FW: What's with WBZ this morning?
Mon Aug 9 13:58:52 EDT 2010
A South Shore member on a DX-related e-mail list verified that WBZ has
recently been switching between the main transmitter in Hull and the
auxiliary in Allston-Brighton.
This was determined by the use of a balanced loop antenna of known
This may have started following a thunderstorm last Thursday (I think).
It was minimal north of Boston but really whacked the South Shore. I
was in the parking area at the Wilmington Plaza around 5 p.m. or a bit
later that afternoon and I observed ominously dark clouds to the south.
I was listening to WBZ and at the same time there was a static
crackle, the signal dropped off for a couple of seconds. I think it
happened again about a minute later. The weather report was advising
about a potent thunderstorm cell heading from Hingham towards Plymouth.
So maybe there was some damage at Hull that, although not "fatal", may
have required some near-future preventative maintenance (feedline or
insulator replacement maybe?) to keep the facility from going down
completely at some point.
Likely it made sense to do this work on a weekend instead of during
Mark Connelly, WA1ION
Billerica, MA + South Yarmouth, MA
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2010 12:52:01 -0400
Subject: FW: What's with WBZ this morning?
> 'BZ did the same thing this morning --- when I turned it on at 6:30,
> had a clear, strong signal, then about an hour later it abruptly
> "downsized", presumably switching to its 10-kw alternate transmitter.
> It's still there. At this point (12:45), even WEZE is coming in
> better. -Doug
Yes, right now here in Hanson, on my Kenwood TS-570 ham rig, I'm
getting a S9 signal from WBZ with no IBOC sidebands. Normally when
operating from Hull, they are S9+40.
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