July 28, 2020 at 7:42 pm #47256
Whatever is wrong with KZEL continues. I guess Cumulus won’t overnight replacement parts for the transmitter.July 29, 2020 at 4:37 pm #47265boisebillParticipant
How about real info instead of wild assed speculation. Trying to get a tower crew rounded up and antenna parts on site might be a reason for KZEL running on a low power backup.July 29, 2020 at 8:43 pm #47269
I’m better at wild-assed speculation. 😉July 31, 2020 at 6:12 pm #47302russell-curryParticipant
I picked up a station on or about 88.9, coming from I5 to where I live near Sheldon Plaza. They were discussing covid’s impact on high-school sports. I heard it for maybe three minutes, until I was almost home, but I can’t pick it up at all from here. Does anyone have any knowledge of this?July 31, 2020 at 7:31 pm #47303
I’m getting something billed as “Family Radio” on 88.9. It’s a religious format. Very Christian Bible-reading religious.
Edit: KQFE Springfield. “Relays KEAR-AM” out of San Francisco according to an FCC query.July 31, 2020 at 9:37 pm #47305russell-curryParticipant
Apologies–it was actually 87.9.August 1, 2020 at 7:48 pm #47308
I’m not getting any trace of anything on 87.5 .7 or .9.
I do recall that a few years ago there was a pirate station in Eugene operating on one of those frequencies. They bragged about it to Eugene Weekly. “We’re smarter than the FCC! They’ll never find us below 88.1! Bazinga!”
Of course they conveniently glossed over the fact that almost nobody was likely to find them.August 1, 2020 at 8:05 pm #47309BroadwayParticipant
Most car radios can get 87.7 87.9 FMAugust 2, 2020 at 11:28 am #47316Andy BrownParticipant
“ Most car radios can get 87.7 87.9”
That is no longer true. My 22 year old sled has digital tuning and if you step down from 88.1 it goes to the top again at 107.9. Her car is a 2017 and doesn’t go there either. In fact, the exact opposite of what you posted is the real truth.August 2, 2020 at 11:31 am #47317semoochieParticipant
What about the handful of stations on 87.9? Did they move them?August 2, 2020 at 7:51 pm #47321BroadwayParticipant
My car…a 04 Corolla
Wife’s car…09 CRV
Both receive 87.7 FM
Truth😀August 3, 2020 at 11:15 am #47323Alfredo_TParticipant
In my vague recollection, the PLL-tuned Chrysler/Mopar radios in Dodge Caravans in the 1980s could receive 87.9 but not 87.7. I remember this because at the time, I though that it would be cool to be able to hear channel 6 audio, but that was not possible.
In a previous vehicle that I owned, I installed a late 1980s Toyota radio because of its switchable AM bandwidths and its ability to decode C-QUAM AM stereo. This radio only tuned down to 87.9 MHz on the FM band.
The last two Honda vehicles that I have owned, one a 2010 model and the other a 2016 model, could receive both 87.7 MHz and 87.9 MHz. I find the inclusion of the former frequency highly ironic, as there are only a handful of places in the U.S. that have signals on 87.7 that could be received by an analog FM tuner. The Chicago and L.A. areas are two such places; they are home to channel 6 analog LPTV stations that are operated as radio stations. 87.9 MHz, known by the FCC as channel 200, is a legitimate FM broadcast frequency, although it only has two licensed users: one class-D station in Mountain View, CA and a translator in Sun Valley, NV.August 3, 2020 at 3:07 pm #47324boisebillParticipant
Was easy to change the JV car radio region I had so it would would tune 76 to 108 MHz.August 3, 2020 at 5:49 pm #47325Scott YoungParticipant
I never realized 87.9 was a legitimate FM broadcast frequency in the US. There are a TON of car modulators on 87.9 though. I can’t believe many are Part 15 compliant, judging from their coverage. It’s really interesting to monitor 87.9 while driving. You never know what you’re going to hear. I wish all the car modulators were down there instead of sprinkled throughout the band bothering LPFMs.August 3, 2020 at 7:09 pm #47326
Current VW models can tune 87.9. Why? Lol.
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