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by WC8KCY
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Chatterbox
Topic: Why Do Canadians Say ‘Eh’?
Replies: 45
Views: 1267

Re: Why Do Canadians Say ‘Eh’?

There used to be Esso stations in the USA. Their marketing folks thought Exxon had more pizazz, and rebranded the USA operations as such. They've since merged with Mobil under the corporate umbrella ExxonMobil. That would account for the Mobil stations popping up in Ontario. That awful show Heavy Re...
by WC8KCY
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: AM reception question
Replies: 37
Views: 1476

Re: AM reception question

Vic, have you tried an external antenna for AM on your SuperRadio? I have a Terk AM Advantage tunable loop antenna and it can often reduce or even eliminate static.

One static-related oddity I've experienced is that after properly grounding my AM antenna setup, it picked up more static than before.
by WC8KCY
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Central/Western Upper Michigan
Topic: Buck Levasseur passed away
Replies: 4
Views: 360

Re: Buck Levasseur passed away

Very sad to hear; this ranks right up there with Carl Pellonpaa's passing. I watched Discovering while growing up, living, and visiting family near Escanaba. Great stuff. At least a few episodes of Discovering were also aired on WPBN/WTOM back when they were co-owned with TV6. It brought a big smile...
by WC8KCY
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Chatterbox
Topic: McCanada
Replies: 20
Views: 2449

Re: McCanada

Scott's Chicken Villa is a Toronto thing. It isn't on the bags here either. We had Scott's Chicken Villa KFCs in Sault Sainte Marie (ON)...used to go to the one on Trunk Road, which is still there--but apparently no longer part of the Scott's empire. They were infamous for their awful French fries,...
by WC8KCY
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Chatterbox
Topic: McCanada
Replies: 20
Views: 2449

Re: McCanada

Stopped at the Lake City, MI McD's Thursday and also got a maple leaf bag. Sadly, poutine had not been added to the menu.

No mention of Scott's Chicken Villa on the KFC bags I've recently received.
by WC8KCY
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Chatterbox
Topic: McCanada
Replies: 20
Views: 2449

Re: McCanada

What truly sucks about Tim Hortons here in Michigan is that most of them suddenly stopped 24/7 operation within the last couple of years.

It's a time-honoured Canadian tradition to go to Timmies after the bars close.
by WC8KCY
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Broadcasting - General
Topic: Worst-sounding radio stations of all-time.
Replies: 27
Views: 1740

Re: Worst-sounding radio stations of all-time.

WMQT (Q107), in the mid-eighties, played maybe a third of its programming off-pitch by a full semi-tone. As a musician with perfect pitch, it was akin to fingernails on a blackboard... WMTE 1340 had a godawful buzz in the audio for its last few of years on the air from Radio Hill. When it was briefl...
by WC8KCY
Tue May 19, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: VA3 FEZ
Replies: 29
Views: 1332

Re: VA3 FEZ

Seems like little more than glorified CB. Perhaps, but without the frequent outbursts of profanity, racial slurs, and nastiness. CB traffic in the USA often represents the darkest side of humanity. Note that the OP resides in Canada, at least some of the time... In Canada, if one passes the entry-l...
by WC8KCY
Thu May 07, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: Interlochen temporarily using WSRJ 105.5
Replies: 13
Views: 1685

Re: Interlochen temporarily using WSRJ 105.5

105.5 is still broadcasting IPR.
by WC8KCY
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: MW DX Tonight
Replies: 18
Views: 970

Re: MW DX Tonight

WC8KCY, based on my experience, most likely that "Mexican" station on 640 was Radio Progreso, a 50K from Havana. It is a music station that broadcasts in Spanish. Back in the 70's it was an easy pull on winter nights in Detroit. Another Cuban blaster was 830 CMCA (Radio Havana, Cuba). It was a full...
by WC8KCY
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: Blarney Stone broadcasting opens a Go Fund Me page.
Replies: 36
Views: 3020

Re: Blarney Stone broadcasting opens a Go Fund Me page.

Good luck Blarney Stone, it takes nerve. Like many others on this forum, I've taken some shots at Blarney Stone here as we witnessed their empire-via-LMA collapse right before our eyes. To see the Coynes making a plea for help from listeners on YouTube, however, was very sad. To continue to make sp...
by WC8KCY
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: Did 9&10 lay off a Meterologist?
Replies: 14
Views: 2480

Re: Did 9&10 lay off a Meterologist?

I don't see why they wouldn't still do that though. As for 7&4, I don't understand why they stopped using the WTOM studio as a newsroom and had a place in Petoskey, similar to today. Instead (or maybe in addition) of Gaylord, why not use the building in Cheboygan? Also, 9&10 *could* put something i...
by WC8KCY
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Northern Lower Michigan/Eastern U.P.
Topic: Did 9&10 lay off a Meterologist?
Replies: 14
Views: 2480

Re: Did 9&10 lay off a Meterologist?

I'm not sure where they all are now, but isn't there someone (from both 9&10 and 7&4) 'stationed' in four different towns now? I seem to recall Manistee, Petoskey, Gaylord, and Cadillac (for 7&4), TC (9&10). Although maybe I'm dating myself a bit and those don't exist anymore. 9&10 also once had a ...
by WC8KCY
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: MW DX Tonight
Replies: 18
Views: 970

Re: MW DX Tonight

If there's non-WMFN activity on 640 again at sunset, I'll set up an 0150-0310 recording of 640 tonight.
by WC8KCY
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Engineering & DX'ing
Topic: MW DX Tonight
Replies: 18
Views: 970

Re: MW DX Tonight

WMFN is easy to ID at the top of the hour, and requires precise antenna orientation with my setup. The non WMFN signal on 640 carried nonstop banda and Salsa music, came booming in at any antenna orientation, was a diffuse and obviously reflected signal, and no announcer ever came on. A Cuban statio...