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!
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!
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.
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.
The replacement antenna for WWBB to deal with rooftop RFR issues…
And the replacement antenna for WCIB, to deal with downward signal issues.
This update also got three brand new LPFMs, one of which was on the air in Rhode Island.
A new antenna/tower at Concord High School.
A LPTV that simulcasts an NBC O&O out of New Hampshire…
A new backup antenna for WBRU
And a first time look at the one AM never shown on NECRAT prior.
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”
As always a complete list of updates sits on the link above.
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.