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Tropo Nashville<=>Milwaukee

Post by w9wi » Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:17 pm

(Hey Chris!)

Pretty intense tropo across the Midwest tonight. The long-haul stuff is all east-west (Toronto<=>Kansas City...) but there's some north-south going on too. Unstable.

Just before midnight I was thinking "that adcon station on 99.1 is pretty darned loud. Wouldn't it be weird if it was WMYX? -- but I'm sure it's that pest in Kentucky."

Then midnight hit... time for the legal ID... "WMYX Milwaukee" (?!) Too floored to start the recorder.....
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Re: Tropo Nashville<=>Milwaukee

Post by w9wi » Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:19 am

Ended up landing three Milwaukee stations (WMYX, WZTR, WKLH); one from Appleton (WAPL, of course); and two from da U.P.! (WIMK & WJNR)

The 95.7 station was promptly IDd when I heard Gordon Hinckley doing an ad for a funeral home chain...

Band is still open at 2am but I've gotta work tomorrow... (trying to figure out why a Nielsen box won't tolerate the output of a HD=>SD downconverter...)
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Post by BroadcastDoc » Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:36 am

It should be "that 99.1 sounds really freakin' awesome. They must have a top-notch Engineer!"

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Re: Tropo Nashville<=>Milwaukee

Post by w9wi » Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:30 am

BroadcastDoc wrote:It should be "that 99.1 sounds really freakin' awesome. They must have a top-notch Engineer!"

:D
I figured that went without saying!

Never did get your station recorded but I do have recordings of some of the other stations on http://www.wtfda.info/showthread.php?t=3579.

(heck, the U.P. was rare DX when I lived in Madison!)

Someday I'll have to try to snag a recording of WSSP. Haven't tried since it switched from WEMP but it used to come in once a week or so.
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Re: Tropo Nashville<=>Milwaukee

Post by BroadcastDoc » Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:08 am

WOLX is one of mine, so I'll settle for that! ;)
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Re: Tropo Nashville<=>Milwaukee

Post by w9wi » Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:20 pm

BroadcastDoc wrote:WOLX is one of mine, so I'll settle for that! ;)
WOLX is one heck of a signal. (it also sounds pretty darned good these days, just wish I liked the format :) ) I've heard it at least four times here.

Does pretty well over towards Milwaukee (as I'm sure you know!) even without tropo.
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Re: Tropo Nashville<=>Milwaukee

Post by BroadcastDoc » Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:16 pm

Yeah, that is a prime site!

I ran a test with a 50w exciter into the main antenna. I could pick it up with just a little picket-fencing out to about 30 miles!
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Post by Deep Thought » Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:08 am

I was over in Circustown last week. 8) Yeah, that's always been a blessed site...
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Re: Tropo Nashville<=>Milwaukee

Post by BroadcastDoc » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:11 am

Well, except for that whole tower falling thing several years ago... :)
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Re: Tropo Nashville<=>Milwaukee

Post by Deep Thought » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:43 am

The cheese melted. :mrgreen:

Which reminds me, stay away from the Clarion in Baraboo. :shock:
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Re: Tropo Nashville<=>Milwaukee

Post by ajstriker » Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:42 pm

Deep Thought wrote:The cheese melted. :mrgreen:
You know what they say about cheese blowing in the wind...or in that case...the ice blowing in the wind.

I was actually still working in radio when the WOLX tower collapse happened....Hadn't Woodward just taken it over? I thought I remember some dispute over who's fault it was that the tower failed.

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Re: Tropo Nashville<=>Milwaukee

Post by BroadcastDoc » Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:40 pm

Yep. I was looking through the paperwork not that long ago. I didn't look to see if Shockley or Woodward's insurance ended up footing the bill.
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