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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.
How did KBOO get the KRAB signal? Even considering they had some elevation, anything above a DX-type signal would be pretty amazing.
I did pick up KWRO faintly today with a better radio, from Eugene. I grew up near Cottage Grove, and almost every pocket radio I ever had could pick it up a little. So when 630 came up blank last week, even though the frequency seemed pretty noise-free, I got fooled.
KWRO seems to be either off the air, or running at very low power. It’s not coming in at all on the Newport SDR receiver, and I wasn’t able to pick it up from Cottage Grove.
Anyone know when the Newport receiver at smeter.net will be back up? The site says a few days, but I’ve been checking for several months.
Apologies–it was actually 87.9.
I picked up a station on or about 88.9, coming from I5 to where I live near Sheldon Plaza. They were discussing covid’s impact on high-school sports. I heard it for maybe three minutes, until I was almost home, but I can’t pick it up at all from here. Does anyone have any knowledge of this?
I’m wondering if KYTE still mentions all those inland cities in their legal ID? I absolutely can’t pick it up from this part of Eugene.
What kind of antenna is the Smeter Newport receiver using?
It works at night also. In July, from Seaside, I got 930 from Ketchikan and 800 from Juneau, just tuned in at the top of the hour, there they were in the clear. I think I also got the non-commercial at 890 from Homer, ak. The music sounded non-commercial, kind of chill-ish. Signal was pretty strong, but didn’t last until the ID.
Coast reception can be weird, land vs water path. From Depoe Bay, if you tune 1230, Toledo is on top, but you can definitely hear Astoria underneath. One time from there I found something on 1490, turned out it wasn’t KBZY but Hoquiam.
I suppose they would run nighttime power to make legal, which would be a tough catch from Eugene during the day, but they used to get in and hold their own reasonably well at night. I got the stream going last night and tonight and checked 1030, but no trace.
Regarding KDUN’s signal, they did really pound into Sutherlin and Roseburg. I’m pretty sure they’re now off the air, I can’t pick up a trace from Eugene. I checked out their stream this morning, they certainly act like they’re on the air. They call themselves Beach radio 1030, the give out temperature readings, and do a legal ID on the hour.
Kwva was having some sort of technical problem earlier this month, which made it unlistenable on mono portables, but the stereo separation actually seemed to be enhanced. On my HDR-16, where the speakers are only a few inches apart, it was sometimes like some kind of audio illusion, where the sound seemed to be coming from way off to the sides.
Does anyone remember new-star? It was on the air about 20 years ago at 107.5, then moved to I think 106.5, with a mix format similar to 94.5. It was similar to the 95.7 reggae pirate in several respects–both transmitted from Springfield, were on the air pretty close to 24/7, no call-letters, and almost never had anyone come on-mic.
New-star didn’t run commercials, as 95.7 did. I’ve always wondered what was the who and why for both stations–why were they paying the energy bill, especially new-star, considering they were playing a format that was easy to find elsewhere on the dial.