wccm wnnw

Jim Hall aerie.ma@comcast.net
Thu Feb 1 22:24:04 EST 2018

800 did sound pretty good in HD when I last heard them some years ago on a Sony tabletop, but I guess with the FM translator, no one is listening to the AM anyway. The HD-2 on 102.9 was an English language program, but the audio level was very low. I turned the radio up full volume before I heard the sound. I wonder if at some point, the FCC will let stations turn off the AM and just keep the translator going.


From: Don [mailto:astelle.donald@gmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2018 9:44 PM
To: Jim Hall <aerie.ma@comcast.net>
Cc: Boston Radio Mailing List <boston-radio-interest@lists.bostonradio.org>
Subject: Re: wccm wnnw


WNNW 800 AM shut off the HD......because they said they were "having trouble keeping the transmitter "stable"".  

(Considering that the trasmitter is somewhat new, I am surprised.)

In other words they couldn't figure out how to make it work right.  

Given that they play lots of music on that station, I am surprised.  

They seem to have so many signals that no one is actually monitoring them.  

They once had a corrupted file running as a repeating loop on one of their HD signals....and it ran like that for weeks.  

This whole operation WNNW, WCCM, WCED, 98.9FM, WMXV, 102.9-HD-1 & HD-2......could use a few professionals in the building.  


On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 8:28 PM, Jim Hall <aerie.ma@comcast.net <mailto:aerie.ma@comcast.net> > wrote:

My new car has HD radio, and I was checking the radio's performance while
driving around the Lowell/Andover region today. WBZ comes in with a stable
HD signal (probably 25 miles direct line from Hull), but I was surprised to
find that WNNW (800) no longer broadcasts in HD. I wasn't sure it was the
station or the new radio, so I actually drove up to the transmitter site to
make sure. No HD. I switched over to their translator, and that was in HD.
The HD1 was perfectly fine, but the volume on the HD2 channel was nearly
non-existent (reminded me of how WILD was for a while). I also checked out
WCCM (1570). Thinking I would be blasted out of my car parked 100 feet from
the 50,000 watt signal, I turned down the volume before switching. But
actually the signal was listenable, but not as strong as I was expecting,
and I was wondering if maybe they are transmitting from somewhere else?


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