KXXO-96.1-Olmpia WA

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  • #9089
    mwdxer1
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    KXXO 96.1 Olympia WA was off for sometime. They seem to back on. They have claimed to be heard from Portland to Seattle. I would think KZEL Eugene would interfere with KXXO in Portland. Anyway, tonight I noticed a weak signal on 96.1. I was thinking it was Eugene, but I heard AC. I checked the KXXO website and it is them. They used to boom into the North Coast on any portable. I cannot even hear them on a portable. They are weak with the Sony XFR. They are still listed as 72KW ERP. I cannot believe that with that signal. Can anyone else hear them?
    Thanks.

    #9092
    jr_tech
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    They appear to be far weaker than “normal” I can hear them (weak and scratchy sounding) if I point my antenna north, while KZEL is solid when the antenna is pointed south. They used to be about equal. Perhaps they are on the 4 kW backup or have completed the move farther north…

    http://transition.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/fmq?state=&call=kxxo&city=&arn=&serv=&vac=&freq=0.0&fre2=107.9&facid=&asrn=&class=&dkt=&list=0&dist=&dlat2=&mlat2=&slat2=&NS=N&dlon2=&mlon2=&slon2=&EW=W&size=9

    The new search function (thanks Dan!) comes up with some previous discussion about the move of KXXO :

    http://feedback.pdxradio.com/forums/search/?bbp_search=kxxo

    #9094
    mwdxer1
    Participant

    Thanks. It looks like they will be dropping in power from Capitol Peak too. I wonder if they will be as strong? With their old location near Morton, they were semi-local. KOMO 97.7 is semi local here at their location. I wonder why the move in location, other than getting into Seattle better?

    Patrick

    #9095
    mwdxer1
    Participant

    In comparing the two coverage maps, the new location looks like it will cover the Northern Oregon Coast about as well as before, if the proposed coverage map is correct. However, KXXO will be a bit lower and have less power. Are there any other FM’s on Capitol? I checked KYYO 96.9 Olympia and they are running 11KW from a different peak.

    #9096
    jr_tech
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    #9098
    mwdxer1
    Participant

    The new KXXO site also seems to be close to the KWAO 88.1 site. They have a weaker signal here, but I do not know the directional pattern. I see KOMO 97.7 has a booster for Raymond with 500w.

    #9116
    semoochie
    Participant

    It was my understanding that they have to move in order for 96.5 in Warm Springs to move here on 96.3. I don’t know of any other reason. As far as I know, they’ve never moved before.

    #9117
    Andy Brown
    Participant

    The new KXXO antenna pattern is barely directional.

    http://tinyurl.com/lnrbvvu

    The new KXXO 60 dBu comes just about to Longview

    http://tinyurl.com/ncwxld9

    The old KXXO pattern was non directional.
    The old KXXO 60 dBu comes down all the way to Hazel Dell

    http://tinyurl.com/mztef39

    The gain for them is up in Seattle and Bremerton, even with the null in the direction of the Olympic Peninsula.
    The null is to protect CHKG-FM in Vancouver, B.C. and the reduced power protects KJR in Seattle and KWLZ down here (as well as CHKG). In other words, the power is up as high as can be before overlapping KJR and KWLZ and then a null sucks it in even more towards CHKG.

    http://tinyurl.com/nxegcjq

    #9130
    paulwalker
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    The thread is technical in nature, but I can offer that the folks who run this facility are very accommodating, friendly, and have a command of their market. It is what local radio should be, and is, in Olympia.

    #9139
    RobP
    Participant

    KXXO’s main site is on Rooster Rock, and it’s notorious for power outages. It’s not unusual for them to run on generator for days, and when the fuel runs out they switch to the backup (which they are on now) that has a lot worse coverage.

    Work is progressing on Capitol Peak – it’s been underway for a couple of years now.

    #9149
    semoochie
    Participant

    That’s good to know. It’s the first I’ve heard of any progress but they only have until the end of August. After that, they have to start over again.

    #9150
    Andy Brown
    Participant

    KXXO’s main site is 10 mi. north of Mossyrock in Lewis County, WA. Their auxiliary site is about 20 mi. NW of the main site in Thurston County and has an ERP of 4 kW.

    https://licensing.fcc.gov/cdbs/CDBS_Attachment/getattachment.jsp?appn=101036545&qnum=5340&copynum=1&exhcnum=2

    There is no broadcast radio service at Rooster Rock in Corbett, OR. in the Columbia Gorge.

    #9163
    RobP
    Participant

    As always, Andrew you are absolutely correct. However, it is totally nonsensical to think I was referring to Corbett, OR for a station whose COL is hundreds of miles away.

    The Lewis County site is referred to by station personnel as Rooster Rock. You won’t find that in a FCC database or on a Google map.

    #9164
    jr_tech
    Participant
    #9166
    Andy Brown
    Participant

    “it is totally nonsensical to think I was referring to Corbett, OR for a station whose COL is hundreds of miles away.”

    Hundreds? About one hundred. What use is referring to an obscure landmark that doesn’t show on a map when trying to relate a location to readers, Rob? Poor style on your part so don’t try and put the onus on me.

    “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
    ~ Dr. Seuss

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