DOT-FM Re: WXZO format change to oldies?

Howard Glazer
Sun Sep 21 15:14:49 EDT 2008

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Subject: Re: DOT-FM Re: WXZO format change to oldies?

>   Garrett Wollman wrote:
> >The number one cause is poor maintenance, followed closely by theft or
> >malicious destruction of the ground system.
> Not to mention the ever-increasing amount of noise on the AM
> band.  Even powerhouse signals are getting harder to hear with all
> the LED traffic lights, CF lightbulbs, powerline hash, auto ignition
> noise, etc.

I have a curious noise on the upper end of the AM band all the way into the
shortwave spectrum after sundown every night. It's a steady rat-a-tat-tat
that sounds something like the shortwave "Russian Woodpecker" of the '70s
and '80s, but without the variations in volume. I can receive it on my car
radio for about 1/10th to 1/8th of a mile in either direction before it
fades out. What does that sound like to you? If it's something in the power
lines, would it do any good to call the utility, especially since the
problem only manifests itself at night?


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