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“Megawatt stations, yikes! What in the world are they doing with all that power? Not so bad since it’s not on the public radio band the masses use though.”
During the cold war era, the Soviet block transmitted megawatts of buzz saw noise all over the place on the shortwave bands and long wave bands. In Europe they also had buzz saw transmitters sending out buzz luv on the MW bands in that region of the world. Sometimes during real good skywave one could be picked up on the MW band here in the US.
In the 60’s thru the 80’s, Cuba set up a series of buzz transmitters along their northern coasts to block out US broadcast signals from entering their little island paradise, often causing serious problems with US broadcasters along the southern coast. Eventually Cuba ceased those nasty operations in treaties and by the time of the fall of the Soviet Union, all those buzz luv stations went into history.
They were quite irritating when trying to DX the SW band.
But on the lighter side of things, and in about that same time frame, there were 250 and 500 kilowatt AM stations out of Mexico..one famous one was called XERF on 1570, which pumped out a whopping 500KW! Another was located in Ciudad Warez Mexico, XERO on 800Khz. Both of those stations had quite a history and both covered the entire US continent with a loud clear signal. I remember them both, tuning in to them daily and listening to great classic rock and hearing DJ’s like Wolfman Jack and a few other famous names. Man were those REAL radio broadcasts!