Classical change in Washington DC

Laurence Glavin
Thu Jan 25 14:34:48 EST 2007

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Dan Strassberg" 
>To: "A. Joseph Ross" , "Scott Fybush" 
>Subject: Re: Classical change in Washington DC
>Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 11:57:06 -0500

>The ratchet rule (hatchet rule?) requres stations making significant
>technical changes to reduce interference to other stations. (Many changes
>that the FCC classifies as minor are nevertheless significant enough to
>invoke the ratchet rule.) On AM, this can necessitate reductions in areas of
>caused and received co- and adjacent-channel daytime-contour

I was thinking about daytime-contour-overlap when I read on NERW that
WWDJ-AM 970 Hackensack NJ would be boosting its power to 50,000 watts.
I know that is for entertainment purposes only, but 
currently WWDJ's coverage map there shows a positive lobe over Long
Island Sound, towards New Haven's WELI-AM 960.  I guess it's acceptable
to both because both frequencies have been in use for decades.  I wouldn't
be surprised if the pattern WWDJ adopts to reduce daytime intereference to
WELI results in a possible LOSS of listeners somewhere along the line.
I didn't take notes, but my *Sam Adams besotted brain tells me that's
why no owner of WJIB-AM 740 ever boosted the wattage of that outlet
because it would cause over-water interference to the 730 in Bath, ME
(now coincidentally owned for now by the same individual).

*(Can't forget to take that case of Sam Adams I have in the garage to
save refrigerator space into the house.)

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