Thursday, August 31, 2006

Recent DX

Sunday, August 27th:

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

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

Comments fixed

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

New stations


670KHz in Essex Junction, Vermont.

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


Applied for:

1450KHz in Battle Mountain, Nevada.

250/250 ND


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

Saturday, August 26, 2006

WBBR-1130 off

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

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

Friday, August 25, 2006

WISS-1090 Wis. to 1100

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Comments not working?

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"New" station in Philadelphia

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

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

New expanded-band station?

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

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

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

Applicants must:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Boston-area format change

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

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

    Friday, August 18, 2006

    IBOC tests in Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thursday, August 17, 2006

    FCC news summer 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Doug Smith W9WI
    Pleasant View (Nashville), TN EM66

    Wednesday, August 16, 2006

    FCC database (and what's new updates) down

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

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

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