Laurence Glavin

Laurence Glavin Obituary

Sad to hear the news of the passing of Laurence Glavin from today’s Northeast Radio Watch. While quite the colorful character on the message boards and mailing lists, Laurence was a devoted fan of NECRAT. Often speaking about my site on various places. While I never knew him personally, I can appreciate the respect he had for my work on NECRAT. This update, is about you, Laurence, RIP.

 

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.

Snowbound in New England

As you probably heard, or if you live here, know, that we have had an impressive amount of snow in a short amount of time here in New England.  Ski areas are thriving, snow lovers are excited, but others are having some bad issues. To give my “viewers” some prospective of how much snow we have, I took these pictures.

Snow bank on Chestnut St in Needham
Snow bank on Chestnut St in Needham
This is normally a brick walkway to the municipal lot in downtown Needham.
This is normally a brick walkway to the municipal lot in downtown Needham.
A snow bank in the parking lot. What is difficult to see here , is the bank is easily 2' taller than me.
A snow bank in the parking lot. What is difficult to see here , is the bank is easily 2′ taller than me.
Look at the yards on the side of the street, and compare to the car. This is not an illusion, the snow is deeper than the car!
Look at the yards on the side of the street, and compare to the car. This is not an illusion, the snow is deeper than the car!
This is on Washington St in Dedham, at a major intersection. You can't even see over this bank, which is easily 8-10' high.
This is on Washington St in Dedham, at a major intersection. You can’t even see over this bank, which is easily 8-10′ high.
This is in Dedham , on Route 1 at Legacy Place. You can't even make out the 8' sign for the place.
This is in Dedham , on Route 1 at Legacy Place. You can’t even make out the 8′ sign for the place.
On the roof at work. This is a ladder to get to this upper roof. The ladder is 7' to the top of the rails.
On the roof at work. This is a ladder to get to this upper roof. The ladder is 7′ to the top of the rails.
Here is the trench we dug in the snow to get on to the roof!
Here is the trench we dug in the snow to get on to the roof!
Here is another excellent view of the 5' snow drifts on the roof. The steel side of these stairs on top, is the height of my face.
Here is another excellent view of the 5′ snow drifts on the roof. The steel side of these stairs on top, is the height of my face.

So you can see, we have a lot of snow here! And it is going to take quite some time to melt it all. Things will get bad during the melt, but should start in a few weeks. Fortunately we don’t have any more heavy snow in the long range forecast.

Lookin’ out over the bay…

Yeah you probably guessed what I mean, if you’re at this site, that is.  Our good friend Willie Barnett of WIHS recently had an antenna inspection done. The tower crew on the tower took a couple of photos that Willie and I wanted to share with you:

Looking down from the top of the WIHS tower.
Looking down from the top of the WIHS tower.
Looking out towards the west from the top of the tower.
Looking out towards the west from the top of the tower.

Thanks for the pictures Willie !

 

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