AARoads Forum

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length

Author Topic: How far do your local radio stations go?  (Read 2978 times)

sparker

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 3865
  • Location: Bay Area, CA
  • Last Login: Today at 12:43:33 AM
Re: How far do your local radio stations go?
« Reply #75 on: July 14, 2018, 03:43:13 AM »

Back in the early-mid '80's when I was making regular trips from San Jose down to the L.A. area (actually, City of Industry) in my pickup w/camper shell to pick up custom speaker cabinets from a vendor down there (usually about 7-8 trips/yr. on average), I developed something of a regular routine, being dependent upon traffic reports on the all-news AM stations at both ends of the trip.  I generally took US 101 south, with AM 740 radio on from San Jose to just south of Salinas, where the signal started to fade (generally around Chualar).  At that point I switched to tapes and popped in music until somewhere around Camarillo (Ventura County).  At that point I switched to the L.A. equivalent AM station (usually 980), which came in handy on more than one occasion when US 101 was backed up in the Valley, giving me the chance to switch to either CA 1 via Malibu or the CA 23/118 freeway through Simi Valley.  I kept the AM station going until I completed my business in Industry and was ready to leave.  At that time my then-wife was dividing her time between her firm's law offices in Madera and Millbrae; if possible, we coordinated my trips to coincide with her Madera time, when she stayed at her Fresno condo.  Depending upon time of day, I started my return trip either north via I-210 and I-5 or, if traffic were an issue, popping out via CA 60 to I-15 (it was completed just that far south during that timeframe) and north via the 15/395/58 route to Bakersfield.  Because AM 980 employed "repeaters" on the north side of the San Gabriels, reception of that station was possible all the way to Mojave (although I usually returned to the tapes once on US 395).  After a couple of days in the Fresno area, I'd return via CA 152; my usual 740 AM radio became usable somewhere around Casa de Fruta (the 152/156 junction) and would remain on until I reached my business (off US 101 and Trimble Road). 
Apparently AM 740, originally broadcast from San Bruno Mountain, has a South Bay repeater at Alviso, enabling the reception down to the Salinas area (and an North Bay equivalent near Schellville, close to the CA 12/121 junction).  I didn't find out about L.A.'s 980 AM North San Gabriel repeaters (apparently two:  one west of Palmdale and the other near Phelan) until I moved out to Hesperia in 2009; there are apparently several more enabling reception in most of Ventura County (hence my Camarillo reception) and south as far as Camp Pendleton (I never ascertained the precise location of those repeaters).  This appears to be common practice for AM news stations, particularly those owned & operated by the major networks (generally CBS or NBC) -- which purportedly command top rates for advertising placement.

On a related whimsical note, when I was attending UC Riverside in the late '60's and early '70's, for a while I was a late-night DJ at the campus radio station -- all of 12.5 watts of broadcast power and broadcasting from a 150' antenna in the middle of the married-student housing north of campus (the radio station occupied one of those buildings).  FM, of course, with reception fading out around downtown Riverside and effectively gone at Rubidoux!  Of course, the mission was to broadcast to student housing -- period; anything beyond that was considered "gravy". 
Logged

Flint1979

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 930
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Michigan
  • Last Login: Today at 01:01:01 AM
Re: How far do your local radio stations go?
« Reply #76 on: July 14, 2018, 05:47:04 PM »

There are some FM stations in Michigan that have very strong signals, WUPS in Houghton Lake, WHNN in Bay City, WIOG in Saginaw, WBCT in Grand Rapids which is probably the strongest signal I've ever heard it has a coverage area of about 25,000 square miles and covers 20 counties in Michigan. Two other strong Grand Rapids stations are WSRW and WVGR. WKQI in Detroit is a strong signal, WCSX has a strong coverage area but only operates at 13,500 watts, in contrast WBCT operates are 320,000 watts.
Logged

dvferyance

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 935
  • Location: New Berlin WI
  • Last Login: July 17, 2018, 06:43:30 PM
Re: How far do your local radio stations go?
« Reply #77 on: July 16, 2018, 11:16:19 AM »

I was just in Michigan right on the other side of the lake from Milwaukee for the first time last weekend. I discovered on 107.7 around Holland WVCY from Milwaukee sometimes battles it out with WRKR from Portage MI. Also on 99.1 WMYX also from Milwaukee can be heard in some places as WIIL 95.1 from Kenosha. It's about 70 miles across Lake Michigan. I used to be able to get the 105.7 station from Grand Rapids on this side of the lake until WSSP put in an FM transmitter there.
« Last Edit: July 16, 2018, 11:21:34 AM by dvferyance »
Logged

ce929wax

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 119
  • Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Last Login: July 17, 2018, 10:24:55 PM
Re: How far do your local radio stations go?
« Reply #78 on: July 16, 2018, 06:24:25 PM »

I'll have to ask my Dad how common it is to hear Milwaukee stations in Holland, but I know he has mentioned doing his paper route as a teenager while listening to WLS out of Chicago.
Logged

Flint1979

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 930
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Michigan
  • Last Login: Today at 01:01:01 AM
Re: How far do your local radio stations go?
« Reply #79 on: July 17, 2018, 12:17:58 AM »

If it's a strong Milwaukee station it should be able to reach Holland. I can pull WDRV out of Chicago in around the Benton Harbor area. Lake Michigan is about 82 miles across from Grand Haven to Milwaukee.
Logged

dvferyance

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 935
  • Location: New Berlin WI
  • Last Login: July 17, 2018, 06:43:30 PM
Re: How far do your local radio stations go?
« Reply #80 on: July 17, 2018, 10:30:18 AM »

If it's a strong Milwaukee station it should be able to reach Holland. I can pull WDRV out of Chicago in around the Benton Harbor area. Lake Michigan is about 82 miles across from Grand Haven to Milwaukee.
WVCY and WMYX are about the strongest FM stations in Milwaukee. WHAD public radio is strong but the transmitter is like 25 miles inland. I aso picked up WKKV 100.7 in a fight with the station from Elkhart IN. One thing I am curious about is Holland is the very NW corner of WRKR's coverage. I am wondering if WVCY can be easy to pick up north of there along the lake like around Muskegon.
Logged

Flint1979

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 930
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Michigan
  • Last Login: Today at 01:01:01 AM
Re: How far do your local radio stations go?
« Reply #81 on: July 17, 2018, 03:46:03 PM »

If it's a strong Milwaukee station it should be able to reach Holland. I can pull WDRV out of Chicago in around the Benton Harbor area. Lake Michigan is about 82 miles across from Grand Haven to Milwaukee.
WVCY and WMYX are about the strongest FM stations in Milwaukee. WHAD public radio is strong but the transmitter is like 25 miles inland. I aso picked up WKKV 100.7 in a fight with the station from Elkhart IN. One thing I am curious about is Holland is the very NW corner of WRKR's coverage. I am wondering if WVCY can be easy to pick up north of there along the lake like around Muskegon.
Have you ever tried to get WKLH on this side of the lake? I can get that in around Holland and Grand Haven. I was trying to figure out where that station was coming from and then heard them refer to Milwaukee. WHNN around my area is a strong signal and that is on 96.1, there is also a 96.1 in Holland which is ESPN radio I had always thought those two would interfere with each other's signals.
Logged

ce929wax

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 119
  • Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Last Login: July 17, 2018, 10:24:55 PM
Re: How far do your local radio stations go?
« Reply #82 on: July 17, 2018, 04:59:03 PM »

96.1 comes in pretty clear in Kalamazoo.
Logged

Flint1979

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 930
  • Age: 39
  • Location: Michigan
  • Last Login: Today at 01:01:01 AM
Re: How far do your local radio stations go?
« Reply #83 on: July 17, 2018, 05:53:51 PM »

96.1 comes in pretty clear in Kalamazoo.
That one is obviously WMAX out of Grand Rapids right? Well the transmitter is about halfway between Holland and GR.

WHNN in Bay City is on 96.1 too and has a 100,000 watt transmitter at the corner of the thumb a little east of Bay City.
Logged

dvferyance

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 935
  • Location: New Berlin WI
  • Last Login: July 17, 2018, 06:43:30 PM
Re: How far do your local radio stations go?
« Reply #84 on: July 17, 2018, 06:19:19 PM »

If it's a strong Milwaukee station it should be able to reach Holland. I can pull WDRV out of Chicago in around the Benton Harbor area. Lake Michigan is about 82 miles across from Grand Haven to Milwaukee.
WVCY and WMYX are about the strongest FM stations in Milwaukee. WHAD public radio is strong but the transmitter is like 25 miles inland. I aso picked up WKKV 100.7 in a fight with the station from Elkhart IN. One thing I am curious about is Holland is the very NW corner of WRKR's coverage. I am wondering if WVCY can be easy to pick up north of there along the lake like around Muskegon.
Have you ever tried to get WKLH on this side of the lake? I can get that in around Holland and Grand Haven. I was trying to figure out where that station was coming from and then heard them refer to Milwaukee. WHNN around my area is a strong signal and that is on 96.1, there is also a 96.1 in Holland which is ESPN radio I had always thought those two would interfere with each other's signals.
I really wasn't trying with anything at first. I just so happened to be listening to WRKR when a religious station started to cut in. I knew it had to be WVCY from Milwaukee I did try a couple others like WMYX. WKTI and WXSS are no shows due to stations on 94.5 and 103.7 right on the other side of the lake.
Logged

 


Opinions expressed here on belong solely to the poster and do not represent or reflect the opinions or beliefs of AARoads, its creators and/or associates.