WMVX 1570 change of transmitter site

Mark Connelly markwa1ion@aol.com
Fri Mar 11 23:17:53 EST 2016

I am fairly sure that the change of transmitter site for WMVX 1570 from Beverly, MA to Andover, MA (CoL Methuen) occurred this week on Wednesday (9 MAR).  Around noon EST I was listening on the car radio and both 800 WNNW and 1570 WMVX were off the air.  This left weak CJAD on 800 and WFTU on 1570.  Note that WNNW and relocated WMVX are to be sharing the same "stick" located just northeast of the I-93 / I-495 junction in Andover, MA.

Thursday and Friday daytime signal strength observations show a WMVX 1570 groundwave that is approximately 15-20 dB weaker here than what had been received from its Beverly site.  This is due to a somewhat longer distance with a greater percentage of overland (lower percentage over water) route.  The reduction in signal agrees with the engineering drawings available on the FCC website.

WMVX formerly severely slopped over onto 1560 and 1580 but now 1560 (WFME) and 1580 (WLIM) are now in the clear during the day with minimal slop.  At some spots around town WFTU can be heard in the background of WMVX - something that never happened when WMVX was transmitting from Beverly.

WNNW 800, of course, is also back on the air.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION
South Yarmouth, MA  

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