Radio tower question: WLLH?

Fri Apr 4 22:14:29 EDT 2008

I think the tower you are talking about is on Wood Hill and is
technically in Andover. It's the site of 99.5, which for many years
was co-owned with WLLH. It's now WCRB (FM). And yes, there was a
plan--probably dating back to the '30s--for a Haverhill synchronized
Tx on 1400, but it was never built. Anyhow, that's what I've heard.

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doug Drown" <>
To: "chris2526" <>;
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2008 9:45 PM
Subject: Radio tower question: WLLH?

> 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 sizeable 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 units 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
>> usable.
>> Look for WLLH Lawrence to reappear Sunday afternoon though possibly
>> at a reduced level of power.
>> 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
>> smacking 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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