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WPAA-FM 91.7 Broadcasting Something
After months and months and months of sending out nothing but an
unmodulated carrier, WPAA-FM 91.7 at Phillips Academy Andover was
broadcasting something this afternoon. Students were in the
studio trying to play recordings, apparently with no training on
how to make the equipment work. When they got some recording to play,
it was at such high intensity, the selection was so distorted as to
be unintelligible (probably a good idea). I imagine this could cause
their transmitter to overload and perhaps cause intereference to WJUL.
One other thing...I'm sure that the constant month-after-month of unattended
operation seems to have resulted in a power decline. It seems weaker
than in the past, and by antenna manipulation, I can now pick up the 91.7
in Newburyport, MA...WPAA used to bury it. I wouldn't be
surprised if from time-to-time, students at the Bushies' alma mater
get word that the school HAS a radio station, find the studio, and put
it on the air until they get bored, and then it goes silent until
the cycle is repeated.
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