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    KXNO's signal strength

    Al's post in the Travis and Tim thread hit home with me...why is KXNO's signal strength SO bad? After about 30-50 miles out of Des Moines, you struggle to get a good signal. I drive a lot for work and was recently driving from Rapid City, SD back to Des Moines and could get Bismarck's ESPN radio station the entire way through SD. I could also get sports radio from Sioux Falls and Omaha nearly the entire drive as well. I can listen to 590 out of Omaha crystal clear in Des Moines, but can't get KXNO in Fort Dodge??

    Someone that knows a little about the industry want to explain?

    I enjoy Murph & Andy and Miller & Brinson (most of the time), so save the "Why listen to KXNO, they suck" responses.



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    Re: KXNO's signal strength

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    Al's post in the Travis and Tim thread hit home with me...why is KXNO's signal strength SO bad? After about 30-50 miles out of Des Moines, you struggle to get a good signal. I drive a lot for work and was recently driving from Rapid City, SD back to Des Moines and could get Bismarck's ESPN radio station the entire way through SD. I could also get sports radio from Sioux Falls and Omaha nearly the entire drive as well. I can listen to 590 out of Omaha crystal clear in Des Moines, but can't get KXNO in Fort Dodge??

    Someone that knows a little about the industry want to explain?

    I enjoy Murph & Andy and Miller & Brinson (most of the time), so save the "Why listen to KXNO, they suck" responses.

    Guessing it's just what they are licensed for. If they wanted to spend more money for a higher power transmitter they could and could get licensed for it. It's all their choice.



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    Re: KXNO's signal strength

    because it is only 5000 watts. not many in the world of radio. A blown torch like WHO has 50,000 watts What I have noticed is KXNO is real bad around Des Moines for me lately.....


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    Re: KXNO's signal strength

    Quote Originally Posted by SImpsonCy View Post
    because it is only 5000 watts. not many in the world of radio. A blown torch like WHO has 50,000 watts What I have noticed is KXNO is real bad around Des Moines for me lately.....
    Just as an aside, transmitting power has a lot to do with it, but that isn't all. KFYR 550 AM out of Bismarck only transmits with 5000 W, but it has one of the largest daytime coverage areas of any radio station in the US (some claim it is the largest). In the case of KFYR, their low frequency combined with the high soil conductivity of the upper plains (which facilitates the propagation of radio waves) allow them to be a "blow torch". The soil conductivity in ND is twice what it is in IA.

    As for KXNO, since it's unlikely that they are going to be able to change the soil conductivity in Iowa, they would either have to try to get a lower frequency or crank up the transmitter power if they wanted better coverage.

    http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/m3-m...dcast-stations


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    Re: KXNO's signal strength

    The further down on the radio dial you are, the bigger coverage area. At only 5,000 watts, KWMT out of Ft. Dodge has the biggest daytime coverage area of any radio station in the state.

    Keep in mind as well, with the shorter days, KXNO and other radio stations shift their singals around at sunset so as to not interfere with other stations on or near the same frequency as the signals of AM radio stations travel further at night than they do during the day.



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    Re: KXNO's signal strength

    I've noticed KXNO signal blows in Ames. It's horrible.



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    Re: KXNO's signal strength

    Quote Originally Posted by CyclonesRulzzz View Post
    I've noticed KXNO signal blows in Ames. It's horrible.
    On traditional radio's, the AM attenna is built into the radio, try rotating it and keep it away from computers, TV's, and other electronics as that will cause interference as well.



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    Re: KXNO's signal strength

    Is it just me or has anyone ever noticed that whenever callers call-in and complain about weak signal strength, whoever is hosting never provides much of a response....my impression is that they're told not to even try and explain it. I've noticed this no matter who it is or which of the two sports stations: T & T, Marty, Coutler. Miller, etc.


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    Re: KXNO's signal strength

    I believe KXNO also has another station at 1490 that tends to come over the top of it pretty bad at times ( at least it does in Indianola).



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    Re: KXNO's signal strength

    Quote Originally Posted by garn91 View Post
    On traditional radio's, the AM attenna is built into the radio, try rotating it and keep it away from computers, TV's, and other electronics as that will cause interference as well.
    If this is your problem, you need to turn off the AM radio and stream it on the COMPUTER SITTING NEXT TO IT



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    Re: KXNO's signal strength

    Quote Originally Posted by garn91 View Post
    On traditional radio's, the AM attenna is built into the radio, try rotating it and keep it away from computers, TV's, and other electronics as that will cause interference as well.

    my problem with getting kxno is fine on a radio at home. My problem with kxno signal is getting it to come through on my car radio. I'm in Ames and several times the interference is so bad I have to stop listening.



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    Re: KXNO's signal strength

    Quote Originally Posted by CyclonesRulzzz View Post
    my problem with getting kxno is fine on a radio at home. My problem with kxno signal is getting it to come through on my car radio. I'm in Ames and several times the interference is so bad I have to stop listening.
    Does your car have an active or passive antenna?

    My 2005 Jetta has an active antenna (radio sends power to an amplifier circuit in the base of the antenna). Due to a poor design, this circuit board corrodes and eventually fails. After it failed, strong local stations would still come in, but the weaker ones would not, and there would be lots of "electical" sounding interference. I had to replace the antenna to solve the problem. On the Jetta, you can put the radio into a diagnostic mode to see if the antenna amplifier is working.


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