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Re: WBZ reception is worsening

I would generally agree with Mike. The exception is FM & TV towers that are
being serviced far enough below where the TX antennas are located that the
RF exposure is below allowable limits, and lower power stations in general
either reduce power or do not have to shut down. We moved some in-house &
2-way antennas down the WBZ TV tower a couple of years ago and the TV's
remained at full power. We were about 200' below the TX antennas most of the

Mark Casey

----- Original Message -----
From: Michael P Fitzpatrick Jr. <fitzradio@the-spa.com>
To: A. Joseph Ross <lawyer@attorneyross.com>
Cc: <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2001 8:40 AM
Subject: RE: WBZ reception is worsening

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: A. Joseph Ross
> > Sent: Monday, August 13, 2001 1:09 AM
> > Subject: Re: WBZ reception is worsening
> >
> >
> > On 12 Aug 2001, at 22:42, Garrett Wollman wrote:
> >
> > If work is being done on a tower with multiple antennas on it, do all
> > stations on the tower have to shut down?   How does this work?
> >
> That is correct. What happens is if a station needs work on its antenna or
> if a tower light needs to be changed, the tower site manager, usually,
> have to contact EVERY station's CE to notify them that tower work needs to
> be done, and under F.C.C. law, they must reduce power or totally shut down
> power to the primary and any other antennas on a tower while the crews are
> up on it. That's why you sometimes hear FM stations (and AM/TV too) go off
> the air at 2am. At WWLP here in Springfield, whenever we need to do tower
> work, we have to notify WAQY 102.1 to switch to it's backup site on the AM
> stick in East Longmeadow. WPKX, however, is only 2.2kW which isn't
> to walk through going up to the top of the tower.
> --Mike
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