[AMRadio] Winter Solstice AM Broadcast Propagation recollections


Robert Nickels ranickel at comcast.net
Tue Dec 20 00:39:04 EST 2016


On 12/19/2016 11:14 PM, K9FH wrote:
>   And one powerhouse station that ID'ed as being in Del Rio, Tx.

That would have been XERF just south of Villa  Acuña, Mexico (across the 
Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas), where its 250,000 watt signal covered 
much of the US.    It was the original home of Wolfman Jack, before he 
moved to XERB  near Tijuana which blasted up the SoCal coast to LA.   
Lots about that here: http://www.xerbradio.com/    But for a good 
history of the border blasters, take look at this site:

http://jimcofer.com/personal/2008/09/24/the-border-blasters/

Times change, but there will probably never be another amalgamation of 
technology and pop culture to equal AM Radio in the rock and roll era, 
and while the US AM stations large and small played the most visible 
role, the notion of a DJ sitting in a shack out in the Mexican desert 
with rock and blues blasting and sparks flying off the tower on a humid 
night sounds like magic.

73, Bob W9RAN




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