Fwd: Re: WJIB at 101.3

A Joseph Ross joe@attorneyross.com
Wed Aug 16 00:36:20 EDT 2017

I listened to the WJIB translator while driving to my office yesterday 
and today (Tuesday) to see how it would come in.  Monday, I had a lot of 
interference with a competing signal around my home in Washington 
Square, Brookline and going up Beacon Street to about Cleveland Circle.  
After Cleveland Circle, going out Beacon Street to Newton, the 
translator signal was pretty clean, with only a few cut-outs until I got 
to Newton Centre and turned onto Centre Street.  In the parking lot of 
my building on Centre Street, WJIB had a lot of competition from some 
other station.  From the sound of it, I suspected that the station 
interfering in Newton was not the same one that was interfering in 

Tuesday, the translator signal was mostly clean in Brookline, to the 
extent that I think whatever station was competing with it was off the 
air.  In Newton Centre, I began to hear another station.  At one point, 
it cut in with just an announcer saying "101.3" before WJIB came back.  
By the time I got into the parking lot, I had heard enough of the 
competing signal to think it was not a pirate but a professional 
station.  I even heard part of an ad for a business in Milford.  When I 
parked the car, the other station was coming in loud and clear, so I 
stayed and listened for a little bit, and they IDed as WMRC, Milford.

A quick look at Wikipedia shows that WMRC is at 1490, with a translator 
that they just put on the air last December.  They're calling the 
station "MyFM 101.3" and playing adult contemporary music.  They seem to 
have a lot of local commercials from in and around Milford.  Not a 
pirate, and they must have quite a signal to be able to reach Newton 
Centre.  Before WJIB's translator came on, they must have been easy to 
pick up in Newton, at least on a car radio.

I still think that whatever I heard interfering in Brookline was a 
different station.  Stay tuned.

On 8/9/2017 6:50 AM, Rob Landry wrote:
> On Tue, 8 Aug 2017, A Joseph Ross wrote:
>> Looks like even Newton is on the boundary between local and distant.
>> Now that my office is in Newton Centre, I'll have to try and listen from
>> there. Unfortunately, the pirate seems to make the FM translator hard
>> to listen to in most of the translator's local coverage area.
> Newton Centre is on the border of what we used to call "intermod 
> alley", the area around the towers near Route 128 where receiver 
> overloading from the nearby transmitters interferes with reception of 
> more distant signals. I've noticed an increase in interference to 
> WHRB's signal on my car radio due to something new going on the air in 
> the area; I've not ye had the time to figure out what it may be. But 
> it wouldn't suprise me at all if receiver overloading is an issue with 
> receiving WJIB's translator in Newton Centre.
> Rob

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