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Something happened with radio band just now. The FCC had an auction, which is very unusual, supposedly to help wireless networks and soon-to-come 5G service, but probably because I don’t understand it I am very suspicious. With the Trump administration, nothing can be assumed is okay.

I am suspicious because my local public radio station has been off for almost a week. It’s the classical station, WQED, which is publicly supported, and has also a corresponding TV channel. WQED is the one that carried Mister Rogers and all that; it is huge. But the radio station is gone, and online it says they’re having technical trouble with their transmission. They also broadcast a duplicate of it on WQEJ from Johnstown, about 80 miles away, using a repeater or something. That station is still on the air and working. ??? I don’t know why. It’s just a few decimal points away on the FM dial.

There may be no connection between the 2 things. It’s just weird; I don’t remember a major radio station here being off.

posted on Mar 31, 2018 6:49 AM ()


I think we all should look into mysterious events. I am getting more paranoid every day.
comment by elderjane on Apr 1, 2018 5:48 AM ()
It was definitely paranoia that made me think they were taking the radio station. It's back on the air, though.
reply by drmaus on Apr 2, 2018 6:14 PM ()
I agree - it's worth investigating to find out if it truly is a technical issue or the start of something bigger. This is the sort of local issue that I spend my time looking into, and always find out much more than expected.
comment by traveltales on Mar 31, 2018 10:33 AM ()
Yes, I looked a little more. I should have realized any damage the radio station had is made much worse by all the rain here not to mention the landslides. It was just that I knew there was something going on with tv frequencies, and some channels gave up their spot on the spectrum to get money from certain networks. I was afraid public stations were going to get robbed -- sort of like portions of the national parks being sold off or drilled for oil. I still don't know how it really works.
reply by drmaus on Mar 31, 2018 7:10 PM ()
Welcome to the world of technology--which I don't understand!
comment by greatmartin on Mar 31, 2018 9:38 AM ()
All I know is I need to ground myself when I sit down at the computer in winter, or the biggest static shock happens.
reply by drmaus on Mar 31, 2018 7:12 PM ()

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