Paul A. Moore

My grandfather during happier and healthier times.

This is my grandfather, Paul Moore, taken about 25 years ago. And this is about as quintessential of a picture of him as I have. You see he loved to garden. It was probably his most favorite activity and he was good at it. But alongside that he loved working with his hands and his tools. When I was a little kid, I’d come over to his house for a week’s vacation, and he’d let me play with his tools. But not just to play, he’d actually show me how to use them and what to do with them. And often times, after he was done, he’d let me keep one. It was fun, and a lot of what I know today about using them is because of him. I remember when he had his rambler in the garage, and let me come out to work with him on it. Mostly I sat in the front seat and pretended I was driving a fire truck, but the rest of the time, he’d let me help. (Or keep company as best as a little kid could do). When we weren’t doing that, we’d go over to the power plant, so he could work on his garden there. Of course being who I am, he also made sure I got in to see the plant, which was fascinating to a kid like me. (Heck it’s still fascinating!). We grew a pretty close bond that not only was he my grandfather, he was one of my best friends. Everyone in the family knows this. We’ve sat next to each other at the Thanksgiving table for decades now. He in the big chair, me in the one to the right. This was also worked in our favor, because we were the only two who liked the whole cranberry sauce versus that nasty jelly stuff. Yeah, he wasn’t your typical cuddly TV grandfather, he was a very much shoot from the hip kind of guy, but I know he loved all of us dearly. As time gone on, he let me stay with him for several years when I went to college in Springfield. While sure we butted heads a few times, I appreciated him and his generosity more than anything. You see, that was one of his key things, was his generosity. From fixing up bikes in his “younger” days for kids, to selling candy bars for kids in his older days, he constantly put others before himself. Later on, in his days as a Freemason, he would sell candy bars to raise money for dentistry for kids with special needs and poor financial situations. He raised so much money, they he was coined “Dr. of Smiles” and won awards. You have to see, he sold these candy bars in front of Big Y, Stop & Shop, etc, year ‘round. January or July. He was out there. While most people retire to a golf course or to a calmer setting, he worked harder after retirement! Boy he let you know about it, too, but that was his personality. And then, all of a sudden, the toughest guy I knew growing up, started slowing down. He got sick. More specifically he got congestive heart failure. And he fought it hard. He had a laundry list of medical issues, but somehow, kept on going, for the last ten years. But as time gone on, the fight got harder, and harder. And this morning, around 4:30, the fight came to an end. God called to bring him up to the pearly gates, where he would no longer have to fight anymore. A guy with a huge heart, must be in the biggest garden in heaven, back doing what he loved so much down here. They say it’s never really “goodbye” but just “see you later”. Well Grandpa, I’ll see you later.
Thank you to the Doctors and Nurses at Mercy Medical Center for all their hard work over the years. The hospital is nothing short of amazing, and a real gem in the city of Springfield. Also to all my family, but especially my Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Ed, Conor and Eliza, for all they did. The whole family sees all the time you spent to take him to his doctor’s and whatnot, which was constant, and knows that if you want to see what the family with the biggest hearts look like, you go visit Westbrook Drive.

Paul A Moore   July 15, 1926 – July 24, 2018.

 

It’s been a while

I haven’t posted much here lately.

Just been very busy.

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I keep that more active!

Welcome to Southern California!

Last month, your editor ended up taking a vacation to one of the most beautiful parts of the United States, Southern California.

The famous, non broadcast tower on Mt Lee. Oh and that sign too.

Southern California is a mix of hills, water, history, famous places, and of course… towers!

Mt Wilson from the Red Box road that takes you up there

And of course no tower guy would dare visit Los Angeles without visiting the beautiful mountain top site known as Mt. Wilson!

Mount Wilson tower farm.

Of course aside from Wilson (and nearby Mt Harvard), there’s Flint Peak, Tongva Peak, and Briarcrest.

Flint Peak backup site
Tongva Peak in the Verdugo Mountains

Also LA has some other really interesting broadcast sites to visit such as KFI

KFI, with its iconic art deco transmitter building.

Signal Hill

The tower(s) on Signal Hill. Former home of 97.9, now home to 88.1 KKJZ

A radio station with a baseball team

KLAA in the Angels Stadium!

A legendary group of stations into an AM array

The KHJ – KYPA – KBLA “triplex”.

and the legendary KRKD towers, made famous in so many music videos.

The legendary KRKD towers.

See all of the Los Angeles sites, here.

We also took a nice day trip to San Diego, and were able to get so many exteriors to update the market.
Including the famous KOGO

KOGO 600. Also home to 97.3 and 101.5 FM.

San Miguel Mountain from a distance.

San Miguel Mountain from afar.

and the La Jolla broadcast site.

The La Jolla tower farm near San Diego

See all of the San Diego sites here.

And if you’re hankering for one more…
How about this really neat site in Corona, CA.

KWRM 1370’s “X” shaped array.

Summertime Update, 2017

Happy Independence Day from NECRAT!

Is there a better way to celebrate (besides good beer) than a whole bunch of new pictures? We don’t think so!

This is a update that consists of several months of travel. Instead of doing a bunch of small updates, I felt it was better to save and do everything in one big update. So here it is.

This update trip started out in March, with some local “shots”.
Starting with the new WBUR-FM antenna on the Cedar St tower in Needham.

WBUR-FM's new Shively 6016 panel antenna.
WBUR-FM’s new Shively 6016 panel antenna.

(If you subscribe to Fybush’s North East Radio Watch, and why don’t you already?, you would’ve seen this shot before this update).  We also stopped at the new site for 98.9, a translator relaying 1110 out of Salem, NH, the WGFP AM site in Webster, and the new Franklin LPFM on 102.9

W255DA on the Crown Castle tower in Windham, NH
W255DA on the Crown Castle tower in Windham, NH

The next month was my annual trip to Allentown, PA for the fire-matic show. I had planned on doing a bunch of brewery tours and decided to hit up a few towers “along the way”. The weather was cold, cloudy, and in some instances, rainy. So the pictures aren’t ideal, but they came out good.  I did a loop that took me from Pottsville to Reading via the Ephrata site of 105.1.

WIOV's antenna.
WIOV’s antenna.

Way up on the perch above Reading is the big tower of 102.5 flanked with a couple of smaller translators as well.

WRFY-FM and a couple of translators south of Reading
WRFY-FM and a couple of translators south of Reading

Before leaving Allentown for another year, I stopped up to the WAEB-FM to see the new antenna install up there. And finally drove up to the antenna. What a view!

One of the more picturesque sites. WAEB-FM!
One of the more picturesque sites. WAEB-FM!

A few weeks earlier, I had gone to Hartford for other reasons, and updated several of the new AM on FM translators, and updated the 97.1 translator, which hasn’t been updated in 2003. I also got two of the newer Hartford LPFMs as well, one up on Box Mountain, and the other in the middle of a neighborhood!

WYPH-LP 102.5 on the Box Mountain tower in Vernon, CT.
WYPH-LP 102.5 on the Box Mountain tower in Vernon, CT.

This past weekend allowed for me to complete another important update, to visit the New London area in Connecticut. I got the updated tower of WBMW, along with three other translators owned by Fuller (one of which is technically in Hopkinton RI). I also got the ellusive WWBW-LP, which I had searched for in the past, but with the relicensing to 97.1, and relocation, I was able to find it.

WBMW's antenna and tower in Ledyard
WBMW’s antenna and tower in Ledyard
97.1 tucked on this church.
97.1 tucked on this church.

And finally, I ended in the Worcester-Boston “Metrowest” area to get pictures of the new 106.1 translator for WORC, another 102.9 LPFM in Southboro, and the new 94.9 translator for 890, that allowed for a beautiful picture of the 890 array!

The 890 / 1060 array, a new angle. With the 94.9 on the far right tower.
The 890 / 1060 array, a new angle. With the 94.9 on the far right tower.

Northern Berkshire Update

Ah Berkshire County, MA. My favorite place anywhere. Having grown up there, the place holds a special place in my heart.

We documented here the 2014 North Adams tower collapses. Our friend Paul Thurst did an incredible job documenting it from first disaster to final construction on his excellent website.

I finally traveled up to “Florida Mountain” to picture document the new, final construction of the new 98.9/100.1 tower, and the new location of the 101.1 Translator.

The new 98.9/1001 Shively 6810BB-4R antenna.
The new 98.9/1001 Shively 6810BB-4R antenna.

On the way down the hill, we stopped in North Adams to grab a quick shot of the new LPFM, WMNB-LP.

North Adams Community TV's WMNB-LP
North Adams Community TV’s WMNB-LP

We also got one incredible picture of Mt. Greylock,
Which is , of course, home to the WCDC/WAMC-FM/W38DL tower.

Mount Greylock taken from Route 7 in Williamstown, MA.
Mount Greylock taken from Route 7 in Williamstown, MA.

And finally a stop in Pittsfield, to grab a quick picture of 103.3 W277CJ, the new translator for WUPE 1110, mounted on top of the vacant hotel in downtown Pittsfield.

W277CJ way up on the former Crowne Plaza hotel in Pittsfield.
W277CJ way up on the former Crowne Plaza hotel in Pittsfield.

New Year, New Update

So this is a long long time coming update from me here at NECRAT. What better way to welcome in 2017, then with a whole plethora of new pictures?  How many new?  81 to be exact!

This is a accumulation of 4 months of getting pictures here and there, along with a trip over the weekend to update some long needed pictures.

It all started in September, with the construction of the WTMU-LP translator in Needham, which would become the primary signal for NBC Boston as WBTS-LD.

WBTS-LD on the American Tower in Needham.
WBTS-LD on the American Tower in Needham.

As well as a visit to a tower in Webster to see a LPTV that launched as a Providence market signal rimshot

WCRN-LD on the Industrial Tower in Webster, aimed towards Providence, RI
WCRN-LD on the Industrial Tower in Webster, aimed towards Providence, RI

September also got us a shot of the new WLAS-LP, the third station in the Boston 102.9 LPFM “tri-plex”

WLAS-LP on FM128
WLAS-LP on FM128

October got us up to the Hancock tower for some work, and gave us the shot of the transmitters on the 61st floor there. It also got us into the old WBZ-WCVB analog combiner room, where the new WBTS-LD transmitter now sits.

WBTS-LD's transmitter.
WBTS-LD’s transmitter.

As well as the funky new antenna at Webster’s WGFP 940.

WGFP's new antenna.
WGFP’s new antenna.

November brought some contract work for NECRAT (You do know we do contract work, right?  More information is coming)
We installed one of many new AM on FM translators, this one for WVNE.

WVNE's new 101.5 (W268CQ) translator on Asnebumskit Hill in Paxton.
WVNE’s new 101.5 (W268CQ) translator on Asnebumskit Hill in Paxton.

Plus thanks to our good friend Vic Michaels, we got into WGAO 88.3 at Dean College.

WGAO's tech racks.
WGAO’s tech racks.

In the first week of January, I went to Springfield to pick up a couple of Springfield Fire Alarm boxes that were being sold off, and did a quick round trip to see the new translators for 104.5 //1490 WSPR
and 100.1 //1250 WACM.

100.1 on the 1490 tower, even though it simulcasts 1270. The tower on the island!
100.1 on the 1490 tower, even though it simulcasts 1270. The tower on the island!

Then comes this past weekend, where I took a leisurely 8 hour drive to visit all the new FM translators and LPFMs I could do in one day.

Starting with the two new LPFMs in Essex County, WHAV-LP and WGUA-LP

WHAV-LP on the WXRV tower in Haverhill
WHAV-LP on the WXRV tower in Haverhill

Plus those got us a couple of good new views of the new WXRV Aux/IBOC antennas.

WXRV's new aux antennas.
WXRV’s new aux antennas.

And some new AM on FM translators like 95.1 in Lowell.

WLLH's soon to be former primary with the 95.1 translator mounted to it.
WLLH’s soon to be former primary with the 95.1 translator mounted to it.

102.1 in Framingham

The 102.1 on the 650 (Formerly 1200, 1060) tower in Framingham.
The 102.1 on the 650 (Formerly 1200, 1060) tower in Framingham.

And 101.3 in Milford, complete with sunset tour from our friend Doug!

101.3's new transmitter racks in Milford.
101.3’s new transmitter racks in Milford.

And the round trip was an excuse to finally photograph a number of the WXRV boosters. We got antenna pictures of 3 of the 5 boosters.

The booster montage, Clockwise from top left, Natick, Waltham, Hancock Tower, Lexington.
The booster montage, Clockwise from top left, Natick, Waltham, Hancock Tower, Lexington.

And we finish off the trip with a couple of donated pictures from our friend Steve Conti of WTBR-FM in our home neck of the woods, Pittsfield, MA.

WTBR-FM with WRRS-LP in Pittsfield.
WTBR-FM with WRRS-LP in Pittsfield.

As always, the complete list of updates can be found at the top of this page!

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