- August 17, 2017 at 10:01 am #176039
oldroverParticipantAugust 17, 2017 at 4:55 pm #176056
Then, they should get the WMEX license, apply for 1KW day/night non-directional from one tower (or for that matter a hammock antenna a la KGFJ on top of a building around Blue Hill Ave) and get legal. It won’t get out too far, but it will cover the inner city just fine.August 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm #176092
89.3 is gonna get somewhat less attractive for any pirates in the southern regions of Boston in a few months or so. 🙂August 18, 2017 at 11:22 pm #176103
And an 89.3 LPFM is in LynnAugust 19, 2017 at 7:20 am #176106
The AM band is wide open maybe they could buy a legal one for a few bucks.August 19, 2017 at 10:35 pm #176125
“89.3 is gonna get somewhat less attractive for any pirates in the southern regions of Boston in a few months or so.”
Maybe this is really Ajit Pai’s plan to fight piracy. Fill every open frequency with licensed stations and crowd the pirates out…August 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm #176295
Someone on twitter asked “who bought Big City? I’ve been listening to Big City since I was small”.Told him they were broadcasting illegally and a licensed station turned on;after 12 days, Big City shut off..but they may still streamcast.August 27, 2017 at 3:17 pm #176297
Been told pirate station Big City 101.3 has set up shop at 100.3 now, which may not work out too well for listeners of WBRS 100.1 Brandeis U.Also 100.3 is to be home for a translator for WROL 950!August 27, 2017 at 6:08 pm #176299
looks like W254BR construction permit for 250 Watts ERP from Kendall Square? another wrench in the works Big City’s new frequency choice. for a while Boston had a “Choice 103”. as soon as the WBCA-LP on 102.9 signed on, Choice briefly moved to 100.3 then disappeared or more likely moved to the Randolph/Brockton/Bridgewater area as “Big Bobby G” and other hosts still cite the frequency on his social media and online streams are up, so chances are the Blue Hills range combined with urban overload is simply blocking the signal from reaching Boston Proper.
from an engineering standpoint as a general-class ham but definitely not QRO-expert, Big City probably bought an antenna off the internet cut for 101.3, and at the power levels they’re at they’d probably have issues with reflected-power if they stray too far, all the channels they tried within the past week were nearby. could be wrong and they actually have RF engineering experts on their team and expensive measuring-equipment and the ability to climb up on the roof and physically lengthen or shorten their radiator but it just seems…unlikely. if they were that with-it they probably would have been submitting applications for a Caribbean community station in past LPFM windows. A church in Dorchester and Arts organizations in East Boston and Winthrop got licenses so it’s not like it was an impossible avenue to pursue, if you had your ducks in a row at the right time.August 27, 2017 at 9:58 pm #176307
Well on 128 between Reading and Peabody WHEB Portsmouth was coming in OK on 100.3, no apparent interference but maybe they’re plaguing downtown…for now
The ChoiceFM site used to claim they had 2000 watts and supposedly had calls WCFM.
The Blue Hill Ave pirate haven apparently has 87.75, 105.3 (Vibe) and now 100.3…August 28, 2017 at 7:42 am #176313
100.3 ? I guest I should say Goodbye to Legal Spanish music station from Rhode Island .August 28, 2017 at 3:36 pm #176328
struggling to figure out where you had good RI reception now wiped out by Big City? north of the Blue Hill in HydePark/Roslindale/Milton/Dorchester/etc for the past decade you’ve mainly had a mix of Choice FM and Haitian Kreyol news/talk/music unlicensed on that frequency depending on who fired up their transmitter on a particular day. South of the Blue Hill – Randolph/Canton/Braintree – it’s been a battle between fringe/weak legal RI Spanish and Kreyol from Brockton. Big City did make it down to Sharon, Foxborough and Walpole, towns at higher altitude with Great Blue off to the east of their sightlines to Dorchester so much less terrain-attenuation than in Randolph – could see Big City causing problems for you there if youre trying to listen to RI but Big City is either at slightly reduced power or dealing with antenna inefficiency issues on their new frequency because Vibe 105.3 now has better overload resilience and less static both in Quincy and in Southie (full-quieting in Dorchester, too hard to notice any changes there). Telegraph Hill in Southie is a good spot to try because you have full quieting on the Dorchester/HydePark pirate cluster, and when Dorchester is off air on a frequency you can hearthe Lynn/Revere pirate cluster and even faintly the Brockton cluster. regardless of gentrification and translator/LPRM-izaton of Boston Proper which just means more pirates for Brockton and Worcester, the Boston metro radio dial is still as good as it comes if you like West Indian music, the only thing in the same league is Flatbush Brooklyn and South Florida, though on every drive through Bridgeport and Hartford it’s clear they’re not going to take this lying down and every year the area just seems to get more Jamaican as more of the white-collar stuff goes away and theyre basically turning it into “North West Indies”September 13, 2017 at 7:18 am #176602
FCC issued more notices of Unauthorized operation yesterday to pirates on 101.3, 104.7, and 105.3. The 101.3 letters mentioned the airwave piracy was noticed on Aug 14. Two days later it was noticed Big City shut off their 101.3 xmtr and later fired up 100.3.The letters are dated yesterday.
A post on boston-radio-interest noted the FCC can only do so much.The US Attorney’s office has to authorize equip seizure etc (with US Marshals). Apparently many WJIB listeners complained to FCC.Broadcasting entities complain, too. 100.3 pirate would affect, perhaps, WHEB Portsmouth NH and adjacent WBRS out of Brandeis.
Diymedia dot net has an FCC Enforcement Database that can be searched for NOUOs etc. Often there are warning letters; sometimes fines and occasionally seizures.
Links to yesterday’s letters issued:
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