Thursday, February 22, 2007

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Another 87.9 (and Class D) station??

A new-station application in Alaska is trying to get around two FCC
policies...

- The proposed Akiachak station would operate on 87.9MHz...
- It would be a Class D station...

Proposed facilities are 50w/23m at 60-54-34N/161-25-53W - just a few
miles up the Kuskowim River from Bethel in southwest Alaska. While the
applicant is an individual, the application indicates the station would
be operated by students at Akiachak School.

Why they chose 87.9 is beyond me. FM stations within 100 miles:
91.9 translator
94.3 permit for translator
96.1 translator, plus a permit for another translator elsewhere
100.1 KYKD, class C3 station

Obviously there are many, many other channels available for a
low-powered FM station in Akiachak. And if they can afford 50 watts,
surely they can afford 100 - becoming a Class A station and not having
to get a waiver to the "no new Class Ds" policy too...

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Utah DX test March 19th

www.dxtests.info

KMTI 650khz Manti, UT Maintenance Test
Date(s): Monday Morning (Late Sunday Night) March 19, 2007

Time: Midnight until 0200AM Mountain Time (2 Hour Long Test)

Modes of Operation: 10Kw DA-2

Programming: Morse Code ID's, Sweep Tones, Voice ID.

Notes: Arranged by NRC Member, John Tucker, KG7RS, of Mesa, AZ. John stopped by KTMI during a recent road trip and convinced engineer Doug Barton to run some special programming during his next maintenance period! That's "grass roots" DX testing in action!

Reception reports are desired via e-mail (first choice) and
snail mail (only if e-mail is not available) Station would prefer
to received recordings of the test (MP3, CD, or cassette).
Submit reports to:

les@highnoonfilm.com

Please put "KMTI DX Test" in the subject line.

All standard mail reports should go to:
Les Rayburn
High Noon Film
100 Centerview Drive Suite 111
Birmingham, AL 35216

*SASE Required for reply.

Thanks to Doug Barton and the staff of KMTI for including us in their maintenance period! And a special thanks to John Tucker for arranging this test. This is a real chance for those on the East Coast to put a 2nd Utah station into their log books!


Les Rayburn, N1LF
NRC/IRCA Broadcast Test Coordinator
Please call anytime 24/7 if your transmitter
will be off the air for maintenance.
(205) 253-4867

Friday, February 16, 2007

New AM station

Saraland, Alabama: 770KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
38,000 watts daytime
800 watts nighttime
DA-2 (different patterns day & night)
30-51-39/88-05-37

(near Mobile)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

New AM stations (and dismissals)

Savannah, Georgia: 1520KHz:
Application filed for new station.
50,000 watts daytime, 6 towers
700 watts nighttime, 6 towers
DA-2 (two different patterns)
32-03-58N/81-12-05W

Pierre, South Dakota: 1400KHz:
Application for new station dismissed by FCC.

Jobos, Puerto Rico: 660KHz:
Application for new station dismissed by FCC.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

HD Radio DX!


For the first time, at 7:00 this morning I managed to get digital audio from a station more than 30 miles away!

The picture tells the story. While DXing old-fashioned analog with the ham rig, I noticed strong HD sidebands on 1030 and 1050, and WHO-1040 BLASTING in in analog. Grabbed the Recepter HD, patched it to the antenna, and almost immediately saw the "text ID" you see in the photo. Much to my surprise, about a second later the audio response changed - and I realized I was listening to WHO's digital signal.

It lasted for about 90 seconds, before WHO took a shallow fade & went back to analog. I got a few seconds of digital audio again about five minutes later.

I've received text IDs before, from WOWO-1190 Fort Wayne (on sunrise skip) and WOAI-1200 San Antonio. (at night, apparently on a FCC-sanctioned test) But this is the first time for audio from anything more distant than WPLN-1430. (about 25 miles)

Now, on to see if I can get any HD DX on *FM*!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

New AM stations

Royston, Georgia: 830KHz:
WBIC granted frequency change from 810.
1,200w daytime, non-directional
600w nighttime, directional
34-17-59N/83-07-22W

Mount Royal, Oregon: 1130KHz:
New station granted.
25,000w daytime, directional
490w nighttime, directional
(DA-2, two different patterns)
45-04-35N/122-48-27W

Lovelock, Nevada: 1450KHz:
New station granted.
1,000w fulltime, non-directional
40-12-22N/118-27-08W

Orono, Maine: 1530KHz:
New station granted.
50,000w daytime, directional
50,000w critical hours, directional
600w nighttime, directional
(DA-3, three different patterns)
44-50-39N/68-40-54W

Monday, February 05, 2007

Tornado vs. radio tower in Florida

This is supporting information filed in WCFB's (94.5 Daytona Beach, Fla.) application for special temporary authority to use the WWKA-92.3/WHTQ-96.5 (Orlando) transmitting tower & antenna.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

New AM station: Opp, Ala.

Opp, Alabama: 1590KHz:
New station granted.
500w daytime
190w nighttime
DA-2 at 31-18-00N/86-13-45W

Thursday, February 01, 2007

New station: Lake City, Florida

Lake City, Florida: 1450KHz:
New station granted.
1kw fulltime, non-directional
30-10-56N/82-37-20W