What if WBZ had gone 500KW????

Dan.Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Wed Nov 12 10:58:48 EST 2008

I can't answer your question about largest coverage area on the east
coast. I do know that the honors for greatest land area covered by a
US AM go to KFYR even though it is only a 5 kW station. It is,
however, ND days on 550 in North Dakota, which enjoys some of the best
soil conductivity in the US. And since there is no large body of water
nearby, essentially all of its coverage area counts as coverage area.

If I had to guess about the greatest land area covered by day by a US
east-coast AM, I'd take a shot at 690 in Jacksonville FL with a backup
guess at 820 in Largo (Tampa) FL. Now Tampa, being on the Gulf coast,
might not even qualify. But the 820 station does get into areas along
the Atlantic coast, albeit not with a 0.5 mV/m signal and maybe not
even with 0.1 mV/m, which the FCC does not recognize as any sort of
coverage for Class B AMs.

Dan Strassberg (dan.strassberg@att.net)
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doug Drown" <revdoug1@verizon.net>
To: "Sid Schweiger" <sid@wrko.com>; "(newsgroup)
Boston-Radio-Interest" <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 9:30 AM
Subject: Re: What if WBZ had gone 500KW????

> WBZ does quite well with its 50KW signal, to say nothing of what
> 500KW might acccomplish.  Intriguing question.
> During daytime hours, I have picked up 'BZ on my car radio as far
> southwest as Port Jervis, N.Y., as far north as Sherbrooke, as far
> west as Schenectady (and beyond), and as far northeast as Saint
> John.  That's a big coverage area, obviously.  Does that give 'BZ
> the prize as having the largest daytime coverage on the East Coast,
> or are there other stations that can broadcast even farther?
> -Doug
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Sid Schweiger" <sid@wrko.com>
> To: "(newsgroup) Boston-Radio-Interest"
> <boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 7:02 AM
> Subject: RE: What if WBZ had gone 500KW????
>>>were other clear channels trying to go to 500KW?<<
> Most famously, WLW/Cincinnati on 700 kHz.  They ran with it for a
> short while, but it didn't last.
> Legend has it that, during their half-megawatt operation, you could
> stand almost ten feet from the chain-link fence surrounding the
> tower and draw an arc from a screwdriver in your hand to the fence.
> That's a whole lotta RF.
> Sid Schweiger
> IT Manager, Entercom New England
> WEEI Sports Radio Network
> 20 Guest St / 3d Floor
> Brighton MA  02135-2040

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