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Talked with one of my good friends in Ottumwa recently, and he said the former OATS (Ottumwa Area Translator System) tower was cut down. The OATS tower used to sit on Monkey Mountain, but was moved in recent years to Copperhead Rd. across from Forest Lake Baptist Camp.

It appeared the 50 year old OATS tower was going to be reborn as Christian radio KQLF was going to move to it and upgrade, but the absentee landowner that bought the OATS site wanted the tower gone. Too much liability if the tower lights failed, so down it went. Apparently KQLF didn't make a binding agreement in time to take over liability for the tower. ASR number for the tower has been deleted. Southern rock, pop and country favorites play here!
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I am sure this is everyone's favorite subject. I live just outside of Bloomfield, IA. I am putting up an antenna to try and ditch Direct TV. After doing some research I purchased a Winehard HD7698p and CM7777 amplifier. There are some local stations that I get fine (some are borderline overpower with the CM7777, but the real goal is to get the Des Moines NBC station. Its about 100 miles away, Hi-VHF. While just messing around (antenna/mount is not mounted yet) I did get the Fox Des Moines station (UHF, I believe), and another UHF station out of Des Moines. What I am really looking for, is whether there is a better option, such as two seperate antennas. I know its a stretch to get stations that far, but we do live on the top of a hill with no trees in the way. The antenna will probably be about 20 feet off of the ground. I get all of the closer stations just fine. Thanks in advance for your advice.

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