Topband: Interference on 1.821 From WRCR
rgarrett5 at comcast.net
rgarrett5 at comcast.net
Wed Dec 18 14:20:33 EST 2019
Oh my! Of course, I meant Hello Jon et al. Bob K3UL
From: Jon Zaimes <jz73 at verizon.net>
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 1:52 PM
To: rgarrett5 at comcast.net; 'Topband' <topband at contesting.com>
Subject: RE: Topband: Interference on 1.821 From WRCR
It was loud here last evening and this morning. At first I thought it was some digital garbage from my computer since I had just
started using FT8. I could not copy the audio in CW or SSB modes on my K3 but it was clean copy when I switched to AM on 1820 kHz.
It peaked on my long 45-degree Beverage and the announcer mentioned something in "Westchester County" in New York so with some
sleuthing online and dual RX listening I matched it to WRCR's signal on 1700 kHz in Ramapo, NY, about 160 miles NE of me.
Fellow topbanders from Alabama to Massachusetts on the ON4KST Low Band chat also reported hearing it.
I called the station's business phone line around 6 a.m. and the announcer (the only one in the building) answered and I explained
the problem. He said it might be due to "heavy icing on the tower." He later mentioned this on the air and there was some chatter
from listeners. He said he would relay the complaint to the general manager and chief engineer later in the day.
I also sent the station an email with the same complaint but I've not had any response.
I didn't notice any change in their signal at sunrise. They are licensed as
1 kw night and 10 kw day.
At 1:45 p.m. I am not hearing the signal on 1820, so this may have been resolved.
The station's phone number is 845-429-4695. An alternate is 845-362-5070.
.... if anyone else would like to lodge a complaint should this return.
Jon P. Zaimes, AA1K
Tower climber for hire
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From: Topband <topband-bounces at contesting.com> On Behalf Of rgarrett5 at comcast.net
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 8:17 AM
To: 'Topband' <topband at contesting.com>
Subject: Topband: Interference on 1.821 From WRCR
Strange happenings this AM. I heard a lot of hash on 1.821 and listened on AM to hear radio station WRCR. They were commenting on
the tower being covered in ice and other references to the FCC. Did anyone else here this spurious signal? 73, Bob K3UL
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