Pre-war FM callsigns

Tue Dec 13 23:55:05 EST 2011

Long story. Can't do it now. I'm in the middle of a long 
nursing-a-PC-back-to-life saga, which just keeps getting worse and 

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "A Joseph Ross" <>
To: "Dan.Strassberg" <>
Cc: "Garrett Wollman" <>;
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 11:30 PM
Subject: Re: Pre-war FM callsigns

> On 12/13/2011 7:26 AM, Dan.Strassberg wrote:
>> I remember getting my first AM/FM receiver for my 13th birthday in
>> 1948. It had only tne then-new (88 to 108-MHz) FM band. A gentleman
>> in
>> my building who was a classical music fan had a Scott console radio
>> that picked up both bands. He occasionally deigned to let me visit
>> his
>> apartment and listen, so I learned which stations were simulcasting
>> on
>> both the new band and the old (42 to 50?-MHz) band. Most apparently
>> used the same calls on both bands. ...
>> Anyhow, I believe that Armstrong used the separate W2Xxx calls
>> until the FCC closed down the old band. At that point, what had
>> been
>> W2XEA started IDing as WFMN.
> So why did the FCC change the FM band?  It would seem that something
> like that would retard the development of FM and make all existing
> radios obsolete.  How long a transition was allowed?
> -- 
> A. Joseph Ross, J.D.                     617.367.0468
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