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    #184861

    Wheeling/Steubenville is far away enough from WLFM and a FrankenFM in Columbus that they shouldn’t be directly interfered with.

    WRME-LP/6 is chugging along in Chicago and if there are any interference issues with WITI in Milwaukee (both RF and PSIP of 6) it’s far away enough for it to be a non-factor. (And WRME, as “87.7 MeTVfm,” is a FrankenFM that’s actually been ridiculously successful.)

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!


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    #184862

    There’s a FrankenFM in Columbus?  I didn’t know that.

    Plus, WLFM and all of the FrankenFMs are not long in the world anyway.  They’re all slated to go off in 2021, unless the TV portions go digital.


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    Participant
    #184880

    Wheeling/Steubenville is far away enough from WLFM and a FrankenFM in Columbus that they shouldn’t be directly interfered with. WRME-LP/6 is chugging along in Chicago and if there are any interference issues with WITI in Milwaukee (both RF and PSIP of 6) it’s far away enough for it to be a non-factor. (And WRME, as “87.7 MeTVfm,” is a FrankenFM that’s actually been ridiculously successful.)

    WITI is not on RF 6.  It’s on RF 33.  But anyways, at this point, all pretend FMs as I like to call them are going to go away soon.  The FCC issued a notice of violation on December 4th.  They’re all transmitting too much aural power and violating rules for LPTV service in order to be a fake radio station.  In addition to that, LPTVs will be required to go away anyways.  Their time is limited.
    Additionally, I was told by a worker of the FCC that WLFM-LP and WOUC cannot coexist.  The interference limits would be exceeded.  Bye bye WLFM-LP.  WOUC is moving on Monday February 25th.  I currently receive both WLFM-LP and WOUC here in Akron 24/7.

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    #184956

    Hasn’t WLFM filed for a digital application to move?  Isn’t the owner also trying to sell the station as well?


    Participant
    #185006

    WLFM appears to be off the air, on TV and radio.  Color bars are shown on Channel 6 as of right now instead.  What could be the issue?

    Ironically, this happens to be the fifth anniversary of the station’s La Mega format.


    Participant
    #185018

    WLFM appears to be off the air, on TV and radio. Color bars are shown on Channel 6 as of right now instead. What could be the issue? Ironically, this happens to be the fifth anniversary of the station’s La Mega format.

    WLFM-LP always shows color bars.  I think the last time there were actual slides was several years ago.  They’re required to transmit video since they’re actually a TV station, despite pretending to be a radio station.  I’m not sure if they’ll actually end up transmitting DTV, but they do have an application for channel 20.
    Speaking of 87.7, WLFM-LP actually transmits on 87.74.  So my more selective radios don’t tune the audio properly, and the car radio in my Ford Escape won’t even tune lower than 87.9.

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    #185025

    I didn’t know WLFM transmits on 87.74.  I thought it was higher.

    I forgot to mention the color that were shown were on 6 on a digital signal.  I don’t know what was going on the analog 6 at that exact moment, but all I know was that there was nothing on 87.7 before it came back on the radio side.


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    #185032

    I didn’t know WLFM transmits on 87.74. I thought it was higher. I forgot to mention the color that were shown were on 6 on a digital signal. I don’t know what was going on the analog 6 at that exact moment, but all I know was that there was nothing on 87.7 before it came back on the radio side.

    I just checked my software-defined radio, and I’m seeing that the audio frequency IS actually 87.75 MHz.  I’m not sure what you meant by saying that you had a digital signal.

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    #185091

    There was a digital signal on Channel 6 with color bars.  I don’t know if it was WLFM, or a station from another part of the US, or even Canada, but at the same time, there was no audio on 87.7.  That’s all I know, and it was a friend that told me.  I’m just relaying what I heard.


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    #185623

    Today is the day WOUC moves to RF 6.  La Mega 87.7/6 is still on the air.  Apparently, WLFM is aware of the change down south.

    Here’s what an engineer from WOUB/WOUC told a member of another forum:

    “I had reached out to WLFM-LP several times to no avail. Today we reached out to WLFM-LP’s legal counsel. They are aware that they need to turn off their system. If it is not turned off by tomorrow morning then we will be forced to ask the FCC to take action. That is not something I want to do to another broadcaster but they have known about this for over a year now”

    https://www.avsforum.com/forum/45-local-hdtv-info-reception/1139546-cleveland-oh-hdtv-413.html

    The one post below that one says that WLFM is interfering with and killing off WOUC.


    Participant
    #185637

    87.75 is gone here in West Park, I just used a GE Superadio, as well as a radio where I can actually put in 87.75. Was reading on the AVS Forum OTA site some were getting La Mega at reduced power today, and they were saying La Mega shut off their video feed yesterday, but audio still going. Nothing on analog 6 here.


    Participant
    #185652

    Hasta la vista.


    Participant
    #185662

    Here is La Mega Northeast Ohio’s latest pinned Facebook post:

    **ENGLISH BELOW**

    Les pedimos una disculpa por la inconveniencia de estar fuera del aire en La Mega 87.7FM. La semana pasada WLFM-LP (La Mega 87.7FM) fue notificada que WOUC-TV estaba recibiendo interferencia de nuestra parte. Como resultado la solución fue disminuir el alcance de la estación, mientras exploramos otras soluciones para ambas estaciones.

    Estamos en contacto con Ohio University, una institución pública, para llegar a un plan que acepte mínima interferencia para permitir que LA ÚNICA ESTACIÓN DE HABLA HISPANA de la zona resuma programación. Es difícil imaginar que esto sea una opción en la ciudad con más población del Estado de Ohio. Esta es nuestra voz…

    Mientras, estamos trabajando en resolver esto en las próximas 48 horas. Los mantendremos al tanto.

    . . . . . . .

    We apologize for the inconvenience of not broadcasting La Mega 87.7FM. Last week WLFM-LP (La Mega 87.7FM) was notified that WOUC-TV was receiving interference from us. As a result, the solution was to power down the station, while we explore options to explore technical solutions for both stations.

    We would hope that Ohio University a public institution will accept minimal interference to allow the ONLY HISPANIC/SPANISH SPEAKING station in Northeast, Ohio to resume programming. Hard to imagine the State of Ohio even considering this an option in the largest Hispanic city in Ohio. This is our voice…..

    We hope to get this resolved in the next 48 hours and will continue to keep you posted.

    But also, WLFM is slated to go digital on the TV, moving to RF 20, later this year.  In other words, the radio station could be history.


    Participant
    #185664

    the ONLY HISPANIC/SPANISH SPEAKING station in Northeast, Ohio to resume programming. Hard to imagine the State of Ohio even considering this an option in the largest Hispanic city in Ohio. This is our voice…..

    It won’t matter when Tom Wilson apparently can make more money leasing WLFM to some digital subchannel network than to TSJ Media.

    TSJ Media is pretty much up the creek without a paddle. There really are no other stations available for “La Mega” and haven’t been since they launched. It’s the audio of channel 6 or nothing.

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!

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