Owners that stick 50 kW (plus KKAD later) into a small plot of land originally approved for a 5 kW station should be forced to live in the neighborhood that surrounds that one and a half acres or so."
Agreed. (Read on...)
I can't imagine what the folks living on adjacent properties along NE 32nd and NE 34th between NE 151st and NE 157th probably have an RF nightmare with over 50 kW being so close during the day and over 15 kW at night."
Standing in front of the tower site on NE 34th, they're pretty much guaranteed to be the only stations you'll ever pick up on mediumwave, apart from maybe KEX and KXL (if you're lucky enough to null out KKOV/KPAM. Two miles away (north of NE 18th Street/west of NE 138th Avenue), we still have to use line filters on the telefones because KKOV (and to a lesser extent, KPAM) bleeds in to the line, and usually not that far in the background. In KKOV's case, it started in the latter KVAN days, early-2000s, when they decided to kick the power up to.....what, 20000 watts daytime, then? For a little while, it certainly made it next-to-impossible to keep the computer connected to the network. I don't get much noise in my stereo system due to my short cable runs, but since the house is wired to a central stereo/CD player in the kitchen, with a speaker in each room and long cable runs (read: antennae) in the walls, it's noticeable.
Even where I am, the image problem's not as bad as it is over there, but it still causes problems at various points on the dial. KKOV also still happily hammers away at 3100 kHz on my shortwave rig just like always. The whole thing's a nightmare, really. </rant>
Posted on October 15, 2012 - 05:20 PM