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Re: Another AM pushing the envelope

Well, I'm not saying that you can't tell the difference between WBPS
operating with 3400W and 25,000W, but in Methuen, it could be difficult. The
night pattern is enough fatter than the day pattern that somewhere between
Lowell and Nashua there may well be no difference in signal strength. The
day pattern has to protect WOTW significantly; the night pattern does not,
and, notwithstanding the much greater day power, there may actually be a
small arc over which the night signal is actually stronger. Methuen is more
to the east, if memory serves, so the difference should be apparent there,
though not necessarily pronounced. (One might say, not as different as night
and day:-) Now, in, say, Dorchester the day signal should be MUCH stronger.


Dan Strassberg, dan.strassberg@worldnet.att.net
Phone: 1-617-558-4205, eFax: 1-707-215-6367
-----Original Message-----
From: lglavin@lycosmail.com <lglavin@lycosmail.com>
To: boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2000 6:36 PM
Subject: Another AM pushing the envelope

>But one station
>whose signal strength I can SEE because one radio
>I own has a signal-strength meter, WBPS AM 890
>has been on the air before 7:00 am with either
>full daytime power or close to it.  What's
>interesting is that this has happened a few times,
>not just the first day of October...and it still hasn't
>been strong enough to override WLS.  The Spanish-
>language MUZAK (tm) and News/Talk Chicago style
>have been equally strong at about 5:55 thru 6:30
>in the past few days.  And on at least one occasion,
>WMVU AM 900 Nash-wah (that's the way the guy who
>owns the station says it) has upped its wattage before
>7:00 am.  Hmmmmm...is this the only way AM's can
>hope to compete?