Radio tower question: WLLH?
Fri Apr 4 22:13:53 EDT 2008

The 99.5 tower.

Bear Hill? I remember always calling it that,
but someone once told me that was wrong.

There's a story about
a plane hitting it many years back - I'm sure someone on the list has the
full details


> What was the big old vertical
radiator that used to stand on a hill on the
> west side of 495
between Lawrence and Lowell?  It was at Exit 39, I think
> (Route
133).  It was replaced sometime back in the '90s, if memory serves,
> but was there for years and years before that.  It was a very
> tower. Was it associated with WLLH, WCCM or what?
> Also: Assuming that WLLH stands for "Lowell,
Lawrence, Haverhill" (?), did
> the station ever actually
have a physical presence in Haverhill?
> -Doug
> ----- Original Message -----
From: "chris2526" <>
> To:
> Sent:
Friday, April 04, 2008 9:20 PM
> Subject: WLLH Lawrence update
>> Located the major problem with the
rooftop antenna,  the minor damage I
>> found is likely to have
been caused by an HVAC service tech tripping
>> over
>> the copper pipe transmission line. It runs behind one of the
>> suspended on insulators.
>> The line was
shoted to aluminum flashing that seals a few no longer used
access holes that penetrate the roof.
>> I now
can load enogh power to the antenna where the bridge is now
>> Look for WLLH Lawrence to reappear
Sunday afternoon though possibly at a
>> reduced level of
>> For the past 6 years  this rooftop system has
suffered from a 9 ohm
>> seasonal impedance shift that
continues to defy any attempt to track it
>> down.
>> It has been one of those things you learn to live
with,  when it decides
>> to
>> shift I just move a
coil tap back and forth between 2 spots.
>> The
problem has come down to either the 1936 Linco pole has badly
>> corroded
>> internally or a smiliar type of problem
with the top loading hardware.
>> Kurt Jackson
has tried everything  possible includind physically
>> every inch with a wooden baseball bat to replicate
the shift with zero
>> results.
>> ( the shift takes
place on the antenna and is not the ATU)
>> Thats
all for now,
>> Chris Hall

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