While wandering through the Upper Midwest.

Scott Fybush scott@fybush.com
Tue Feb 21 13:08:18 EST 2012

On 2/21/2012 12:59 PM, Cohasset / Hippisley wrote:
> On Feb 21, 2012, at 11:05 AM, Scott Fybush wrote:
>> The CBC has taken a different approach to AM in the Canadian west. It
>> recognizes that the huge signals from CBW, CBR, CBX and CBK
>> effectively cover enormous swaths of emptiness that would be
>> economically impossible to replicate with FM transmitters.
> Ah....if only NCPR could / would do that in the Adirondacks....

CBW and CBK can do what they do because they sit astride some of the 
most phenomenal ground conductivity anywhere on Earth.

Even if NCPR could somehow secure a similar AM facility (imagine, for 
instance, that WGY no longer needed its AM outlet and there wasn't a 
spacing issue to CJAD preventing 810 from moving north), it still would 
cover only a tiny fraction of what CBW or CBK can blanket with that same 
50 kW.

Get out into that incredible soil in the upper Midwest and you find that 
even 1000 watts on a graveyard channel gets out better than WGY or WHAM 
does with 50,000 watts back east. One of my most vivid memories of the 
original "Big Trip" back in 2001 with Garrett was waking up in Yankton, 
South Dakota, flipping around the dial and hearing 1230 from Sioux Falls 
banging in like a very loud local...from 60 miles out.

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