New WNSH reception report (was: WPEP-AM Defunct)
Mon Oct 29 15:14:08 EDT 2007
WNSH is definitely now on the air with a daytime power
increase over what it was before, though it doesn't yet
sound like the proposed 30 kW.
In my travels around greater Boston yesterday, it was
loud and clear at Logan Airport, where their old signal
used to come in, but very faintly.
Leaving the airport (the free "back way" to avoid paying
tunnel tolls), it was still generally listenable, though
fadey/noisy in spots, through the south sides of Chelsea
and Everett, then Charlestown, Somerville, Cambridge, and
into Allston, all areas where it generally could not be
heard before. It gets spotty in some areas of downtown
Boston where the tall concrete/steel buildings seem to
do a number on it, and it seems to degrade quickly away
from the immediate coast.
It could be heard, though weakly, through inner western
suburbs including Brookline, Brighton, Newton, Watertown,
Waltham, etc.. out to Route 128, where it was very faint,
but it did not exist at all before. Out in the Auburndale
section of Newton near second adjacent 10 kW WNTN I could
still make out what was being said on WNSH, just barely.
This was all on a late 1990s factory Delco cassette stereo.
It sounds like it still has a ways to go if it's going to
be 30 kW ND. Lesser-powered North Shore AM signals such as
WLYN and WESX are still stronger around greater Boston but
it's an improvement. The old WNSH didn't even barely begin
to exist on the dial until north of the Tobin Bridge.
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