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On 11/26/2019 at 9:37 AM, Ross Rhea said:

I live in Rochester and WGR is off air here from about 6pm until around 6am, give or take whenever they decide to flip the switch and turn it back on. 

 

Were almost in 2020 and a radio channel still turns off their distance or whatever projects the signal out further overnight, really! 

 

I pickup Toronto, NYC, Washington, Philly, and others way further than Buffalo, I don't get it why does WGR turn off and others don't? Kind of frusterating when you're in driving.

WGR doesn't go off the air. They switch to a directional antenna at night. That's why they lose everything east of Pembroke at night.

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1 hour ago, PromoTheRobot said:

WGR doesn't go off the air. They switch to a directional antenna at night. That's why they lose everything east of Pembroke at night.

Or turn down their power.  FCC allows either option for night time operation.  Do we know for a fact that WGR uses one or the other?

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1 hour ago, Weave said:

Or turn down their power.  FCC allows either option for night time operation.  Do we know for a fact that WGR uses one or the other?

Can't recall which one, but there's a website that claims to show daytime and nighttime broadcast reach for all (?) the US based radio stations.

According to that, though the signal is non-directional during the day, after the sun goes down, WGR's signal resembles a large figure 8 with a N-S axis; so yeah, just about anything East of Pembroke gets only static.  (Unless atmospheric conditions are really unusual.)

Suppose we could ask @PAsabresFan

 if he sees a difference in signal strength from day to night as (going from memory) there is little change in the signal reach heading south towards PA.

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9 minutes ago, Taro T said:

Can't recall which one, but there's a website that claims to show daytime and nighttime broadcast reach for all (?) the US based radio stations.

According to that, though the signal is non-directional during the day, after the sun goes down, WGR's signal resembles a large figure 8 with a N-S axis; so yeah, just about anything East of Pembroke gets only static.  (Unless atmospheric conditions are really unusual.)

Suppose we could ask @PAsabresFan

 if he sees a difference in signal strength from day to night as (going from memory) there is little change in the signal reach heading south towards PA.

www.Radio-Locator.com

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Just now, SwampD said:

That’s really cool.

I thought so too. Never saw something like that before.

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6 hours ago, Ross Rhea said:

Why does WGR do this? 

Required by the FCC.  Because AM travels so far at night stations above a certain power level  are required to take steps to reduce their signal travel.

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7 hours ago, Zamboni said:

I thought that looked too small.  That's for WBEN, not WGR, these are WGR:

 

day - https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WGR&service=AM&h=D

night - https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WGR&service=AM&h=N

WGR still has the 50,000 watt transmitter.  In the biz, it's called a "blowtorch".

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12 minutes ago, ... said:

I thought that looked too small.  That's for WBEN, not WGR, these are WGR:

 

day - https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WGR&service=AM&h=D

night - https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WGR&service=AM&h=N

WGR still has the 50,000 watt transmitter.  In the biz, it's called a "blowtorch".

I know. That’s what I said. It’s for WBEN. As a comparison to WGR. I just posted it just so we can compare the two Buffalo stations. That’s all. 👍🏼

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1 minute ago, Zamboni said:

I know. That’s what I said. It’s for WBEN. As a comparison to WGR. I just posted it just so we can compare the two Buffalo stations. That’s all. 👍🏼

Oi! You're right, my bad. I should not post before the first cup of coffee. 

Readers, ignore the last several posts if you don't want to be confused.  

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22 hours ago, Ross Rhea said:

Why does WGR do this? 

AM waves  travel further at night. So stations on the same channel in different cities have to pull their signals in at night. 

They lose Rochester but they are heard like a local station in Toronto day and night.

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