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Re: Topband: Broadcast stations power-down/power-up times

Subject: Re: Topband: Broadcast stations power-down/power-up times
From: Pete Smith <>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 14:04:59 -0400
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Thanks to everyone who responded.  In the meantime, I had left a phone 
message with the engineer for the local Clear Channel office, who turns 
out to be a ham, and he confirmed this morning that power-down is 
controlled by a PC based on the table of average sunrise-sunset times 
for this location.  That saves them having to determine exactly when 
sunrise and sunset occur, and requires changing only once a month.  The 
current time is 6:30 EDT, or 5:30 EST.  I had misread the table, and as 
someone said, their night power is indeed 6 watts.  Wonder if they 
really are doing that, because their signal here is still 40 over S9 at 
night.  Days, it buries the S-meter.

73, Pete N4ZR

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