BSO on the radio - not for me anymore

Gary's Ice Cream
Mon Oct 11 17:34:21 EDT 2010

After all the complaints I keep hearing about HD radio I'm not about to buy

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
John Mullaney
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 5:13 PM
To: Sid Schweiger
Subject: Re: BSO on the radio - not for me anymore

WCRB is also on WGBH-HD2 if that helps?

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 11, 2010, at 4:14 PM, Sid Schweiger <> wrote:

> "In Swampscott with an indoor antenna [rabbit ears], I could not get a
clean [eg, worth listening to] signal off WCRB.  I'm stunned.  First, that
WGBH relegates this flagship program to a station with a modest signal,
despite their current talk programming.  Second, that being NE of Boston
[~25 miles from the tower], not way south of Boston or such, I could not get
a clean WCRB signal.  There was a squirrelly squaking noise about 30db down
- even when the receiver was otherwise reasonably noise free [eg, the signal
was not weak].  I don't live near any strong local FM signals.  I tried a
2nd much older receiver, and it couldn't get _any_ signal from WCRB, while
every Boston [and many many more] stations came rolling in just fine.  Good
> Without knowing your exact street address, a report run against Swampscott
MA (presumably the center of town) on the FM Fool web site shows a pretty
bad path to WCRB's site...a distance of only 19.8 miles, but an expected
signal strength of -44.0 dBm along a single-edge-diffraction path (i.e., not
line-of-sight), assuming a receive-antenna height of 25ft AGL.  The report
also says you'd need an antenna height AGL of 118.9ft to achieve a
line-of-sight path.  Not a good signal path at all.
> Sid Schweiger
> IT Manager, Entercom New England
> 20 Guest St / 3d Floor
> Brighton MA  02135-2040

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