88.1 and KMUD
Some of you who listen to KZYX on 88.1 have noticed, as I have when I drive past Navarro Point most weekday mornings, that instead of KZYX blasting away with its new hardware, you get KMUD. Some NPR haters may rejoice at this, but even then you might wonder what is going on?
Well, KMUD has hugely upgraded their KMUE signal, and in the process changed it from 88.3 to 88.1. This upgrade was very expensive for them, which is a big reason they are having big financial troubles at the moment (but hey, we know what that's like). But they have established themselves as a real power when it comes to signal strength along the coast. When conditions are right, which they seem to be every morning at least (and maybe all the time at one spot north of Cleone), that signal runs south like a freight train and runs our little translator-based 88.1 signal right off the dial.
So what are we to do? Well, we think we can crank up the power some on our own amplifier on Bald Hill, but past that not much we can do other than finding a new frequency on the dial. Sux, but there it is. Transmitters (KMUE at 88.1) running at their legal power have precedence over translators (us at 88.1), and there is no recourse but to petition the FCC to approve us moving. We have already done that once - we used to be at 88.3 you may recall. Indeed we have old T shirts and such that say so.
So, we're working on the problem, seeing if we can legally crank up the power. to make it work better. Meanwhile, 90.7 and 91.5 have excellent reach in Fort Bragg and north provided you have a good radio with a good and well-placed antenna. When I am in my Jeep I get all three signals very well in FB and in quite a lot of the environs.