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OK this sounds crazy to me but it is true.
I listen basically to one station every afternoon WPFW FM 89.3 now I noticed if it is overcast I pull in better reception signal strenth center like that. Now every summer that same station drops like a lead balloon in reception, I can understand cloud deck and the signal boucing less high but I am 50 miles away and it consistantly does this there has to be a logical answere. I know one of you guys with a lot more knowledge then me can point to it. And it is not antennea direction I rotate it no help I will survive but thought someone would say hey all it is is.................... Any idea?
OH Fisher 90X tuner mono of course.
Kindablue, Awe-d-o-file, et al,
I hope this is not afoul of any of the posting rules, but we are a non-profit group, so I hope not. If you are a 'PFW fan, check out SoundSphere Radio at www.soundsphereradio.org. We just started streaming an AutoDJ feed this morning and will be launching live jazz and blues (and some genre a bit further afield)on the 1st of September. You can learn more about us and the upcoming programs on our website. You can even join us as a future programmer if interested.
I have been a 'PFW listener since its first month of broadcasting in '77. I am a continuing major supporter and occasional volunteer. Unfortunately, both 'PFW and Pacifica are a mess. We all hope both can survive, but it is not a sure thing by any stretch. SoundSphere is not meant as a replacement or a rival, merely, for now, an alternative. Hopefully, it will stay that way, but the way things are at 'PFW we may be the only alternative at some point in the future.
You could call the station up, ask to speak to the engineer. I did that with a public radio station a number of years ago and learned a lot about my favorite station.
As a fan and long time listener I can say I noticed the same thing from my car near where I live 80 miles west of DC. Where I live 100 miles away in a valley it cannot be received. If you look at the turmoil and financial strife Pacifica has been under nationwide that is much more likely the source. I would bet the farm it isnt anything with your gear or antenna. A transmitter running 24-7 is quite an expense. I never noticed it in the DC area when only a few miles from the antenna though.
Thanks for both replies I will call the station today and let you know if anyone is interested? And also you are right they are having fund drives at a high rate lately but I am still stuck on something not in my gear but something going on elsewhere hey I will learn something for sure. I started out in radio a long time ago and then it blew up into everything analogue. Tubes were my taste but I have so many vintage tube tuners and SS also but it is how I got stated. Man do I love music the whole process. I better stop like the song goes " Don't start me to talkin" great song.
I do appreciate us sticking together passing on our experience ok I will shut up.
I had friends that did shows on WPFW and WMUC and spent time on both boards. A lot at MUC, boy we had fun.
Here is a link to an older article on Pacifica. The financial stuff has been going on a long time. Ive heard programs discussing infighting between factions at WPFW on WPFW. I will be interested in hearing your result when calling WPFW. In modern corporate radio fewer and fewer stations have a full time engineer. I doubt PFW ever did. I have ham radio buddies that do part time work for a few stations.
Kindablue, find out who is the engineer responsible for maintaining WPFW's transmission tower. There are usually several stations sharing that broadcasting site. So if WPFW's phone receptionist doesn't know, ask one of the other stations. ... KPFA lost nearly 50% of their pledgers after May '03. Nevada City's KNCO moved from 94.3 Mhz to 94.1 Mhz. Which effectively blanketed KPFA's former 59 kw flame thrower signal from Berkeley throughout NorCali. Even though only 660 watts, KNCO's propogation was helped by its' transmitter's Banner Mountain elevation. By all accounts, those former donations were never replaced. ... It also didn't help Pacifica's coffers when they spent $250,000 to help Radio For Peace International relocate from Costa Rica to Oregon. RFPI was a shortwave broadcaster started in the late 80s (methinketh) by Jim Latham, who was from Oregon. Studios were located on University For Peace campus in San Jose, Costa Rica. "Predominately social-conscience and counterculture programming", as Passport To World Band Radio described. UPaz booted RFPI off campus in '03, & Latham returned to Oregon. Where he apparently convinced Pacifica he could successfully relocate RFPI. Unfortunately, international broadcasters were abandoning shortwave for internet streaming. RFPI has yet to return to international airwaves. ... 73s para Sactown
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