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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.

 

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.

Blue Hills Update

So go figure the changes close to home are the longest to update. Anyways, two of the closest radio stations to my house made some big changes over the last two months.  I finally used this gorgeous day to show both of them off.

WGBH with new antenna and mast on Great Blue Hill in Milton, MA.
WGBH with new antenna and mast on Great Blue Hill in Milton, MA.

The first update, you got to see a taste of with the post “Da Crane” below.  WGBH‘s new FM Antenna and mast on top of Great Blue Hill in Milton. The grandfathered 100,000 watter replaced the antenna/mast this past September. We hope to get inside pictures of the new transmitters too. I also used this update to get better pictures of the tower, and it’s other FM tenant, WKAF.

A late New England Autumn Snowfall leftover on the radomes.
A late New England Autumn Snowfall leftover on the radomes.

Before I leave Blue Hill, though, I have to show this picture. We got a late Autumn snow fall here in New England, and up here on the hill, they got some accumulated snows, which mostly melted off today, but you can see a little on the radomes of the WGBH aux antenna.

The other update, was the newest signal on the air in the Boston market.  Just off of the Quincy Quarries, on Ricciuti, sits the very well known 800′ Industrial Communications and Electronics tower.
It is on the eastern edge of the Blue Hills range, and in clear shot to the core Boston area. Because of this, this tower has become home to a lot of two way users, and most recently to FM. We saw WUMB-FM move to this tower in 2013, and now W271CG calls this tower home. The 102.1 translator for Horizon Christian Fellowship signed on a couple of weeks ago using this single bay ERI antenna.

W271CG near the top, on this single bay ERI.
W271CG near the top, on this single bay ERI.

All these updates are now online here at NECRAT.