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Exploring Propagation & Country Music

1260 KHz in Beacon (WBNR), 1420 KHz in Peekskill (WLNA) and 920 KHz (WGHQ) located in Kingston, NY simulcast as "Real Country Radio" along with now 92.5MHz which may have been in Waterbury, CT and is now in Kingston, NY .

Additionally, the broadcast group who owns these stations are now currently using 161.76MHz (NFM) as a remote field feed instead of the much more common 450-151 and 455-456 allocations for broadcasters to check range and support remote feeds.

This should be a good source to check propagation in addition to the 162 MHz weather frequencies when trying determine if a 2m band opening may take place as well as conditions on 6m, 80m and 160m when tuning the FM and AM broadcast frequencies.

Other common frequencies like 161.76 MHz include 161.640, 161.670, 161.700, 161.730, 161.760, 166.250, 170.150.

May be good to throw them all in a scanner or other capable radio to listen along with setting some range searches from 450-451 and 455-456 Mhz and see what you might hear.

What to expect on the UHF 450 & 455 MHz frequencies:

  • A reporter mic feed, news helicopters and other broadcast, mostly TV station related.

  • A great time to listen is during commute or peak TV watching times as well as during local "breaking news" situations.

Added bonus if you are a country music fan and do not have an HT with FM broadcast reception. Now you can listen to something other than 146.805 repeater, local weather on 162.475, etc by tuning in to 161.76 MHz.

  1. Why do you think 161.76MHz was chosen?1 vote
    1. Less users, easier to license
    2. Better range in mountainous region
    3. They already had equipment for this VHF frequency
    4. All the UHF frequencies were taken
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