Pre-war FM callsigns

A Joseph Ross
Tue Dec 13 23:30:22 EST 2011

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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