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)

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

    Include return postage.

    See 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 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

    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]; 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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)