CKWX / News1130 running very low power

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CKWX / News1130 running very low power

Postby kal » Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:54 am

Original Subject: CKWX / News1130 briefly off air...

News1130 went off-air this morning at 8:33 AM. At 8:34 AM it came back with a much weaker signal, perhaps as a result of switching to another antenna or to emergency power. I'm not sure how long the change lasted as I arrived at work at 8:37 AM. There was no announcement about the lost minute and I'm not sure the on-air staff was aware of the situation.
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Re: CKWX / News1130 running very low power

Postby jon » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:31 am

When I checked from Edmonton at 9:50 p.m. Vancouver time last night, 1130 was almost completely dead, with Country music fading in and out. WX did fade up for a little while around 9:56 with a mention of "Vancouver".

About the only possibility for the Country music is a North Dakota station only licensed for 24 watts at night. Powers that low are (seemingly) hard to accomplish with the 10,000 watt transmitter they use for daytime power, so they could be running a bit more.

To put this all in perspective, CKWX is normally very strong here at night.
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Re: CKWX / News1130 running very low power

Postby Muzik » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:43 am

Same thing up here in Saskatoon. WX always strong like a local in these parts but lately I hear a country format out of Bismarck,N.D. KBMR. Even though its only 500 miles away,CKWX is more powerful at 1,000 miles away and with a much better night pattern.
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Re: CKWX / News1130 running very low power

Postby Howaboutthat » Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:02 am

So has anyone actually called the station to find out or is this low power thing just speculation?
I'm going to speculate that atmospheric conditions could be contributing to a Vancouver station not being heard in central Saskatchewan.
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Re: CKWX / News1130 running very low power

Postby Muzik » Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:13 am

OK...As of last night CKWX was back to being a local in Saskatoon. The skip was amazing. Still a mystery if it was low power or atmosphere conditions that caused a weak signal.
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Re: CKWX / News1130 running very low power

Postby jon » Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:17 pm

Conditions weren't that great last night, but CKWX was back to normal last night here in Edmonton.
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