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Along Route 2…

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.

WVAO-LP's single bay Shively 6812 antenna and STL dish on the High Knob water tank.
WVAO-LP’s single bay Shively 6812 antenna and STL dish on the High Knob water tank.

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.

Two Shively Vera-Tune antennas are installed to back up WUPE-FM on 100.1 and WNNI on 98.9
Two Shively Vera-Tune antennas are installed to back up WUPE-FM on 100.1 and WNNI on 98.9

Also translator W266AW had a temporary install while the site was cleaned and prepped for the new tower.

W266AW's temporary comet antenna used to keep the station on the air.
W266AW’s temporary comet antenna used to keep the station on the air.

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.

The new tower with the pole for the future FM. Plus the standby antennas.
The new tower with the pole for the future FM. Plus the standby antennas.

Pre-Summer 2015 Update

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.

WVBFs two tower array in Taunton
WVBFs two tower array 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.

The "Kegs" are gone! WAAF's new aux antenna.
The “Kegs” are gone! WAAF’s new aux antenna.

And that same day, we also got pictures of the newest LPFM in Springfield, WZCS 102.5

WZCS-LP

WZCS-LP

In June, All of the updates came from one trip. We took pictures of the new WWBB aux antenna at the WHJY site.

The "AUX" antenna for WWBB.
The “AUX” antenna for WWBB.

We also got pictures of the “new” WDOM antenna.

McVinney Hall with the new WDOM antenna.
McVinney Hall with 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.

WPRO-FM's Shively
WPRO-FM’s Shively
WWLI's antennas.
WWLI’s antennas.

Welcome to Philly! (And Trenton, too!)

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!

A nice collection of towers. The Roxborough Tower Farm in Philadelphia
A nice collection of towers. The Roxborough Tower Farm in Philadelphia
Drexel University's WKDU is one of the sites we got to see inside of!
Drexel University’s WKDU is one of the sites we got to see inside of!
We also got up to Wyndmoor!
We also got up to Wyndmoor!

Along with Philadelphia, we also got some nearby Trenton signals too!

920 WNJE's three tower array.
920 WNJE’s three tower array.

Plus a couple of Allentown rimshots up in Stroudsberg…

Old Long Lines tower on Totts Gap , near Stroudsberg, PA. WWYY calls this site home!
Old Long Lines tower on Totts Gap , near Stroudsberg, PA. WWYY calls this site home!

WCDV-LP 89.3 Lynn

Wednesday, after four months of hard work, I am happy to say that the fine folks at WCDV-LP in Lynn, MA. got their radio station.

It was a great pleasure of mine to build the radio station for them and do the proof afterwards. This is my fourth FM I have signed on since doing this kind of work in 2006.

The tower in Lynn where WCDV-LP is side mounted
The tower in Lynn where WCDV-LP is side mounted
A closer shot of the Shively 6812 single bay antenna.
A closer shot of the Shively 6812 single bay antenna.
Looking up the tower.
Looking up the tower.
Another close up of the antenna.
Another close up of the antenna.
The tiny transmitter rack. Not much needed. Behind the rack is a Shively Labs bandpass filter, as required by the tower owner.
The tiny transmitter rack. Not much needed. Behind the rack is a Shively Labs band-pass filter, as required by the tower owner.
A closeup of the BW300v2 transmitter running 58 watts TPO.
A closeup of the BW300v2 transmitter running 58 watts TPO.

WPEP – WVBF

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.

WVBF's two towers on Route 140 (County St) in Taunton
WVBF’s two towers on Route 140 (County St) in Taunton
A somewhat closer shot of the two towers.
A somewhat closer shot of the two towers.

WJYY Concord, NH

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:

WJYY's main and backup antennas on this tower in Concord, NH
WJYY’s main and backup antennas on this tower in Loudon, NH

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.

WJYY's transmitter building
WJYY’s transmitter building

And here we see the transmitter shack.  Thanks Derek for getting us a first look at this site.