

    San Luis Obispo, California: 1580KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    1,000 watts daytime
    1,300 watts nighttime
    Different patterns day & night
    35-16-39N/120-39-06W

    Friday, September 21, 2007

    DX tests: Nevada, New Mexico

    KWWN 1100 kHz Las Vegas, NV

    Bill Croghan, WBØKSW, Chief Engineer for Lotus Broadcasting of Las Vegas tells us the new KWWN has been on the air now for about three days as of Sept. 21, running unmodulated carrier (except for ID’s) often at less than 1 KW for tuning and testing.

    “It has been many short tests mostly at the lower power levels, but we have run the day pattern at the full 20 KW,” he relates. “As you might imagine, a 20 KW two tower day pattern wasn’t to difficult, but the 2 KW night pattern with four towers, on the next property over from two diplexed 1 KW stations located near in frequency, has been a challenge. We expect to start running longer tests, still primarily unmodulated, next week and the week after and hopefully will ask the FCC for Program test authority in the next two weeks. After receiving that, we will probably start sending the Deportes, Hispanic ESPN programming with ID's at the top of the hour for KWWN. It’s a long drawn out process that must proceed at the FCC required rate and through the hoops they mandate. I'll let you know when we start doing more.”

    Once they are through the testing phase, Bill has promised a full fledged DX Test over KWWN. If you hear them testing before then, you can send your reception reports to: Lotus Broadcasting, c/o Bill Croghan, 8755 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89147.



    KCKN 1020 kHz Roswell, NM

    Jerry Kiefer has promised us a DX Test (maybe 2) from his station. Right now it looks like early November.
    “I’ll have an exact date shortly, sometime the first week or two of November on a Sunday night to get some good winter skywave,” Jerry said in a recent e-mail.

    Our thanks go to retired BTC Coordinator Les Rayburn for getting the wheels turning on these two tests. We’ll provide more information when the details are nailed down.

    Jim Pogue – KH2AR@{sorry, spammers} www.dxtests.info
    IRCA/NRC Joint BTC Coordinator



    Thanks again to Jim for arranging these!

    KCKN tested in April 2006 and was heard easily here in the Nashville area. Nevada is a tough logging from anywhere in the East; any KWWN test will be much appreciated!

    Thursday, September 20, 2007

    New AM station

    Kenai, Alaska: 980KHz:
    Application for new station.
    5,000 watts daytime
    1,000 watts nighttime
    non-directional (there's nobody to interfere with up there!)
    60-30-39N/151-16-12W

    Presumably a replacement for defunct KZXX. Looks to me like the new applicant is the same firm that owned KZXX.

    Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    DX test: California

    KQMS 1400 kHz Redding, CA DX Test



    Date: Sunday morning (late Saturday night), Dec. 16, 2007. Time: Midnight – 1 a.m. Pacific Time, 0800 – 0900 UTC. 1,000 watts using non-directional antenna pattern. Programming will consist of special voice announcements, Morse code and/or 1,000 Hz tones. Reception reports may be sent to Ms. Erin Myers, News Director, KQMS Radio, 3360 Alta Mesa Dr., Redding, CA 96002. No eQSL service is being offered for this test. Recordings on disk in .mp3 or .wav format will be accepted as proof of reception. NOTE: All requests for verifications must be accompanied by return postage in order to receive a reply. Our sincere thanks to Ms. Myers and to Chief Engineer Steven Mena for agreeing to conduct this test.



    Jim Pogue – KH2AR@{deleted as spam protection} www.dxtests.info



    IRCA/NRC Joint BTC Coordinator

    New AM stations

    Crescent City, California: 1420KHz:
    Application for new station.
    1,000 watts daytime
    250 watts nighttime
    directional nighttime only; 250 watts non-directional during critical hours.
    41-44-56N/124-11-51W



    Dalhart, Texas: 1600KHz:
    Application for new station.
    3,000 watts daytime
    250 watts nighttime
    directional nighttime only.
    36-03-31N/102-29-52W

    AM call changes

    The following AM stations have changed callsigns in the last month:


    KLVZ-810 Brighton, Colorado from KLDC
    KLDC-1220 Denver, Colorado from KLVZ
    WSGC-1400 Elberton, Georgia from WNGA
    KILE-1590 Hilo, Hawaii from KIXC (new station, not yet on)
    KHNR-690 Honolulu, Hawaii from KHCM
    KHCM-880 Honolulu, Hawaii from KHNR
    KVXR-1280 Moorhead, Minn. from KVOX
    WXYG-540 Sauk Rapids, Minn. calls for new station
    KPNP-1600 Watertown, Minn. from KZGX
    WCNL-1010 Newport, N.H. from WNTK
    KVOX-740 Fargo, North Dakota from KKAG
    WWDX-1530 Huntingdon, Tenn. from WDAP
    KNVR-1410 San Saba, Texas from KBAL
    KLKI-1340 Anacortes, Wash. from KWLE

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    New AM stations

    Carbondale, Colorado: 1240KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional.
    39-25-06N/107-10-40W


    Escanaba, Michigan: 820KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    2,500 watts daytime
    750 watts nighttime
    Directional full time, different patterns day & night.
    45-42-53N/87-11-55W

    Sunday, September 16, 2007

    More HD DX





    Well, we now have nighttime AM HD.

    Nobody has died. There's still AM radio. We've even had reports of excellent trans-Atlantic conditions.

    Indeed, some of us have managed to DX a bit of the digital audio. You see the evidence on the right side of this post.

    - KMOX-1120 St. Louis managed to provide about ten seconds of digital audio around 8:40 Saturday night.

    - WTAM-1100 Cleveland was in HD for about a minute around 9:40. Their analog was not delayed to match the digital - so every time it faded up into digital I heard what the analog said 8 seconds ago. Bizarre.

    - WLS-890 Chicago was only in digital for a second or so this evening. The text ID stayed in a lot longer, allowing this photo. (I had to hit the trigger about ten times to get a usable shot - my hand kept moving the camera... Thank goodness for digital cameras!)

    Send in your HD screenshots!

    Saturday, September 15, 2007

    New AM station

    Silver City, New Mexico: 1340KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    1,000 watts daytime
    850 watts nighttime
    non-directional
    32-46-01N/108-15-28W

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    AM station deleted

    Duffield, Virginia: 1120KHz:
    WDUF has surrendered its license to the FCC for cancellation.

    DX Tests: regular & HD

    Two special HD DX tests have been scheduled for the first days of nighttime AM HD Radio:

    Phoenix, Arizona: 550KHz:
    KFYI will be beginning nighttime HD operation when the FCC authorizes it on Friday.
    Correct reception reports to "big hoopla at yahoo - com" for nighttime digital reception between the 14th and 28th will be acknowledged by an email QSL.

    Because of the spam scam scum, the email address above has been mangled. Place an underscore (_) between "big" and "hoopla", and replace the o's with 0's. (zeros) I think you know what to put between "hoopla" and "yahoo" and between "yahoo" and "com".

    Thanks to Kevin Redding for arranging this!
    ======================================================================

    New York City: 710KHz:
    WOR will also run a "HD DX window", for four days beginning on Friday. Reports of nighttime reception of WOR's digital signal can be emailed to "HD QSL at wor 710 - com" until the 18th. QSLs will go only to listeners outside the NYC Metro area. Please, no audio files. Reports should include brief program details along with times and your location. (and since QSL cards are being offered, you should probably include a mailing address :) )

    Again, due to the spam scam scum... take the space out of "hd qsl" and out of "wor 710" and put the appropriate punctuation in.

    And thanks to Tom Ray W2TRR for arranging this!

    ======================================================================
    Also, another regular analog DX test has been scheduled:
    Wiggins, Mississippi: 1420KHz:
    WIGG will test between 4 and 4:30am CST, 1000-1030UTC, on Sunday, November 4th.
    This is time-change day - in other words, we're switching to standard time two hours before this test.
    It's also probably better known as late Saturday night.

    Reception reports, with return postage, to:
    Mr. Paul A. Turner, WB5TJH
    WIGG Radio
    959 N. Magnolia Drive
    Wiggins, MS 39577


    CDs with .mp3 or .wav file recordings of the test can be accepted.

    (luckily, the spam crooks are too cheap to spam postal addresses...)
    ======================================================================
    As always, visit DX Tests.info for more details. Good luck!

    Friday, September 07, 2007

    Major AM station change request (and not)

    Wixom, Michigan: 1160KHz:
    WCXI requests move from Fenton.
    15,000 watts daytime
    1,000 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (directional day & night, different patterns)
    42-32-39N/83-33-36W


    University City, Missouri: 1190KHz:
    KRFT denied move from DeSoto and night power increase to 6,500 watts.

    New AM stations

    Masonboro, North Carolina: 820KHz:
    Application for new station.
    50,000 watts daytime
    3,300 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (different patterns day & night)
    34-16-19N/77-58-28W


    Mills, Wyoming: 1560KHz:
    10,000 watts daytime
    500 watts nighttime
    1,000 watts critical hours
    DA-N (directional at night only)
    42-49-03N/106-19-09W

    Wednesday, September 05, 2007

    New AM stations (and not)

    Geistown, Pennsylvania: 1350KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    1,500 watts daytime
    890 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (different patterns day & night)
    40-19-56N/78-52-40W



    La Grande, Oregon: 1030KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    1,000 watts daytime
    600 watts nighttime
    DA-N (directional at night only)
    45-21-24N/118-03-50W



    Billings, Montana: 1530KHz:
    Permit for new station rescinded.

    Saturday, September 01, 2007

    Friday, August 31, 2007

    DX Tests

    Jim Pogue, KH2AR, joint Test Coordinator for the NRC and IRCA, has announced the season's first two DX Tests:

    WIRL-1290 Peoria, Illinois:
    WIRL will test at 0200-0400 Central time on Sunday morning, October 21st. (this is after midnight Saturday night)

    Reports may be sent to:
    Wayne R. Miller, Chief Engineer
    WIRL Radio
    331 Fulton, Suite 1200
    Peoria, IL 61602
    wrm@jmpradio.com

    The station will accept recordings by email or on disk - .mp3 or .wav OK, no cassettes please.

    Include a SASE with your report.



    WLPO-1220 La Salle, Illinois:
    WLPO will test at 0300-0330 Central time on Saturday morning, October 27th. (this is after midnight Friday night)

    Reports may be sent to:
    Steve Vogler, Chief Engineer
    WLPO Radio
    1 Broadcast Lane
    Oglesby, IL 61348
    steve@wlpo.net

    The station will accept recordings by email or on disk - .mp3 or .wav OK, no cassettes please.

    Include a SASE with your report.



    As always, see DXtests.info for details on these and other tests. Good luck!

    Wednesday, August 29, 2007

    New AM stations

    Billings, Montana: 1530KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    50,000 watts daytime, non-directional
    10,000 watts critical hours, directional (same pattern as at night, I think)
    750 watts nighttime, directional
    45-41-40N/108-32-17W


    Prescott, Arizona: 1300KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    1,500 watts daytime
    300 watts nighttime
    directional all hours, different patterns day & night.
    34-30-37N/112-28-20W

    Tuesday, August 28, 2007

    New AM station

    Wink, Texas: 1480KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    1,000 watts daytime, non-directional
    250 watts nighttime, directional
    31-45-20N/103-08-40W.

    Wednesday, August 22, 2007

    New AM station

    Quantico, Virginia: 920KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    2,000 watts daytime
    970 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (different patterns day & night)
    38-34-05N/77-20-20W

    Monday, August 20, 2007

    AM call changes

    The following AM stations have changed callsigns in the last month:


    Oakland, California: 960KHz: from KQKE to KKGN
    Bunnell, Florida: 1550KHz: from WAYI to WNZF
    Gibsonia, Florida: 700KHz: WJWB assigned to new station
    Cochran, Georgia: 1440KHz: from WDXQ to WDCO
    Elberton, Georgia: 1400KHz: from WSGC to WNGA
    Haverhill, Mass. 1490KHz: from WCCM to WCEC
    Salem, New Hampshire: 1110KHz: from WCEC to WCCM
    Ruidoso, New Mexico: 1450KHz: KWES assigned to new station
    Delaware, Ohio: 1550KHz: from WXOL to WDLR
    Sand Springs, Oklahoma: 1340KHz: from KTKX to KJMU
    Bellaire, Texas: 1560KHz: from KILE to KGOW
    Cameron, Texas: 1330KHz: from KMIL to KTAE
    Rural Retreat, Virginia: 660KHz: from WJRK to WLOY
    Anacortes, Washington: 1340KHz: from KLKI to KWLE

    AM frequency change on Guam

    Agana, Guam: 630KHz:
    KUAM's application to move from 612KHz has been approved.

    612KHz is a valid AM channel in ITU Region 3, where Guam is located. However, digitally-tuned radios sold for use in the U.S. cannot tune this channel. They can tune 630. Presumably this is why KUAM has moved. Stations in the nearby Northern Mariana Islands have made similar moves.

    Thursday, August 16, 2007

    FM translators of AM stations

    http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/openAttachment.do?link=FCC-07-144A1.txt



    The FCC has proposed to allow FM translators to relay AM stations. 



    A handful of these are already authorized under STA.  (I'm aware of five, but the FCC document says there are eleven) 



    The proposal would restrict the FM translators' 60dBu contour to within the 2mV/m daytime contour of the AM station, or a 25-mile radius of the AM transmitter site, whichever is less.  (60dBu is the radius to which most full-power FM stations are protected from interference.  The 60dBu contour of a 250-watt translator with antenna 100m high is 13km, about 8 miles.  Most translators are somewhat less powerful.)



    Normally, a FM translator is required to go off the air when the station it's authorized to relay is off.  The FCC proposes to allow FM translators of daytime-only AM stations to continue operating after the associated AM goes off for the night.  (and for those of Class D AM stations with very low night powers to operate at night even if the associated AM station isn't using its AM night power)



    Some questions the FCC is asking:


  • Should eligibility to apply be phased in?  (should daytime-only and "graveyard" AM stations get first shot?)

  • Should AM stations whose owners don't have an FM in the same market get first shot?

  • How many translators should a given AM be permitted?  (Wisconsin Public Radio proposed limiting a given AM station to ten FM translators)

  • Should AM owners be allowed to lease FM translators owned by others?  (normally FM translator owners may not receive compensation from the station being relayed)

  • Should FM translators operating below 92MHz be limited to relaying non-commercial AM stations?




  • (I also note it looks like old friend "gullfoss.fcc.gov" is no more, it
    seems to have been replaced by a new server fjallfoss.fcc.gov.  That
    probably explains some "weirdnesses" on the FCC website for the last
    week or so!)

    Wednesday, August 15, 2007

    Major AM station change granted

    University City, Missouri: 1190KHz:
    KRFT granted move from DeSoto.
    Daytime facilities remain unchanged at 10kw.
    Nighttime power increase granted to 6.5kw, (from just 22 watts) directional, different pattern from daytime.
    Also different site... night facility to be at 38-26-13N/90-16-45W.
    This is in Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from Oakville, Missouri.

    IBOC rules published: 30 day clock started

    The final IBOC rules have been published in the Federal Register.

    This sets the 30-day clock for nighttime IBOC. September 14 will be the day.

    Tuesday, August 14, 2007

    New AM station (and not)

    Las Vegas, Nevada: 670KHz
    New station granted.
    10,000 watts daytime;
    600 watts nighttime;
    DA-2 (directional, different patterns day & night)
    36-22-48N/115-20-39W.
    Station already assigned call letters KBTB.


    Sahuarita, Arizona: 670KHz
    Application for new station dismissed in settlement agreement with applicant for mututally-exclusive Las Vegas station above.

    Major AM station change

    Daphne, Alabama: 550KHz:
    WASG proposes move from Atmore.
    Power would be reduced from 10,000 watts to 5,000 daytime, but would increase from 143 watts to 157 at night.
    Station would remain non-directional, from a single tower at 30-44-44N/88-05-40W.
    Daphne is a Mobile suburb.

    Saturday, August 11, 2007

    Mexican objections to IBOC

    Radio World's Leslie Stimson reports the Mexican government has filed objections to the deployment of IBOC along the U.S. southern border.

    Friday, August 10, 2007

    Major AM change

    Plum Springs, Kentucky: 1450KHz:
    WCDS granted move from 1440KHz in Glasgow.
    Power to increase to 1kw day & night, non-directional.
    Tower at 37-00-37N/86-25-26W.
    New location is a Bowling Green suburb.

    Wednesday, August 08, 2007

    Major AM station change

    Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania: 1540KHz:
    WNWR has filed to change its city-of-license from Philadelphia.
    No technical changes are planned.

    Tuesday, August 07, 2007

    AM major change dismissed

    Carlsbad, Texas: 1590KHz:
    KEAS application to move from Eastland and increase power to 1kw dismissed.

    Monday, August 06, 2007

    Major AM change

    Montrose, Pennsylvania: 800KHz:
    WPEL granted frequency change from 1250KHz.
    Daytime power remains unchanged at 1,000 watts, non-directional.
    New nighttime operation granted at 135 watts, also non-directional.

    New AM station

    Ridgecrest, California: 1400KHz:
    Application for new station reinstated.
    1,000 watts daytime; 500 watts nighttime; non-directional
    35-37-14N/117-41-29W

    Tuesday, July 31, 2007

    Major AM station change

    Brookfield, Missouri: 1210KHz:
    KFMZ proposes frequency change from 1470.
    Power to increase to 5,000 watts daytime/50 watts nighttime,
    different patterns day & night.

    New AM stations (and not)

    Sauk Rapids, Minnesota: 540KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    250 watts both day and night, different patterns (DA-2).
    45-36-18N/94-08-21W


    Quantico, Virginia: 920KHz:
    Application for new station.
    2,000 watts daytime
    970 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (two different patterns)
    38-34-05N/77-20-20W


    Spring Creek, Nevada: 1490KHz:
    Application for new station dismissed


    Manor, Texas: 1120KHz:
    Application for new station dismissed

    Monday, July 30, 2007

    Major AM station changes

    Walbridge, Ohio: 1470KHz:
    WLQR has filed to move from Toledo.
    Power to 1,000 watts daytime/700 watts nighttime, DA-2 (directional day & night, different patterns)
    41-33-41N/83-33-45W
    (Walbridge is a Toledo suburb)


    University City, Missouri: 1190KHz:
    KRFT has filed to move from Desoto.
    Power to 10,000 watts daytime/6,500 watts nighttime, DA-2
    Different tower sites day & night:
    38-42-25N/90-03-10W daytime
    38-26-13N/90-16-45W nighttime
    (University City borders on St. Louis)

    New AM stations

    Billings, Montana: 1530KHz:
    Application for new station.
    50,000 watts daytime
    750 watts nighttime
    10,000 watts critical hours
    directional nighttime only
    45-41-40N/108-32-17W


    Geistown, Pennsylvania: 1350KHz:
    Application for new station.
    1,500 watts daytime
    890 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (directional day & night, different patterns)
    40-19-56N/78-52-40W
    (Geistown is a Johnstown suburb)


    Wink, Texas: 1480KHz:
    Application for new station.
    1,000 watts daytime
    250 watts nighttime
    DA-N (directional at night only)
    31-45-20N/103-08-40W
    (Wink is near Kermit, west of Odessa, in West Texas)

    HUGE FM/TV skip opening

    I had my best day since 2002. Anyone else hear any interesting FM (or TV) DX?

    FM stations heard between 9:30am and 5pm Central time on Sunday, July 29th:

    Florida:
    Fort Myers WAYJ-88.7, WSRX-89.5, WSOR-90.9, WUSV-92.5, WOLZ-95.3, WGUF-98.9, WJBX-99.3,
    WWGR-101.9, WXKB-103.9, WJPT-106.3
    Keys WGES-90.9, WMKL-91.9, WEOW-92.7, WKEY-93.5, WGMX-94.3, WKEZ-96.9, WAVK-97.7,
    WKLG-102.1, WWUS-104.1
    Miami WMCU-89.7, WMCU-91.3, WCMQ-92.3, WLVE-93.9, WMGE-94.9, WXDJ-95.7, WPOW-96.5,
    WEDR-99.1, WKIS-99.9, WLYF-101.5
    Tallahassee WGLF-104.1
    Tampa/St. Pete WSMR-89.1, WYUU-92.5, WMTX-100.7
    West Palm Beach WAYF-88.1, WRMB-89.3, WQOL-103.7, WEAT-104.3

    New Mexico:
    Aztec KWYK-94.9

    Texas:
    Austin KAMX-94.7
    College Station KAMU-90.9
    Corpus Christi KBSO-94.7
    Houston KACC-89.7
    Laredo KBNL-89.9
    San Antonio KRPT-92.5
    Uvalde KBNU-93.9

    Bahamas:
    Nassau Cool FM-96.1, Joy FM-101.9

    Cayman Islands:
    R. Cayman-89.9
    Z-99-99.9
    Rooster 101-101.9
    Hot 104-104.1
    X107-107.1

    Cuba:
    Bayamo? R. Enciclopedia-95.3
    Bolivia R. Enciclopedia-100.5
    Habana R. Taino-93.3, R. Musical Nacional - 99.1; R. Reloj-101.5, Habana R.-106.9
    (Reloj-101.5 is the same station that plays the time ticks and "RR" Morse IDs on AM.
    It was a blast to hear them on FM!)

    Mexico:
    Cancun XHCAQ-92.3
    Cozumel XHRB-89.9
    Merida XHMH-95.3, XHMT-98.5, XHMRA-99.3
    Monterrey XHFMTU-103.7

    Friday, July 27, 2007

    AM station major change request

    Kanab, Utah: 1560KHz:
    WAMI, Opp, Alabama has filed to move to Kanab.
    This is not a typo.
    This is a move of approximately 2,500km/1,550miles!

    A frequency change from 860KHz is also involved.
    The new facilities in Kanab will be 250 watts daytime only (the station would lose its 47 watts night power) at 37-01-24N/112-33-24W.

    And you thought Missouri to Ohio (KELE) was a long move?(grin)!

    AM frequency change in Maine

    Monticello, Maine: 780KHz
    WCXH has changed frequency from 710KHz.
    Daytime power remains 5kw, but station adds 60 watts night power.
    Tower site unchanged.
    This station's calls have recently changed from WREM.

    Wednesday, July 25, 2007

    New AM station

    Lithonia, Georgia: 1360KHz
    Application filed for new station.
    2,400 watts daytime
    1,300 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (different patterns day & night)
    33-42-35N/84-07-47W

    Lithonia is an Atlanta suburb, southeast of Stone Mountain.

    Tuesday, July 24, 2007

    AM call changes

    The following AM stations have recently changed callsigns:












    LocationFreq.New callsOld calls
    Hanceville, Alabama1170WLYGWXRP
    Bunnell, Florida1550WNZFWAYI
    Cochran, Georgia1440WDCOWDXQ
    Morrow, Georgia1570WIGOWSSA
    Ammon, Idaho980KSPZKUPI
    Brooklyn Park, Minnesota1470KRJJKZTG
    Meridian, Mississippi1450WYHLWFFX
    Lancaster, New Hampshire1490WKDR(new station)
    Mayaguez, Puerto Rico600WYELWAEL
    Port Neches, Texas1150KBPOKUHD

    Thursday, July 19, 2007

    Another military experimental broadcast station

    Glenn Hauser's World of Radio is reporting that Oklahoma State University has received two experimental licenses to test broadcast equipment under Navy contract. This is similar to the tone tests widely heard last year. All domestic-band radio operations are under the callsign WE2XFZ at two sites:

    Chilocco, Oklahoma 36-56-14N/97-04-17W:
    540/830/1680KHz
    92.3/99.1/107.5MHz

    Flying H, New Mexico 33-00-08N/105-02-54W:
    530/950/1680KHz
    88.3/97.7/107.3MHz

    All AM transmissions are listed as 30kw ERP, but they claim to have one 10kw transmitter and one 2.5kw transmitter. On FM, transmissions are listed as 5kw ERP with antenna 50m above ground.

    Shortwave and TV tests are also mentioned - shortwave frequencies below. TV channels are not mentioned, but they have a 1kw VHF and 100-watt UHF TV transmitter at each site. (and the manufacturer says the TV transmitters can change channels in seconds by means of front-panel thumbwheels.)

    Planned shortwave frequencies are:
    4015, 4085, 12115, 12185, 22015, 22085, 26115, 26185 kHz
    Also 12415 and 12485, but these two have not yet been approved by NTIA.
    All frequencies are planned for both the Chilocco and Flying H sites, with the calls WE2XFV and a power of 1kw. Both SSB (both sidebands) and AM transmissions are planned.

    DX Listening Digest 7082
    DX Listening Digest 7084

    Major AM station change dismissed

    Pineville, Louisiana: 1490KHz:
    KEUN's request to move from Eunice dismissed at the station's request.
    Would have changed city of license and moved tower to 31-18-26N/92-25-56W.

    Wednesday, July 18, 2007

    AM call changes

    The following AM stations have changed callsigns in the last month:


















    CityFrequencyNew CallsOld Calls
    Birmingham, Alabama1260WYDEWLGD
    Mobile, Alabama710WNTMWPMIwas WNTM before
    Monroeville, Alabama930WEZZWYNI
    Juneau, Alaska1330KXLJKTNL
    Leone, American Samoa900KKHJnew station
    Bishop, California1340KACEKBSP
    Dover, Delaware1600WXXYWAMS
    Savannah, Georgia1400WSEGWHGM
    East St. Louis, Illinois1490WFFXWESL
    Shelbyville, Indiana1520WSVXWKWH
    Monticello, Maine710WCXHWREM
    Birch Tree, Missouir1310KBSPKACE
    Reading, Pennsylvania1340WRAWWKAPcalls were in this market before
    Monahans, Texas1330KCKMKLBO


    Tuesday, July 17, 2007

    Major AM station change

    Plum Springs, Kentucky: 1450KHz:
    WCDS requests move from Glasgow.
    Tower to 37-00-37N/86-25-26W, a move of roughly 30 miles west into Bowling Green.
    Power to remain unchanged at 1kw non-directional fulltime.

    Monday, July 16, 2007

    Major AM station changes granted

    San German, Puerto Rico: 1510KHz:
    WBSG granted city-of-license change from Lajas. No technical changes.



    College Station, Texas: 1550KHz:
    KWBC granted move from Navasota.
    Power from 250/26 ND to 1,400 watts daytime, 24 watts night, DA-D (directional daytime only)
    30-37-54N/96-21-28W

    New AM station

    Big Spring, Texas: 730KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    500 watts daytime; 230 watts nighttime; DA-2 (different patterns day & night)
    32-13-04N/101-29-25W

    Friday, July 13, 2007

    California station to translate IBOC signals?

    The Indian Wells Valley TV Booster in Ridgecrest, California had a problem.

    Their audience had become accustomed to hearing classical music over a translator of KMZT-105.1, Los Angeles. Then... KMZT decided to change format. They went country. There are already plenty of country stations serving Ridgecrest...

    So why not relay KUSC, the Los Angeles station that took over the classical format? Not strong enough... KMZT continued to carry the classical music on their HD2 subchannel, and IWVTV considered translating KMZT's HD2 - but local station KLOA-104.9 made reception of KMZT's HD signal impossible.

    How about going the other direction? KCNV-89.7 is a classical station in Las Vegas, maybe they could translate that? Except there's a local station on 89.7 as well. (KGBM) No shot at that.

    Except... KCNV is running IBOC. While KGBM clobbers KCNV's analog signal on 89.7, it doesn't clobber their digital signals on 89.5 and 89.9. Voila: reliable reception of KCNV's IBOC classical music.

    Until KCNV's studio-transmitter link failed & they had to turn the IBOC off...

    So now, they're going for the same program on the HD2 subchannel of KCNV's sister station KNPR.

    Talk about dedication!

    More on this.

    Major AM station changes granted

    Ripley, Ohio: 1180KHz:
    KELE granted move from Mountain Grove, Missouri.
    (a move of 740km/460 miles!)
    and from 1360KHz.
    Power to remain 1,000 watts daytime - station will lose 60 watts night power.
    Non-directional; tower at 38-38-55N/84-00-42W (which is in Kentucky)

    Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: 1210KHz:
    WANB granted move from 1580KHz.
    Power to increase from 720 watts to 5,000, but 710 during critical hours.

    New AM station

    Maxwell AFB, Alabama: 1030KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    35,000 watts daytime, 3 towers
    1,000 watts nighttime, 6 towers
    DA-2 (two different patterns)
    32-26-07N/86-11-57W

    Another FM translator of an AM station

    Sumter, South Carolina: 105.9MHz:
    WDXY-1240 has received permission to be relayed on FM translator W290AY-105.9, 250 watts.
    Article in the Sumter Item.

    Previous item on WGNS-1450 and WRHI-1340's FM translators.

    Major AM station change

    Catoosa, Oklahoma: 1120KHz:
    KEOR granted move from 1110KHz at Atoka.
    Power decreases to 2kw, tower moves to 36-18-31N/95-58-25W.

    Station moves from south-central Oklahoma to a Tulsa suburb in the northeastern part of the state.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2007

    Federal Register publication delay time

    The FCC today released DA 07-3073, a Public Notice setting due dates for comments and reply comments on procedures and rule changes proposed in the 3rd DTV Periodic Review. Comments must be filed within 30 days of publication in the Federal Register, and reply comments 15 days later.

    The proceeding was adopted on April 25th. It was published in the Federal Register today.

    The IBOC rules were adopted on May 31st, one month and six days after the DTV Periodic Review. Assuming equal delay in publication in the Register, the IBOC rules will appear on August 15th and will go into effect 30 days later, on September 15th; on this date, AM stations will be allowed to operate IBOC at night.

    You should not be too certain there will be equal delay in publication though. Stay tuned.

    Monday, July 09, 2007

    AM - to - FM move in Nova Scotia

    Sydney, Nova Scotia: 1140KHz:
    CBI has been approved to move to 97.1 FM, with 61.4kw from the existing CBC tower.
    The AM station will continue to simulcast the FM (CBC Radio One) for 12 months before going dark.

    The decision also suggests the CBC is planning three additional FM relays for the new 97.1 station:

  • Big Harbour, Nova Scotia

  • Englishtown, Nova Scotia (106.1MHz is in the CBC Long Range Radio Plan)

  • Ingonish, Nova Scotia
  • Saturday, July 07, 2007

    New AM stations (not)

    Montreal, Quebec: 650KHz:
    Montreal, Quebec: 1400KHz:
    Montreal, Quebec: 1410KHz:
    Applications for new stations denied.
    650 was for a 5.8kw daytime-only operation which would have been one of only two daytime-only operations in Canada if granted.

    In the same decision, two applications were granted for new FM stations on 106.3 - one of which will have to seek a different frequency. Three more applications for 106.3 were denied.

    Also granted were two new FM stations (101.9 and 103.5) in Sydney, Nova Scotia and one (89.3) in Kentville, N.S.. Two FM applications (93.1 and 100.9) were denied in Sydney.

    Tuesday, July 03, 2007

    DX contest

    Hi friends,

    Between 15 and 31 July the German "Wellenforum" (www.wellenforum.de) holds
    its second Medium Wave Summer Contest. The purpose of the Contest is to
    offer a broad spectrum of MW receptions during Summertime.

    The Contest manager is Friedhelm Wittlieb (wietti).

    Participation and conditions are simple.

    The participation takes place online. All medium wave enthusiasts can
    participate.

    Every MW log is given a value, each heard station gets one single value.
    There is no minimum required listening time. Fairness is regarded as
    something obvious.

    Every station from the logger's country gets 10 points, every station from
    the logger's continent gets 20 points, and stations from other contintents
    than the logger's get 30 points.

    At the end of the Contest there will be a general overview of the stations
    heard. Every participant will get a participation confirmation
    (certificate).

    The logs can be sent via e-mail to contest@wellenforum.de up to 10 August
    2007. Annexes are not required. The mail should be configured as follows:

    Frequency-Date-Time-Station-Language-Programme detail-SIO

    e.g..:

    531-15.07-21.00-Radio Musigwälle-Deutsch-Musik-444

    Please make use of the hyphen as this enables us to put the logs later on in
    a table format. The times should be indicated in UTV.

    Enjoy yourself browsing the medium wave band!


    73, Friedehelm

    --
    ********
    QTH: Lünen / NRW (near Dortmund)
    Grundig Satellit 700 with regenerative loop antenna
    member of the addx and medium wave circle uk
    www.wittlieb-online.de
    www.wellenforum.de

    Thursday, June 28, 2007

    New AM station (not)

    Clayton, Georgia: 1400KHz:
    Application for new station dismissed

    Major AM station changes

    Phoenix, Arizona: 1010KHz:
    KXXT request to change city of license from Tolleson
    and increase nighttime power to 300 watts from new site at 33-29-32N/112-08-28W
    dismissed.

    Chalmette, Louisiana: 1100KHz:
    WOMN requests move from 1110KHz at Franklinton;
    power to 50,000 watts daytime
    20,000 watts critical hours
    250 watts nighttime
    with three different patterns;
    towers to 30-00-10N/90-00-25W.
    Chalmette is a New Orleans suburb.

    San German, Puerto Rico: 1510KHz:
    WBSG requests move from Lajas
    and to switch from DA-1 (same pattern day & night)
    to DA-2. (two different patterns)

    AM station callsign changes

    The following AM stations have recently changed callsigns:
    Saraland, Ala.: 770 New station: WHOA
    Sahuarita, Ariz.: 1210 KQTL to KEVT
    Calexico, Cal.: 1490 KICO to KGBA
    Lafayette, Ind.: 1410 WLAS to WSHY
    Greensburg, Ky.: 1540 WAKY to WGRK
    Frederick, Md.: 820 WTOP to WTWT
    Orono, Me.: 1530 New station: WFGO
    Petoskey, Mich.: 750 WWKK to WLDR
    Baxter, Minn.: 1180 New station: KYES
    Fitzwilliam Depot, NH: 870 New station: WZNH
    Pleasantville, N.J.: 1490 WTKU to WTAA
    Cleveland, O.: 1300 WERE to WJMO
    Cleveland Heights, O.: 1490 WJMO to WERE
    Klamath Falls, Ore.: 960 KKJX to KLAD
    Braddock, Pa.: 1550 WURP to WLFP
    Philadelphia, Pa.: 1480 WDAS to WUBA
    Rural Retreat, Va.: 660 WCRR to WJRK
    South Boston, Va.: 1400 New station: WAJL

    Monday, June 25, 2007

    Major AM station changes

    Tucson, Arizona: 1080KHz:
    KGVY granted move from Green Valley.
    Tower to 32-15-11N/110-57-44W
    Power increase to 1,400 watts. (non-directional, daytime only)

    Rosamond, California: 1380KHz:
    KWJL granted city-of-license change from Lancaster.
    No technical changes involved.

    Sanger, California: 1370KHz:
    KGEN granted move from Tulare.
    Tower moves to 36-39-39N/119-41-02W.
    Power changes to 3,800 watts daytime/102 watts nighttime, directional during daytime only.

    Grafton, West Virginia: 1190KHz:
    WTBZ granted move from 1260KHz.
    Power to increase to 4,500 watts daytime, 22 watts nighttime, non-directional.

    New AM stations

    Bishop, California: 1490KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional
    37-20-44N/118-23-43W

    Big Horn, Wyoming: 1370KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    10,000 watts daytime, non-directional
    250 watts nighttime, directional
    44-41-17N/106-59-45W

    Whitefish, Montana: 1450KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    420 watts fulltime, non-directional
    48-23-44N/114-19-11W

    Friday, June 22, 2007

    New AM station

    Iola, Texas: 1450KHz:
    New station granted.
    250 watts, full time, non-directional.
    30-45-15N/96-03-15W

    Wednesday, June 20, 2007

    New AM station (not)

    Missoula, Montana: 1050KHz:
    Application for new station dismissed at request of applicant.

    Major AM station changes

    Montrose, Pennsylvania: 800KHz:
    WPEL requests move from 1250KHz.
    Power to 1,000 watts daytime/137 watts nighttime, non-directional, 41-51-16N/75-51-50W

    College Station, Texas: 1550KHz:
    KWBC requests move from Navasota.
    Power to 1,400 watts daytime/24 watts nighttime, directional daytime only.
    30-37-54N/96-21-28W

    New AM station on the air

    Dilworth, Minnesota: 1100KHz:
    New station WZFN filed for license-to-cover.
    50,000 watts daytime, non-directional
    5,000 watts critical hours, non-directional
    440 watts nighttime, directional
    46-45-44N/96-40-19W

    Wednesday, June 13, 2007

    New AM station

    Sauk Rapids, Minnesota: 540KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    250 watts day & night, three towers directional.
    (DA-2, different patterns night & day)
    45-31-00N/94-10-00W
    Sauk Rapids is in central Minnesota, northwest of the Twin Cities.

    Wednesday, June 06, 2007

    New AM stations (and not)

    Petal, Mississippi: 1520KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    50,000 watts daytime
    20,000 watts critical hours
    700 watts nighttime

    directional all hours, three different patterns (DA-3)
    tower site 31-23-23N/89-15-54W

    Richfield, Utah: 1490KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    1,000 watts fulltime

    non-directional (ND)
    tower site 38-47-06N/112-04-52W

    Bend, Oregon: 1400KHz
    Application for new station dismissed.

    Friday, June 01, 2007

    New AM station

    Fitzwilliam Depot, New Hampshire: 870KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    780 watts daytime
    400 watts nighttime
    DA-N (directional at night only)
    42-45-59N/72-06-59W

    Thursday, May 31, 2007

    FCC releases IBOC rules

    The FCC has released the permanent IBOC rules.

    Read the original FCC document on these links:



  • Microsoft Word

  • Adobe Acrobat

  • Text



  • 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, IBOC digital radio ("HD Radio") will cease to be something authorized through Special Temporary Authority and become a normal part of American radio. The biggest difference listeners (and especially DXers) will notice is that AM stations will be allowed to operate their HD signals at night.

    The highlights, as the Commission puts them:



  • Refrains from imposing a mandatory conversion schedule for radio stations to commence digital broadcast operations;

  • Allows FM radio stations to operate in the extended hybrid digital mode;

  • Requires that each local radio station broadcasting in digital mode provide a free over-the-air digital signal at least comparable in audio quality to its analog signal;

  • Continues to require that the main digital broadcast stream simulcast the material aired on the analog signal;

  • Adopts a flexible bandwidth policy permitting a radio station to transmit high quality audio, multiple program streams, and datacasting services at its discretion;

  • Allows radio stations to time broker unused digital bandwidth to third parties, subject to certain regulatory requirements;

  • Applies existing programming and operational statutory and regulatory requirements to all free DAB programming streams, but defers the issue of whether and how to apply any specific new public interest requirements;

  • Authorizes AM nighttime operations and FM dual antenna configurations;

  • Considers and addresses other technical matters, such as FM translator and booster operations and TV Channel 6 interference issues;

  • Defers discussion of whether the Commission should impose content control requirements that would prevent listeners from archiving and redistributing digital musical recordings transmitted by digital broadcast stations;

  • Recognizes that further negotiations between the United States and the international community are taking place to resolve possible disputes about the implementation and operation of DAB by domestic radio stations;

  • Dismisses several pending Petitions for Reconsideration and Petitions for Rulemaking that asked, inter alia, the Commission to reconsider the adoption of iBiquity’s IBOC system as the technology chosen for DAB transmission;

  • Seeks further comment on appropriate limits to the amount of subscription services that may be offered by radio stations.



  • A few notes of my own:



  • The FCC mentions authority for "extended hybrid mode" on FM stations. This mode adds more digital capacity by adding digital carriers. However, these carriers fall between the digital carriers authorized in "normal" hybrid mode, and the station's analog signal. So if extended hybrid mode is going to cause interference (and it might), the interference will be to the station's own analog signal, not to other stations'.

  • LPFM and translator stations will be allowed to adopt IBOC. It's stated that IBOC operation may not be practical for LP10 (10-watt LPFM) stations.

  • Legal ID announcements will be required on all program streams, and digital multicast streams must be identified as such. "WZMF-2 Menomonee Falls" may not be legal - "WZMF Digital HD2 Menomonee Falls" might be. A "text ID" using the Program Associated Data may be adequate.

  • AM stations that have already notified the FCC of their daytime use of IBOC need not perform further notification to begin nighttime operation.

  • Comments were filed in an attempt to get the FCC to limit the IBOC power of "superpower" FM stations to what would be authorized to a "normal" station. For example, WOOD-FM in Grand Rapids, Mich. is authorized for 265kw analog power at 177m HAAT. IBOC digital power is regulated as a percentage of analog; in WOOD's case it would be allowed to run 2,650 watts of digital power. If WOOD wasn't grandfathered in at its pre-1964 power, it would be limited to 35,909 watts analog power, or 359 watts digital. The Commission dismissed this attempt; WOOD will get its 2,650 watts of digital power.

  • The U.S. is still in negotiations with Canada and Mexico. (A Canadian engineer and DXer filed comments arguing that IBOC is prohibited under bilateral treaties with both countries.) IBOC permits will contain a clause noting that they may be modified or revoked if international considerations require it.

  • Strangely enough, all of this was accomplished by creating only four new rules (47CFR73.401..73.404) and amending one. (47CFR73.1201, the station identification rule)



  • Going back to the international considerations...



    Canadian commenter Barry McLarnon quotes an article in the US-Canada agreement that states: "
    “Classes of emission other than A3E, for instance to accommodate stereophonic systems, could also be used on condition that the energy level outside the necessary bandwidth does not exceed that normally expected in A3E....”

    McLarnon argues that the IBOC digital carriers extend the station's bandwith to approximately 28KHz, far outside that necessary and normally expected from an A3E (regular analog AM) signal. He also notes that an identical clause exists in the US-Mexico agreement.

    Editorial comment: Barry is 100% right.
    Editorial comment: But since when does the U.S. government listen to any other country when there's money to be made?

    New AM station (not)

    San Luis Obispo, California: 850KHz
    Application for new station dismissed.

    Major AM station changes

    Tucson, Arizona: 1080KHz:
    KGVY requests move from Green Valley.
    1,700 watts daytime only, non-directional
    32-15-11N/110-57-44W

    Grafton, West Virginia: 1190KHz:
    WTBZ requests move from 1260KHz.
    4,500 watts daytime
    22 watts nighttime
    non-directional

    Bluffdale, Utah: 960KHz:
    KOVO granted move from Provo.
    50,000 watts daytime
    940 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (different patterns night & day)
    40-35-06N/112-04-20W

    Friday, May 25, 2007

    New AM station

    Rhinelander, Wisconsin: 640KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    620 watts daytime, non-directional
    400 watts nighttime, directional
    45-37-14N/89-26-25W

    Thursday, May 24, 2007

    AM frequency change in Pennsylvania

    Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: 1210KHz:
    WANB has applied to move from 1580.
    5,000 watts daytime only, non-directional.
    (replaces application for 500 watts daytime/17 watts nighttime non-directional on 1190KHz)
    This seems awfully close to Philadelphia's 50,000-watt WPHT on the same frequency.

    AM call changes


    Saraland, Alabama: 770KHz: WHOA for new station
    Sahuarita, Arizona: 1210KHz: KQTL => KEVT
    Jacksonville Beach, Florida: 1010KHz: WIOJ => WJXL
    Lafayette, Indiana: 1410KHz: WLAS => WSHY
    Greensburg, Kentucky: 1540KHz: WAKY => WGRK
    Orono, Maine: 1530KHz: WFGO for new station
    Frederick, Maryland: 820KHz: WTOP => WTWT
    Pocomoke City, Maryland: 1070KHz: WBEY for new station
    Kingsley, Michigan: 1210KHz: WLDR => WJNL
    Petoskey, Michigan: 750KHz: WWKK => WLDR
    Lima, Ohio: 940KHz: WLJM => WZOQ
    Allentown, Pennsylvania: 1470KHz: WSAN => WYHM
    Braddock, Pennsylvania: 1550KHz: WURP => WLFP
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina:1450KHz: WQJM => WRNN
    Pleasanton, Texas: 1380KHz: KAJG => KWMF
    Rural Retreat, Virginia: 660KHz: WCRR => WJRK
    South Boston, Virginia: 1400KHz: WAJL for new station

    Wednesday, May 23, 2007

    Major AM station change

    Carlsbad, Texas: 1590KHz:
    KEAS requests move from Eastland & power increase to 1kw (daytime only, non-directional)
    This is a move of 191km/118mi. to the southwest.

    Tuesday, May 22, 2007

    WLS-890 (temporary) format change

    WLS-890 Chicago will be reverting to its rock-n-roll roots on Memorial Day.

    WABC-770 New York has had successful annual "retro" days; now it's Chicago's turn to try. Should be interesting.

    Major AM station change

    Shenandoah, Texas: 1380KHz:
    KRCM granted move from Beaumont, a move of approximately 75 miles due west towards Houston.
    250 watts daytime
    69 watts nighttime
    non-directional at 30-11-42N/95-23-25W

    Thursday, May 17, 2007

    Tuesday, May 15, 2007

    New AM station

    Petal, Mississippi: 1520KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    50,000 watts daytime
    20,000 watts critical hours
    700 watts nighttime
    DA-3 (3 different patterns)
    31-23-23N/89-15-54W

    (Petal is near Jackson)

    Monday, May 14, 2007

    Major AM station changes

    Roanoke, Va.: 1290KHz:
    WOWZ granted move here from Appomattox and frequency change from 1280KHz.
    Power to increase to 10,000 watts (day) and add 17 watts night.
    Non-directional: single tower at 37-16-06N/79-54-46W.

    Revere, Mass.: 950KHz:
    WROL's application to move from Boston and increase night power to 5,000 watts directional dismissed at request of applicant.

    Friday, May 11, 2007

    AM frequency changes

    Tuba City, Arizona: 760KHz:
    KTBA has moved from 1050 to 760.
    Daytime power has been reduced to 250 watts, while nighttime power has increased to 60 watts. The transmitter site is unchanged.

    Victoria, Virginia: 650KHz:
    WHAN has been granted a move from 1430KHz in Ashland, Va.
    Daytime power will increase to 50,000 watts, directional.
    However, there will be no nighttime operation on the new frequency.
    The transmitter is moving to 37-22-27N/78-00-45W.

    Wednesday, May 09, 2007

    New AM stations

    Bishop, California: 1490KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional
    37-20-44N/118-23-43W

    Agana, Guam: 1017KHz:
    Application filed for new station.
    250 watts fulltime, non-directional
    13-25-53N/144-42-36E
    (this frequency is correct. Guam is in ITU Zone 3 where AM stations operate on 9KHz channels, not 10KHz.) (the East longitude is also correct.)

    Houghton, Michigan: 1340KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    1,000 watts day; 720 watts night, non-directional.
    47-06-13N/88-34-04W

    Bemidji, Minnesota: 1400KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional
    47-27-21N/94-50-17W

    AM station major change request

    Sanger, California: 1370KHz:
    KGEN has applied to move from Tulare.
    3,800 watts daytime
    102 watts nighttime
    Directional daytime only. (unusual for a station to be directional daytime but not at night!)
    36-39-39N/119-41-02W
    (slightly different coordinates of 36-39-37N/119-41-01W are specified for the nighttime operation but I'm pretty sure both sets refer to the same antenna system.)

    New AM stations

    Kenai, Alaska: 840KHz:
    An application has been filed for a new station.
    10,000 watts daytime, 1,900 watts nighttime, non-directional.
    60-30-38N/151-16-12W.

    Hilo, Hawaii: 1450KHz:
    An application has been filed for a new station.
    5,000 watts fulltime, DA-2 (different patterns day & night)
    19-42-34N/155-06-35W
    If granted, this would be the only U.S. station on 1450 with more than 1,000 watts power and the only one directional at night. Higher powers and directional antennas are not normally permitted on these "graveyard" frequencies.

    Hawthorne, Nevada: 1490KHz:
    A permit has been granted for a new station.
    790 watts fulltime, non-directional
    38-29-24N/118-37-11W.

    Kerrville, Texas: 1590KHz:
    An application has been filed for a new station.
    920 watts daytime, non-directional
    250 watts nighttime, directional
    30-04-52N/99-07-37W

    Saturday, May 05, 2007

    Call change in expanded band

    Kalamazoo, Michigan: 1660KHz:
    WQSN has changed call letters to WQLR.

    (presumably to save the WQLR calls for use elsewhere in a co-owned chain; the sister FM station that used to be WQLR has changed calls to WVFM)

    Call letters assigned for new AM stations

    Hampden, Maine: 750KHz: WRME
    Pocomoke City, Maryland: 1070KHz: WBEY
    South Boston, Virginia: 1400KHz: WAJL

    Friday, May 04, 2007

    AM major change dismissed

    Capleville, Tennessee: 1180KHz:
    WPLX's application to:
    - Move from Germantown
    - Move from 1170KHz
    - Change power to 5,000 watts daytime/26 watts nighttime/2,800 watts critical hours
    - DA-3 (different patterns day, night, and critical hours),
    - 35-08-31/90-08-06

    has been dismissed.

    The station has received a separate permit to make all the technical changes, but to keep Germantown as its city of license.

    New AM stations (not)

    Steamboat Springs, Colorado: 1340KHz:
    McNary, Texas: 1260KHz:
    Applications for new stations dismissed.

    New AM stations

    Gibsonia, Florida: 700KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    2,500 watts daytime
    250 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (different patterns day & night)
    28-08-33N/81-52-41W

    Bemidji, Minnesota: 1300KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    2,500 watts daytime
    600 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (different patterns day & night)
    47-26-32N/94-51-57W

    Leone, American Samoa: 900KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    5,000 watts daytime
    3,000 watts nighttime
    non-directional
    14-20-24S/170-46-22W

    Garapan, Saipan: 1440KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    3,000 watts daytime
    500 watts nighttime
    non-directional
    15-07-46N/145-42-13E

    Monday, April 30, 2007

    AM frequency change in Hawaii

    Honolulu, Hawaii: 880KHz:
    KHNR has moved from 870 to 880.
    2,000 watts fulltime, non-directional
    21-17-41/157-51-49

    New AM station

    Elko, Nevada: 1460KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    2,500 watts daytime
    250 watts nighttime
    DA-N (directional only at night)
    3 towers at 40-48-27/115-49-04

    Friday, April 20, 2007

    Major AM station change

    Shenandoah, Texas: 1380KHz:
    KRCM requests move from Beaumont.
    250 watts daytime
    69 watts nighttime
    non-directional, single tower at 30-11-42N/95-23-25W

    (Shenandoah is near Conroe)

    New AM station

    Carbondale, Colorado: 1240KHz:
    Application for new station.
    1,000 watts non-directional fulltime.
    39-25-06/107-10-40

    DX test: Nevada

    KXTO-1550, Reno will test for the first two weeks of July.
    Each morning from the 1st through the 15th, between midnight and 4am Pacific time, Morse IDs and sweeptones will be run near the top and bottom of each hour. On most of these dates, the test will run at 96 watts. But on the last two mornings, the test will run at 2,500 watts.

    Do NOT send reports to the station! Les Rayburn will handle verification for this test. DXtests.info has Les' email address and further information on this and other DX Tests.

    Nevada is a tough cookie to crack here in the East. Here's hoping this test is widely heard.

    Good luck!

    Major AM station change

    Roanoke, Virginia: 1290KHz:
    WOWZ applies to move from 1280 in Appomattox.
    10,000 watts daytime;
    17 watts nighttime;
    non-directional at all times from a single tower at 37-16-06N/79-54-46W.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2007

    Proposed AM changes

    Victoria, Virginia: 650KHz:
    WHAN requests move from 1430KHz at Ashland, Va.
    To be 50,000 watts daytime only, directional.
    2 towers at 37-22-27N/78-00-45W.

    Toronto, Ontario: 1610KHz:
    CHHA requests daytime power increase to 10,000 watts.
    Nighttime power to remain 1,000 watts.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2007

    Thursday, April 05, 2007

    New AM stations

    South Boston, Virginia: 1400KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional.
    36-42-35N/78-52-28W

    Greenville, Rhode Island: 1140KHz:
    Permit granted for new station.
    27,000 watts daytime
    1,200 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (different directional patterns day and night)
    41-53-29N/71-37-21W

    Pocomoke City, Maryland: 1070KHz:
    500 watts daytime
    250 watts nighttime
    DA-2 (different directional patterns day and night)
    38-04-45N/75-34-34W

    Wednesday, April 04, 2007

    AM frequency change in Arkansas

    Fordyce, Arkansas: 1590KHz:
    KBJT has moved from 1570.
    Daytime power increases from 810 watts to 4,700.
    Nighttime power increases from 8 watts to 35.

    City-of-license changes

    The FCC has released a list of stations that propose changes of city-of-license under new minor-change regulations:


    Station Old city New city
    KSAZ- 580 MARANA ,AZ QUEEN CREEK ,AZ
    NEW - 890 EXMORE ,VA RUSHMERE ,VA
    WUAM- 900 SARATOGA SPRINGS ,NY WATERVLIET ,NY
    WALD- 1080 WALTERBORO ,SC JOHNSONVILLE ,SC
    WEAF- 1130 CAMDEN ,SC SPRINGDALE ,SC
    NEW - 1180 BAXTER ,MN ROCKVILLE ,MN
    WESX- 1230 SALEM ,MA SAUGUS ,MA
    KUJ - 1420 WALLA WALLA ,WA FINLEY ,WA
    WGLD- 1440 RED LION ,PA MANCHESTER ,PA
    KQYX- 1450 JOPLIN ,MO GALENA ,KS
    KBRZ- 1460 FREEPORT ,TX MISSOURI CITY ,TX
    WRHC- 1550 CORAL GABLES ,FL DORAL ,FL
    KMUR- 1570 PRYOR ,OK CATOOSA ,OK
    WDPR- 88.1 WEST CARROLLTON ,OH DAYTON ,OH
    KVLW- 88.1 WACO ,TX GATESVILLE ,TX
    KAWS- 89.1 BOISE ,ID MARSING ,ID
    WVRI- 90.5 PAVO ,GA NASHVILLE ,GA
    WZRL- 90.7 WADE ,NC NEWTON GROVE ,NC
    KLZV- 91.3 STERLING ,CO BRUSH ,CO
    KLVR- 91.9 SANTA ROSA ,CA MIDDLETOWN ,CA
    KCKR- 91.9 KAPLAN ,LA CHURCH POINT ,LA
    NEW - 92.1 KING SALMON ,AK PORT LIONS ,AK
    WSGC- 92.1 ELBERTON ,GA LAVONIA ,GA
    KMKR- 92.1 OAKRIDGE ,OR CANYONVILLE ,OR
    NEW - 92.1 KAYCEE ,WY EVANSVILLE ,WY
    NEW - 92.5 OLD FORGE ,NY BLACK RIVER ,NY
    KDAD- 92.5 DOUGLAS ,WY BAR NUNN ,WY
    WJBT- 92.7 GREEN COVE SPRINGS ,FL HASTINGS ,FL
    NEW - 92.7 OCRACOKE ,NC PINE KNOLL SHOR,NC
    WQEL- 92.7 BUCYRUS ,OH RICHWOOD ,OH
    WEHM- 92.9 SOUTHAMPTON ,NY MANORVILLE ,NY
    NEW - 92.9 BUTTE FALLS ,OR TALENT ,OR
    KJDX- 93.3 SUSANVILLE ,CA POLLOCK PINES ,CA
    KNSX- 93.3 STEELVILLE ,MO HERMANN ,MO
    WTSM- 93.5 SPRINGFIELD ,VT SWANZEY ,NH
    KZDR- 93.7 CHEYENNE ,WY DEER TRAIL ,CO
    KLMR- 93.7 LAMAR ,CO DEER TRAIL ,CO
    KEZZ- 93.9 WALDEN ,CO BERTHOUD ,CO
    WYEC- 93.9 KEWANEE ,IL CAMBRIDGE ,IL
    KRDE- 94.1 GLOBE ,AZ SAN CARLOS ,AZ
    WZNY- 94.1 OLD FORGE ,NY CALCIUM ,NY
    WGMX- 94.3 MARATHON ,FL LAYTON ,FL
    WJKL- 94.3 ELGIN ,IL GLENDALE HEIGHT,IL
    KTIL- 94.3 TILLAMOOK ,OR GOVERNMENT CAMP,OR
    WNFZ- 94.3 OAK RIDGE ,TN POWELL ,TN
    KXKQ- 94.5 SAFFORD ,AZ MORENCI ,AZ
    WRFM- 94.5 WADESVILLE ,IN SMITH MILLS ,KY
    KMOA- 94.5 CALIENTE ,NV MOAPA ,NV
    KFLG- 94.7 KINGMAN ,AZ BIG RIVER ,CA
    WUPG- 94.9 CRYSTAL FALLS ,MI REPUBLIC ,MI
    KQMG- 95.1 INDEPENDENCE ,IA SOLON ,IA
    WXIL- 95.1 PARKERSBURG ,WV ELIZABETH ,WV
    WXLF- 95.3 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION ,VT HARTFORD ,VT
    NEW - 95.5 SILVERTON ,CO MOUNTAIN VILLAG,CO
    WLDI- 95.5 FORT PIERCE ,FL JUNO BEACH ,FL
    KWYY- 95.5 CASPER ,WY MIDWEST ,WY
    WHIO- 95.7 PIQUA ,OH SHARONVILLE ,OH
    NEW - 95.7 BURNSVILLE ,WV CRAIGSVILLE ,WV
    KKLD- 95.9 COTTONWOOD ,AZ CLARKDALE ,AZ
    KWLZ- 96.3 WARM SPRINGS ,OR WEST LINN ,OR
    WCTG- 96.5 CHINCOTEAGUE ,VA EDEN ,MD
    WUPZ- 96.7 REPUBLIC ,MI QUINNESEC ,MI
    KNMB- 96.7 CLOUDCROFT ,NM CAPITAN ,NM
    WFRM- 96.7 COUDERSPORT ,PA PORTVILLE ,NY
    KIMX- 96.9 LARAMIE ,WY NUNN ,CO
    NEW - 96.9 HUMBOLDT ,NE EFFINGHAM ,KS
    WQOK- 97.5 SOUTH BOSTON ,VA CARRBORO ,NC
    KFFR- 97.7 PULLMAN ,WA LAPWAI ,ID
    WGTI- 97.7 WINDSOR ,NC DUCK ,NC
    WRON- 97.7 RONCEVERTE ,WV ELLISTON-LAFAYE,VA
    NEW - 97.9 TUBA CITY ,AZ DONEY PARK ,AZ
    KDXT- 97.9 VICTOR ,MT LOLO ,MT
    NEW - 97.9 DANNEMORA ,NY KEESEVILLE ,NY
    KNRQ- 97.9 EUGENE ,OR TUALATIN ,OR
    KKUL- 98.1 GROVETON ,TX CAMDEN ,TX
    KZLA- 98.3 HURON ,CA RIVERDALE ,CA
    KYAR- 98.3 GATESVILLE ,TX LORENA ,TX
    KSAJ- 98.5 ABILENE ,KS BURLINGAME ,KS
    NEW - 98.5 MEYERSDALE ,PA CONFLUENCE ,PA
    NEW - 98.5 TORREY ,UT MILFORD ,UT
    KSXY- 98.7 MIDDLETOWN ,CA GEYSERVILLE ,CA
    WKGR- 98.7 FORT PIERCE ,FL WELLINGTON ,FL
    NEW - 98.7 STRATFORD ,NH BRETTON WOODS ,NH
    NEW - 98.7 SEYMOUR ,TX PLEASANT VALLEY,TX
    KPCR- 99.3 BURLINGTON ,CO FOWLER ,CO
    KRPH- 99.5 YARNELL ,AZ MORRISTOWN ,AZ
    KLVS- 99.5 GRASS VALLEY ,CA CITRUS HEIGHTS ,CA
    WXNR- 99.5 GRIFTON ,NC RIVER BEND ,NC
    WAOL- 99.5 RIPLEY ,OH AMELIA ,OH
    KNID- 99.7 ALVA ,OK MUSTANG ,OK
    NEW - 99.9 CEDAR KEY ,FL HOMOSASSA ,FL
    NEW -100.1 BRECKENRIDGE ,TX CISCO ,TX
    WTLX-100.5 COLUMBUS ,WI MONONA ,WI
    KTED-100.5 DOUGLAS ,WY EVANSVILLE ,WY
    KWFB-100.9 QUANAH ,TX HOLLIDAY ,TX
    WIQO-100.9 COVINGTON ,VA FOREST ,VA
    WDYL-100.9 CHESTER ,VA LAKESIDE ,VA
    WAVV-101.1 MARCO ,FL NAPLES PARK ,FL
    KMCL-101.1 MCCALL ,ID PARMA ,ID
    NEW -101.1 MERTZON ,TX WALL ,TX
    NEW -101.3 DINOSAUR ,CO PARACHUTE ,CO
    NEW -101.5 DRUMMOND ,MT FRENCHTOWN ,MT
    WKSW-101.5 URBANA ,OH ENON ,OH
    KGFM-101.7 BAKERSFIELD ,CA EDISON ,CA
    WNKO-101.7 NEWARK ,OH NEW ALBANY ,OH
    WELD-101.7 PETERSBURG ,WV MOOREFIELD ,WV
    KGDQ-101.9 COLORADO SPRINGS ,CO CENTENNIAL ,CO
    WIKS-101.9 NEW BERN ,NC GRIFTON ,NC
    WVRR-101.9 NEWPORT ,NH WESTMINSTER ,VT
    KIRQ-102.1 TWIN FALLS ,ID KIMBERLY ,ID
    WAMI-102.3 OPP ,AL FORT DEPOSIT ,AL
    KJJJ-102.3 LAKE HAVASU CITY ,AZ LAUGHLIN ,NV
    KQZR-102.5 CRAIG ,CO GYPSUM ,CO
    KFRX-102.7 LINCOLN ,NE PAPILLION ,NE
    WXCH-102.9 VERSAILLES ,IN HOPE ,IN
    WANK-102.9 MOUNT VERNON ,KY CRAB ORCHARD ,KY
    WDHT-102.9 SPRINGFIELD ,OH URBANA ,OH
    WROG-102.9 CUMBERLAND ,MD CHAMBERSBURG ,PA
    KAVD-103.1 LIMON ,CO PARKER ,CO
    WRKA-103.1 ST. MATTHEWS ,KY LYNDON ,KY
    WANB-103.1 WAYNESBURG ,PA MOUNT PLEASANT ,PA
    KJQY-103.3 LA VETA ,CO COLORADO CITY ,CO
    WFUS-103.5 BRADENTON ,FL GULFPORT ,FL
    NEW -103.9 LANESBORO ,MN CHATFIELD ,MN
    WYAB-103.9 BENTON ,MS FLORA ,MS
    WYAB-103.9 BENTON ,MS FLORA ,MS
    WFAS-103.9 WHITE PLAINS ,NY BRONXVILLE ,NY
    WWIZ-103.9 MERCER ,PA WEST MIDDLESEX ,PA
    WXCF-103.9 CLIFTON FORGE ,VA RUSTBURG ,VA
    WHHL-104.1 JERSEYVILLE ,IL HAZELWOOD ,MO
    KCAR-104.3 GALENA ,KS BAXTER SPRINGS ,KS
    WJZK-104.3 RICHWOOD ,OH WEST JEFFERSON ,OH
    NEW -104.5 EDEN ,TX GRAPE CREEK ,TX
    KVOU-104.9 UVALDE ,TX D'HANIS ,TX
    WZGA-105.1 HELEN ,GA HAYESVILLE ,NC
    WPDT-105.1 JOHNSONVILLE ,SC COWARD ,SC
    WALV-105.1 DAYTON ,TN LAKESITE ,TN
    KNVR-105.1 CAMERON ,TX THRALL ,TX
    WACR-105.3 ABERDEEN ,MS COLUMBUS AFB ,MS
    KLVA-105.5 CASA GRANDE ,AZ MARICOPA ,AZ
    WKQV-105.5 RICHWOOD ,WV COWEN ,WV
    NEW -105.7 OUTLOOK ,MT SOUTH HEART ,ND
    NEW -105.9 BELVIEW ,MN WINTHROP ,MN
    NEW -105.9 TECOPA ,CA AMARGOSA VALLEY,NV
    KRZX-106.1 MONTICELLO ,UT REDLANDS ,CO
    KSNN-106.1 ST. GEORGE ,UT LOGANDALE ,NV
    WRZZ-106.1 ELIZABETH ,WV PARKERSBURG ,WV
    KGRP-106.3 JENNER ,CA CAZADERO ,CA
    WVEZ-106.9 LOUISVILLE ,KY ST. MATTHEWS ,KY
    KSCY-106.9 BIG SKY ,MT FOUR CORNERS ,MT
    KMOQ-107.1 BAXTER SPRINGS ,KS COLUMBUS ,KS
    NEW -107.1 SARANAC LAKE ,NY DANNEMORA ,NY
    NEW -107.1 ALVA ,OK NORTH ENID ,OK
    WPLA-107.3 JACKSONVILLE ,FL GREEN COVE SPRI,FL
    KMJK-107.3 LEXINGTON ,MO NORTH KANSAS CI,MO
    KESY-107.3 CUBA ,MO STEELVILLE ,MO
    WNKT-107.5 ST. GEORGE ,SC EASTOVER ,SC
    WTWP-107.7 WARRENTON ,VA MANASSAS ,VA
    KVGS-107.9 LAUGHLIN ,NV MEADVIEW ,AZ
    KKLC-107.9 MT. SHASTA ,CA FALL RIVER MILL,CA
    KRVK-107.9 MIDWEST ,WY BAR NUNN ,WY

    Tuesday, March 27, 2007

    New AM stations

    Deer Lodge, Montana: 1400KHz:
    New station KBCK on the air.
    1,000 watts non-directional
    at 46-24-26N/112-43-08W.



    Savannah, Georgia: 1520KHz:
    permit granted for new station.
    50,000 watts daytime
    700 watts night
    DA-2 (two different patterns)

    Thursday, March 22, 2007

    Nighttime AM IBOC approved - final IBOC rules adopted

    The Radio Ink online news site reports the FCC has this morning approved final rules for digital terrestrial radio in the US.

    Read the link for more details. A few highlights:


  • No prior FCC approval is necessary to begin digital operation.

  • AM stations, previously limited to daytime-only digital operation, will be allowed to run their digital signals at night.

  • Stations must offer at least one free-to-air program stream, simulcasting their analog signal. Additional program streams may be broadcast, either free or subscription. (FM only; AM IBOC lacks the technical ability to multicast)

  • Content rules - EAS, legal IDs, etc. - will be applied to all streams of the IBOC signal.

  • Digital-only stations will not be allowed at this time. (apparently this will stymie the plans of North Carolina stations WHDX and WHDZ which had reportedly planned to sign on as digital-only operations) IBOC stations must maintain their analog operations.

  • No deadline has been set for shutting down analog radio and going digital-only.


  • The FCC has not yet released a Public Notice on this. (keep an eye on the FCC website.) Usually, this kind of proceeding takes effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register; said publication will take between a few days and a week. So one might expect AM stations to begin operating in digital mode at night in about 5 weeks, around the beginning of May. I would not rule out the possibility of stations that are already operating IBOC during the day receiving Special Temporary Authority to engage in nighttime digital operation before the new rules go into effect. Indeed, I would not rule out blanket Special Temporary Authority to cover all IBOC stations.

    Many of the 50kw clear-channel stations are already equipped for IBOC and will likely begin operating at night as soon as the rules go into effect. The likely result will be massive interference in the 640-1220 and 1500-1580KHz bands. I don't see the new rules spurring many stations to add IBOC though, if they aren't already running it. IBOC is not particularly popular among the smaller stations in 540-630, 1230-1490, or above 1580KHz and I don't think it will become so particularly quickly.

    I guess time will tell.

    edit:
    More links:
    FCC News Release


    Commissioner statements:
    Kevin Martin
    Michael Copps
    Jonathan Adelstein
    Deborah Taylor Tate
    Robert McDowell


    Radio World article
    another Radio World article