I’ve had a couple of emails in the last few days from readers who’ve commented on very poor signals on a number of Seattle-Tacoma FM’s. One reader also reported a promo heard on 96.5 “JACK FM” KJAQ warning listeners of low signal quality over the next month. A couple of Seattle engineers have told me this is due to replacement of the burned out multi-station antenna on West Tiger Mountain last year. The weather is finally co-operating & installation is now taking place. This means broadcasters using this facility are using their low powered auxilliary antennas located on Cougar Mountain or elsewhere. Up to now, a temporary antenna has been in place on West Tiger but now the upgrade to a permanent radiator is necessary. Fair warning to listeners – it isn’t your receiver at fault when favorite stations sound much weaker or keep fading out while mobile.
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Author: Mike Cherry
retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening