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    100.3 to 105.5

    The translator that iHeart was using at 100.3 licensed to Tamarac is moving to 105.5. How can this be?

    I know the reason they had to turn it off on 100.3 was because of the interference problems it caused WLML. But that station BARELY comes in outside of Palm Beach County.

    Now, iHeart is moving it to 105.5 according the radio-locator. But won't that cause problems with Kool 105.5 in West Palm? I can pick up Kool sometimes in my car already.

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    WOLL is licensed to Hobe Sound. While it has a powerful signal, it is strongest in northern Palm Beach County and in the southern Treasure Coast. Nonetheless, you are correct. WOLL is audible in much of Broward. I've been able to pick it up in Tamarac. You're also right that it has a better signal in Broward than WLML.

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    There are at least three factors that make the situations different on the two frequencies.

    1. The new translator on 105.5 is quite directional, sending very little power to the north. It is strong in Hollywood, spotty in Ft. L. and doesn't even significantly interfere with WOLL in Pompano Beach. Where it does interfere, WOLL was already taking interference from the full-power 105.5 WWWK down in the Keys.

    2. To the extent that WOLL's coverage is reduced, it is well outside their market. The station serves and sells in Palm Beach and Martin counties. By the time one gets anywhere near Palm Beach county, the translator has no effect at all on their signal. The 100.3 translator was taking out WLML's signal in much of Boca Raton and making it marginal in parts of Delray Beach, both of which are critical to the success of a Palm Beach county station serving its demographics.

    3. Similarly to #2 above, WLML's format is, in this era, a niche or specialty broadcast. Such a station is much more likely to have listeners in its fringe coverage. If WOLL doesn't come in well, switching to 102.7, possibly 105.9 or 101.5 will likely satisfy the listener. WLML is the only station of its type in the area, and very good one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMRocks View Post
    The translator that iHeart was using at 100.3 licensed to Tamarac is moving to 105.5. How can this be?

    I know the reason they had to turn it off on 100.3 was because of the interference problems it caused WLML. But that station BARELY comes in outside of Palm Beach County.

    Now, iHeart is moving it to 105.5 according the radio-locator. But won't that cause problems with Kool 105.5 in West Palm? I can pick up Kool sometimes in my car already.
    First, to get up to speed or refresh memories on WLML's journey, read this old thread at Radio Discussions 100.3 in West Palm Beach.

    Poor Dick Robinson. First, he had the interference issues from IHeart's 100.3 (Calvary Chapel) translator used to rebrand WIOD 610, which he got shut down. Now, he's fighting off another, NEW station intruding on his signal, again. Was over on the Legends Radio webpage today and was reading the "Interference" section.

    He put a shout out to listeners in Southern Palm Beach County, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Highland Beach, and Boca Raton areas, including mobile listeners who listen on I-95 between Exit 48 [intersection with SR 794/Yamato Rd] and Exit 39 [intersection with SR 834/Sample Rd] to write to the FCC or to the station if you listen in those areas, so he can show this "new" station will cause interference.

    He states WLML has learned someone filed an application to be on 100.3 (Channel 262).

    At, first, I thought he was speaking of WQNB-LP 100.3 (Licensee: BEWARE INC.). They were set for 103.1 (Channel 276), but got a modification granted on 08/25/2016 to move to 100.3. No way that could interfer . . . to far south . . . .

    And its not 100.3 FM 100w WJTW-LP Jupiter, because they moved to 103.9/100w with new calls WJUP-LP . . . not sure if Robinson filed the papers to cause that move from 100.3 to 103.9. Probably did, because it was only 11 miles north.

    Turns out, Robinson is referring to W262AE (100.3 FM/262/250w WEST PALM BEACH, FL at Latitude 26.68167 Longitude -80.19778) owned by FAMILY STATIONS, INC (Family Radio website). W262AE is out on Southern Blvd. and U.S 441 (9405 Southern Blvd to be exact) near the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, which is about 18 miles south of the Lake Park C.O.L for WLML.

    Family Radio is the home for Harold Camping, who makes headlines for his "predictions" as to when the Rapture was coming. According to him, the world was "orginally" going to end in 1994. That "time" has changed several times over the years . . . .

    Too many 100.3s. Darn translators and LPFMs messing with full service stations. Keep fighting the good fight, Mr. Robinson, to keep live and local radio that serves its community, alive! We're with you!
    Last edited by Radio Vagabond; 01-03-2017 at 05:53 PM.

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    I never understood why WIOD could not just knock a deep hole in their old translator on 100.3's signal to the north...
    unless their main purpose for it was to to serve south-central Broward county, and they did not care about northern Dade county.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Radio Vagabond View Post

    Turns out, Robinson is referring to W262AE (100.3 FM/262/250w WEST PALM BEACH, FL at Latitude 26.68167 Longitude -80.19778) owned by FAMILY STATIONS, INC (Family Radio website). W262AE is out on Southern Blvd. and U.S 441 (9405 Southern Blvd to be exact) near the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, which is about 18 miles south of the Lake Park C.O.L for WLML.
    According to the FCC database W262AE became W284CR (104.7 FM) back in 2015 and the most recent modification to the facility was granted in 2016. If the old signal is still on the air then they're operating in violation of numerous FCC regs. Interference from another full power station seems unlikely since the closest ones on channel 262 are in Orlando and Plantation Key. If you have the occasion, try punching up 100.1 or 100.5 FM in the areas where interference is being reported and don't be surprised to find a pirate station on either one. Could also be a pirate on 100.3 as well. If Robinson is aware of someone filing for a CP and/or license on 100.3 then the FCC sure isn't!

    I never understood why WIOD could not just knock a deep hole in their old translator on 100.3's signal to the north...
    unless their main purpose for it was to to serve south-central Broward county, and they did not care about northern Dade county.
    They most likely had a Broward audience in mind but probably saw no significant boost from putting the station on FM. In fact, they could have easily put WIOD on 93.5 in both counties had they thought it to be worthwhile but they went younger and put Revolution on 93.5 in Broward and parked The Bull on 104.7 just so they could clear Bobby Bones in Miami/Fort Lauderdale and keep Kiss FM from getting him.
    Last edited by strangelove; 01-04-2017 at 12:36 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strangelove View Post
    ...parked The Bull on 104.7 just so they could clear Bobby Bones...keep Kiss FM from getting him.
    How is a directional translator going to keep a popular format from climbing onto a full power class C0 station, if they want it/him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ai4i View Post
    How is a directional translator going to keep a popular format from climbing onto a full power class C0 station, if they want it/him?
    Techically, Bobby Bones is on WMIA-HD2 which just happens to be on a FM translator as well. iHeart syndicates the show via their own Premiere Radio Networks so they have an interest in keeping him off a station owned by a competitor, even a popular one that would be a natural fit for the show. I don't know how well Kenny Walker does in the mornings on Kiss (likely better than Bobby Bones given the limited signal) but were Bobby not locked down in the market would CBS still take a pass on his show? The cynic in me says they would not especially if it meant saving a salary or two at Kiss. I'm just speculating, of course, and for all I know, iHeart could actually be making money off his show even though it's on a translator.

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    Kenny Walker is now on 102.7 The Beach...

    Quote Originally Posted by strangelove View Post
    Techically, Bobby Bones is on WMIA-HD2 which just happens to be on a FM translator as well. iHeart syndicates the show via their own Premiere Radio Networks so they have an interest in keeping him off a station owned by a competitor, even a popular one that would be a natural fit for the show. I don't know how well Kenny Walker does in the mornings on Kiss (likely better than Bobby Bones given the limited signal) but were Bobby not locked down in the market would CBS still take a pass on his show? The cynic in me says they would not especially if it meant saving a salary or two at Kiss. I'm just speculating, of course, and for all I know, iHeart could actually be making money off his show even though it's on a translator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottBurns View Post
    Kenny Walker is now on 102.7 The Beach...
    D'oh... living in the past!

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