WBZ Reception

Mark Connelly markwa1ion@aol.com
Fri Oct 21 00:38:13 EDT 2016

Two of the more interesting WBZ airchecks in my collections are these "way out there" receptions made by friends.

Dick Summer "Nightlight" show - OCT 1965. Recorded by Roger Perkins, K1CZH (later W1OJ) on an R-390A receiver on a US Navy ship docked at Midway Island in the Pacific.


ID, talk about New England Flower Show - 29 FEB 1996. Contributed by Geoff Wolfe - Cooma, Australia 


I heard WBZ in Ireland on my trip there in 1977 but 850 (then WHDH) had the best signal out of Boston.  (1510 was still 5 kW night then.)  Here's the WHDH recording on a Realistic TRF portable with no external antenna.  I think this was from Sligo.


Meanwhile, here on Cape Cod at night, WBZ is not bulletproof.  This recent recording shows an Argentinian station "Noticias del Plata" mixing in.  Water directly south of here is a big "conveyor belt" for RF from South America and the Caribbean as anyone who's ever tuned around at night on a car radio near West Dennis Beach can testify.


For a load of other AM DX audio clips, see:

Mark Connelly, WA1ION
South Yarmouth, MA

>From     Paul B. Walker, Jr. <walkerbroadcasting@gmail.com>
Cc     Boston Radio Group <boston-radio-interest@lists.bostonradio.org>
Subject     Re: WBZ Reception
Date     Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:49:51 -0400

I once heard WBZ on a walkman while riding on a greyhound bus around 5pm
one late november afternoon in 2004 somewhere in north carolina.. and it
was pretty darn clear too


On Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 9:46 AM, Dale H. Cook <radiotest@plymouthcolony.net>

> At 02:56 PM 10/19/2016, Kevin Vahey wrote:
> >The other 50 KW clear that roared into Chicago was WWL 870 New Orleans
> for the same reason WBZ did - directional by choice not mandate.
> Neither WBZ nor WWL gets an immense power gain in the major lobe from
> their directional patterns, which are cardioids. WBZ gains to the north,
> west and east because its parameters are close to 90 degree spacing, close
> to 90 degree phase angle, and unity ratio, yielding a single null to the
> east (very close to the classic simplest cardiod). WWL gains to east and
> west, maximizing coverage along the Gulf coast, with two nulls and a minor
> lobe to the south. WBZ has significantly higher power gain towards Chicago
> than WWL.. In both cases one primary reason for the choice of a directional
> antenna system is that fish have neither diaries nor people meters.
> Dale H. Cook, Radio Contract Engineer, Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA
> http://plymouthcolony.net/starcityeng/index.html

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