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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.