April 21, 2017 at 1:10 pm #28572W7PATParticipant
Very sad Andy. I wish that the FCC would expand the FM dial but I fear that won’t happen. I do like the LP stations for small towns that don’t have any radio serving their community, but not in the metro areas. Only a few stations really serve the community, the rest are just jukeboxes.April 22, 2017 at 1:00 am #28581
I want to agree about LPFMs in small towns but then there’s Kisn. It’s been there for almost two years and I don’t listen all the time but when I do, I really enjoy it!April 22, 2017 at 1:48 am #28582
Sadly, these days, the only radio station advertisements that I see on triMet vehicles are for KOPB. The only places that I see AM radio stations routinely advertised are in The Portland Tribune.May 16, 2017 at 10:01 am #28989
The signal strength on 1150 kHz, as heard from Hillsboro, has been much weaker than normal for the last few days. Is the station transmitting from a backup location? Did they reduce power?May 17, 2017 at 9:18 am #29019jr_techParticipant
Interesting…about 6 dB lower here, and also noticed KXPD is off the air. Nothing yet on the FCC site about changes to either station.May 17, 2017 at 10:32 am #29024
On Saturday, during the thunder and hail storm, both KXPD and KBNP were off the air. I suspect at that time, there was a power failure at the shared tower site. Is KBNP off the air now? (I am in the RF attenuation bunker, so I can’t check.)May 17, 2017 at 11:10 am #29027jr_techParticipant
1410 (KBNP) is on the air, 1040 (KXPD) is not.May 24, 2017 at 10:39 pm #29292
I tuned in around 7:00 PM today, and 1150 was silent. A skywave signal with foreign language programming (Russian?) was starting to pop in.
Elsewhere on the dial, I noted that 1130 broadcasts C-QUAM AM stereo. I have been noting the pilot tone for a long time, but today, they were playing music, and I could hear some separation.May 24, 2017 at 11:37 pm #29293Craig_AdamsParticipant
Do we know the date the old KKEY tower site was taken down?May 25, 2017 at 12:18 am #29296
I don’t think anyone said it was yet. Perhaps, someone in Vancouver can look out the window.May 25, 2017 at 8:22 pm #29329washnotoreParticipant
The tower is still standing… There is a lot of summer left..May 26, 2017 at 12:19 am #29345
I listened sometime after 8PM and heard Spanish music but atmospheric conditions were not conducive to a pleasant listening experience. I left the car radio on the station and will try tomorrow in the daylight.May 26, 2017 at 1:08 pm #29357ZanderParticipant
The transmitting equipment was removed from the site on 5/24. the tower was scheduled to come down next Tuesday the May 30th, however due to delays in obtaining demo permits from the city of Vancouver the removal has been put off.
The Tower was originally going to be destructively dropped, however the property developer wishes to save the top section of the tower and lighting beacon to use as an architectural detail of the apartments that are going to be built. They like to preserve bits of history of the properties they develop. As a result it will be a much more complex removal of the tower.May 26, 2017 at 1:14 pm #29358Andy BrownParticipant
Super expensive to do that. To remove the top section of the tower means mounting a gin pole on the second section down from the top, securing the top section to the gin pole, unbolting and/or chiseling/torching the section free and lowering it to the ground OR using a really big crane to lift it off and lower it. I don’t know which is more cost effective but neither is cheap.
My guess is that while the property developer may think it’s a cool idea, the cost estimates might steer the story back to demolition. Or it’s a lesson that property developers are just making too much money.May 26, 2017 at 1:35 pm #29360ZanderParticipant
The developer is paying the cost difference between the drop and what Andy describes, it triples the cost of removing the tower.
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