Wed May 30 17:47:47 EDT 2007
When 990 first went on the air back in the '60s as WLKW, I lived in the Gardner-Fitchburg area and tried like the dickens to get the signal on my homongous old circa-1939 Zenith floor console radio. That baby would pick up ANYTHING --- I could get WABC, WNBC, WOR, WCBS, and WNEW all day long, as clearly as though their towers were almost next door. But, try as I did, I never could pick up WLKW at all, despite its being only about 65 miles away --- 50,000 watts or no 50,000 watts. Seems I recall it being touted as Providence's most powerful station. All things are relative. . .
Date: 2007/05/30 Wed PM 03:22:13 CDT
I think that WALE being listed as 50 kW days but putting out a signal
inferior to all the Providence 5 kW's qualifies as "using inexplicably
large amounts of power".
990 is weaker than 630, 790, & 920 in observations I have made from
just about any conceivable bearing from Providence: Newport to the
south, Montauk (NY) to southwest, Putnam (CT) to west, Worcester (MA)
to northwest, Billerica (MA) to north, Rockport (MA) to northeast, West
Yarmouth (MA) to east, and Horseneck Beach (MA) to southeast. The only
bearings where it even gets close to the strength of the others
(running a tenth the power!) would be east and southeast.
A total shambles of a signal for 50 kW. In Newport I think WINS-1010
is actually stronger at something like 150 miles.
They could be shooting the signal straight up. Skip around sunset
before power-down can be hefty on outer Cape Cod at about 75 miles to
the east. Quite a bit stronger than the groundwave. I can believe, as
Dan says, that their transmitter site is a real mess.
Mark Connelly, WA1ION - Billerica, MA
Is 990 in Providence still dark? Didn't it go dark a few months back,
Davidson "discovered" that the transmitter was using inexplicably large
amounts of power? One of the strangest explanations ever for taking a
station dark! I've heard that the transmitter site is a real mess, but
six towers, it must occupy a fairly large parcel of real estate. That
suggests that if anyone is stealing ac power, they must have devised a
fairly sophisiticated (and expensive) scheme for doing it. The ac lines
through which the power would have to be removed would need to be
keep them from attracting attention from, say, the station owner.
transmitter building is at an edge of the property that abuts a public
the underground cable runs would have to be fairly long. Constructing
would presumably have represented an engineering project of rather
significant scope. Does anyone have any info on this mystery?
Dan Strassberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
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