Cuban Blowtorch Singes WOR 710kHZ in NYC?

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This was just forwarded to me tonight:


Is Cuba Pumping Wattage Into the Cottage?

WOR’s Tom Ray says a Cuban station on 710 kHz is shooting a powerful
nighttime signal up the eastern seaboard and interfering with his New
York AM station and possibly others.

The Cuban station is broadcasting American music, with a
Spanish-speaking DJ and no ID, says Tom, who is also a Radio World
contributor.

How does he know where the signal originates? The FCC used monitoring
stations around the country, and located the source of the transmitter
in Cuba, according to Ray. In Utica, N.Y., this Cuban station had a
local-grade signal. An FCC source told Tom he estimated the station is
pushing at least 500,000 watts (and possibly up to a million) up the
coast. Ray also believes the agency’s hands are tied on this one by
the State Department.

We recently reported that the State Department had purchased time on
Miami’s WQAM(AM) to air American propaganda, in Spanish. “The majority
of WQAM’s 50 kW at night goes directly toward Cuba. So this 710 signal
is in retaliation for the propaganda being sent towards Cuba on 710
from Miami * in my humble opinion * being paid for by my tax dollars
and causing grief for my employer and bad will for our listeners,”
said Ray, who works for Buckley Broadcasting.

WOR is looking to hear from stations that may be similarly affected so
they can combine efforts to talk to regulators and possibly get some
relief from the interference.
Contact him at tomray@wor710.com. Write to me
about your experiences or thoughts at Lstimson@nbmedia.com.
 

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Utica is WAY upstate in the Adirondacks so far from the primary coverage area WOR is likely to get clobbered by just about anything at night. How that got in the picture is some sort of mystery, Tom Ray the CE with a fancy title (so he can sit on the board and nail a fancy income) lives in New Windsor which is in the primary coverage area and isn't likely to get much if any interference. It would be interesting to find the source if this information, sounds like radio hysteria to me, especially where a VP is involved. Aside from local static and some nasty crashes from storms in the area there is no observable interference here.

Tom's bio may be read here; http://wor710.com/pages/55756.php?contentType=4&contentId=170735
 

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Picking up Cuban station

I listen to WOR at dinner time in South Jersey, and over the years, have heard Latin music in the background.AM
 

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Those half million Cuban watts aren't making it into Wisconsin tonight. I remember that old Bonaire transmitter had no problem making it here nightly.

http://www.fybush.com/sites/2006/site-060526.html
I remember that 800 KHz signal very well, it was the first "DX" besides Cuba and Canada I ever heard on AM. I used to listen to CKLW all the time so I didn't consider Canada DX, and back then Cuba was the onl;y source of Spanish on AM.

I'll check the low end of AM more frequently to see if that Cuban is really on or if it was just a good night and somebody complained about interference.
 
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