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The 75th anniversary of FM broadcasting

On November 6th, 2010, WA2XMN will once again take to the airwaves from Alpine, NJ on 42.8 MHz.  Beginning at 12 noon, EDT, the station will rebroadcast the 2005 commemorative broadcast.  WA2XMN holds an experimental license which expires in 2015 for the purpose of recreating Armstrong’s original Yankee Network.

I am not sure if they will be using the GE Phasitron transmitter or not.

Armstrong Tower, Alpine, NJ

The Armstrong Tower is located just off of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, on a bluff west of the Hudson River.  After the World Trade Center site was lost on 9/11, all of the NY City TV stations relocated there until permanent facilities could be build at the Empire State building.  Empire had always been the home to most of the NYC FM’s except public station WNYC, which was also on WTC #1.

Lots of interesting pictures and history on the Columbia University blog, here, here and here.

For those interested in the history of FM broadcasting, Empire of the Air by Tom Lewis is a great read.

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4 comments to The 75th anniversary of FM broadcasting

  • At 1615 UTC from Valley Cottage, NY 10989
    41.111710 (North)

    Loud and clear,


  • Paul Thurst

    Thanks, Dale. I hear it here too, although a little bit scratchy. I am also listening on a narrow band scanner, but it sounds good…

  • GregS

    The world of broadcasting technology can be divided into two groups: people who look at the 75 year success of a technology like FM broadcasting as a testimonial to its robustness and quality, and people who look at its 75 year history of success a proof that it is outmoded and obsolete and should be scrapped for something new.

    Same thing applies to AM radio, except it has been successful for almost a century, which in the minds of the second group makes it even more obsolete.

  • Paul Thurst

    @GregS, exactly. FM radio works, as it was invented 75 years ago.

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