Thursday, December 25, 2008

New AM station on the air

(in Gov. Palin's backyard!)

Wasilla, Alaska: 1430KHz:
New station KMBQ files for license-to-cover.
1,000 watts day and night, non-directional.
61-37-06N/149-17-10W

Friday, December 19, 2008

Public stations in Maine to suspend operation

The public radio and TV stations in Calais, Maine and the radio station in Fort Kent will suspend operations for six months as a money-saving measure.

The stations affected are WMED-89.7, WMED-TV 13, and WMED-DT 10 in Calais, and WMEF-106.5 in Fort Kent.

Again, the stations will only be off for six months -- except for WMED-TV, which would have gone dark anyway in February as part of the DTV transition. This station obviously won't be returning to the air at all.

The impact will be lessened somewhat by the affected area's location along the Canadian border - the area should receive some service from CBC radio and TV stations in New Brunswick with similar programming formats. I might guess that cable operators in the area may pipe in the MPBN signal from the Bangor transmitter.

The remaining MPBN transmitters will be going off the air for five hours each night.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network press release on budget cuts.

New stations: application reinstated; application dismissed

Santee, California: 1400KHz:
500 watts day & night, non-directional.
Daytime site: 32-53-50N/116-55-34W
Nighttime site: 32-51-12N/116-58-22W
City-of-license amended from Lemon Grove.

If granted this would be the only Class C ("graveyard") station with different day and night sites.



Santa Maria, California: 1320KHz:
Application for new station dismissed. (RAMS III)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Major AM change granted

Sylva, North Carolina: 540KHz:
WRGC granted move from 680KHz.
Power to increase to 5,000 watts daytime, 210 watts night.
Directional nighttime only.
Daytime & nighttime operations are moving to two different sites:
35-23-04N/83-11-11W daytime
35-22-46N/83-09-13W nighttime
(neither site is the same as their current site)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New AM stations - granted & on the air

Evergreen, Montana: 1340KHz:
KQJZ requests license-to-cover -- station is presumably on the air.
1,000 watts daytime; 670 watts night; non-directional all hours.
48-14-20N/114-15-09W.
Evergreen is adjacent to Kalispell in northwest Montana.


Pine Bluff, Arkansas: 1190KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
10,000 watts daytime, non-directional
350 watts nighttime, directional
34-11-50N/92-03-25W.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One new one, two going away...

Garden City, Kansas: 1340KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts daytime; 880 watts night; non-directional.
37-58-08N/100-55-56W.


Dartmouth, Nova Scotia: 780KHz:
CFDR granted permit to move to 92.9 FM, 63,000 watts.


Sudbury, Ontario: 790KHz:
CIGM granted permit to move to 93.5 FM, 100,000 watts.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Analog TV to continue past February?

The "Short-term Analog Flash and Emergency Readiness Act", S.3663, has passed the U.S. Senate.

(why "Flash"? Because that way, the bill's acronym spells "SAFER".....)

This law would require the FCC to allow analog television to continue for 30 days after the February 17th deadline for conversion to all-digital operation. However, the analog transmitters could only carry information about the digital transition and emergency/safety information.

Stations whose analog channels are between 14-20 or 52-69 are excluded. So are stations whose continued analog operation would interfere with post-transition digital TV. (for example, stations that are using their current analog channels for their post-transition digital broadcasts!)

It does not require any station to leave its analog on the air.

A similar bill has been introduced in the House but has not yet been acted on. President Bush hasn't said whether he'd sign the law but I would be very surprised by a veto. The bill calls for the FCC to act by January 15th -- which is five days before President Obama's inauguration -- so Obama's position on the bill is irrelevant (grin)... (again, I'd be amazed if Obama opposed it)

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Other recent DTV-related legislative proposals would:

- Extend the expiration of DTV coupons, either from 3 months to six, or by setting a single expiration date of March 31st, 2009.

- Provide a $40 income tax credit for each expired coupon, up to two coupons ($80) per taxpayer. Presumably this would have the same effect as setting an expiration date of December 31st, 2009.

- Suspend the import taxes on converter boxes.

To my knowledge none of these bills has passed either house of Congress.

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Edited 2008-11-22 10:13 to add a title!

New AM station

Excel, Alabama: 1400KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts day and night, non-directional.
31-26-42N/87-18-55W

I can't find Excel on my atlas but the coordinates plot in the general vicinity of Monroeville in southern Alabama, roughly 80km northeast of Mobile.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

AM callsign changes

The following stations have changed callsigns recently:

AL Carrollton 590 WREN from WRAG
AR Hot Springs 590 KZHS from KPZA
CA Santa Barbara 1340 KCLU from KIST
CA Santa Barbara 1490 KIST from KBKO
CO Loveland 1570 KPIO from KSXT
FL Kendall 1020 WURN from WRHB
FL Palm Springs 1500 WVAA new station
GA Ochlocknee 1020 WSBX from WJEP
MD Baltimore 1300 WJZ from WJFK
MD Morningside 1580 WHFS from WPGC
MN St. Peter 1310 KGLB from KRBI
MS Jackson 1400 WJQS from WKXI
NC Jacksonville 1400 WSTK from WJQQ
SC Walhalla 1000 WJTP from WWOF
TN Powell 1040 WKTI from WQBB
TX New Boston 1530 KLBW from KNBO



On FM, the FCC has assigned KCBE to a new station on Long Island.

AM stations going away in Canada

High Prairie, Alberta: 1020KHz:
CKVH requests move to FM.
93.5, 25,000 watts, antenna at 66 metres.


St. Paul, Alberta: 1310KHz:
CHLW requests move to FM.
97.7, 36,000 watts, antenna at 123 metres.


Windsor, Ontario: 1550KHz:
CBE requests move to FM.
97.5, 19,000 watts, antenna at 130 metres.
This move would involve a second FM transmitter, in Leamington, on 91.5.
It would also replace the permit for a "nested" FM relay on 102.3. The 97.5 facility (when used with 91.5 Leamington) would provide enough coverage to make the AM transmitter unnecessary.

If granted, there would be no CBC AM stations left between Newfoundland and Winnipeg.

Canadian AM station granted frequency change

Camrose, Alberta: 840KHz:
CFCW granted permission to move from 790.
50,000 watts daytime
40,000 watts nighttime
Directional all hours, different patterns.
These facilities (like their old ones on 790) will serve Edmonton.

New AM stations requested

Calgary, Alberta: 700KHz:
Application for new station.
50,000 watts daytime; 20,000 watts nighttime.
51-03-00N/114-05-04W
Unknown if directional - probably, with different patterns day & night.
To carry gospel music.
These are the facilities abandoned by CKRD Red Deer when it moved to FM.
Merritt, British Columbia: 1230KHz:
Application for new station.
1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional
50-06-29N/120-46-10W

This station already exists as CJNL; however, CJNL is to move to 101.1 FM and change format. The AM transmitter will be retained and used to relay CHNL-610 Kamloops. (which is what it's already doing...) So maybe this isn't a new station...


Dalton Gardens, Idaho: 1490KHz:
Application for new station.
810 watts day & night, non-directional
47-45-44N/116-47-11W
Dalton Gardens is in the panhandle, just north of Coeur d'Alene.


Rowe, New Mexico: 1420KHz:
Application for new station.
2,500 watts daytime; 140 watts nighttime.
Non-directional day & night.
35-29-51N/105-40-20W


Markham, Ontario: 960KHz:
Application for new station.
1,000 watts daytime; 175 watts nighttime.
Unknown whether directional; probably not.
To be ethnic, probably South Asian.
Markham is a Toronto suburb.
These facilities were recently abandoned by a nearby station. (CIAM Cambridge?)


Scarborough, Ontario: 1350KHz:
Application for new station.
1,000 watts daytime; 87 watts nighttime.
Unknown whether directional - probably not.
To be ethnic, probably South Asian.
Scarborough is a Toronto suburb.
These are the facilities recently abandoned by CKDO Oshawa.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

New AM station granted

Rockville, Minnesota: 1180KHz:
Permit granted for new station KYES.
50,000 watts daytime
5,000 watts nighttime
8,000 watts critical hours
Three different directional patterns.
45-21-43N/94-17-57W.

Rockville is just west of St. Cloud.

Changes granted to AM stations

Black Forest, Colorado: 1120KHz:
KLIM granted move from Limon.
Power to increase to 17,500 watts daytime, 3 watts night, directional, same pattern day & night. Move towers to 38-50-21N/103-51-28W

I wonder if that's a typo and should be 104-51-28W?
103-51-28W is near Punkin Center in Lincoln County, Colorado, about 55 miles east-southeast of Black Forest and due east of Colorado Springs.

104-51-28W is roughly midway between Black Forest and Colorado Springs - the two communities are only about 15 miles apart.


New Hartford, New York: 1150KHz:
WRUN granted move from Utica.
Actually, the towers aren't moving. However, the power will be reduced from 5,000 watts daytime/1,000 watts nighttime to 4,000 day, 370 night, and one of the five towers will be removed. And, the city-of-license is changing.

Monday, November 10, 2008

New AM stations - requested & granted

Heflin, Alabama: 1370KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
250 watts day & night; directional at night only
33-38-22N/85-37-01W


Bakersfield, California: 1310KHz:
Application filed for new station.
1,400 watts daytime
2,500 watts nighttime
Directional day & night, different patterns.
35-21-53N/118-51-23W

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Major change; station to be deleted

Leesburg, Virginia:1190KHz:
WAGE is moving from 1200KHz.
50,000 watts daytime, directional, 39-02-28N/77-26-42W.

The station has indicated they will soon file a second application for 3,000 watts nighttime, also directional, from their existing site at 39-07-25N/77-37-31W.

To accomodate this move, WBIS-1190 Annapolis, Maryland has agreed to surrender their license for cancellation under an "Interference Reduction Agreement". WAGE's move is conditioned on WBIS's license being surrendered. The move will also reduce interference between WBIS and station WFYL-1180, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (which, ironically, is a much newer station than WBIS...)

Birach Broadcasting filed an objection to the move, charging that WAGE's ownership interfered in the attempt of Birach's WDMV-540 to get zoning permission to build four towers in Damascus, Maryland.

Read the FCC decision:

New AM stations, and not

Desert Hot Springs, California: 1220KHz:
Application for new station.
1,400 watts daytime
1,200 watts nighttime
Directional day & night, different patterns and at different sites.
33-55-51N/116-36-12W daytime
33-59-28N/116-29-28W nighttime


Easton, California: 1150KHz:
Application for new station.
260 watts daytime
5,500 watts nighttime
Directional at night only.
Different sites day & night:
36-46-10N/119-45-01W daytime
36-51-55N/119-34-03W nighttime


Ketchikan, Alaska: 1260KHz:
Application for new station dismissed.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

New AM stations - requested, granted, and on the air

Pine Bluff, Arkansas: 1190KHz:
Application filed for new station.
10,000 watts daytime
350 watts nighttime
directional at night only
34-11-50N/92-03-25W.


Agana, Guam: 1530KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
250 watts day & night, non-directional
13-27-24N/144-40-20E.


Sauk Rapids, Minnesota: 1010KHz:
New station WPPI on the air.
1,700 watts daytime
240 watts nighttime
directional day & night with two different patterns
45-36-18N/94-08-21W.

Friday, October 17, 2008

New AM station in Colorado

Fountain, Colorado: 780KHz:
New station KCEG has filed for a license-to-cover and is presumably on the air.
1,900 watts daytime; 720 watts night; directional, different patterns day & night.
38-31-07N/104-36-03W which is roughly midway between Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

New AM station (not)

Raymond, Washington: 1350KHz:
Permit for new station canceled at request of permittee.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New AM station (and not)

Honokaa, Hawaii: 1010KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
10,000 watts nighttime
non-directional all hours
20-05-04N/155-28-42W

Honoka'a is on the north tip of the Big Island.


Escanaba, Michigan: 820KHz
Permit cancelled for new station, at request of permittee.

Friday, September 26, 2008

New-station permit cancelled

Albert Lea, Minnesota: 1100KHz:
The permit for a new station on this frequency has been cancelled, at the request of the permittee.

New AM station on the air

Juneau, Alaska: 1330KHz:
New station KXLJ on the air, filed for license to cover.
10,000 watts daytime
3,000 watts nighttime
Non-directional all hours
58-18-05N/134-26-26W

The station website says they're carrying the Air America liberal talk network.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New AM station granted

Marquette, Michigan: 1430KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
2,000 watts nighttime
Directional at night only.
46-32-02N/87-26-33W

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

AM call changes

The following AM stations have changed calls in the recent past:


COLO Denver 950 KRWZ from KKFN
FLOR Sweetwater 880 WZAB (new station)
GEOR Clayton 1400 WNGA (new station)
HAWA Hilo 620 KHNU from KIPA
IOWA Waterloo 850 KXGM from KWOF
KANS Iola 1370 KIOL from KALN
MAIN Monticello 710 WXME from WCXH
MASS Boston 1150 WWDJ from WTTT
MICH Ada 1680 WPRR from WDSS
MINN Sauk Rapids 540 WMIN from WXYG
MISSI Laurel 890 WHJA from WEEZ
NEVA Las Vegas 670 KMZQ from KBTB
NEWH Berlin 1490 WKDR from WRTN
NEWJ Hackensack 970 WNYM from WTTT
NEWJ Hackensack 970 WTTT from WWDJ
NEWM Albuquerque 1550 KQNM from KKJY
NEWM Milan 1100 KKJY from KQNM
NEWY Middletown 1400 WZCC (new station)
NEWY Rochester 990 WDCX from WRCI
OREG Bend 1340 KBNW (new station)
PENN Harrisburg 1400 WHGB from WTCY
PENN McKeesport 1360 WMNY from WPTT
TENN Rockwood 580 WYHM from WOFE
TEXA Burleson 1460 KCLE from KHFX
TEXA Cleburne 1140 KHFX from KCLE
WEST Huntington 1470 WRWB from WEMM
WISC Hudson 630 WREY from WDGY
WISC Hudson 740 WDGY from WMIN

Thursday, September 04, 2008

New AM stations

Same frequency, same city, different states (grin)...

Middleton, Idaho: 1400KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional
43-41-11N/116-30-55W

Middleton is a few miles west of Boise.


Middletown, New York: 1400KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts fulltime, directional daytime only
41-28-26N/74-27-01W

This Middletown is about 35 miles northwest of New York City.

Friday, August 29, 2008

New AM station (and not)

Palm Springs, Florida: 1500KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
5,000 watts daytime, directional, 26-45-18N/80-22-00W
250 watts nighttime, directional, 26-37-22N/80-04-20W

(yes, two different sites)

Palm Springs is near West Palm Beach.



Taft, Florida: 1500KHz:
Application for new station dismissed.
I can't find Taft on the map but I'll bet it's also near West Palm Beach...

New AM station on the air

Eureka, California: 1400KHz:
New station KIHH has filed for a license to cover.
790 watts fulltime, non-directional from a single tower at 40-48-09N/124-08-20.
Licensee is IHR Educational Broadcasting, a group owner of Catholic religious stations.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Long-haul FM station moves denied

The FCC has denied Educational Media Foundation's request to move two New Mexico FM stations hundreds of miles to the east.

Tucumcari's KVLP proposed to move to Brewster, Ohio, southwest of Massillon in the northeastern part of the state. The move would include a substantial power increase and a move from 91.7 to 90.1.

Roswell's KQAI proposed to move to Rising Sun, Maryland in the extreme northeastern corner of the state, about 25 miles west of Wilmington, Delaware. This move would have included a significant power decrease and a frequency change from 89.1 to 88.3.

In both cases, the FCC quoted document DA-08-1537 as the reason for denying the requests. This document addresses the ability of various pending FM applications to lead towards a "fair distribution" of non-commercial FM radio service. In both cases, other applications had been filed for completely new stations, and a competing applicant showed their station would do a better job of creating a fair distribution of service.

In KVLP's case, the station didn't claim it would provide a first or second non-commercial service to at least 10% of the people in their proposed service area. (or that that 10% would amount to fewer than 2,000 people) The competing applicant did claim to provide first or second service, and thus won the preference.

In KQAI's case, three applicants including KQAI claimed to provide a first service to at least 10% of their potential audience. However, competing applicant Four Rivers Community Broadcasting proposed to reach 33,000 people with a 1st or 2nd service; KQAI claimed only 26,000.

Educational Media Foundation operates the "K-Love" and "Air1" religious popular music networks.

New AM station on the air

Sweetwater, Florida: 880KHz:
New station WZAB is on the air.
Filed for license-to-cover on August 19th.
4,000 watts daytime; 5,000 watts nighttime; directional all hours, two different patterns. (DA-2)
25-44-56N/80-32-50W, roughly 15 miles due west of Miami.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

AM stations going away in Canada

Four Canadian AM stations have applied to move to FM:

Athabasca, Alberta: CKBA-850: to 94.1FM, 9kw/54m
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia: CFDR-780: to 92.9FM, 100kw/196m
Guelph, Ontario: CJOY-1460: to 95.7FM, 30kw/54m
Sudbury, Ontario: CIGM-790: to 93.5FM, 100kw/204m

AM station to be deleted

The FCC has approved Kovas Communications' application to surrender the license of WMCW-1600 Harvard, Ill. and increase the power of co-owned WONX Evanston to 7,000 watts. Two other Kovas stations received permission to change frequency and move to new locations to open space for WONX's increase. But WMCW was the only station licensed to Harvard, and FCC policy prohibited them from moving.

(other stations involved:
WCGO-1600 Chicago Heights: moving to 1020 in Jemison, Michigan.
WKKD-1580 Aurora: moving to Silvis, near the Quad Cities.)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Major AM station change granted

Millbrook, Illinois:1480KHz:
WSPY granted move from Geneva.
Power to 400 watts (daytime)/300 watts (nighttime), directional with different patterns day & night.
41-34-59N/88-36-05W

New AM stations

Jackson, Mississippi: 1440KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
5,000 watts daytime
300 watts nighttime
directional, different patterns day & night
32-22-58N/90-09-51W.


Peralta, New Mexico: 700KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
430 watts daytime
220 watts nighttime
directional, different patterns day & night
41-34-59N/88-36-05W

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Major AM change granted

Aurora, Indiana: 1030KHz:
WGYV granted move from 1380KHz in Greenville, Alabama.
500 watts daytime-only, directional.
39-11-45N/84-59-00

Aurora is just west of Cincinnati on the Ohio River.

New AM stations

Pine Bluffs, Wyoming: 540KHz:
New station KJJL on the air.

KJJL-540 has filed for a license-to-cover.
900 watts daytime; 700 watts nighttime.
DA-2 - directional, different patterns day & night.
41-11-13N/104-11-05W.

Pine Bluffs is east of Cheyenne on the Wyoming-Nebraska border.


Maxwell AFB, Alabama: 1030KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
35,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
DA-2 - directional, different patterns day & night.

Maxwell AFB is on the northeast side of Montgomery.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Amendment to application for new AM station

Marquette, Michigan: 1430KHz:
Application amended to increase power
from 250 watts non-directional
to 50,000 watts daytime;
2,000 watts nighttime;
directional at night only.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Various AM changes

Camrose, Alberta: 840KHz:
CFCW applies to move from 790KHz
No technical details given.
Channel became available when CJXX Grande Prairie moved from 840 to 93.1 FM. CJXX operated at 25,000 watts daytime/10,000 nighttime, but since Grande Prairie and Camrose are quite some distance apart, I would expect CFCW's technical facilities to be quite different from CJXX's.


Kenai, Alaska: 980KHz:
Application for new station dismissed
This would have replaced KZXX which previously operated on 980 in Kenai.


Susanville, California: 1490KHz:
Permit granted for new station
1,000 watts daytime
970 watts nighttime
non-directional at all hours
40-26-36N/120-38-37W
Eastern Sierra Broadcasting

Saturday, July 26, 2008

AM frequency change in American Samoa

Leone, American Samoa:720KHz:
WVUV granted move from 648KHz.
Power reduced from 10,000 watts to 5,000 daytime, 2,000 nighttime, non-directional.
New site 14-20-24S/170-46-22W.

New AM stations (on Guam)

Agana, Guam: 1017KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
4,000 watts fulltime, non-directional.
13-34-27N/144-51-56E

In a new-station application, the applicant is required to demonstrate they comply with regulations limiting how many stations a single owner may control in a given market. This application contains this interesting answer:

"Neither Powell Meredith nor any individual or entity having an attributable interest in the applicant has an interest of any kind in any other station or application in the Agana, Guam market other than the pending AM application herein, much less anything else in the Eastern Hemisphere. Therefore, Powell Meredith complies with the Commission's multiple ownership rules."




Agana, Guam:1170KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
250 watts fulltime, non-directional
13-27-24N/144-40-20E.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

What some people will try to do...

So, there's a radio station in Michigan. Their license was to expire on October 1, 2004. They never filed for renewal.

So, in June 2006, the FCC sends their owner a letter warning them their license is expired & they aren't authorized to operate. A month later, an agent visits and finds that this station is in fact operating, even though its license expired almost two years ago. A month after that, agents spoke with the station's owner, informing him personally of the unlicensed status of his station.

The owner said he didn't file a renewal because it has to be done electronically and his station doesn't have a computer.

In August 2007, the station is still operating. FCC sends them a Notice of Apparent Liability for $10,000. They respond that they did not "willfully" violate the part of the Communications Act that requires stations to have a license, and that they could not file a renewal application because they don't have a computer. They claim to have filed a request for Special Temporary Authorization to continue operating and, "...since that time, it has assumed that the request would be answered by the FCC."

Uh, yeah.

1. It's 2008. You're in a city of 53,000 people. You can't find an Internet-connected computer???

2. You didn't think to call the FCC (the inspector gave you the number) who would have told you they would consider waivers to the requirement to file electronically?

3. You think asking for special temporary authority automatically gives you that authority?

The fine stands.

Oh, and we should note that as recently as this Monday, the station in question was still operating - without a license.


See the original FCC document.

AM changes granted

Piedmont, California: 1510KHz:
KPIG granted nighttime power increase
from 230 watts to 2,400.
Requires KGA make the change below:


Spokane, Washington: 1510KHz:
KGA granted nighttime power decrease
from 50,000 watts to 15,000.
Necessary for co-owned KPIG to upgrade.

New AM stations (and not)

Englewood, Colorado: 1550KHz:
Application for new station reinstated.
50,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
Different directional patterns day & night
39-32-20N/104-55-15W
Hill & Glover Broadcasting


Golden, Colorado: 1550KHz:
Application for new station reinstated.
5,000 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
Directional at night only
39-43-46/N/105-14-08W
Advanced Modulation Broadcasting


The above two applications are mutually exclusive.


Blanchard, Louisiana: 1550KHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
Different directional patterns day & night
32-38-18N/93-56-20W
Word of Life Ministries


Catalina, California: 1450KHz:
Application for new station dismissed.
Mark C. Allen

Thursday, July 17, 2008

AM call changes

The following AM stations have changed calls recently:

Alexander City, Ala. 1050 WBNM from WRFS
Anniston, Ala. 1490 WSYA from WANA
Irondale, Ala. 1480 WQOH from WRLM
Seward, Alas. 950 KSEW from KSWD
Palo Alto, Cal. 1220 KDOW from KNTS
Colorado Springs 1300 KCSF from KKML
Smithville, Ga. 1230 WUCN (new station)
Elkhart, Ind. 1270 WCMR from WFRN
New Albany, Ind. 1570 WNDA from WWSZ
South Bend, Ind. 1620 WPNT from WWLV
Georgetown, Ky. 1580 WGVN from WXRA
Stanford, Ky. 1520 WKFO from WRSL
Pocomoke City, Md. 1070 WCRW from WBEY
Austin, Minn. 970 KQAQ from KNFX
Dilworth, Minn. 1100 WZFG from WZFN
Wilton, Minn. 820 WBKK (new station)
Brandon, Miss. 970 WJFN from WZQK
Neosho, Mo. 1420 KBTN from KQYS
Newton, N.J. 1360 WTOC from WNNJ
Rochester, N.Y. 990 WRCI from WLGZ
Spring Lake, N.C. 1450 WFBX from WCIE
Rossford, Ohio 1520 WNWT from WDMN
Roseburg, Ore. 1490 KSKR from KRNR
Johnstown, Pa. 850 WNTJ from WPRR
Walhalla, S.C. 1000 WJTP from WWOF
Rockwood, Tenn. 580 WYHM from WOFE
Manor, Tex. 1120 KTXW from KRAU
Seattle, Wash. 1680 KNTS from KDOW
Dunbar, W. Va. 1450 WLUX (new station)

Monday, July 14, 2008

AM frequency change in Georgia

Ellijay, Georgia: 1580KHz:
WPGY changes frequency from 1560:
WPGY has changed frequency from 1560KHz to 1580, and reduced power from 1,000 watts to 500. Tower location remains unchanged, and WPGY remains a daytime-only operation.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New AM stations

Whitefish, Montana: 1450kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1450kHz
420 watts day & night, non-directional
48-23-44N/114-19-11W


Bandon, Oregon: 800kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
2,500 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
Directional, different patterns day & night
43-08-03N/124-21-03W

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Major AM change granted

Memphis, Tennessee: 830kHz:
KOTC granted move from Kennett, Mo.
Power will remain 10kw, daytime only, non-directional.
Tower will move to 35-15-12N/90-02-51W.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New AM station

Clayton, Georgia: 1400KHz:
Permit granted for new station:
250 watts fulltime, non-directional
34-53-23N/83-23-46W

Friday, June 20, 2008

Major AM station change

St. Paul, Minnesota: 630kHz:
WDGY granted permission to return to St. Paul.

WDGY was originally licensed to St. Paul years ago, but moved across the St. Croix River to Hudson, Wisconsin. It has now been given permission to change back. The transmitter isn't actually moving, just the official city of license.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Oklahoma test stations on

Richard Allen, reporting via Glenn Hauser's DX Listening Digest, is reporting the experimental test station on the air from Chilocco, Oklahoma. This is on the state's northern border, near Arkansas City, Kansas and roughly midway between Wichita and Stillwater.

1kHz test tones have been reported on 540 and 830kHz. The station is also authorized to use 1680, as well as 92.3, 99.1, and 107.5 FM.

For more information see previous DXLD items on:
http://www.w4uvh.net/dxld7082.txt
http://www.w4uvh.net/dxld7084.txt
http://www.w4uvh.net/dxld7085.txt
http://www.w4uvh.net/dxld7134.txt

It should be noted tests are also authorized (on different frequencies) from Flying H, New Mexico, near Roswell.

Previous similar tests seem to have been in connection with portable temporary stations for the military.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

New AM station

Junction City, Oregon: 960kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
2,500 watts nighttime
DA-2 (different directional patterns day & night)
44-12-36N/123-10-56W

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

IBOC screenshot in QST Magazine

Members of the ARRL may wish to take a look at Figure 1 on Page 33 of their July 2008 QST Magazine.

This figure is a screenshot of the AM spectrum between 824kHz and 868kHz. It was shot near Atlanta in the morning. The shot clearly shows the signals of WTRU-830, WHAS-840, and unID stations on 850 and 860. It also shows WHAS's IBOC sidebands directly adjacent to the carriers of WTRU and the 850 station.

Format change at major Montreal station

Posts on Radio-Info.com are reporting CINW-940 Montreal will be switching from all-news to oldies in a few days. This is (and will remain) an English-language station.

New AM station

Boise, Idaho: 1430kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
1,000 watts nighttime
DA-2 (directional, different patterns day & night)
43-32-44N/116-20-41W.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

AM station deleted

Shamokin, Pennsylvania
WISL-1480 has been deleted.

New AM stations

Keystone, Colorado: 1320kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
(Advanced Modulation Broadcasting)
1,000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
DA-2 (different directional patterns day & night)
39-36-46N/106-00-05W
which is in the Rockies not too far from Vail.


Wendell, Idaho: 1340kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
(IHR Educational Broadcasting)
250 watts fulltime, non-directional
42-45-58N/114-39-29W
Wendell is near Twin Falls.


Manor, Texas: 1120kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
(JNE Investments)
250 watts daytime
153 watts nighttime
DA-2 (different directional patterns day & night)
30-20-51N/97-31-23W
Manor is somewhere near Temple.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

New AM station

Gloverville, South Carolina: 1300kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
2,500 watts daytime
820 watts nighttime
directional, different patterns day & night
33-31-40N/81-49-18W

Saturday, May 17, 2008

AM call letter changes

The following AM stations have changed call letters recently:


Eagle River, Alas. 1020 KABA from KAXX
Wasilla, Alas. 1430 KMBQ (new station)
Fort Smith, Ark. 1320 KWHN from KYHN
Fort Smith, Ark. 1650 KYHN from KWHN
Sacramento, Cal. 1240 KRJY from KSAC
Santa Paula, Cal. 1400 KKZZ from KUNX
Ventura, Cal. 1590 KUNX from KKZZ
Pueblo, Colo. 1350 KDZA from KGHF
Ewa Beach, Haw. 1320 KEWA (new station)
Cocoa Beach, Fl. 1300 WMEL from WTIR
Melbourne, Fl. 920 WDMC from WMEL
Winter Garden, Fl. 1680 WOKB from WLAA
Winter Garden, Fl. 1600 WLAA from WOKB
Meridian, Idaho 890 KXSL from KDJQ
Westbrook, Me. 1440 WJJB from WJAE
Petoskey, Mich. 750 WARD from WLDR
Austin, Minn. 970 KQAQ from KNFX
Dilworth, Minn. 1100 KKFL from WZFN
Little Falls, N.Y. 1120 WKAJ (new station)
Johnstown, Penna. 850 WKGE from WNTJ
Milford, Penna. 1450 WQCD (new station)
York, S.C. 980 WULR from WBZK
Ashland City, Tenn. 790 WLNU from WQSV
Moneta, Va. 880 WSLK from WCQV
Grafton, W. Va. 1260 WVUS from WTBZ
Big Horn, Wyo. 1370 KHNY (new station)

New AM station

Bon Air, Virginia: 1200kHz:
Permit granted to Hill & Glover Broadcasting for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
10,000 watts nighttime
directional, different patterns day & night.
Towers at 37-33-24N/77-41-50W.




Jolivue, Virginia: 1490kHz:
Application for new station dismissed.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

NC analog TV stations to go dark early

Broadcasting and Cable Magazine is reporting that Wilmington, North Carolina will be a test market for the digital TV transition. Mayor William Saffo told the magazine the city's network-affiliated TV stations will shut down their analog signals on September 8th and go digital only.

Presumably the FCC and stations hope to learn how well the digital conversion message is really getting out and whether there are any surprises that will have to be worked out before the rest of the country switches next February.

Earlier it had been reported that Fort Myers, Florida was also being considered for a similar test. To my knowledge that market has decided not to participate. However, there may be other test markets announced.

There are six TV stations in Wilmington:

  • 3: WWAY (DTV channel 46, ABC)

  • 6: WECT (DTV channel 44, NBC)

  • 10: WILM-LP (DTV channel 40, CBS)*

  • 26: WSFX (DTV channel 30, Fox)

  • 39: WUNJ (DTV channel 29, PBS)

  • 51: W51CW (DTV channel 51, TBN)*



* These are LPTV stations that do not automatically receive a digital facility. However, both stations do have permits for digital operation. W51CW's DTV permit is for the same channel as their analog, they cannot run both at the same time.

Other articles on this subject suggest WUNJ and W51CW are not part of this test and may continue to operate analog signals after September.

edited 20080508-0828 because I forgot to type a title!

Monday, April 28, 2008

AM station changes

Oak Park, Michigan: 1600kHz:
WAAM requests move from Ann Arbor.
Power to increase to 15kw, towers to move to 42-14-15N/83-09-33W.



Montreal, Quebec: 1450kHz:
CHOU granted power increase.
from 1,000 watts to 2,000 watts.

Friday, April 25, 2008

AM station moving

Nahant, Mass.: 1230kHz:
WESX granted move from Salem
Power to decrease from 1,000 watts to 450,
tower to move to 38-20-39N/79-35-47W.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

AM frequency change in Texas

Mineral Wells, Texas: 1110kHz:
KJSA granted frequency change from 1120kHz.
Power to increase from 250 watts to 20,000 watts; station will go directional.

Friday, April 18, 2008

New AM station

Silt, Colorado: 1490kHz:
Permit granted for new station
1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional
39-33-37N/107-39-05W

Silt is between Glenwood Springs and Rifle in western Colorado.

AM call changes

The following AM stations have changed callsigns recently:


Eagle River, Alas. 1020 KABA from KAXX
Fort Smith, Ark. 1320 KWHN from KYHN
Fort Smith, Ark. 1650 KYHN from KWHN
Fresno, Cal. 1680 KGED from KAVT
Sacramento, Cal. 1240 KRJY from KSAC
Santa Paula, Cal. 1400 KKZZ from KUNX
Ventura, Cal. 1590 KUNX from KKZZ
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 1320 KEWA new station
Monroe, La. 540 KMLB from KNOE
Petoskey, Mich. 750 WARD from WLDR
Westbrook, Me. 1440 WJJB from WJAE
St. Louis, Mo. 1430 KZQZ from WIL
Dallas, N.C. 960 WCRU from WZRH

New AM stations granted

Prescott, Arizona: 1300kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,500 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
DA-2 (different directional patterns day & night)
34-30-37N/112-28-20W
(Cleo Broadcasting)


Little Falls, New York: 1120kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,500 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
DA-N (directional at night only)
43-01-19N/74-50-12W
(Michael Celenza)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

New AM station; not; and amendment to application

Grand Junction, Colorado: 730kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
2,000 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
DA-2 (different directional patterns day & night)
39-01-35N/108-29-36W



Hilo, Hawaii: 1450kHz:
Application dismissed for new station



Bandon, Oregon: 800kHz:
Application for new station amended
From 770kHz to 800kHz.
Power to 2,500 watts daytime, 1,000 watts nighttime, DA-2 (different directional patterns day & night)
43-08-03N/124-21-03W

Friday, April 11, 2008

New AM stations

Kirk, Colorado: 1490kHz:
Permit granted for new station,
250 watts day & night
39-37-33N/102-35-26W

Kirk is in eastern Colorado, about 25 miles northwest of Burlington.



Vanderwagen, New Mexico: 1490kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
250 watts day & night
35-16-09N/108-45-38W

Vanderwagen is just off the Zuni Indian Reservation, between Gallup and Zuni in western New Mexico.



Milford, Pennsylvania: 1450kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts day & night
41-20-10N/74-47-45W

Milford is in extreme northeastern Pennsylvania, near Port Jervis, New York.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Missouri-to-Ohio move is off...

Back in July I wrote that KELE-1360 Mountain Grove, Missouri had received permission to move to Ripley, Ohio, with a transmitter site in West Virginia and a new frequency of 1180kHz.

The move is off. The station has returned its permit to the FCC for cancellation - it's going to stay in Missouri.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

CBA-1070 last-minute DX test?

DX Test Coordinator Jim Pogue reports Saul Chernos may be able to arrange a last-minute DX Test from CBA-1070 Moncton, New Brunswick.

As you read here, CBA's last night on the air is next Sunday, April 6th; they will leave the air for good at 7am ADT (6am Eastern, 5am Central) on Monday, the 7th.

CBA is 50,000 watts ND - non directional day & night - so they won't be testing at increased night power. But if Saul's lucky we'll get special, easier-to-identify, programming.

After CBA goes off, there will be only six AM stations of more than 40 watts left in New Brunswick. CBA is by far your best last chance at a N.B. logging.

Keep checking here, or on DX Tests.info.

K(K)OB-770 reducing power, or not?

KKOB-770 Albuquerque is asking listeners to sign an online petition urging the government to withdraw its plans to force the station to reduce power from 50,000 watts to 1,000.

Read it fast, as I'm 99% sure this petition drive will end tomorrow. (and note today's date...)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

New FM stations in Alberta

26 applications have been filed for new FM stations in Alberta.

This includes:

3 applications for 99.5 and 102.7 in Drumheller
8 applications for 90.5 and 100.7 in Red Deer (plus one for CJUV-94.1 in Lacombe to move to the CBC tower in Red Deer)
13 applications for 95.7, 98.5, 102.3, 107.1, and 107.3 in Edmonton (of course the 107.1 and 107.3 applications are mutually-exclusive) (plus one application for 102.3 in Leduc which is mutually-exclusive with the Edmonton apps)
One application for a Fort McMurray relayer of one of the Edmonton stations

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

AM call changes

All changes are initial callsign assignments to new stations unless otherwise noted.


Jasper, Ala. 1240 WJLX from WZTQ
Eureka, Calif. 1400 KIHH
Fresno, California 1680 KGED from KAVT
Lancaster, Calif. 1380 KOSS from KWJL
Del Norte, Colo. 1490 KHRJ
Eads, Colo. 1450 KEHT
Cross City, Fla. 1240 WMJQ from WYNY
Liberal, Kans. 1470 KSMM from KYUU
Monroe, La. 540 KMLB from KNOE
Brunswick, Me. 900 WWBK from WJJB
Brooklyn Park, Mn. 1470 KMNQ from KRJJ
St. Louis, Mo. 1430 KZQZ from WIL
Flemington, N.J. 1040 WNJE from WCHR
Trenton, N.J. 920 WCHR from WNJE
Ontario, N.Y. 1330 WQCD from WMJQ (was briefly WYNY)
Rensselaer, N.Y. 1300 WGDJ from WTMM
Ashland, Oregon 580 KGAY from KTMT
Eugene, Oregon 1600 KOPB from KOPT
Milwaukie, Oregon 1010 KOOR from KMUZ
Providence, R.I. 790 WPRV from WSKO
Belton, S.C. 1390 WROP from WLUA
Florence, S.C. 1230 WOLH from WOLS
Greenville, S.C. 1260 WPJF from WMUU
Nashville, Tenn. 880 WMDB from WNSG
Big Spring, Texas 730 KBQX
Comstock, Texas 1450 KOAH
Langtry, Texas 1400 KHTW
Marathon, Texas 1470 KHRX
Midland, Texas 1150 KLPF from KVDG
Presidio, Texas 1230 KHUA
Richfield, Utah 1490 KYHR
Moneta, Virginia 880 WSLK from WCQV
Jackson, Wis. 540 WAUK from WRRD
Waukesha, Wis. 1510 WRRD from WAUK

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

AM station major changes: one granted, one denied

Chalmette, Louisiana: 1100kHz:
WOMN granted move from 1110kHz in Franklinton.
Power to increase to 50,000 watts daytime, 250 watts nighttime, 20,000 watts critical hours.
Three different patterns. (DA-3)
30-00-10N/90-00-25W.


Bandera, Texas: 1250kHz:
KZDC denied move from San Antonio, at request of applicant.
Power would have increased to 35,000 watts daytime.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

CBA-1070 permanent disappearance iminent

Joe Miller in Michigan has received word that CBA-1070's last night on the air will be April 6th. The AM transmitter is to be silenced shortly after 1130 UTC on the morning of the 7th. It's being replaced by a new FM transmitter on 106.1.

CBA was the last AM station in Moncton. It's also one of a vanishing list of CBC AM stations in the Maritimes. After CBA goes off there will be six CBC AM's left in the Maritimes:

New Brunswick: CBGA-1 540 Grande-Anse (Radio-Canada, the French network)
Four 40-watt low-power relays, two French, two English

Nova Scotia: CBI 1140 Sydney. They already have their FM permit (97.1) and will be gone within the year.

Prince Edward Island: None. There are no AM stations left on P.E.I., except for two 20-watt travelers' information stations at PEI National Park.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

New AM station

Many Farms, Arizona: 1260kHz:
Permit granted for new station
1,000 watts daytime
250 watts nighttime
directional, different patterns day & night
36-19-30N/109-40-45W

Many Farms is in the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

New AM station granted

Silver City, New Mexico: 1340kHz:
Permit granted for new station:
1,000 watts daytime, 850 watts night, non-directional.
32-46-01N/108-15-28W

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

FCC rules "dead air" doesn't require station ID

The FCC today ruled that stations broadcasting "dead air" - with the transmitter on but "nobody talking" - are not required to run station identification announcements.

The decision involves WMCU-89.7 (now WKCP) in Miami. For many years WMCU was a religious station. Last fall, WMCU's owners decided to sell the station to American Public Media; the latter group flipped WMCU to a classical-music outlet. (replacing commercial station WTMI-93.1 which had switched to dance music, then rock, a few years back) Fans of the Christian music on WMCU filed objections to the sale of the station.

The relevant objection involved FCC regulation 73.1201, which requires stations to identify themselves with call letters and city-of-license once an hour. The complaints stated that for three weeks last October, (before Public Media acquired it) WMCU broadcast "dead air" - silence - with no identification announcements - in violation of 73.1201.

The station admitted to the broadcasts. However, they argued that the station was silent - was not on the air - and that nothing in the regulations required a silent station to identify itself.

Usually, the term "silent" has meant the station is off the air entirely - the transmitter is turned off, no signal at all is being broadcast. WMCU argues otherwise - that if no program is being broadcast, the station is silent.

The FCC bought it. They agreed that WMCU was officially off the air (even though the carrier was still being transmitted at 100,000 watts - for the purpose of carrying a subcarrier signal) and thus didn't need to ID.

Strange.

Original FCC document:

AM station deleted

Monroe, Louisiana: 1440kHz:
KMLB license surrendered for cancellation.
Licensee acquired KNOE-540 in the same city. The additional acquisition would have put them over the multiple-ownership limits. The FCC granted the purchase of KNOE only on the condition the KMLB license be surrendered; that has now happened.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

New AM station granted

Waterville, Washington: 1450kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
non-directional all hours
47-38-32N/120-05-34W
Waterville is about 20 miles northeast of Wenatchee.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

New AM station granted

Wilton, Minnesota: 820kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
15,000 watts daytime
750 watts nighttime
Directional, different patterns day & night.
47-23-29N/95-04-40W.

Friday, February 29, 2008

New AM station

Crescent City, California: 1420kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts daytime, non-directional
250 watts nighttime, directional
41-44-56N/124-11-52W

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

AM station deleted

Ocala, Florida: 1290kHz:
WCFI renewal denied, license cancelled.
I think this station has been off the air for more than a year. Federal law requires the FCC to cancel the licenses of stations that have been off for this long.

Amendment to application for new AM station

Many Farms, Arizona: 1260kHz:
Application amended from 1250kHz.
Power to increase from 250 watts full time, non-directional to 1,000 watts daytime; 250 watts night; directional all hours with two different patterns.
Proposed tower site changed to 36-19-30N/109-40-45W.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

New AM stations

Honaunau, Hawaii: 1340kHz:
Permit granted for new station
10,000 watts fulltime, non-directional.
Tower at 19-31-13N/155-55-04W.

This would be the only station in the U.S. on a local channel running more than 1,000 watts.

(local channels are 1230, 1240, 1340, 1400, 1450, and 1490kHz)



Alpine, Texas: 1490kHz:
Application for new station reinstated
1,000 watts non-directional fulltime.
Tower at 30-22-38N/103-43-56W.



Marathon, Texas: 1470kHz:
Permit granted for new station
10,000 watts daytime, non-directional
250 watts nighttime, directional
Towers at 30-13-09N/103-14-02W.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

AM call changes


Jasper, Ala. 1240 WJLX from WZTQ
Lancaster, Calif. 1380 KOSS from KWJL
Macon, Ga. 1280 WIBB from WLCG
Kansas City, Kans. 1250 KYYS from KKHK
Liberal, Kans. 1470 KSMM from KYUU
Brooklyn Park, Minn. 1470 KMNQ from KRJJ
Flemington, N.J. 1040 WNJE from WCHR
Trenton, N.J. 920 WCHR from WPHY. Was briefly WNJE.
Watkins Glen, N.Y. 1490 WRCE from WTYX
Ashland, Ore. 580 KGAY from KTMT
Milwaukie, Ore. 1010 KOOR from KMUZ
Florence, S.C. 1230 WOLH from WOLS
Big Spring, Tex. 730 KBQX new station
Midland, Tex. 1150 KLPF from KVDG
Wenatchee, Wash. 1340 KZNW from KWWX
Greenville, S.C. 1260 WPJF from WMUU
Jackson, Wis. 540 WAUK from WRRD
Waukesha, Wis. 1510 WRRD from WAUK

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New AM station; major change granted

Delta Junction, Alaska: 1510kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional.
64-05-01N/145-44-00W.




Lawrenceville, Georgia: 990kHz:
WISK granted move from 1390kHz in Americus.
950 watts daytime, 25 watts nighttime, non-directional.
33-57-27N/84-00-17W.
Americus is in southwest Georgia - Lawrenceville is an Atlanta suburb.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

AM station deleted

Brewer, Maine: 1200kHz:
WNSW deleted.

New AM stations: applications reinstated

Santa Fe, New Mexico: 1580kHz:
Application reinstated for new station.
250 watts day & night, non-directional.
35-40-48N/105-56-42W


Fritch, Texas: 1570kHz:
Application reinstated for new station.
12,000 watts daytime
750 watts nighttime
Directional day & night, two different patterns.
35-37-26N/101-37-38W


Panhandle, Texas: 1580kHz:
Application reinstated for new station.
1,000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
Directional at night only.
35-20-44N/101-22-48W

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Format change in Oregon

Eugene, Oregon: 1600kHz:
KOPT sold to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

AM stations moved to new cities

Catoosa, Oklahoma: 1570kHz:
KZLI moved from Pryor.
New tower site 36-15-52N/95-42-34W.
Site is a few miles east of Tulsa, vs. old site about 40 miles east.

New AM stations granted

Billings, Montana: 1530kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
50,000 watts daytime
750 watts nighttime
10,000 watts critical hours
Directional critical hours and nighttime.
45-41-40N/108-32-17W


Mills, Wyoming: 1560kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
10,000 watts daytime
500 watts nighttime
1,000 watts critical hours
Directional at night.
42-49-03N/106-19-09W
Mills is a Casper suburb.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

AM station applications reinstated

Fifteen applications for new AM stations in Alaska and Hawaii have been reinstated, after being previously dismissed by the FCC. All stations are 1,000 watts day & night, non-directional, unless otherwise noted.


Alaska:
Chugiak 1200kHz (50,000 day/30,000 night)
Fairbanks 1340kHz
Hope 1360kHz (10,000 watts)
Juneau 1210kHz (amended from 1190)
Juneau 1400kHz
Ketchikan 1260kHz (amended from 1250)
Kotzebue 1260kHz (700 watts. Amended from 1,000 watts on 1230.)
Petersburg 1270kHz
Tyonek 1360kHz (10,000 watts)
Whittier 1400kHz
Willow 1250kHz (50,000 day/39,000 night)

Hawaii:
Keahou 1300kHz (5,000 watts. Amended from 1280kHz with 660 watts; city spelling changed from Keauhou)
Paukaa 1400kHz (2,500 watts)
Waihee 1300kHz (10,000 watts)
Wailuku 1300kHz (16,000 watts)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

1680 station testing in California

Monitoring Times reader Steve Green is reporting an experimental station on 1680kHz in El Centro, California. WD2XUM is testing with IDs, a countup, and a long tone.

Nothing heard here in Tennessee, but California is a long ways off from here!

Friday, January 25, 2008

AM station major change denied

Bexley, Ohio: 1000kHz:
WSLW denied move from 1310kHz in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The move would have cost White Sulphur Springs its only radio station. A permit for FM station WXMD (93.3) had once existed there, but the permit was allowed to expire unbuilt. The FCC does not generally allow the deletion of the only operating station in a community.

(ironically, there's nothing they can do if the owners of WSLW choose to simply surrender the station's license for cancellation... which is exactly what the owner of one AM station in Illinois has promised to do if he's not allowed to move his station...)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

AM frequency change in South Carolina

Saluda, South Carolina: 1200kHz:
WJES has moved from 1190kHz.
Daytime power increases from 350 watts to 10,000.
Adds 4 (four) watts nighttime.
Remains non-directional at all hours.
Power is reduced to 6,100 watts during "critical hours". (the 2 hours following sunrise and the two hours preceding sunset)

New AM station granted

Big Spring, Texas: 730kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
230 watts daytime
300 watts nighttime
Directional, different patterns day & night.
Towers at 32-13-04N/101-29-25W.

AM call changes

Fairhope, Alabama: 660: WWFF to WXQW
San Francisco, California: 1260: KOIT to KSFB
Santa Maria, California: 1240: KSMA to KSMX
Macon, Georgia: 1280: WLCG to WIBB
Indianapolis, Indiana: 1070: WIBC to WFNI
Kansas City, Kansas: 1250: KKHK to KYYS
Pratt, Kansas: 1290: KWLS to KMMM
Frankfort, Kentucky: 1490: WFKY to WKYW
Glasgow, Kentucky: 1230: WWKU to WCDS
Plum Springs, Kentucky: 1450: WCDS to WWKU
Jackson, Missouri: 1170: KUGT to KJXX
East Missoula, Montana: 930: KLCY to KMPT
Catoosa, Oklahoma: 1570: KMUR to KZLI
Harrogate, Tennessee: 740: WRWB to WCXZ
El Paso, Texas: 920: KBNA to KQBU
Centerville, Utah: 1600: KXTA to KTUB
Hampton, Virginia: 1490: WLRT to WXTG
Wenatchee, Washington: 1340: KWWX to KZNW

Saturday, January 19, 2008

New AM station; station gone

Fairbanks, Alaska: 1300kHz:
Permit granted for new station.
1,000 watts fulltime, non-directional.
64-51-39N/147-48-36W.



Toronto, Ontario: 1280kHz:
CFBN deleted at request of licensee.
Originally built as travelers-information station for Lester Pearson Airport; more recently switched to a business news format.

Friday, January 18, 2008

FCC typo

One item in today's FCC Daily Digest read:

NICOLAS PAULA. Issued a monetary forfeiture in the amount of $17,000 to Nicolas Paula for failure to operate an unlicensed radio transmitter on 94.5 MHz in Bronx, New York, and for failure to permit a station inspection. Action by: Regional Director, Northeast Region, Enforcement Bureau. Adopted: 01/16/2008 by Forfeiture Order. (DA No. 08-114). EB DA-08-114A1.doc DA-08-114A1.pdf DA-08-114A1.txt


I presume you cannot in fact be fined $17,000 for not operating a pirate radio station! (indeed, this item seems to suggest even pirates are at risk, unless they use 94.5MHz and a transmitter in the Bronx!(grin)!)

The original is here:

Monday, January 14, 2008

Major AM station change granted

Silvis, Illinois: 1580kHz:
WKKD granted move from Aurora.
Daytime power from 170 watts to 1,400
Nighttime power from 200 watts to 1,000
Tower moves to 41-33-57N/90-25-18W
Station remains directional with different patterns day & night. (but I'll bet both patterns are changing)

This is a move across the state, from a Chicago suburb to the Quad Cities.

Friday, January 11, 2008

DX Test: Washington

Seattle, Washington: 1300kHz:
KKMO will run a DX Test on January 13th:

An e-mail from CE Monte Passmore indicates everything is set to go for the
test this Sunday morning. Please note, the station WILL now use Morse code
and sweep tones to maximize opportunities to hear the station. Here are the
details:

Date: Sunday morning (late Saturday night), Jan. 13, 2008.
Time: 12 - 12:15 a.m. Pacific Time, 0800 - 0815 UTC.
Modes of Operation: 5,000 watts using non-directional antenna pattern.
Programming: From 12:00-12:10 a.m. PST, programming will consist of 1,000 Hz
tone at 0 db. From 12:11-12:15 a.m. PST, programming will consists of
college football marching songs. Morse code and sweep tones are now also
scheduled as part of the test.

For info on QSLs, please click on this link:

http://www.dxtests.info/2007/11/kkmo-1360-khz-seattle-washington-dx.html

Good luck to everyone in hearing this most exciting test.

Jim Pogue
IRCA/NRC Joint Broadcast Test Committee Coordinator
Memphis, TN

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

AM station deleted

Virginia, Minnesota: 1400kHz:
WEEP's renewal application has been denied.

Original FCC document

The station's license expired on April 1st, 2005. In June 2006, the FCC wrote the licensee to advise their license had expired & any operation of WEEP was unauthorized. The station responded with a Petition for Reconsideration and a renewal application.

However, in those documents they acknowledged the station has been off the air since November 2002, when the transmitter failed.

An Act of Congress requires the FCC to cancel the license of any station that remains off the air for more than a year.

An attempt had been made to sell WEEP to the City of Virginia - however, since no license exists to sell, I guess that deal is off...

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Amendment to application for new AM station

Melba, Idaho: 1100kHz:
Applicant has amended their application to increase daytime power from from 500 watts to 50,000 and night power from 500 watts to 1,000. Also proposes dropping its daytime directional antenna (but will remain directional at night) and moving the towers to 43-18-46N/116-30-32W.