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I am hearing the new combiners for 103.7 and 95.1 are in town and maybe installed soon. Could be before the weekend.

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Since 107.9 and 99.3 have recently increased HD power, I am wondering if other stations will be allowed to do so. What is considered full power for HD Radio?
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In a major shakeup, all CBS Charlotte radio stations are being traded to Beasley Broadcast Group, according to the Charlotte Observer. Including prominent stations such as Power 98, Kiss 95.1, and WSOC-FM 103.
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The HD is back on 95.1 as of Friday afternoon. But I would like to see them boost the power a bit if they could. Good in the house but drops out in the car. In Greenville, SC. But analog signal remains strong. I guess 103.7 may be next.
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103.7 is now running HD as of Sunday afternoon.
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Anybody know what the deal is with HD3 at WFBC (93.7 The Planet)? They were simulcasting ESPN Upstate on HD3, but it is dead air tonight. I'm too far out from the Charlotte towers to pick up either of their sports' stations HD simulcasts. I'm out of range of both FM translators as well.
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Anybody know what the deal is with HD3 at WFBC (93.7 The Planet)? They were simulcasting ESPN Upstate on HD3, but it is dead air tonight. I'm too far out from the Charlotte towers to pick up either of their sports' stations HD simulcasts. I'm out of range of both FM translators as well.
Must have been a technical problem, as 93.7-HD3 is operating normally today. But I do know most of the Charlotte HD signals are received in Cherokee County. I believe they may still simulcast WFNZ on 97.9 HD channel or possibly 101.9-HD. But it would be nice if they could move it to 95.1-HD since their HD signal is stronger. But when I was driving through Spartanburg, all of the Charlotte HD signals were locking in, including 103.7 which is further away. On my home radio in Greenville, I mainly get an HD lock on the Gaston County HD signals from Charlotte, but also 99.3 WBT from Chester.
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Must have been a technical problem, as 93.7-HD3 is operating normally today. But I do know most of the Charlotte HD signals are received in Cherokee County. I believe they may still simulcast WFNZ on 97.9 HD channel or possibly 101.9-HD. But it would be nice if they could move it to 95.1-HD since their HD signal is stronger. But when I was driving through Spartanburg, all of the Charlotte HD signals were locking in, including 103.7 which is further away. On my home radio in Greenville, I mainly get an HD lock on the Gaston County HD signals from Charlotte, but also 99.3 WBT from Chester.
I guess my radio just doesn't like HD3 feeds. I do get the AM660 simulcast from Charlotte, but the feed cuts out every other word or two or three...

This afternoon I have 93.7 HD3 but it is doing the same exact thing. HD2 & HD1 are fine, no dropouts. Seems to happen on all my "HD3" feeds. Radio has 5 bars of signal so I don't think that is the issue.

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I guess my radio just doesn't like HD3 feeds. I do get the AM660 simulcast from Charlotte, but the feed cuts out every other word or two or three...

This afternoon I have 93.7 HD3 but it is doing the same exact thing. HD2 & HD1 are fine, no dropouts. Seems to happen on all my "HD3" feeds
What type of HD Radio do you have, and what type of antenna are you using?
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It's a cheap insignia tabletop radio with the built in antenna. My theory is correct though, it cuts out on every HD3 station. The HD1 & HD2 channels on the same frequencies all come in loud & clear


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It's a cheap insignia tabletop radio with the built in antenna. My theory is correct though, it cuts out on every HD3 station. The HD1 & HD2 channels on the same frequencies all come in loud & clear


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That radio does not have a coax connector so you can easily connect an external antenna or rabbit ears. If you can still find a Sony, Sangean, or Accurian HD Radio somewhere you will get more reliable reception. But it's still a decent little radio, and I believe it does have some sort of pigtail string antenna also.
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Driving from Greenville, SC to Columbia yesterday, reception of Charlotte FM radio was very good from Fountain Inn all the way into Lexington County. On I-385 and I-26 south. 107.9-HD remained locked the entire way, and 95.1-HD, 96.1-HD, and 99.3-HD locked a good bit of the time, particularly around Clinton and into Newberry. Analog was good the entire way, fading out into Lexington, where an analog 107.9 religious station began to overtake WLNK. But I was still getting radio data from WLNK while the audio was the religious station. And then periodically the WLNK-HD would lock back in while driving through Columbia. And the other Charlotte stations and WLNK-HD would come in around Two Notch Road.
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I am hearing rumorings that 610 may go on the HD-2 of 103.7. They have a bandwidth issue from the studio to Hood Rd though that is keeping them from having subs on 103.7. No more spectrum space available for STLs in CLT. They are already running 103.7 and 104.7 on the same radio.

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I am hearing rumorings that 610 may go on the HD-2 of 103.7. They have a bandwidth issue from the studio to Hood Rd though that is keeping them from having subs on 103.7. No more spectrum space available for STLs in CLT. They are already running 103.7 and 104.7 on the same radio.

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Are they planning to add an HD-2 to 95.1? And are 95.1 and 103.7 at full power for HD? Here in Greenville, SC, I get a strong analog signal for 95.1 in the car, but the HD will not lock on. But 107.9 has a spotty analog signal, but the HD locks on much more reliably in the car. But on the home radio all HD is good with rabbit ears. And most all of the Charlotte HD locks when you get past BMW into Spartanburg.
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I noticed this morning that 103.7 has added the HD-2 with WFNZ sports radio simulcast. I wonder now if they will add an HD-2 for 95.1 next.
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I noticed this morning that 103.7 has added the HD-2 with WFNZ sports radio simulcast. I wonder now if they will add an HD-2 for 95.1 next.
Finally! Now I can listen to a sports station. My radio gets HD2 feeds perfectly.

Now if somebody would just put 1660 WBCN on an HD2 channel both would be represented.
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Finally! Now I can listen to a sports station. My radio gets HD2 feeds perfectly.

Now if somebody would just put 1660 WBCN on an HD2 channel both would be represented.
If you can connect that radio to an external speaker or computer speakers, you would get much better sound quality.
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I am not sure, but I seem to be getting better car reception of 107.9-HD. Perhaps they have made some modifications recently. But the analog null is still problematic in fringe areas to the west. But the HD is my strongest from Charlotte, unlike 95.1 where the analog is stronger than the HD in the fringe.
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I am not sure, but I seem to be getting better car reception of 107.9-HD. Perhaps they have made some modifications recently. But the analog null is still problematic in fringe areas to the west. But the HD is my strongest from Charlotte, unlike 95.1 where the analog is stronger than the HD in the fringe.
Unfortunately there were layoffs right before Christmas at the former CBS Charlotte stations, as Beasley has now taken over. Will be interesting to see if any changes or flips eventually occur under the new ownership. Although most formats are strong and well established. But they may miss the CBS clout in terms of new music releases and local concert promotions featuring name artists. Iheart may now have an edge.
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WBT also has an HD Radio signal on 99.3. It seems to lock in good just west of Gastonia and into Gaffney. Then it will start dropping out in Spartanburg, but the analog is still received. Then it starts breaking up into Greenville. But I can get it in the house with rabbit ears, including the HD version. But you have to tweak the dipoles because there is another station down in Georgia on the same frequency that begins to interfere.
Does anybody know if WBT took 99.3 HD off the air intentionally, or if they're having issues? I haven't been able to "lock" the HD signal in for several weeks now. I just kept forgetting to post. Before I could get it at home and in the car, now neither place locks in as being in HD.
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Does anybody know if WBT took 99.3 HD off the air intentionally, or if they're having issues? I haven't been able to "lock" the HD signal in for several weeks now. I just kept forgetting to post. Before I could get it at home and in the car, now neither place locks in as being in HD.
I spoke with the CE for WBT last week. He told me there were some issues with fans failing in the newer of his two transmitters. When the newer transmitter was installed the IBOC gear for the older transmitter was removed. More than likely he is on the older transmitter. In terms of analog it operates the same as the newer one but the newer one has the IBOC stuff built in. No need for an external transmitter and/or combiner. Much more efficient setup...

He was in the process of installing a firmware update for the transmitter to try and solve the fan issues. Not sure where he stands there. I will try to catch up with him and see...

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Does anybody know if WBT took 99.3 HD off the air intentionally, or if they're having issues? I haven't been able to "lock" the HD signal in for several weeks now. I just kept forgetting to post. Before I could get it at home and in the car, now neither place locks in as being in HD.
When they installed the new transmitter last year, the 99.3 signal improved, especially the HD. I get it fine on my home radio in Greenville with rabbit ears, including the HD. And I have my main HD receiver connected to a Winegard 6000 antenna in the attic, which gets a strong signal from most Charlotte HD, although 103.7 will not always lock in. In the car, the 99.3 HD signal will lock from Spartanburg County and maintain into Mecklenburg. And is normally very strong through Gaffney. But I have not driven up that way recently. Hopefully they will get all issues corrected. But remember you can also listen to WBT simulcast on WLNK 107.9-HD2 channel.
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And speaking of WLNK, their signal is now subject to local interference from a low power station broadcasting on 107.9 in Greenville County, SC. In the top part of the county above Laurens Rd, WLNK can still be heard. But driving further south, WXRU begins to take over, but with a very limited area for a clear signal. There is a wide area where both stations can be heard on top of each other. Fortunately the WLNK- HD signal will lock in to overtake some of this bad interference, but will still drop out in some areas where it used to lock on. It was a mistake for the FCC to allow a low power signal on 107.9, because the extended service contour for WLNK extends through Greenville County on the coverage maps. And although not a part of the Charlotte market, WLNK previously had a good signal here, as well as local listeners. The WXRU signal should have been allowed in Anderson County where WLNK begins to drop off, but not Greenville. Because WXRU cannot have a clear signal in most of Greenville on 107.9 as a result of WLNK interference. Hopefully they can relocate to another frequency, and the FCC should better evaluate these low power licenses.
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I drove to Charlotte from Greenville this morning. And there is definitely a problem with the 99.3 signal. The HD would seldom lock on just above Gaffney. But I listened to Keith Larson on 107.9- HD2 the entire way. Hopefully they will soon get 99.3-HD back to full power.
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Any update if 99.3 HD transmitter is back to full power?
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Any update if 99.3 HD transmitter is back to full power?
Still no HD signal here. The other day I was getting no signal at all, then it came back and was very poor. I guess they're still working on things.
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I spoke with the CE for WBT today. He told me he was on the main and everything seemed to be working as it should. He did tell me that he was on the backup for a few days a couple of weeks ago which does not have HD gear on board.

I was able to pick up the analog without much trouble here in Mooresville, NC today. I would say he is indeed making full analog power. He only makes 700 Watts of digital (-10) by rule.

That is the latest from here...now back to you...

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I spoke with the CE for WBT today. He told me he was on the main and everything seemed to be working as it should. He did tell me that he was on the backup for a few days a couple of weeks ago which does not have HD gear on board.

I was able to pick up the analog without much trouble here in Mooresville, NC today. I would say he is indeed making full analog power. He only makes 700 Watts of digital (-10) by rule.

That is the latest from here...now back to you...

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Something is different. In the fall HD came in loud and clear here... Now nothing either in my car or home
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Something is different. In the fall HD came in loud and clear here... Now nothing either in my car or home
Well the HD was definitely down a week ago when I drove through Gaffney on the way to Charlotte. It very seldom locked on, whereas previously it had been rock solid from Spartanburg and well into Charlotte. However today on my home radio the 99.3- HD is locking on fine with just rabbit ears. So there may be some issue but perhaps it has been fixed.
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I can confirm that 99.3 is in HD again at my location too. Not sure when they fixed it, but it is popping back up now.

Also this morning while flipping I noticed the low power 106.3 WORD is now being simulcast on 98.9-HD2

So we have:

106.3 WORD (talk) simulcast on 98.9 HD2
1110 WBT simulcast on 107.9 HD2
660 WFNZ simulcast 103.7 HD2

Anyone else aware of any other talk/sports station HD feeds?
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