DOT-FM Re: WXZO format change to oldies?

Paul B. Walker, Jr.
Thu Sep 18 18:46:12 EDT 2008

The transmitter might not be making full power anymore.

The transmitter might not be modulating anywhere near full tilt. A
transmitter not operating at the 125 percent maximum will have static but no

I have personally seen, at one station I work for, the difference between 30
percent modulation and 125 percent modulation. The signal difference is
almost night and day.


On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 5:57 PM, Laurence Glavin <> wrote:

> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "Bill O'Neill"
> >To: "Bob Nelson"
> >Subject: DOT-FM Re: WXZO format change to oldies?
> >Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 16:36:26 -0400
> Bob Nelson wrote:
> > Can anyone in the area confirm this? Thanks!
> >
> >Yup, they flipped after Imus at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. WEAV (960
> >Plattsburgh) remains as "The Zone." I haven't been able to pickup
> >1320 Randolph yet but I would imagine it would stay with 960. The
> >AM signal of WEAV is pathetic compared to where it was seven or
> >eight years ago. Likely zippo for a ground plane and perhaps
> >squirrels in residence in the transmitter out there across the
> >lake. Besides the abysmal propagation, the audio chain,
> >processing, would make an old DAP sound good.
> >Bill O'Neill
> Aside from a station that's been off-the-air for a protracted
> period of time (like the PA station in Scott's NERW that had its
> tower dismantled for scrap), what would cause the deterioration in
> an AM station's signal that you describe?
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