New WNSH reception report (was: WPEP-AM Defunct)

Mon Oct 29 16:51:05 EDT 2007

The old 500W signal was directional to the north, so it definitely did
not serve Boston, Somerville, or other "close-in" communities. Most
likely, WNSH is currently running 1/4 of the CP power or 7.5 kW, which
should deliver half of the 30-kW signal strength. As per my post of
early Sunday morning here, I believe that when WNSH is running 30 kW,
the signal will be about what you'd expect from a little less than 15
kW, and were WNSH to diplex with WESX (with the tower skirted at the
top to reduce its electrical height to a more-or-less optimum 190
degrees at 1570), Keating could get about the same coverage with 7.3
kW. THAT would be a rather impressive signal AND I believe the taller
tower would also permit quite an improvement in the night signal. All
that has to happen to make such a move possible is for the late Otto
Miller's plan to donate the WESX site to the town of Marblehead to
fall through. That might happen--or it might not. But if it did
happen, Keating would still have to act to relocate WNSH to the more
desirable site.

Dan Strassberg (
eFax 1-707-215-6367

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eli Polonsky" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 3:14 PM
Subject: New WNSH reception report (was: WPEP-AM Defunct)

> 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.
> EP

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