WBZ's historical signal in VT

Dan.Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Sun Feb 17 11:49:54 EST 2008

WCTS, if using its day pattern and 50-kW day power at night, is the
right distance from Chicago to put a strong skywave into O'Hare BUT
WCTS's day pattern has a deep minimum to the southeast--toward
Chicago. It's not impossible that, notwithstanding that minimum, WCTS
is the station you heard. However, a much more likely candidate is
WGSF Memphis TN. WGSF runs 50 kW-D/10 kW-CH ND D and CH and, like
WCTS, runs 1 kW DA-N (although WGSF uses three towers at night to
protect WBZ and WCTS uses five). In the past, WGSF has, I believe,
received FCC reprimands (and maybe even a fine) for using its D
facilities outside of  the hours for which they are licensed. However,
I have not heard anything in over a year about this station operating
illegally. I think the station has changed owners since it was a
routine violator. WGSF isn't even TN's closest full-timer to WBZ.
There is a second Class B AM in TN about 160 miles closer to Boston.
That station runs 1 kW-D/250W-N DA-N (also three towers).

Dan Strassberg (dan.strassberg@att.net)
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kevin Vahey" <kvahey@comcast.net>
To: "Garrett Wollman" <wollman@bimajority.org>
Cc: "Dan.Strassberg" <dan.strassberg@att.net>; <bri@bostonradio.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2008 6:03 PM
Subject: Re: WBZ's historical signal in VT

>I was surprised to hear another station on 1030 near O'Hare Airport
>and it
> wasn't WNVR.
> WCTS outside Minneapolis was booming in. They have long been suspect
> in not
> going to night power.

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