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From: "Malcolm Rockwell" <[log in to unmask]>
>> The saving grace may be the low power radio stations that have popped up 
>> all over the place. The Feds freed up licenses for LP stations about 8 
>> years ago and they have been proliferating. We have at least two 
>> currently on Maui, both of which have a whopping 50 watts of broadcast 
>> power (which means line-of-sight reception only).

From: "Steven C. Barr" <[log in to unmask]>
> Note that virtually ALL FM-band reception is "line of sight!"
> The frequency is too high for any "skip" to exist!


FM is NOT line-of-sight.  Microwave is, but FM and TV--both VHF and
UHF--are NOT anywhere near as high a frequency as microwave, thus can
bend over the horizon and routinely travel as much as 125 miles
depending on the power and the height of the antennas.  And skip IS
occasionally possible, sometimes for thousands of miles in freak
atmospherics.  I've heard Montana FM stations in Kentucky, and seen
Arkansas TV in New Jersey.  So the 50 watt LPB's Malcolm mentions are
limited range ONLY because of their low power, and possibly their low
antenna height. ONLY microwave and light are line-of-sight due to
wavelength/frequency.    

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]