Strange Story of DC's Lost AM Radio Station Still Transmitting Road Closures From 2013

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W0PV, Mar 6, 2021.

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  1. K0DD

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    Oh I do believe I figured it out it was an Adcock Antenna for a Low Frequency Radio Range.... Circa 30's 40's It was a 4 sided, I did see photos of systems that were still erected. They had a weird concrete base ... All of these things, One tower in each town was within spitting distance of the towns' airports.
  2. VK5OHR

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    "C'mon man, I was listening to that!"

    ... down the memory hole ...
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  3. KL7IBV

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    Well. I guess it's a good thing that there are no people over the age of 50 that are alive anymore.
  4. W0PV

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    This topic piqued my interest, so I tuned around from my home QTH near Tampa Bay to see what I could hear. Quite prominent was this signal on 1650 kHz (audio clip), which identifies as WQVF594 a FL-DOT HAR station.

    Searching the FCC ULS on WQVF594 turned up an interesting fact - the license for it has been TERMINATED since 2016 o_O

    Browsing for more info I found that this is known to others that explore and log such activity.

    "Calls noted changed in the opening compu-male ID as WQVF594 (defunct calls once assigned to the 1630 kHz WQQJ297 FDoT, I-75 near Exit 279, near Wesley Chapel transmitter (see entry)."

    Searching the FCC ULS for WQQJ297 reveals an ACTIVE license, good until 2023, with two possible locations. (Sometimes a second signal can be heard on 1650 kHz under the one ID'ing as WQVF594.)

    So, this transmission I am hearing on 1650 kHz may be coming from a different HAR location, but MISIDENTIFIED by the voice loop as the old terminated call sign. Perhaps using old equipment from the former spot?

    In a new era where the FCC shall collect application fee's for Part 97 ARS licenses, a reasonable expectation would be that government and commercial licenses are first administered and enforced diligently.

    These are FCC Part 90 TIS / HAR licenses, which usually carry a several hundred dollar fee, EACH. Hopefully, across the USA, are they all administratively up-to-date (fee's collected) and being used properly. :rolleyes:
  5. K9GX

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    Actually, you're all off the track here. This is likely a licensed TIS (Traveler's Information Station). There are a number of these licensed to operate between 1600 and 1700 kHz, mostly at 1610, if memory serves and a 530 kHz

    FCC link here:

    Although I do like the reference to the film "On The Beach" with the dangling curtain cord flicking the key
  6. N6SPP

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    WW2BSA- The first "Fletch" is my favorite movie.. 73
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