November 6, 2019 at 12:01 pm #43203
I have been enjoying the MeTV Music* format that is now on KXXP. The programming sounds very similar to what is on KBPS during the weekends. The only difference, of course, is that MeTV Music has very brief commercial interruptions, whereas KBPS has none.
I listened late yesterday evening, and it sounded as though MeTV Music used voice tracking with very limited breaks (perhaps, one out of every three to five songs was announced). I was left wondering, do all the dayparts sound the same, or do some time slots have more of a human presence (even if it is not live)?
* The official branding on the network’s logo is MeTV FM, but there is one affiliate that calls itself “MeTV Music” because its primary station is on AM.November 6, 2019 at 8:19 pm #43205Jeffrey KoppParticipant
I can’t receive it in Milwaukie.November 7, 2019 at 12:29 am #43208
Their protected contour ends somewhere in Gresham, so you can’t really expect a lot.November 7, 2019 at 10:14 am #43210
Possibly, some type of diffraction phenomenon over the West Hills is my friend out in Hillsboro, with regards to receiving KXXP. The reception using a rooftop log-Yagi is relatively noise-free. I can hear the station on a Walkman style radio, but I have to carefully position the headphone cord, and the signal is noisy. The station can be heard on a car radio, but there is noticeable multipath, and there is another station that occasionally pops in.November 7, 2019 at 11:03 am #43211
The only other station in the area is 7 watts in Astoria. I would be surprised if it occasionally “pops in”. It could be a pirate.November 7, 2019 at 11:19 am #43212jr_techParticipant
104.7 KDUK is fairly strong in the Hillsboro area, perhaps it could interfere with a weak 104.5.November 7, 2019 at 11:39 am #43213
I would think that KDUK’s “interference” would be fairly consistent in Hillsboro.November 7, 2019 at 11:45 am #43214
Radio-Locator lists the Astoria translator as 70 Watts, but I agree that it would be very unlikely to be heard in Hillsboro. I will have to keep listening to see if I can repeat my observation.November 7, 2019 at 1:19 pm #43215November 7, 2019 at 4:41 pm #43216ScreamerParticipant
It’s kinda spotty in NE Portland. Not really my cup of tea as far as an oldies/classic hits format.November 8, 2019 at 1:08 am #43223
I think you’re right and I looked at it wrong. Maybe, it is Astoria.November 8, 2019 at 10:47 am #43226W7PATParticipant
No problem hearing it in the Aloha/Beaverton area (except maybe close to Tualatin Mtns.). I can hear it fine on my portable radio and in the car driving around.November 8, 2019 at 11:20 am #43227
*Tualatin Mountains = West Hills.January 19, 2020 at 4:27 pm #43821chessyduckParticipant
I did some more listening to KXXP from different locations in the region. The main challenges are the secondary ridgelines. You can hear it in Monmouth but go north a few miles where the Amity / Eola Hills block coverage and zilch signal results. Nice copy in Woodburn but going north towards Wilsonville will decay the VHF path. Here in McMinnville the signal is marginal.. My rule of thumb is if you’re in a location that can “view” Mt Hood you should be able listen to KXXP.
Now the bad news…. crummy signal coverage is not the issue but 104.5’s audio just plain stinks.. Someone needs to clean uo the audio chain or improve the feed.. This must be via the Internet as I do not see any STL listed for the station. I don’t want to listen to MP3s over the radio…January 19, 2020 at 9:53 pm #43825W7PATParticipant
I’ve noticed that the signal is not as strong since snow and ice accumulated on their antenna. It should get stronger when it melts.
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