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Re: Improved night facilities for 680 and 850 (was WBZ Reception Is Worsening)

WRKO and WEEI must each protect a _bunch_ of stations to the west and
southwest. Aside from the dominant co-channel Class As (KNBR on 680 and KOA
on 850), both frequencies are heavily used in the east, midwest, and eastern
Canada. On 850, the legacy station in the east, other than WRKO itself, is
WPTF Raleigh NC. Canada has made heavy use of 680. There is a 50 kW-U AM 680
in Toronto using a nine-tower array on the south shore of Lake Ontario. The
station has a classic 9-tower teardrop pattern aimed almost exactly due
north. On 850, the now-dark Montreal station (was CKVL and is now on 690
with different calls) must still be protected because the allocation is--and
will remain--"notified" to the US. Although Canadian AMs are dropping like
flies (they're moving to FM), Canada has _never_ surrendered an AM
allocation. 850 also has a high-power station in Raleigh as well as stations
in Norfolk VA, Atlanta GA, Cleveland OH, Johnstown PA, and Muskegon MI,
among others.

In short, there is _zero_ chance that WEEI or WRKO can let out their night
patterns to the west or southwest. Both stations are somewhat hemmed in even
during the day. On 850, the closest station is WREF outside of Danbury CT.
On 680, the closest station is in Binghamton NY. That station just increased
its day power from 1 kW to 5 kW and changed from a fairly directional day
pattern aimed more-or-less north and south to a nearly nondirectional day
pattern. Signals go a long way at that end of the dial, even through the
rocky Catskills.


Dan Strassberg, dan.strassberg@worldnet.att.net
Phone: 1-617-558-4205, eFax: 1-707-215-6367

-----Original Message-----

>> >>Does WRKO, and WEEI have any plans to effectively improve their
>> nightime coverage in metro-west?<<
>> No in both cases.
>Is there a reason for that? Technical or otherwise?