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I will miss the CBC when they turn off their last AM transmitter

200px-CBCRadioOne.svgI am listening to CBC Radio One’s Saturday Night Blues program.  Yet another good radio show that comes in here via skywave from CBE in Windsor, Ontario.   It is in the process of migrating to the FM band, channel 248B (97.5 mHz) after which the AM station will be turned off after a three month simulcast.  I know I can stream this program, but that is a pain because it slows my computer down, plus, it does not sound as good coming from the computer speakers as it does from the AM radio even with the occasional fade.

According to the FCC website (yes, the FCC has records of Canadian, Mexican, Cuban and Bahamanian radio stations), it is a class A station with a 2 tower directional, 1/2 wave towers with 10,000 watts, unlimited.  Pattern nulls to the south with a big fat main lobe north, east and west.

I wonder what they are going to do with the transmitter when they turn the station off.  I wonder what kind of transmitter it is, sounds like a tube unit to me.  Certainly sounds good with that old blues music tonight.


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