Thursday, January 31, 2008

AM station applications reinstated

Fifteen applications for new AM stations in Alaska and Hawaii have been reinstated, after being previously dismissed by the FCC. All stations are 1,000 watts day & night, non-directional, unless otherwise noted.

Chugiak 1200kHz (50,000 day/30,000 night)
Fairbanks 1340kHz
Hope 1360kHz (10,000 watts)
Juneau 1210kHz (amended from 1190)
Juneau 1400kHz
Ketchikan 1260kHz (amended from 1250)
Kotzebue 1260kHz (700 watts. Amended from 1,000 watts on 1230.)
Petersburg 1270kHz
Tyonek 1360kHz (10,000 watts)
Whittier 1400kHz
Willow 1250kHz (50,000 day/39,000 night)

Keahou 1300kHz (5,000 watts. Amended from 1280kHz with 660 watts; city spelling changed from Keauhou)
Paukaa 1400kHz (2,500 watts)
Waihee 1300kHz (10,000 watts)
Wailuku 1300kHz (16,000 watts)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

1680 station testing in California

Monitoring Times reader Steve Green is reporting an experimental station on 1680kHz in El Centro, California. WD2XUM is testing with IDs, a countup, and a long tone.

Nothing heard here in Tennessee, but California is a long ways off from here!

Friday, January 25, 2008

AM station major change denied

Bexley, Ohio: 1000kHz:
WSLW denied move from 1310kHz in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The move would have cost White Sulphur Springs its only radio station. A permit for FM station WXMD (93.3) had once existed there, but the permit was allowed to expire unbuilt. The FCC does not generally allow the deletion of the only operating station in a community.

(ironically, there's nothing they can do if the owners of WSLW choose to simply surrender the station's license for cancellation... which is exactly what the owner of one AM station in Illinois has promised to do if he's not allowed to move his station...)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

AM frequency change in South Carolina

Saluda, South Carolina: 1200kHz:
WJES has moved from 1190kHz.
Daytime power increases from 350 watts to 10,000.
Adds 4 (four) watts nighttime.
Remains non-directional at all hours.
Power is reduced to 6,100 watts during "critical hours". (the 2 hours following sunrise and the two hours preceding sunset)

New AM station granted

Big Spring, Texas: 730kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
230 watts daytime
300 watts nighttime
Directional, different patterns day & night.
Towers at 32-13-04N/101-29-25W.

AM call changes

Fairhope, Alabama: 660: WWFF to WXQW
San Francisco, California: 1260: KOIT to KSFB
Santa Maria, California: 1240: KSMA to KSMX
Macon, Georgia: 1280: WLCG to WIBB
Indianapolis, Indiana: 1070: WIBC to WFNI
Kansas City, Kansas: 1250: KKHK to KYYS
Pratt, Kansas: 1290: KWLS to KMMM
Frankfort, Kentucky: 1490: WFKY to WKYW
Glasgow, Kentucky: 1230: WWKU to WCDS
Plum Springs, Kentucky: 1450: WCDS to WWKU
Jackson, Missouri: 1170: KUGT to KJXX
East Missoula, Montana: 930: KLCY to KMPT
Catoosa, Oklahoma: 1570: KMUR to KZLI
Harrogate, Tennessee: 740: WRWB to WCXZ
El Paso, Texas: 920: KBNA to KQBU
Centerville, Utah: 1600: KXTA to KTUB
Hampton, Virginia: 1490: WLRT to WXTG
Wenatchee, Washington: 1340: KWWX to KZNW

Saturday, January 19, 2008

New AM station; station gone

Fairbanks, Alaska: 1300kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional.

Toronto, Ontario: 1280kHz:
CFBN deleted at request of licensee.
Originally built as travelers-information station for Lester Pearson Airport; more recently switched to a business news format.

Friday, January 18, 2008

FCC typo

One item in today's FCC Daily Digest read:

NICOLAS PAULA. Issued a monetary forfeiture in the amount of $17,000 to Nicolas Paula for failure to operate an unlicensed radio transmitter on 94.5 MHz in Bronx, New York, and for failure to permit a station inspection. Action by: Regional Director, Northeast Region, Enforcement Bureau. Adopted: 01/16/2008 by Forfeiture Order. (DA No. 08-114). EB DA-08-114A1.doc DA-08-114A1.pdf DA-08-114A1.txt

I presume you cannot in fact be fined $17,000 for not operating a pirate radio station! (indeed, this item seems to suggest even pirates are at risk, unless they use 94.5MHz and a transmitter in the Bronx!(grin)!)

The original is here:

Monday, January 14, 2008

Major AM station change granted

Silvis, Illinois: 1580kHz:
WKKD granted move from Aurora.
Daytime power from 170 watts to 1,400
Nighttime power from 200 watts to 1,000
Tower moves to 41-33-57N/90-25-18W
Station remains directional with different patterns day & night. (but I'll bet both patterns are changing)

This is a move across the state, from a Chicago suburb to the Quad Cities.

Friday, January 11, 2008

DX Test: Washington

Seattle, Washington: 1300kHz:
KKMO will run a DX Test on January 13th:

An e-mail from CE Monte Passmore indicates everything is set to go for the
test this Sunday morning. Please note, the station WILL now use Morse code
and sweep tones to maximize opportunities to hear the station. Here are the

Date: Sunday morning (late Saturday night), Jan. 13, 2008.
Time: 12 - 12:15 a.m. Pacific Time, 0800 - 0815 UTC.
Modes of Operation: 5,000 watts using non-directional antenna pattern.
Programming: From 12:00-12:10 a.m. PST, programming will consist of 1,000 Hz
tone at 0 db. From 12:11-12:15 a.m. PST, programming will consists of
college football marching songs. Morse code and sweep tones are now also
scheduled as part of the test.

For info on QSLs, please click on this link:

Good luck to everyone in hearing this most exciting test.

Jim Pogue
IRCA/NRC Joint Broadcast Test Committee Coordinator
Memphis, TN

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

AM station deleted

Virginia, Minnesota: 1400kHz:
WEEP's renewal application has been denied.

Original FCC document

The station's license expired on April 1st, 2005. In June 2006, the FCC wrote the licensee to advise their license had expired & any operation of WEEP was unauthorized. The station responded with a Petition for Reconsideration and a renewal application.

However, in those documents they acknowledged the station has been off the air since November 2002, when the transmitter failed.

An Act of Congress requires the FCC to cancel the license of any station that remains off the air for more than a year.

An attempt had been made to sell WEEP to the City of Virginia - however, since no license exists to sell, I guess that deal is off...

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Amendment to application for new AM station

Melba, Idaho: 1100kHz:
Applicant has amended their application to increase daytime power from from 500 watts to 50,000 and night power from 500 watts to 1,000. Also proposes dropping its daytime directional antenna (but will remain directional at night) and moving the towers to 43-18-46N/116-30-32W.