Mt. Snow and WTHK

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!

Looking up Mt Snow towards WTHK
Looking up Mt Snow towards WTHK
A little closer view.
A little closer view.
The two bay Shively, closeup.
The two bay Shively, closeup.

Thanks for the pics, Mike!

Cold Winter Update 2016…

Took a long long time, but finally, I have been able to get some much needed updates done to my website!

And it happens to be one of the biggest and recent changes to happen around here! Of course, I am talking about the brand new WCTK Cat Country 98.1 and WNBH 1340 towers in New Bedford.

WCTK's new 600 foot self supporting tower next to the old guyed tower.
WCTK’s new 600 foot self supporting tower next to the old guyed tower.
WNBH's new tower.
WNBH’s new tower.

This update, which comprised of two days of travel got to see the next three steps of the giant “Bull” upgrade, The new 101.7 antenna.

WBWL's new antenna
WBWL’s new antenna

The replacement antenna for WWBB to deal with rooftop RFR issues…

WWBB's "final" antenna install.
WWBB’s “final” antenna install.

And the replacement antenna for WCIB, to deal with downward signal issues.

WCIB's new antenna... again.
WCIB’s new antenna… again.

This update also got three brand new LPFMs, one of which was on the air in Rhode Island.

WWRI-LP, Rhode Island's newest LPFM.
WWRI-LP, Rhode Island’s newest LPFM.
WBCA-LP, one of the three 102.9's in the Boston market.
WBCA-LP, one of the three 102.9’s in the Boston market.
WBPG-LP 102.9, another of the three 102.9's.
WBPG-LP 102.9, another of the three 102.9’s.

A new antenna/tower at Concord High School.

WIQH tower at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School
WIQH tower at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School

A LPTV that simulcasts an NBC O&O out of New Hampshire…

WTMU-LP, on the Malden IC&E tower.
WTMU-LP, on the Malden IC&E tower. Small white panel, middle pic.

A new backup antenna for WBRU

WBRU's new backup antenna on Peck Hill in Johnston
WBRU’s new backup antenna on Peck Hill in Johnston

And a first time look at the one AM never shown on NECRAT prior.

WMVX hidden in the woods near Endicott College in Beverly.
WMVX hidden in the woods near Endicott College in Beverly.

We also got to see an antenna make a rare “re-appearance” on NECRAT! This one is one we’ve featured for many many years on this site. It has been relocated to Rhode Island from Worcester.
Yes, the “WAAF Kegs” are now the “WVEI-FM Aux Kegs”

The exWAAF now WVEI antenna. It's so beautiful!
The exWAAF now WVEI antenna. It’s so beautiful!

As always a complete list of updates sits on the link above.

 

The dead station(s)

After reading this week’s Northeast Radio Watch by Scott Fybush, he mentioned where WMYF in Portsmouth, NH is off the air, due to the loss of their site. It got me thinking of other stations, that existed when this site (NECRAT) had started but have since gone off the air. (In most cases the licenses were deleted, and a few of these towers are gone).

WCKL 560 Catskill, NY…WCKL 560 Catskill. Well it could qualify. Running illegally elsewhere.

WCKL 560 Catskill. Well it could qualify. Running illegally elsewhere.

 

WALE 990 Greenville, RI…WALE 990 Greenville, RI. The long troubled tale came to an end in 2014.

WALE 990 Greenville, RI. The long troubled tale came to an end in 2014.

WDCR 1340 Hanover, NH…WDCR's green and white colors make it quite unique. However the station is no longer.

WDCR’s green and white colors make it quite unique. However the station is no longer.

 

WDIS 1170 Norfolk, MA…A recent entry, WDIS 1170 lost their license due to their building being condemned.

A recent entry, WDIS 1170 lost their license due to their building being condemned.

 

WNEK-FM 105.1 Springfield, MA…WNEK-FM 105.1, Western New England University's radio station went through several frequency changes. License was not renewed.

WNEK-FM 105.1, Western New England University’s radio station went through several frequency changes. License was not renewed.

 

WNMH 91.5 Northfield, MA…WNMH at Northfield-Mount Hermon University. Several reports the station was still operating after the license was deleted. They now have a CP for a new LPFM.

WNMH at Northfield-Mount Hermon University. Several reports the station was still operating after the license was deleted. They now have a CP for a new LPFM.

 

WNYP-LP 98.7 Ripley, NY…WNYP-LP 98.7. The state of New York's LPFM at the barrier toll plaza going into PA on I-90. (Although the license had it several miles off). Rest In Peace WNYP-LP!

WNYP-LP 98.7. The state of New York’s LPFM at the barrier toll plaza going into PA on I-90. (Although the license had it several miles off). Rest In Peace WNYP-LP!

 

WPEP 1570 Taunton, MA…WPEP Taunton, MA, signed off when another station north of Boston upgraded in power. The towers would be upgraded in later years as the new home for WVBF, Steve Callahan's radio station in Taunton.

WPEP Taunton, MA, signed off when another station north of Boston upgraded in power. The towers would be upgraded in later years as the new home for WVBF, Steve Callahan’s radio station in Taunton.

 

WPNI 1430 Amherst, MA…WPNI Amherst. Another Brian Dodge tale. The station lost one of the towers a few years ago.

WPNI Amherst. Another Brian Dodge tale. The station lost one of the towers a few years ago.

 

WPUT 1510 Brewster, NY…WPUT 1510 Putnam, NY. A rimshotter to many larger markets, WPUT went silent in 2014.

WPUT 1510 Putnam, NY. A rimshotter to many larger markets, WPUT went silent in 2014.

 

WRAN-LP 100.1 Randolph, VT…WRAN-LP 100.1 Randolph, VT. Owned by the state of Vermont, "ran" from the 102.1 tower.

WRAN-LP 100.1 Randolph, VT. Owned by the state of Vermont, “ran” from the 102.1 tower.

 

WRJI 91.5 East Greenwich, RI…WRJI 91.5 East Greenwich, RI. The Providence based Spanish FM, that ran as a pirate for close to a year after the license was deleted from the FCC.

WRJI 91.5 East Greenwich, RI. The Providence based Spanish FM, that ran as a pirate for close to a year after the license was deleted from the FCC.

 

WNHV 910 White River Junction, VT…WNHV 910 White River Junction. The 2nd AM station in this market to go silent in less than five years. (WDCR, above, the other).

WNHV 910 White River Junction. The 2nd AM station in this market to go silent in less than five years. (WDCR, above, the other).

 

WWTA 88.5 Marion, MA…WWTA 88.5 at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA, recently "upgraded" their signal, and in less than four years later, returned their license.

WWTA 88.5 at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA, recently “upgraded” their signal, and in less than four years later, returned their license.

Silence… is golden?

I have been away for quite a while it seems. Quiet year, apparently!! A lot has happened this year, that has kept me way (all good!!).

I hope to have at least one more update before the winter.

— Mike

July 2015 SNE Tower Light Outage Report

July 26, 2015, Southern New England tower light outage report. Comes from the FAA NOTAMS website.

1045931 Cumulus Broadcasting WICC Twr 2 Pleasure Island Bridgeport, CT 20150915 KBDR
1049009 American Tower None Little City Road Little City, CT 20150730 KSNC
1237074 American Tower WHPX Route 85 Monteville, CT 20150801 KGON
1276493 SBA Towers None 8150 Post Road North Kingstown, RI 20150801 KOQU
1022390 Vertical Bridge WHJJ 1222 Wampanoag Trail East Providence, RI 20150805 KPVD
1022391 Vertical Bridge WHJJ 1222 Wampanoag Trail East Providence, RI 20150805 KPVD
1221032 SBA Towers None 59 Tom Harvey Road Westerly, RI 20150729 KWST
1014783 American Tower None Green St & Berkley Berkley, MA 20150805 K1M8
1002112 Tower Point Holdings None Wormwood St Boston, MA 20150729 KBOS
1019305 InSite Towers None 15 Locust Road Orleans, MA 20150730 KCQX
1004088 K2 Towers WCIB 60 Spring Bars Road Falmouth, MA 20150806 K5B6
1009410 EMC Corporation None Coslin Dr. behind Building 5 Southboro, MA 20150806 K9B1
1046935 Univison Television Group WUTF 6kM NE of center of Marlboro (Parmenter Rd) Hudson, MA 20141217© K9B1
1020722 American Tower None Pennimann St New Bedford, MA 20150802 KEWB
1004233 American Tower WFXT/WLVI/CBS Aux 140 Cabot Street Needham, MA 20150809 KOWD
1005034 Comcast of SNE None 375 Vanderbuilt Ave Norwood, MA 20150805 KOWD
1003433 American Tower WBZ-TV/WGBH/etc 350 Cedar St Needham, MA 20150729 KOWD
1024374 Entravision Communications WUNI/WAAF Stiles Hill Boylston, MA 20150807 K3B3
1007892 Vertical Bridge WTAG 412 Shrewsbury St Holden, MA 20150810 KORH
1212063 InSite Towers None 115 Epping Road Exeter, NH 20150803 K7B3
1009201 Crown Castle None 1617 Southwood Dr Nashua, NH 20150808 KASH
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