February 14, 2021 at 3:26 pm #49723
Not really a Salem station but Corvallis instead.
I notice KORC LPFM now has a nice website, complete with an audio stream: https://www.korcfm.com/
Perhaps this board needs a “Valley Radio Happenings” to catch all the Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, etc. happenings..February 19, 2021 at 12:05 am #49779
105.5 The Moon has their stream back up and running. Still no power and/or internet at the transmitter site.March 2, 2021 at 5:23 pm #49896
Two photos from the recent KTUP/KMWV tower climb appear on the KTUP website under this annoucement –
The small photo on the bottom appears to be a view from the tower heights of Prospect Hill.March 4, 2021 at 2:02 pm #49916
On 2/24 the FCC approved the modification to the former K228FN translator on 93.5. Distell’s engineers changed the antenna pattern and frequency to 93.3 MHz. A slight power increase to 250 watts included, the station will relay KWBY Woodburn as K227DU.
I don’t hear any “FM 93.3” announcements yet on KWBY, but certainly KKNU 93.3 Eugene’s coverage into Salem will be lost with the change. Here’s the engineering study:
The paperwork says KWBY will be received directly off the air — I hope not as the nighttime power of 200 watts really would be weak into the Prospect Hill transmitter site. (I suspect it will be an Internet-audio fed from Bustos’ Portland complex.)March 4, 2021 at 2:54 pm #49918
Feeding a translator at 93.5 by any means other than OTA is in violation of the rules.March 4, 2021 at 3:10 pm #49919
Nope, not for the AM/FM fill-in types that are within the primary station’s contour. For the non-fill-in types we then get into the NCE-vs-non-NCE rules as to whether they can be satellite-fed or must be via direct-OTA. Gosh, even the FCC now has “Internet” as one of the feed options in the translator application forms. As always, the applicant can seek an exception..
Nearly all AM-to-FM cross service translators use an Internet or STL feed to get that pristine FM-quality audio.March 4, 2021 at 3:26 pm #49920BroadwayParticipant
Don’t know why Bustos needed to drop down a tick on the dial…coverage was fine at “more clear” 93.5 than now going co-channel on a station that reaches good portion of Salem. My guess this will not work.March 4, 2021 at 3:46 pm #49921
“Nope, not for the AM/FM fill-in types that are within the primary station’s contour. “
I was assuming they were exceeding that limit. They really crunched coverage to the south and to the west to keep inside that contour. Isn’t this the translator that used to be in downtown on the top of the Capitol Center? I think there is an old thread laying around here where we discussed that very point, that Prospect was going to have issues going south. My experience with antenna design like that is that it is easier to pass FCC requirements than it is to get an antenna built that does that AND performs well in the major lobe without artifacts created by deep nulling.March 4, 2021 at 4:10 pm #49922
Yes, a deep-dive into that engineering study shows K227DU really bumps up against the KKNU protected contour. KKNU could run some spots asking for listener complaints – some stations have been doing that and the end-result was the translator had to drop power or change frequency.
(Oh yes, I am a fan of the older, simpler rules regarding translators. At some point local-origination, not just “geo-casting”, will come to pass. We already have the 30-second underwriting-spot rule which allows remote translator to have a 30-second hourly announcement to ask listeners to send in support monies to the local PO box… I don’t think I actually have heard one implemented. )March 31, 2021 at 3:28 pm #50185April 1, 2021 at 7:56 pm #50187theedgerParticipant
This makes me think of the 104.7 translator near Portland that moved because too many people complained it interfered with KDUK. How long before the 93.3 translator makes a move?April 1, 2021 at 11:00 pm #50188semoochieParticipant
I thought they moved because you couldn’t hear them with KDUK there!April 9, 2021 at 10:15 am #50275
KTUP has returned to Internet streaming with a new provider:
(BroadcastMatrix is the company behind the arrangement per Arturo Sarmiento’s discussion on his radio show today.)April 18, 2021 at 4:59 pm #50375
Valley Broadcasting Associates , the people behind KWIP, launched a new Andoid/IPhone app to listen to their audio stream and receive station updates.
The ironic piece is their Sonic Panel streaming audio server new URL: https://kccs-streaming.com/9902/stream;
I assume this server somehow was associated with KCCS at some point. (It’s a 96 kbps stream.)April 27, 2021 at 10:39 am #50434
KAJC, the 560-watt religious station on 90.1 is undergoing an ownership change. A non-profit was formed called “KAJC-FM”and they will operate the station.
The sale terms show a monthly fee of $2,000 until the sale is FCC-approved. While the transmiiter site will remain south of Monmouth on 99-W, KAJC will be booted from their current Calvary Chapel studios in Independence per the transfer agreement.
Ironically, while KAJC has a city-of-license of Salem but its 60dBu contour does not even touch the capital city; instead KAJC completely covers only Monmouth and Adair Village. (KAJC overlays about 95% of Independence.)
(In 2008 KAJC had a CP to move the CoL to Millersburg and build a 1.15kw ERP facility east of Albany but that permit expired.)
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