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  1. #11
    Seriously? Posting about stealing equipment from a broadcast site? Wow!

    In any case, there is a complete inventory. The building is owned by the church next door, which probably won't be too impressed if you break into their garage. They're aware of the situation regarding the dead air and have advised the licensee.

    As for the licensee's approach to the site, the tower, the antenna(s), the feedline, the transmitter location, the signal strength, the dead air, etc, etc, etc, it's a long story, maybe not all that interesting, but there are people in town who are aware of the station's status on all of those points.

    I sent a note to the licensee today, advising them there's some running interest in the place. Best to leave it alone. It's not as "abandoned" as you might think.
    Last edited by Grounded Grid; 11-20-2016 at 02:05 PM.

  2. #12

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    This is the same church that owns the Delphi 91.5 translator, which has had its share of dead air and off the air moments. Radio-Locator now says they are off the air...I suspect 91.5 is a faint KOPB (and maybe KGHI) now in Olympia/Tumwater.
    They also own that K205FO translator on 88.9 in Everett...which has turned the Espace Musique station out of Victoria into just a memory in many parts of Snohomish County. Is K205FO on the air w/ Spanish Christian stuff, or is it also dead air? If so, they are broadcasting without the parent station on.

    In Yakima, a new station fired up on 103.5 with dead air. Strong signal, cannot hear KWHT much anymore. I suspect this is KZTR-LP, which will be a new Spanish Catholic Religion station. It is owned by the Yakima Diocese, and the transmitter is shared with our KYTR-88.1, which is // KBLE-AM Sacred Heart. Power is 15w.
    On the other hand, 93.7 K229AD is off the air. I can hear KQFM Hermiston now, with 5300 watts. Perhaps someone complained in the Lower Valley?
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  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Grounded Grid View Post
    Seriously? Posting about stealing equipment from a broadcast site? Wow!

    In any case, there is a complete inventory. The building is owned by the church next door, which probably won't be too impressed if you break into their garage. They're aware of the situation regarding the dead air and have advised the licensee.

    As for the licensee's approach to the site, the tower, the antenna(s), the feedline, the transmitter location, the signal strength, the dead air, etc, etc, etc, it's a long story, maybe not all that interesting, but there are people in town who are aware of the station's status on all of those points.

    I sent a note to the licensee today, advising them there's some running interest in the place. Best to leave it alone. It's not as "abandoned" as you might think.
    I didn't believe much of this reply when I first saw it and certainly don't believe it now, considering that this thing is still transmitting dead air on 91.5 (still in Stereo!) almost a year later. Let's catch people up- since Photobucket gave me the "piss-off" when it came to third party hosting, here is what the possible transmitter site in question looked like in October of 2016:






    As seen in 2016, garage presumably with equipment (not the licensed transmitter site), a small (transmit?) antenna on top and a short tower with a two-bay antenna on top, complete with what appears to be a broken feed line.

    Let's go to August of 2017:






    Same beat garage with small antenna on top, although the tower and two-bay antenna has been removed. I find it interesting that a crew of some sort took down the antenna and tower but nobody associated with that process noticed that there is still dead air at 91.5. Maybe the meth-heads did get it for scrap. Or maybe an actual, functioning community station at 91.5 now has a two-bay antenna and tower!

    Anyway, this thing is still plugging away with the dead air at 91.5. At some point the license will come up for renewal, nobody will file the paperwork and the license will be cancelled. Then, magically, the transmitter will shut itself off. No, wait, it will keep plugging along as the useless FCC won't verify anything with a field inspection, having long ago abandoned that role and concentrated solely on giving out licenses to groups with the most lobbying power, regardless of their viability.

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    Has anyone been out to the supposedly licensed transmitter site to see what's out there? I'm wondering if that was a backup site that you saw.

  5. #15
    Apparently I need to eat some crow on this, but only to a point. And, fccdata.org is a great site. This station filed a "Remain Silent Authority" in February of 2017:

    ON FEBRUARY 1, 2017, KEJI EXPERIENCED A FAILURE ON ITS TRANSMITTER, NECESSITATING REPAIRS AND RESULTING IN SUSPENDED OPERATIONS. APPLICANT HAS SINCE BEEN UNABLE TO REPAIR OR REPLACE THE FAILED TRANSMITTER TO RESTORE SERVICE. ACCORDINGLY, APPLICANT REQUESTS THIS SILENT STA PENDING REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF THE TRANSMITTER, AND WILL PROMPTLY NOTIFY THE COMMISSION WHEN OPERATIONS RESUME.

    This, of course, is a lie given that I found the station transmitting dead air at what appears to be at or near their licensed power (from what appears to be a different transmitter site than licensed) in October of 2016, months before the 2017 STA filing. The transmitter could have failed at that point I assume but it was surely transmitting dead air for months. Then they filed for an STA extension in August of 2017:

    ON FEBRUARY 1, 2017, KEJI EXPERIENCED A FAILURE ON ITS TRANSMITTER, NECESSITATING REPAIRS AND RESULTING IN SUSPENDED OPERATIONS. APPLICANT HAS SINCE BEEN UNABLE TO REPAIR OR REPLACE THE FAILED TRANSMITTER TO RESTORE SERVICE. ACCORDINGLY, APPLICANT REQUESTS THIS SILENT STA PENDING REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF THE TRANSMITTER, AND WILL PROMPTLY NOTIFY THE COMMISSION WHEN OPERATIONS RESUME.

    Also a lie, as I observed the transmitter plugging along just fine, virtually the same signal as before, about two weeks after this filing to continue the STA. Perhaps they don't know that "Silent" means "actually turning your transmitter off, not just transmitting dead air".

    The only way I can be wrong about this is if what I am hearing is their exciter (perhaps their final "failed"?) but the signal really seems to get out much better than what you would expect from that, even if it was hooked up to the antenna. Even then, it's transmitting dead air under a silent authority, which also seems to be against the rules.

    Clearly the FCC has become useless, concerned with handing out as many licenses as possible and helping to consolidate ownership, while having no real oversight of the licenses they have handed out, in this case to wholly unqualified applicants and their "engineers".

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  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by valvashon View Post
    Same beat garage with small antenna on top, although the tower and two-bay antenna has been removed. I find it interesting that a crew of some sort took down the antenna and tower but nobody associated with that process noticed that there is still dead air at 91.5. Maybe the meth-heads did get it for scrap. Or maybe an actual, functioning community station at 91.5 now has a two-bay antenna and tower!

    Anyway, this thing is still plugging away with the dead air at 91.5. At some point the license will come up for renewal, nobody will file the paperwork and the license will be cancelled. Then, magically, the transmitter will shut itself off. No, wait, it will keep plugging along as the useless FCC won't verify anything with a field inspection, having long ago abandoned that role and concentrated solely on giving out licenses to groups with the most lobbying power, regardless of their viability.
    Hopefully that tripod is bolted onto the roof.
    DX'er, and former master control operator at KBTC-TV and KCPQ-TV.

  8. #18

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    Has anyone been up to this station lately? I heard via ATR yesterday that sometime in the last week they signed back on. Can anyone confirm?

  9. #19
    Drove through Darrington yesterday. 91.5 is still on with dead air, almost certainly from the garage featured in the photos earlier in this thread, given the signal strength as you drive by. Fun fact- their STA expired on February 2nd, not that they were silent anyway. If you are in the market for a transmitter, I would get (your own) transmitter just like this one, since it can apparently run for 2+ years with zero maintenance. That will keep your engineering costs down!

    Val

  10. #20

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    What a waste of a channel. I'd rather see 91.5 go off the air, or someone buy out the transmitter and turn it into a community radio station for Darrington and Oso - music, local information, weather, etc. like KVSH-LP on Vashon. Darrington has no local stations and most FM stations (besides Bellingham and some B.C. stations) are hit and miss out there.
    761 AM's in the log, 656 FMs (250 from Western WA), That's a DXer!
    FM, AM and SW DXer of Yakima, WA! God Bless America!
    Last New FM Log: KWEN 95.5 Tulsa OK (7/23/18 Es)
    Last New AM Log: KVET 1300 Austin TX, 10/17/18

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