Radio Returns to Saratoga Springs(Mechanicville)

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  • Participant
    #186500

    One problem with 1160….The daytime signal over Saratoga is pretty good…but the night time signal is almost non-existent there….


    Participant
    #186512

    One problem with 1160….The daytime signal over Saratoga is pretty good…but the night time signal is almost non-existent there….

    That’s the AM rules we have to play with my friend and why we can’t wait to get the FMt built in Saratoga.

    Participant
    #186518

    1.  I’m hoping the FM will manage to drift to Glens Falls. We have 93.1 (WWSC) and 93.5 (NCPR very strong here on Lake George translator 10 miles away), but my radios are pretty good.

    2. Are you at 4000 or 5000 at the moment on 1160. I can receive either one fairly well daytime, but am just asking about any possible improvement to expect.

    Thank you for your time.


    Participant
    #186609

    1. I’m hoping the FM will manage to drift to Glens Falls. We have 93.1 (WWSC) and 93.5 (NCPR very strong here on Lake George translator 10 miles away), but my radios are pretty good. 2. Are you at 4000 or 5000 at the moment on 1160. I can receive either one fairly well daytime, but am just asking about any possible improvement to expect. Thank you for your time.

    I doubt the 93.3 signal will get into Glens Falls. Possibly South Glens Falls but with 93.1 (Once built) and 93.5 both having in town signals, it’ll be difficult.
    1160AM is currently at 4KW until parts arrive from GatesAir and the TX is fixed,

    Participant
    #187482

    93.3FM has just launched. And as I had wondered, Ricki is listed as a program host, as is Walt Adams. 93.1FM-GlensFalls is off the air at the moment, so I can’t test the penetration of WSSV-93.3FM. I have a very good radio (Sangean) and am receiving WSSV next to 93.5FM-Lake George. It is obviously a distant signal, but quite listenable on the radio I just  mentioned.  Have not tried the car yet.


    Participant
    #187504

    I drove the FM TX signal earlier this week. Great in and around town, gets up to Exit 17 with no problems, a bit terrain blocked to the west going out Rt 29, which was kind of expected. But very unfortunately, toward the south it just gets demolished by WCAN, (which has very good eastward take-off from it’s tx site in Ft. Plain) and even as close as Exit 12  reception is a challenge in a vehicle.
    But, on the positive side, The Star is on FM in the places where it counts the most, Saratoga Springs & Ballston Spa. Our best wishes for their success!


    Participant
    #187506

    Although i’m curious, I was under the impression the FX site was planned to be atop the Residential quad at Skidmore (with WSPN), but it appears that in fact it’s located at the Cable TV head end site on West Ave. Is this correct info?


    Participant
    #187509

    The WSPN 91.1 signal which broadcasts from the top of Jonsson Tower at Skidmore has a vastly superior signal compared to the current coverage of WSSV 93.3…


    Participant
    #187512

    Correct, 93.3FM is on the West Ave tower at the back of Spectrum. The college never had an agreement with Empire to put 93.3 on the their roof and they wern’t interesting in spending time on a lease. That’s not their business. So we applied to move the CP to West Ave. Once approved, we built it and turned on in the same week.

    The original site for 900 AM back in the day! Not the same tower as that was replaced in the 90s.


    Participant
    #187626

    The good news is that Star Saratoga now has 4 signals.  The bad luck is that none of them reach Glens Falls, their neighbor city 15 miles up the road, that well.

    93.3 is our best bet, at least until 93.1 Glens Falls comes on. I’m in South GF with a Sangean on the right spot in the house, and my car radio also does well at present here in SGF, and fairly well in Queensbury.  /                                                                                                               1160 is shaky and daytime only, some days okay some not.     94.1 is already a Glens Falls channel (WNYV), and 900 is a weak channel in Watervliet.

    But WSSV is my station of choice, even without my 60’s-70’s Brit rock.   : )


    Participant
    #187634

    The irony to all of this is that 900-AM was for decades the main Saratoga Springs AM radio station….first as WSPN and than for decades as WKAJ…before being moved to the Albany market as a total non-factor. 102.3 was originally also licensed to Saratoga and was originally WKAJ-FM. Saratoga also had another short lived AM radio station in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s…1000 watt daytimer  WRSA-1280….


    Participant
    #187635

    Their website radio station schedule says the official launching date is October 18 so I guess they will add DJs at that time.

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