August 5, 2020 at 11:24 am #47351
Phone line?August 5, 2020 at 11:52 am #47353jr_techParticipant
As I understand it, KRAB was dxed from a location just off of Skyline Bvd. … the signal did drop out occasionally and then the reciever AGC line turned on a tape player that played a station ID. “This is K B O O , Portland”
August 6, 2020 at 4:29 pm #47360russell-curryParticipant
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“even with some altitude, it’s pretty amazing reception. My aunt and uncle lived just south of Chehalis. Listening from there with a pretty good portable radio as of the early ’70s, 107.7 was barely perceptible. The signal was maybe about what KEXP is now.August 6, 2020 at 5:21 pm #47362Jeffrey KoppParticipant
The KRAB receiver was a dual-filtered Scott in Harold Singleton’s house on Council Crest Drive, next to where Stonehenge is now. KRAB’s transmitter was at 9029 Roosevelt Way, with a height of 352 feet. KRAB would play an 11kHz tone during their station IDs, which was filtered at both station’s transmitters, and would trigger a modified Muntz 4-track player with the KBOO ID tape cartridge. During fades of KRAB’s signal, the static would trigger the tape.August 8, 2020 at 3:14 pm #47375russell-curryParticipant
A few years ago while in Seattle, I took my Sangean PRD-18 to the top floor of the Columbia building, I think the 72nd. I just had time to do a quick run-thru at three of the windows. At the south-facing one, 89.3 from Olympia came in beautifully, as did 104.3, which I’m pretty sure was Centralia, not Bellingham. I didn’t pick up any Portlands. These days, it would about have to be one that was .2 MHZ from a local, but I think that radio has the selectivity to do that if the Portlander was coming in with any strength.August 9, 2020 at 7:23 am #47378ChicoParticipant
The Bellingham moved to 104.1 quite some years ago now, so it was likely Centralia, Russell. There is now a 104.3 in Vancouver but it is only 9100 watts and directional so not likely you caught that one.
Before the days of widespread LPFMs and translators on every frequency, PDX 101.1 and 101.9 made quite regular showings even in my turf north of Seattle. Especially during summertime ducting conditions. If you have a selective tuner, both 92.3 and 97.1 will come in as well, but both of those frequencies are one notch from a local class C so that is a tough get in day to day listening.August 9, 2020 at 11:05 am #47379
Without doing any research, I’m going to guess that the Bellingham station moved to 104.1 before the Centralia station went on the air.August 9, 2020 at 11:28 am #47380
The FCC just threw out the duplication rule. They had intended to do so, as an AM improvement but 36 hours before the final vote, decided to include FM! This means that Seattle FMs could simulcast on stations with towers in the Olympic Mountains! For example, KOMO could add a second simulcast on an actual Seattle FM and retain KOMO-FM!August 9, 2020 at 1:40 pm #47382Andy BrownParticipant
The last gasps of a dying medium.September 7, 2020 at 7:08 pm #47746chessyduckParticipant
Covered heavily in the trade press , the Ocean Station Trust II (I-Heart Media divesture properties) recently unloaded KTDD Eatonville Washington (104.9 MHz, 17kw ERP, 124M HAAT) for $320,000. The buyer was Oregon-based 247 Media Ministries who also owns KURT in Prineville. KTDD was originally a Class A but upgraded to a class C3 with a heavy null (-10db) towards Olympia. Tacoma, Fife and surrounding areas do fall inside the 60dBu contour. The 70dB area is mostly pastureland however.
Ocean Trust had to show the Courts progress with their merger/divesture effort so the Workship 247 folks got a good deal – a station even has HD facilities.September 7, 2020 at 8:34 pm #47747mwdxer1Participant
I used to listen to KRAB on the Oregon Coast. 107.7 always comes in well as most of the main Seattle stations. Some in HD, especially KJR 95.7. The Cougar Mt TX sites are always better than Tiger Mt for some reason. I even got a QSL out of KRAB about the time they were sold. They had planned to return to the air, but it never happened I guess.September 8, 2020 at 9:22 pm #47763ChicoParticipant
KRAB did return to the air, sort of…
The Jackstraw Foundation, which administers the funds generated by the sale of 107.7, tried and failed to take over class C1 89.5 Seattle from the Seattle school district. Licking their wounds from that debacle, they ended up starting Class A KSER Everett, and later added Class A KXIR Freeland (on Whidbey Island.) They never really recaptured the spirit of Milam or the original KRAB- I am sure KBOO is a much more robust example of current-day KRABiness. They have settled in to a rather milquetoast existence as a community station serving a fairly industrial suburban county. Democracy Now! is about as radical as they get in programming.
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