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Re: Good Hub FM Reception

I think you're right. I think it was after the mid-60s that the FCC
increased the maximum power output of Class B FMs (which means nearly all of
the major Boston commercial signals save for WFNX, WBOT, and WHRB) from the
equivalent of 20 kW at 500' to 50 kW at 500'. More recently, the maximum
power was adjusted to 50 kW at 300m (500' is 305m), but stations within the
old limit but above the new, slightly lower limit, were grandfathered. Just
exactly when the increase from 20 kW to 50 kW took place, I can't say, but I
think that, at the latest, it was in the early '70s.
Dan Strassberg, dan.strassberg@att.net
617-558-4205, eFax 707-215-6367

----- Original Message -----
From: A. Joseph Ross <lawyer@attorneyross.com>
To: <hopfgapr@sprynet.com>; <Patriotsrule417@prodigy.net>;
Boston-Radio-Interest <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>; Brian
Anastasi <anastasi@javanet.com>
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2001 1:13 AM
Subject: Re: Good Hub FM Raception

> I think Boston-area FM stations must be more powerful now than they were
when I was a student
> at UMass in the mid-1960s.  These days, I can get a number of Boston-area
FM stations on my
> car radio.  Back then, I couldn't get any.  But WFCR reached to at least
the Western suburbs.