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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.
I gather KXXP is a relay of WRME in Chicago, at 87.7. What exactly are these 87.7 stations? Are they seen as FM band pirates, or actual TV stations?
One evening in January, about 20 years ago give or take, I tuned to 1160, and found KSL faded down so much I could hear another station. All I heard was two or three songs, basically folk-bluegrass. I’ve always wondered what it was–I know there’s a Chicago station at 1160, I have no idea what format it was then.
At my location near Sheldon plaza, on my patio the Walton translator still has 98.3, but next to my north-facing kitchen window KMWV is easily stronger, also stronger than KSND.
I was in Seaside not long after KFIR moved its antenna to Albany.It definitely edged out KUGN and KOAC. From Salem, you could pretty much call it a local signal.
Several times last winter, I noticed KFIR operating on daytime power well after dark, most of the time it was to get the high-school basketball game out to the target audience. Once the game’s over, the signal goes back down under KDWN. Whew!
Kvip is at 540, 2.5kw now, I’m pretty sure it was 1kw then. The antenna was hooked to this thing called an am-tenna, which I had heard advertised on KCRL. It was flat, about 1/8 inch thick, with antenna and ground terminals, you’d lay your portable radio on it. I found I could null a strong signal somewhat by tuning a little pocket radio to that frequency, and placing it facing the radio.
Back in the mid-70’s we lived near Cottage Grove, and I had an Archer all-channels tv antenna. One late-summer afternoon when KOAC WAS OFF THE AIR, I picked up KVIP with it, though very faintly. KCNO was much louder, just over KVI. You can imagine how well KXL came in. I don’t know how that antenna could do so well on such low frequencies.
There’s also a hot spot going up I5 north of Eugene. Even before the frequency change, it would go at least several miles after KGEL disappeared.