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Is WHLS still broadcasting an AM (1450) signal ?

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Is WHLS still broadcasting an AM (1450) signal ?

Post by innate-in-you » Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:24 pm

Yesterday, I was waiting in a fast-food drive-in line, at Grand River (M-5) and Southfield Fwy (M-39), waiting to get my food.

I decided to turn on the radio to alleviate the boredom, was listening to 1450, and recognized the station as WLEC. There was the faintest co-channel carrier under it. No trace of WHLS (or any other station) was present.

Used to be that WHLS was fair when I lived in Detroit Proper (Harper & Cadieux), so I'm guessing it's gone. I believe that WHLS had an FM translator.

I'd be interested to know if they're still broadcasting on only the translator (a no-no).



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Re: Is WHLS still broadcasting an AM (1450) signal ?

Post by CK-722 » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:41 pm

Sometimes, there are issues with the AM transmitters, transmission lines, and ground systems which take longer to deal with because people are listening to the translators. Take a trip to somewhere near Port Huron and see if you can hear it nearby. No, you can't keep running the translator indefinitely without a functioning AM station, at least as far as I know. Contract and corporate engineers are consulting stations to get their stations up to snuff.


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Re: Is WHLS still broadcasting an AM (1450) signal ?

Post by audiophile » Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:04 pm

The AM tower also supports WSAQ and the Translators, so there unless the transmitter broke there is no reason it should be off.


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Re: Is WHLS still broadcasting an AM (1450) signal ?

Post by sean » Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:18 pm

I'm the engineer in Port Huron.

We did have some issues but everything is resolved and we are up. Thanks for listening!



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Re: Is WHLS still broadcasting an AM (1450) signal ?

Post by innate-in-you » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:21 pm

sean wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 1:18 pm
I'm the engineer in Port Huron.

We did have some issues but everything is resolved and we are up. Thanks for listening!
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Re: Is WHLS still broadcasting an AM (1450) signal ?

Post by sean » Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:30 am

It is - and the broadcast world is even smaller!

Our PD for WPHM is a big AM guy, he follows these forums.



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