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RE: Magic 850 WYLF dunks WEEI

For more than five years, the daytimers on 850 in the 
East have been allowed a late signoff (two hours past 
local sunset) because the Class A station on 850, KOA, 
is in Denver. Denver sunset is more than two hours after 
sunset on the east coast (and is probably more than two 
hours after sunset in Penn Yan). Even WAIT, the daytimer 
in Crystal Lake IL, a Chicago suburb, gets to stay on 
with substantial power until Denver sunset. Most east-
coast 850 daytimers with extended daytime hours probably 
aren't supposed to use full day power after local 
sunset, however. WREF, for example, is licensed for 2.5-
kW D, I believe, and should be running no more than 500W 
(and maybe less) for the two hours after local sunset.

As far as I know, Class B full-time stations, such as 
WEEI (and the many others on 850 in the East) receive no 
protection from interference from the daytimers 
operating extended hours. Many daytimers on Class A 
channels (at least the ones on 850 in the east) are 
entitled to full-time operation as Class Ds, because 
they are well outside of the protected 0.5 mV/m 50%-
skywave contour of the co-channel Class A. But if they 
receive full-time authority, they must begin protecting 
the co-channel Class A and Class B stations such as WEEI 
at local sunset. In many cases, the daytimers find the 
higher power they can get for the two hours after local 
sunset to be preferable to full-time authority, so they 
remain daytimers.

The more political pressure that's exerted on the FCC, 
the more the FCC turns its back on the laws of nature.

> That's WREF in Ridgefield(?) Connecticut. I have also picked them up here in
> Derry on occasion.