Sean Smyth ssmyth@alumni.psu.edu
Fri Jan 19 01:08:44 EST 2018

>From what it sounds like he wants to do -- target South Shore listeners,
and not worry about the full market -- the 1260 or 1300 sites work.

On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 1:03 AM Garrett Wollman <wollman@bimajority.org>

> <<On Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:06:16 -0500, Scott Fybush <scott@fybush.com>
> said:
> > The one advantage Ed has now that didn't exist even a year ago is that
> the
> > "ratchet rule" has been repealed. That rule, when it was in effect,
> > required an AM minor mod to show a reduction in total interference, which
> > in practice meant it was very hard to move an older AM without being
> forced
> > to take a power/coverage loss.
> The other side of that, though, is that there are precious few places
> in the market where 1510 could actually *go* and maintain protection
> to WRNJ, WLAC, and that nonexistent Canadian.  They certainly can't go
> to Newton (there's no space and 1510 is well inside the "10% rule"
> from 1600).  There aren't any other DAs with enough towers in the
> right orientation for Ed to do anything *but* take a power/coverage
> loss.  Assuming he does downgrade, maybe he gets 5 kW or even 25 kW
> daytime, but the only plausible night site that would give meaningful
> power is the 890/1060 site in Ashland, and even if Ed's a Natick boy
> he'd be nuts to invest that kind of money in this facility.
> So what he's probably looking at is OK day power and maybe minimal
> class-B facilities at night?  You could probably do that from the 850
> site in Needham for a reasonable amount of money, if Entercom is
> willing to lease.  The 680 site is in the wrong place, likewise 1030.
> The 1150 site is out because 1470.  590 and 1260 are both ...
> problematic -- although it would be some irony if Ed did manage to
> move the thing back to Quincy.
> The 650 (ex-1200) site here in Framingham would work as a directional
> but he'd have to relicense it.
> If he's willing to make the compromises necessary to go ND-U then a
> few other sites open up: 1360 and 1300 would both "work".  (1090/1430
> and 740/1550 are obviously out.)  He could string a unipole on
> someone's grounded communications tower, although that rarely turns
> out well.  Or just throw up a Valcom whip somewhere.
> -GAWollman
> --
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