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WKBR-FM 95.7, and the STL

     WKBR-FM (now WZID) used a microwave STL link to
the mountain. I recall seeing the microwave dish at
the studios of 'KBR with the call-sign WKBR-FM (95.7)
in the middle of it, while riding through the Queen
City in 1967 (right off the highway).  WKBR-FM was
also used a weather feed for some other co-owned
stations through out New Hampshire (WTSL, WKBK and
others). This was a common occurance in those early
days of FM.           WNAC-FM/98.5 (now WBMX) in
Boston was also used as a "feeder" at times for other
Yankee Network affiliates, to avoid the cost of phone
lines.  'KBR, contrary to rumor, never used the AM
signal as a feeder to the FM.  It might have had it as
a backup.  But, I doubt it was ever used.  
     When I helped Bob Bittner reactivate WKBR/1250 in
the early nineties, I saw some documentation about
WKBR-FM dating back to the early 60's. It included
info about the STL unit.


Peter Q. George (K1XRB)
Whitman, Massachusetts 

--- "A. Joseph Ross" <lawyer@attorneyross.com> wrote:
> On 22 Nov 2001 at 9:58, SteveOrdinetz wrote:
> > Curiously, how was the audio on WKBR-FM?  I ask
> because someone told me
> > once that in the 50s/early 60s they just used a
> radio tuned to 1250 to
> > feed the FM and, especially at night when they had
> a tighter pattern the
> > signal was none too clear due to a fairly tight
> null in the direction of
> > Uncanoonic Mt, but this sounds a bit fishy to me. 
> I suspect that if
> > there's any truth to the story, it may have been
> an emergency hookup
> > because of STL failure.  I never heard WKBR before
> 1964, and it didn't
> > sound like an off-air AM feed to me (besides, they
> did some split
> > programming).
> Seems to me that their signal had the clarity of an
> FM signal, but I was using a small FM table 
> radio and may not have been able to tell.  I don't
> remember any separate FM programming, but 
> I'm not sure I listened very much after 1963, when I
> went away to college.
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Peter Q. George (K1XRB)
Whitman, Massachusetts
                           "Scanning the bands since 1967"

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