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Re: “WYEP marks 40 years as "the station that refused to die"

Another interesting anecdote about WDUQ, back when they were at Duq U.

I was called by a guy named Humphries to work on one of their Scully reel to reels. We had three at Y97 (ask Sean McDowell - he used them a lot) and I was pretty good at troubleshooting them. He had known me from my stay at Opus One working in the shop for Tasso...

Had some issue with the capstan drive. So I find that the power xtor for the servo is bad, find some old flyback xtor in an old TV they had in pieces in the shop area and get it going.

So I'm in the lobby with the chancellor and on the air monitor I hear they are interviewing some old jazz/blues dude about his recordings. The host, in the typical hoddy-toddy voice asks what his motivations were for using what seemed to be a technique for modulation

"Where you thinking of a diatonic pivot chord for the modulation?"

In a husky, bourbon-laced voice:

"I was thinkin' 'bout nekked wimmen..."

I thought the chancellor was gonna pass out....

Posted by ajawamnet on 09/09/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “WYEP marks 40 years as "the station that refused to die"

Interesting... you mention getting the new equipment working at Bedford. Should been there with Doug, Peter, Mikel, Michael, Mary Pam, and I back in the late 80's during the move to Chatham...

I recall Doug Bostrom - then GM and also Chief Engineer - climbing Andy Pato's tower to tighten ground straps on the Shively 4 bay.

Andy was a local ham radio guy whose tower was also at Hazelwood so we moved the transmitter/antennas to his hamshack (much cheaper rent) and were running under a temporary CP from FCC for being only 85 feet AG. We were so close tot he ground that during wet weather you could hear the AM noise in the chain link fence (sorry Mythbusters - it's true).

When you shut the fluorescent lights off in the hamshack where the transmitter was the ends of the tubes would still glow and you could put your finger on the glow and drag it across the bulb - cool! (NOT)

I recall the Flamethrower (that's what they call the "new" RCA BTF10 Doug rebuilt on his kitchen table ) going down about 2 weeks after getting back on the air at Chatham. This link to a pdf can explain why it was called that (Peter - the pic may freak you out a bit):

http://www.abominablefirebug.com/job/rca.pdf

It would do what we called "bipping" - you'd raise the power and poof off the air it'd go. Doug had a collapsed lung and put me in charge - I called up Amil at WQED (I believe that was his name) and he came up to Hazelwood. "Ya gotta bad load..." We mentioned it was a new 4 bay antenna... "I don't care ya gotta bad load..."

Ended up he was right. Andy climbed the tower - ya hadda stay away from the base, Andy had a penchant for dropping large wrenches - and sure enough, about 20 ft of the new Andrew 1-7/8 transmission line was fried....

There's a jpg of a 3D model of the transmitter site on my website I did of the tower farm and the new tower that we wanted to put up:
http://ajawamnet.com/ajawamnet/page4/towers.jpg

The ACAD drawing if you have autocad or similar - http://ajawamnet.com/ajawam4/trans.dwg - done in 1992, on a DOS version of ACAD 10 with a monochrome 14" monitor and no mouse; all command line. This was for a court case that was filed by one of the tenants of the tower site, claiming we would be in the fresnel zone of his towers lessees. Turn out he was just bulling WYEP to get back on the 250' tower WYEP was originally on (back when the shut Cable Place). I recall Mary Pam getting the new Continental transmitter and eventually moving back.

I recall the Chatham "broadcast furniture" in the production room was actually kitchen cabinets (turns out 19" rack gear/rails fit quite well). I remember crawling thru the tunnelss under the quad running the STL cables to the library.

Spent many a long night at Chatham and Hazelwood. Learned a lot - for instance that packing tape, when layered up about 4 times, is about 11pF - how we fixed the plate blocker for the final tube after a lightning hit - pic of a similar tube on my marketturd site:

http://www.ajawamnet.com/ajawamnet/Audio%20Voodoo%20and%20Stuff.html

BYW - those are Continental transmitters. I had those at Y97 (also at Hazelwood - how I met Doug)...

I do recall working at Hazelwood when the fire station at the bottom of the hill was robbed. A Pgh police LT saw me there at dusk. He rolled the window of his cruiser down and said, " You come up here much?"

I'm standing there holding a large blower for the final cavity... "Yea..."

"You come here at night?"

"Yea..."

"You gotta gun?"

"Uh...no..." I stammered.

"You an f'ing asshole...." as rolled the window up and drove away...

http://ajawamnet.com/

Posted by ajawamnet on 09/08/2016 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Singer-songwriter and one-time Pittsburgh resident Jeremiah Clark wants audiences to relate to him as a real person

Hear "Understood" in a live, acoustic format HERE https://youtu.be/gMCXweGsEZo

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Posted by Mariposa941 on 08/31/2016 at 3:15 PM

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