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.
(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
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.
Way up on the perch above Reading is the big tower of 102.5 flanked with a couple of smaller translators as well.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
As well as a visit to a tower in Webster to see a LPTV that launched as a Providence market signal rimshot
September also got us a shot of the new WLAS-LP, the third station in the Boston 102.9 LPFM “tri-plex”
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.
As well as the funky new antenna at Webster’s WGFP 940.
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.
Plus thanks to our good friend Vic Michaels, we got into WGAO 88.3 at Dean College.
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.
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
Plus those got us a couple of good new views of the new WXRV Aux/IBOC antennas.
And some new AM on FM translators like 95.1 in Lowell.
102.1 in Framingham
And 101.3 in Milford, complete with sunset tour from our friend Doug!
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.
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.
As always, the complete list of updates can be found at the top of this page!
So let’s say you were driving down a country road in Herkimer County, NY, and you come across a giant TV antenna on a telephone pole, next to the road, in a field. Strange right? Well it’s not some conspiracy theorists’ dream. It’s an actual analog TV translator.
W04AE serves Herkimer as a relay of WTEN out of Albany.
This late summer trip was a good excuse for us to update a rather neat little corner of New York. Not quite Albany, not quite Utica, the stations of the Mohawk Valley serve the “tri-city” area of Johnstown, Gloversville, and Amsterdam. A total of six AMs serve
Three in Johnstown/Gloversville
and WFNY 1440.
WFNY’s translator is not located here, but rather up on a hill north of Gloversville, along with an LPTV (Co-Owned with WFNY), and WNGG 90.9
Amsterdam has two AMs
Amsterdam also has one large TV tower with FM side mounted to it.
Plus one of New York’s newer AM’s, that had a little controversial startup with the FCC rejecting the original license application.
This update also includes the Herkimer County Community College station WVHC…
And of course, a complete update to the Stewart’s Shops page from a summer of Western New York travel!
This is one of those updates, that I would call NIFTY. I got to see some towers that have long long been on my list to visit, as well as visit some family sites.
But the first visit I did was actually back in March. Doug Kehrig has been a close friend of mine for many years, and we both have been trying to find some time to get together to see the little AM he engineers, WMRC. (See, Doug is a transmitter engineer for WHDH-TV, just like I am for WFXT, so both our schedules are quite busy).
Anywhos, we got a chance to finally merge off work so I could see his station. I have a full 15 photo gallery of the station on the page. (Linked above)
Then this month (April, 2016), was my annual “field trip” to Allentown, PA to the Spring Melt fire convention, which includes a free day for tower gathering. This year, I got two days in.
The first day I got out to Carlisle, PA to see the six radio stations there. See Carlisle is a special place to me. My Aunt Marge (Marjorie Ann Fitzpatrick January 01,1934 – November 12,2011) lived here for all of my life, and had been inviting me to come down for many years. Unfortunately, I was never able to make it down, and she passed in a tragic car accident on November 12th. So this year, I corrected that wrong, and visited her grave, as well as saw her old houses.
Anyways, it gave me a chance to visit all the Carlisle radio stations, including the one at Dickinson College, where she was a professor.
After visiting this historic and beautiful town, I headed south to see the towers of York, Lancaster. (Plus some of the prettiest country you’ll ever see.).
While down there, I had to go to Millersville to see the college station at Millersville University, where family of mine graduated.
After leaving Lancaster, I had a ton of daylight left, and decided to polish off two more sites from my list that I’ve always wanted to visit. The first was just outside of Hanover. The hill where WGTY Gettysburg, and WYCR York-Hanover both site. What a surprise it was to find WYCR’s very old RCA Batwing still mounted up the hill!
Plus across the street was an old AT&T Longlines tower.
See the whole Carlisle set here, and the whole Lancaster-York-Hanover set here.
After leaving that area in Pennsylvania, the plan was to go to Elizabethtown to get a picture of 106.7 , licensed to Hershey. I was surprised when I came upon the tower of WWKL 93.5, while taking the back roads up there!
On my way back home from Pennsylvania, I decided to polish off a few more sites in the New York City area that I have never been to.
The first is one that I didn’t realize was as close to the highway as it is. The monster signal of WAWZ in Zarepath. Back when I started the website, a gentleman sent me some old pictures of it, with the caption. “I couldn’t find the way up”. Well thanks to Google Earth, I was able to find this easy to get to site.
From there I headed to West Orange, to visit the WNSH 94.7 site, which also is home to WFMU 91.1, as well as the backups for several other NYC Stations, AND one TV station as well, WNYJ-TV.
On my way there, I was quite surprised to see a big beefy self supporting tower about a mile and half up the road , I wasn’t expecting. After photographing it in good detail, I learned it is home to a massive NYC TV backup site.
Leaving there, I visited the WWRL 1600 site to update my pictures of there and got a picture (not fantastic but ok) of the new WEPN towers. Along the way, however, I stopped and added another very prominent AM site to my list. The big 570 WMCA/ 820 WNYC site. As an added unexpected bonus, I got a shot of the new One World Trade center behind them.
I also corrected one huge omission from my site. This is an important one too. Scott Fybush, of Fybush Media/Fybush.com has documented on his excellent site, this tower with very detailed history. Really he has explained it in much more detail than I could ever do! I am talking, of course, of the Armstrong tower in Alpine, NJ.
The tower is used by two FM broadcasters. WPLJ maintains a Shively backup on the tower, and WFDU has their primary antenna here.
On the way out of here, I stopped by Nyack College to grab a quick photo of WNYK, then stopped in Danbury on my way home.
I had never made it up to the WXCI site. (Sorry Oz!). This time, I walked past the gate up the short hill, and grabbed a few photos of this rather interesting tower.
I also made one final stop, while in Danbury, to get a shot of the WDBY-FM1 Booster.
So you can see this is quite an update, and I hope you enjoy it.
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So there are some sites, that for various reasons, we may never get to, and are somewhat difficult to photograph without having someone in the know. So when my long time friend Mike Pelczarski took a ski trip to Mt. Snow, I couldn’t resist asking him to grab a shot of WTHK. Now mind you, he’s not a tower photo nut like me, but clearly, he knew where to aim!