Bloody weather. But it’s a better signal.


07:30 am.  So I noticed the signal was better for 1610 kHz this morning than on a clearer day. With the rudimentary wire antenna I detected it slightly near Sullivan & N. 14th Streets.


1610 kHz broadcast signal propagation

Using a standard automobile AM receiver I have been able to detect broadcast signal dead-zones and hot-zones.  Close to the transmitter an ordinary clock radio is used to confirm a transmitter signal.

At the moment only a wire antenna is attached to the SSTRAN AMT 3000 transmitter. Does not appear the signal goes more than 200 feet.  Best reception thus far is 75 feet or less.

This is a dense, urban area.

I was able to detect a faint signal about 600 feet from the antenna.


[Updated 8-23-17]

Radio PHVERN is now on the air, broadcasting from 1610 AM, July 31, 2017 at 13:04.  It’s been a little over a year after the transmitter was purchased, and about seven months after it was completely assembled.

There will be a fixed program for the time being, and it will repeat itself throughout the day.  Broadcast during daytime hours, hopefully on by 9 am and ending about 3 pm, Monday through Friday.

programming trail run

The broadcast area is quite limited. The permanent, longer range antenna has not yet been constructed.  Range with the better antenna should be at least 1/2 mile away from the antenna, up to a mile under good atmospheric conditions.