Along Route 2 sits a whole bunch of small population centers in Massachusetts, when you get west of Concord. Go out past Gardner, and the next small town you hit is Athol. An old mill town, that is still home to L.S. Starrett , a precision tool maker. It was home to a bunch of other mills as well, that have since closed down. The town is also home to one half of my family. (Both Athol and Petersham), so it comes no surprise when Athol got a new LPFM, I had to go see the antenna. WVAO-LP will sign on, on 105.9 at some point this summer. WVAO’s antenna is tucked on top of the water tank on High Knob.
Heading out farther west, by about 60 miles, takes you to North Adams. North Adams made tower news in March of last year (2014) when the Cell Tower, which held the brand new WNNI antenna collapsed, taking down the adjacent WUPE-FM tower. The site was cleaned up, and STA antennas were installed.
Also translator W266AW had a temporary install while the site was cleaned and prepped for the new tower.
In the meantime, since the last update we’ve seen, the new tower has been constructed, with an empty pole, which will hold the new combined 100.1 and 98.9 FM signals. The new antenna is listed as being a Shively 4 bay antenna.
So from time to time, I realize there are a number of local or fairly local sites I need to update for various reasons. I try to combine them into a single update, to make for a more pleasurable viewing experience. So here is my “Pre-Summer 2015” update.
(As always, the full sets for each station are in the gallery)
Starting with May, when our good friend Steve Callahan was gracious enough to give a “cooks tour” of his soon to completed upgraded site at WVBF 1530 in Taunton. The new two tower array is on the site of the old WPEP, off of County St in Taunton.
Three days later, we made a trek up to one of our favorite sites,
Asnebumskit Hill in Paxton to see the new WAAF Aux antenna.
And that same day, we also got pictures of the newest LPFM in Springfield, WZCS 102.5
In June, All of the updates came from one trip. We took pictures of the new WWBB aux antenna at the WHJY site.
We also got pictures of the “new” WDOM antenna.
And finished out the date with some fresh updated pictures of
WPRO-FM and WWLI up on Neutaconkanut Hill in Johnston.
One of the largest markets that is relatively close to the NECRAT headquarters but for lack of any good excuse went missing from NECRAT has been Philadelphia, PA. Well I finally have been able to correct that wrong. With the help of our good friend Mark Humphrey! (Plus a very very detailed travel route planned by Scott Fybush of Fybush.com). As usual with these markets, I try to get as many exteriors first when the weather is good. And this weekend was no exception. The weather was almost perfect! Check out a select few images below from the gallery. Remember to see the Update Page to see all the changes!
Along with Philadelphia, we also got some nearby Trenton signals too!
Plus a couple of Allentown rimshots up in Stroudsberg…
You probably know about WPEP in the little city of Taunton, MA., and it’s disappearance from the radio waves in 2007. Well in all that time, the little tower on County St., near Route 24 has remained standing. Recently, our good friend Steve Callahan came up with a plan to not only resurrect the tower, but add a second tower for his 1530 WVBF. I had heard from my friend Jeff Lehmann that the tower has been already put up. So today, on a spur of the moment trip for non broadcast purposes, I stopped by the site to grab two quick shots with my camera-phone.
So occasionally in the years i’ve been doing this site, I will get donations, rather, pictures of various transmitter sites. Some aren’t of anything broadcast, some are really low resolution, and some are copied from other sites. I won’t use those pictures. However once in a while I will get nice good quality shots of a transmitter site, that are worth sharing. These pictures that Derek LaFleur sent me, are no exception:
Here we see the WJYY tower on Oak Hill in Loudon. It is not very tall, (only 100′) , so it is not visible unless you do the hike. The signal from this station does get out really well, however. The two bay Shively 6813 antenna is the main, and the single bay Shively 6813 on top is the standby antenna.
And here we see the transmitter shack. Thanks Derek for getting us a first look at this site.