BSO on the radio - not for me anymore

John Mullaney
Mon Oct 11 17:45:14 EDT 2010

Suit yourself.

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 11, 2010, at 5:34 PM, "Gary's Ice Cream" <> wrote:

> After all the complaints I keep hearing about HD radio I'm not about to buy
> one.
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
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> John Mullaney
> Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 5:13 PM
> To: Sid Schweiger
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> 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
> Greif..."
>> 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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