Tower hunter (cont'd)
Sun Jul 23 16:57:23 EDT 2006
The info comes from Bob Carpenter's AMSTNS, a program you can download for
free. Just Google "AMSTNS download" (without the quotation marks). AMSTNS is
a DOS application that runs fine in a DOS window under Windows. AMSTNS in
turn gets the info from the FCC's CDBS database. CDBS data is available at
the AM Query page at www.fcc.gov, but I find AM Query much less convenient
to use than AMSTNS.
Dan Strassberg, email@example.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "Doug Drown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Dan Strassberg" <email@example.com>; "Boston Radio Interest Board"
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: Tower hunter (cont'd)
> Wow. Thanks! Where'd you get all this information?
> P.S.: Still no word on the oldest. I'm still thinking WFEA, though WZON
> (nee WLBZ) is a possibility too. It sticks in my mind that WZON's major
> tower (affectionately called "Bertha," I'm told,) was built when the
> moved from Dover-Foxcroft to Bangor in 1929.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dan Strassberg" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Doug Drown" <email@example.com>; "Boston Radio Interest Board"
> Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:55 PM
> Subject: Re: Tower hunter (cont'd)
> > My guess is WVAA 1390 in Burlington VT. Despite the station's
> > high-on-the-dial frequency, its 5/8-wave tower, at 442', is about 10'
> > than the three 87-degree towers of nearby WDEV 550. WFEA's Blaw-Knox
> > at 175.5 degrees is only about 360' tall. It may once have been taller.
> > of those old Blaw-Knox towers went up before the optimal electrical
> > of medium-wave towers had been determined. Blaw-Knox equipped these with
> > adjustable-height flagpoles at the top. I checked WGAN; its 71-degree
> > aren't even close, nor are WEZE's ~340-footers. WTAG's towers are
> > taller than WEZE's but still well shy of 400'. WVMT's towers are 400',
> > one of WZON's and both of WHJJ's. No need to check WICC or the Pawtucket
> > 550, since they don't run 5 kW (the question limited the contest to 5-kW
> > regional-channel stations), and I'm pretty sure that Pawtucket's towers
> > relatively short, partly because they are top-loaded. Same is true of
> > and WGIR. WGIR's towers ARE unusual though; they are both
> > AND guyed--a very rare combination. The guys probably have nothing to do
> > with structural support; the top portion of the guy wires forms a top
> > for these very closely spaced towers (~45 degrees). The close spacing is
> > also unusual and not generally thought of as good design practice.
> > --
> > Dan Strassberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
> > eFax 707-215-6367
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Doug Drown" <email@example.com>
> > To: "Boston Radio Interest Board"
> > <boston-radio-interest@rolinin.BostonRadio.org>
> > Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 2:09 PM
> > Subject: Tower hunter (cont'd)
> > > While we're on the subject of radio towers, here are a couple of good
> > trivia
> > > questions (and no, I don't know the answers):
> > > 1. What is the tallest tower (or set of towers) for a 5 kW regional
> > > station in New England?
> > >
> > > 2. What is the oldest tower for same? (I'm guessing WFEA, but I
> > > don't know.)
> > >
> > > -Doug
> > >
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