Towers & Such 2021

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  • #49622
    semoochie
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    On the contrary, it’s the best way to get people to listen to the HD2s and 3s. If they know they can hear the same programing that’s on the translator but at a greater distance and clearly, they might be swayed to buy an HD equipped radio! Of course, the station has to promote that fact.

    #49693
    boisebill
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    I have no idea where to put this so here it is.
    KCRW-LP is now officially DKCRW-LP since Tribune has filed to delete the station/license. Just paperwork as KCRW-TV will continue the programming!

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    #49696
    semoochie
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    KCRW is in Santa Monica. Did you mean to say, KRCW?

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    #49698
    chessyduck
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    Here’s the FCCdata entry:

    https://fccdata.org/?facid=&call=DKRCW&ccode=1&city=&state=&country=US&zip=&arn=&party=&lmspf=&lmspl=&party_type=LICEN&latd=&lond=&lang=en

    Any reason for zapping this license? Okay, it was only a few hundred watts and on crummy channel 5 but still Tribune shareholders could use the money if it were sold off.

    #49699
    nosignalallnoise
    Participant

    Would anybody these days even want it, considering how intolerant of RF interference, electrical noise and zodiacal alignments ATSC is? IIRC the only reason it was on channel 5 was because it’s a leftover from when they were broadcasting NTSC there. Many a late summer afternoon I would be at my mom’s house observing KING ghosting over KRCW!

    Regarding DKRCW:

    Some time ago somebody mentioned (think it was Andy_Brown) that broadcast call letters were nearing exhaustion (and I don’t wonder, considering how many are still assigned to vessels that were decommissioned and broken during the Ford administration). Why are the FCC not issuing alphanumeric calls to broadcast stations a la wireless fixed service call letters (e.g. The All-New 102.4 KZYX123!), or is there something technically or legally preventing themfrom doing so? It seems like if there were a shortage of callsigns that would be a viable solution, but then again it’s simple and makes logical sense so maybe that’s why they haven’t pursued it. I mean, look how the phone company ultimately handled the NPA exhaustion problem.

    #49732
    chessyduck
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    On Google Earth a zoom-in of Oaks Amusement Park shows the 1040/1410 diplexed AM tower. Question: Is this the same physical tower that was there during the KLIQ AM 1290 days? As a little kid I was amazed to see a radio station in the park although I suspect the KLIQ old offices/studios are long gone.

    #49737
    Andy Brown
    Participant

    Yes. I live nearby.

    #49753
    chessyduck
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    While researching some Portland radio history I saw that KDBX (ex-KBBT, now KXJM) had an original CP as a Class A (2kw) from a site north of North Plains off of Pumpkin Ridge Rd. Did it actually operate from there? Google Earth does not show any remaining transmitter shed or antenna up at that location. The antenna only would have been 21 meters tall. (Ironic how Hillsboro or even Forest Grove did not get the 298A FM assignment but the smaller town of Banks. Of course 107.5 is now a massive Class C0.)

    #49756
    Andy Brown
    Participant

    IIRC the initial 107.5 site was in somebody’s garage.

    #49758
    Randy_in_Eugene
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    KDBX started as a contemporary Christian music station owned by former KGW/KING/KHJ/KFRC personality, Bob Anthony. He actually obtained a CP to increase to a C3 at that site, but the FAA said no due to a nearby airstrip and the possibility of interference from 107.5 into the aircraft band. He didn’t have the capital to finance a move, so he sold to Salem Communications, which two years later sold it to American Radio Systems. In spite of the low power and location, I could often hear it in Eugene during enhanced tropo.

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