Does anyone know if WBKI (RF 19) has made changes to antenna or transmitter in last several months?
Haven't read of any official FCC changes, and RabbitEars
usually keeps informed of such.
The reason for the inquiry is that WBKI-19 has for a few years been easily received in Russell County, KY (41 miles to southeast) . For the past several months signal strength has dropped very signifcantly. Looking back at past 2-3 years of recorded signal measurements & spectrums, they show the signal was several dB stronger than currently at this particular location. Measurements made at a neighbor's antenna, more than a quarter mile away*, indicate similar results.
WBKI-19 present signal could be considered relatively strong, compared to most other distant stations (say Lexington ~ 70 miles away), but it can no longer be casually received, such as in an antenna sidelobe.
* A signal obstruction is a possibility. The neighbor's location, relative to this particular location, is almost perpendicular to the signal path to WBKI-19. An obstruction near either receiving location would have to be very wide to affect both locations. And, if close to WBKI, must surely be a fairly tall obstruction.