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Here is the details of my setup up in Lansing, Michigan. Remember I said I could receive the station in Lansing from Olivet, Michigan and the Teacher said “No Way” he didn’t say how or why No Way. So again here is what I did to receive it:
Technics Digital AM/FM Stereo receiver with 75 ohm F connector Model wa SA-206 I think. This thing was as sensitive as any car Radio I swear.
Radio Shack FM Antenna the biggest one they had around 1979.
Channel Master rotary not the one that went cer chunk but the one that went vvvvvv and you could go in precision accuracy to where you could pull the signal in the best.
Now what I did was tune to the SW. I put the tuner on 89.7 (Yes not 87.9) and I was able to pick up the signal in Stereo with some noise. When there was a nice temperature inversion even better. I also was able to pick it up on my neighbors Scott tuner and it was very clear and almost full quieting. He had a Radio Shack VU 190 with a 20 DB outdoor booster that boosted both VHF-UHF. My antenna did not have a booster as I also used this for my station at times that went 3 miles. I don’t know why your range was so poor, but if there is a way to look up WOCR in Olivet, Michigan and if Stewart Blacklaw was still working there he’d tell you about a young man who worked at the station and hated Top 40 and had an Album Rock show when I was on air. I played some top 40 or should I phrase it pop songs outside the top 100-500. I remember playing Juice Nuten – Queen Of Hearts and Oh Nichole (Can’t remember who sang it now). Then I played Jethro Tull – Wind Up. I was known also to bring in my own albums and play some stuff from them. I remember their phone number was 749-7598 I think the area code was 616. It is a little town just west of Charlotte, Michigan. Like I said it was all of 40 miles from Lansing, Michigan. Remember being an Album Rocker and back then MONEY was NOT an object. I wanted the best receiver I could get to pull in Album Rock stations from Detroit, Grand Rapids, Toledo, Oh (WIOT 104.7). I remember I could even pull in WXKE 88.3 from a college station in Indiana. I don’t remember the watts but the slogan was Indiana’s kick ass Rock & Roll Radio station. And they were definitely Album Rock. Loved the station. I could pick up WOES in Ovid, Michigan. That station was on 91.5 I think which was from Ovid, Elsey High School. I could block out WCSG A God Caster with my directional antenna. And when we had sporadic E I got stations in Florida (you read right) from my home in Lansing. I loved that receiver at was one HOT receiver. It would make the Radio’s now days look like a Fisher Price play thing for your 2 yr old son. I loved to FM DX still do.