Is KOHI signal really back up to strength?

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  • #41250
    DimensionZ
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    I used to be able to get KOHI St. Helens pretty well here at the south end of Beaverton. I know they were operating at low power for awhile while they were rebuilding and/or moving their antenna. They were supposed to have finished their new antenna but I still can’t get them at all–even in the daytime I get the Eugene OPB facility more than anything. I don’t have any email or anything to get a hold of them. Does anybody here know anything?

    #41265
    Andy Brown
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    According to the FCC database, KOHI is currently licensed for non directional 1 kW day, 0.012 kw night, and has no recent authorizations for rebuilding or moving their antenna nor any special temporary authority to operate at anything other then normal parameters.

    This does not mean that repairs to their existing antenna may have forced them to operate at a lesser power or even be off the air for a single or several occurrences while undergoing repairs. Only when they must operate at less than licensed parameters for an extended period of time is it required to notify the FCC as long as it is at their licensed location. This may or may not include operating at night time parameters during the day or be off the air for short periods of time.

    #41268
    jr_tech
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    I don’t hear them at all in Hillsboro… At one observation (4/29/15) they had a decent signal (5-8 over S-9) on my Icom 8500. All I hear today on 1600 is the OPB station at about S-6.

    Contact info from FCC public file:
    https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/am-profile/kohi

    #41430
    Alfredo_T
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    I checked 1600 this afternoon, and I heard nothing!

    #41553
    Alfredo_T
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    I checked this morning, a bit before 9:00 AM, and I only heard weak skip signals from the Eugene OPB station and another station. I think that I heard some activity on 1600 in the afternoon about two weeks ago, but I now don’t know whether that was KOPB or KOHI. Is KOHI gone for good?

    #41554
    jr_tech
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    Just called the station… they said that they have been low power mode since Sept. 30 for construction of a new antenna. Said the new antenna should be done in 30-45 days.

    #41555
    nosignalallnoise
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    KOHI was the first station I remember DXing, as I recall completely by accident. I was tuning around on a crappy Rat $hack SW100 and came across this very faint sounding station at the top end of the dial. Having a huge fascination with the coast at the time (I think I was maybe 10 or 11) I had come under the impression I was DXing Astoria!

    Of course years later I did end up DXing Astoria when I got my first real stereo receiver (a 1980s Sony) and was pulling in KAST on 92.9. This was a couple years before the bible thumpers on 92.7 started jamming it. I think I also discovered KXXO kind of around that same time.

    #41556
    Alfredo_T
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    Then, likely the station I heard under KOPB was KOHI and not a skywave signal.

    #41560
    Borderblaster
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    #41562
    jr_tech
    Participant

    Alexa, tune in KOHI… works fine.

    #42720
    W7PAT
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    Any update on KOHI? What power level are they broadcasting during the day now? I no longer hear them in Beaverton/Aloha area during the day. It’s about 11 AM and I am listening to KOPB-AM from Eugene and sometimes radio India from Blaine.

    #42724
    Alfredo_T
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    Call me Captain Obvious–I am now convinced that the owners of KOHI believe in the Bustos philosophy. That is, do the minimum to meet FCC requirements, which entails a certain minimal level of work to keep the AM license active. The AM broadcast itself is not a priority because it expected that listeners have long migrated to the Internet or FM (if there is a translator).

    #43667
    vrooms
    Participant

    KOHI 1600 is much stronger now than in the past months. I heard on one of their local shows months ago say that they were at 100 watts. I’m in Kalama and they are listenable from Ridgefield to Longview in my SUV. KOHI original tower across from the Village Inn is gone. On the JRC NRD 545 receiver & 300′ long wire KOHI is S-9 +40db. in Kalama.

    #43798
    vrooms
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    Today Marty (co-owner?) of KOHI 1600 said that KOHI is now broadcasting at 700 watts. Hoping to be at 1,000 watts soon.

    #43799
    semoochie
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    There is no recent FCC reference at all about KOHI except an EEO, filed last May. If their tower is gone and they plan to be back on the air, I’d like to know how it can be legal! As a matter of fact, I’d like to know how it can be legal for their tower to be gone!

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