Analog TV xmtr

Mon Sep 8 16:46:49 EDT 2008

My late friend Frank Toce, who was a bachelor, built a lovingly
restored (and functional) 1940s-era 250W Gates AM transmitter into one
wall of the study of the palatial home he built for himself on the
shores of Oneida Lake shortly before he died. Frank got his first job
in radio while he was in high school in Torrington CT as CE of what
was then WTOR (now WSNG), then a 250W Class IV on 1490. The
transmitter he restored was the same model as the one WTOR had during
his days there. It was in the dorm room of another of Frank's friends
that I figured out that WTOR could move to 610 and, with a three-tower
DA, could get a power increase all the way to 1 kW days (500W
nights)--something that actually did happen a decade or so later.
Anyhow, he tuned up the Gates to run on 1400, I believe, and used it
to put on light shows for visiting friends. He used a bank of
incandescent lamps as a dummy load.

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill O'Neill" <>
To: "Gary" <>
Cc: "Boston radio e-mail list" <>
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2008 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: Analog TV xmtr

> Gary wrote:
>>  They will make lovely living room accents and room dividers.
> ....for bachelors.
> Bill O'Neill

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