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Cincinnati’s Newest Radio Station!

WIMP AM radio will be a legal, unlicensed FCC approved, very low power Part 15 AM radio station. The anticipated usable or listenable range of a single transmitter in our current location is probably going to be a mile to a mile and a half radius from the transmitter. Fringe reception “may extend” beyond that radius but that is yet to be determined due to environmental factors at the transmitter site.

WIMP AM radio will be hitting the airwaves from the Cincinnati area by the Spring of 2017. The initial format we’ll offer is the National Weather Service broadcast while we run tests with the new equipment and fine tune the equipment for the best possible sound and also best range possible for the station.

The real format of the station after the testing phase is complete with consist of Smooth Jazz as our primary format and on the weekends, some traditional Jazz. There are just too many genres of Jazz to mention them all by name. In addition, we’ll also include a couple of daily talk shows that may interest our listeners. And we’ll provide a network newscast and local weather as a service to our listening audience. The station will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 365 days a year.

We will announce our projected on air date and also the frequency we’ll use after we pick the best available frequency for the station. Currently we anticipate using 1640 since tests in past years indicate this is the cleanest frequency at night in the Cincinnati area. But we’ll confirm this after several months of tests this winter and if needed, we’ll change the frequency to another that will offer the best range at night. We’ll also announce the precise location of the station at that time.
Station News Update

***July 16 2017***

Copied from my Blog.

Radio Update. Another setback has occurred that I could not have foreseen when I bought my home here in the Cincinnati area. Our local electric utility installed some new Smart Meters in the area including my own home and the end result is a tremendous amount of noise on most of the AM broadcast band. I've found that the two frequencies that I favored to use for my Part 15 AM station here are exhibiting the most noise. 1630 and 1640 are unusable now. While the noise extends into the power lines at the street and going into homes I have found that when walking around my house with my portable radios there are some spots that are pretty quiet with some of the available frequencies and that should make it possible to listen to my own station. But what is really shocking is that even some of the full power licensed AM stations in the area that usually have moderate signals inside my home are even impacted to some degree until I move the radios into a better spot.

I have five portable radios that I will be using over the next few weeks to periodically check the upper end of the AM dial to see if I can still find a frequency that will be usable for my Part 15 AM station here. Based upon what I've heard on my own property it may still be possible to broadcast here and possibly get some indoor reception of my signal in most area homes within a mile of the station provided the people can move their radio to a better spot inside their own home if noise is present on the frequency. I suspect the Smart Meters are being used in most of the homes and businesses in the area and this is going to be a widespread problem.

The other potential problem is not going to be determined until after I purchase a new transmitter. If I find the noise actually finds its way into the audio chain of my station then I will have a major problem to try to resolve. Aside from solar power I can't think of a way around this unless there is some kind of filtering devices that I can purchase to clean up the noise. Will research this issue and hope I don't have to deal with this at the outset, if I can get on the air here. With all the other problems that already exist here (taller buildings all around my property, puny yard and limited space and poor siting choices for the transmitter, trees and no access with a lift to tune the transmitter correctly while it is in a stationery position in the air) I am at my wits end. No chance now that I can purchase a second property here either thanks to quickly rising home prices and brisk sales. Without that second property to expand the reach of the station and also offer a better signal from a better location, I really have one hand already tied behind my back even before getting on the air! Not giving up the ship just yet and I am going to try to get the noise problem resolved by next Spring. If I can get around that I should be able to get the station on the air and then at least find out if it has a chance at succeeding. One possibility that may help is to change the proposed format to News/Talk from the Smooth Jazz I had planned. Some noise on the signal for Talk will be much less of a problem than with Music.