Could this be the end of broadcasting as we know it?

Dave Doherty
Sun Apr 14 20:54:43 EDT 2013

In the 1970s, I lived in Sea Bright on the NJ Shore, that town that seems to
be the poster child for NJ storm damage.

The WTC was under construction, and WCBS-TV was broadcasting from Empire.  I
could see both buildings from the roof of my two-story apartment building,
and my antenna was aimed their way.

WCBS-TV was often impaired by co-channel interference. My initial guess when
I first saw the crossbars was that the interference was coming from Boston
or Baltimore; but on most occasions when I could identify the interfering
signal, it was coming all the way up the coast from Florida!


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Peter Q. George
Sent: Sunday, April 14, 2013 6:26 PM
To: A Joseph Ross;
Subject: Re: Could this be the end of broadcasting as we know it?

Back in the day, late 60's and early 70's, We had quite an assortment of TV
stations to choose from in Randolph, MA.  All of the Boston VHF's (WGBH/2,
WBZ/4, WCVB/5 and WNAC/7) were pretty strong, as were the Providence
stations (WJAR/10 and WPRI/12) except 6 (WTEV/New Bedford).  Channel 6 had a
lousy signal from Tiverton, RI.  You would always see some form of
co-channel interference from WCSH/6 in Portland, ME (sometimes more than
others.  The Boston UHF's except for 44 were pretty strong as well.  Channel
44, while it had a pretty good signal, was always weaker than 38 or 56. 
Channel 27 in Worcester always had multipath.

WGBH/2 used to sign-off after 11:00 PM.  There was always some semblance of
a signal from WCBS/2 in New York.  On many nights when the trops kicked in,
I was actually able to watch the "Late Show" from WCBS/2.  WCBS-TV was one
of the early 24/7 stations with movies all night long.   

WMUR/9 in Manchester, NH was there as well but always had a snowy picture
(75 miles away).  WENH/11 in Durham, NH was also pretty strong, considering
the 80+ mile trip.  Of course, that was then (analog).... this is now
(digital).  I sure miss the E-skips on VHF-lo!  WSB/2 Atlanta, WTHS/WPBT 2
in Miami and WESH/2 in Daytona were frequent visitors when WGBH was off
during the day (during the summer months).  Actually got perfect color from
WSB during a strong skip back in the 70's.  Got a nice QSL letter from them
as well!!! :) 

Peter Q. George (K1XRB)
Whitman, Massachusetts

----- Original Message -----
From: A Joseph Ross <>
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:45 AM
Subject: Re: Could this be the end of broadcasting as we know it?

On 4/10/2013 11:47 AM, Paul Hopfgarten wrote:

> And the ocassional skip (WCSH on 6 the most common) and getting WCBS
(albeith snow filled) when WGBH signed off back then.

When my family moved to Bedford, MA in May 1957, we discovered that we could
sometimes get WCSH 6 with a faint, snowey signal.  Once that summer we were
surprised to find WCSH with a local-quality signal.  But after WHDH-TV 5
came on in November, we couldn't get it any more.

A few years later I discovered that I could sometimes hear WCSH on my FM
radio at the far left side of the dial.

-- A. Joseph Ross, J.D.| 92 State Street| Suite 700| Boston, MA 02109-2004

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