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The FCC quickly granted the Engineering STA on 7/27. Here is a copy of the FCC correspondence to Jackman Holding’s legal team. (The current owners are broadcast-centric lawyers from Northern Virginia.)
The Gorge is a tough area administratively – You have the Gorge Scenic Area, along with Mt Hood and Gifford Pinchot National Forests managing sites and limiting new construction. KXXP already is short-spaced with co-channel KLSW near Seattle so KXXP can’t move across the Columbia River to Washington for a site offering better contours towards Portland.
Bummer. The Comm Site Management Plan was approved by the USFS in December, 2014. KXXP did not win the Auction 98 Moro, Oregon allocation until August , 2015. You do the math.
Good News! KXXP 70dBu contour still covers the CoL, White Salmon but westwardly not even Washougal. Yup, definitely a price-lowering event if not resolved.
Play with the numbers yourself at :
Filed: 07/26/2021 with the FCC.
Jackman Holding Company, the current license holder of KXXP 104.5 has filed an Engineering STA.
“JACKMAN HOLDING COMPANY, LLC, REQUESTS SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY TO OPERATE KXXP AT A REDUCED ERP OF 500 W AT THE REQUEST OF THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE PENDING RESOLUTION OF ISSUES INVOLVING THE KXXP TOWER SITE ON MT. DEFIANCE, OREGON.”
Arghhh!!! Had anyone bothered to read the “Mount Defiance USFS Communications Site Management Plan” they would have seen that there is a 500-watt ERP limit on the mountaintop site. Plain as day!
Did someone not do their due diligence when examining that mountain as an FM broadcast site? (So KXXP has dropped from 4900 watts ERP to just 500 watts ERP – the signal still should cover Hood River quite well.)
If you haven’t noticed the BLM, NPS, and USFS have been cracking down on rogue power-exceeding broadcast sites.
The new callsign is “DKEOL”… That says it all… Gone.
The KEOL La Grande license was cancelled on 19 July by EOU officials. A sad ending…
(Photo of tower climber on site below 4 bay and smaller translator antenna.)
“KWAX completes final phase of Newport translator rebuild”
Jun 30, 2021
On June 9, tower engineers completed installation of a new, two-bay Kathrein broadcast antenna at the transmission site of the KWAX Classical Oregon translator that serves Newport and the central Oregon coast.
Rebroadcast locally on FM frequency 91.3, the antenna is the last phase in a yearlong project to improve the signal and listener experience for patrons on the coast.
Previous updates included an improved delivery system and audio processing and a complete rebuild of the transmitter. The antenna replacement represents the final improvement and completes the more than $20,000 investment the station has made to continue to bring the world’s greatest musical compositions to classical music fans in the service area that extends from Yachats to north of Newport and inland to the Eddyville area.
“As a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station, we have to ensure we manage our operating expenses based on anticipated support from members, grants, and underwriters. It took us a while to get this work completed, but we think the listeners will notice a huge difference and hopefully appreciate the quality of the signal they are receiving now that the project has been completed,” said General Manager Greg Raschio.
On Friday, July 2, at 10 a.m. KWAX will air a performance by the Newport Symphony Orchestra from March of 2018 as part of it’s acclaimed “KWAX Presents,” a series of concerts by local professional arts groups. The performance features works by Haydn, Wagner, and Mozart.
KWAX is a network of three transmitters and eight translators serving Eugene, Redmond, Bend, Sunriver, Florence, Salem, Corvallis, Roseburg, Glide, Newport and Cottage Grove. KWAX is licensed to the University of Oregon as a non-commercial, educational public radio station. The station’s broadcast is also streamed at kwax.uoregon.edu and on Tune In Radio, Internet Radio, and a number of other streaming services.
In other Central Oregon NCE news, on 2 July, the FCC granted KPOV’s petition to reduce their power from 3.8kw ERP to just 1kw ERP , thus reducing offical 60dBu coverage to just 91% of Bend’s population.
KPOV’s tower site is located on Pine Mountain in the Deschutes National Forest. The US Forest Service, like the Bureau of Land Management, imposes power restrictions on the companies that manage leased tower spaces on these federal lands. Typical power limits are 500 to 1000 watts. A site has to be designated a “broadcast location” to exceed these limits. KPOV thus was forced to power down a bit – (Don’t want to damage that astronomy equipment at nearby Pine Mountain Observatory – right?)
Central Oregon’s Grizzly Mountain site also imposes that 1kw ERP limit, limiting coverage into Bend.
MCH Enterprises posted this listing at their website today:
NEW! WEST-CENTRAL OREGON. NON-COMMERCIAL FM: Great growth area and in demand among younger generationals. Good local economy. The Station is already set up for remote operation. Small city or big town; depends on your perspective. Population 197,000 in the metropolitan area. Asking price is $295,000 and Seller may consider terms from a qualified Buyer.
(Bend or selected parts of the Willamette Valley might meet that population figure .)
Apprearing at MCH Enterprises media brokerage website today is the following listing:
“NEW! OREGON COAST NON-COMMERCIAL FM WITH NON-COMMERCIAL BAND TRANSLATOR. Both stations are licensed to the non-commercial band, on the coast. The Translator is “unbound” and can be purchased separately. The asking price for the FM and the FX is only $100,000. The primary FM is a Class A facility and the FX operates with 130 watts. No office/studio and comes with the receive end of a Barix system.”
Somewhat confusing , “DOA.FM” is the website of KDOO-LP “the Cave” on 101.5 from East Portland, former license holder of KDOA-FM in The Dalles which became KJYV under JiveRadio’s ownership. The DOA.FM website indicates they started streaming four days ago,
So is KDOA-LP a different group? Apparently in name only as both stations appear on the DOA.FM website. The KDOA-LP license holder is “Rusting Sprocket Art” while KDOO-LP is “Cascade Community Radio.”
Oh yes, KDOO-LP definitely has a non-traditional rock playlist. Refreshing.
Many of the MeTVFM affiliates geo-block their audio. I did find one that does not. It is WDQN from Duquoin, Illinois – AM 1580:
The audio is here: https://players.rcast.net/stream/66140.mp3
Ironically, the soon-exiting owner of KXXP is embroiled in the current FrankenFM controversy. His WDCN-LP 87.7 (Fairfax, Virginia) was the popular “La Nueva 87.7” in metro Washington DC. The station has filed an STA and other pleadings in hopes of extending its analog service. As an analog radio broadcaster, the 87.7 signal reached more ears than the future ATSC3.0 will achieve “eye-wuse”.
A check of the KAJC transfer-of-control paperwork notes it is still in “Accepted for Filing” status (4/17). Ironically, the recent harmonization of NCE community-of-license coverage rules may ultimately mean KAJC must relinquish its Salem communiy-of-license status. After all, KAJC’s 60dBu contour does not even touch Salem. They should go for Monmouth (100%) or Independence (80%) as the new COL.
So far, Bustos Media has yet to add the “93.3” frequency into their ID packages or website/app graphics. The FCC paperwork says its relaying KWBY Woodburn. I assume that’s true.
I finally found the letter from the DC lawfirm requesting the cancellation of the KSCR license.
See page 2 for some history..