Welcome to Troubadour 1700
broadcasting at 1710 kHz AM & 97.9 mHz FM
An FCC Part 15 compliant low power AM radio station
in Shirley, Massachusetts USA.
Genuine folk, world, and new age music that's ready for a mainstream audience.
A service of Minimum Wage Media
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Troubadour frequency change to 1710 kHz pending
8/3/15 Sometime over the next several days, I will be experimenting with what will likely be a change in frequency for Troubadour from 1700 kHz to 1710 kHz. I now have the information I need from the transmitter manufacturer to move to that frequency. The new interference from WRCR is too great to tolerate indefinitely, so something has to be done. If all works well technically and the change is made, the station's branding and web address will remain "1700," although that may be a little confusing for people locally.
All AM radios designed and manufactured since the late 1980's should be able to tune 1710, along with the official expanded band which ends at 1700. Most antique radios built from the early 1930's to the early 1940's should also be able to tune the frequency if they are fully restored and aligned properly.
Currently, the only licensed stations operating at 1710 kHz are a network of 10 watt travelers information stations serving Hudson County, New Jersey. The FCC does not grant operation to any licensed facility on 1710, and those New Jersey TIS stations are there only through a rare waiver. For this reason, Part 15 broadcasters have been trying to get 1710 kHz recognized, either officially or unofficially, as a safe haven for Part 15 radio.
The prospects for full range reception on 1710 kHz should be even better than they were on 1700 before the appearance of WRCR.
Yet another URL change for the audio streams
8/3/15 Unfortunately, I have to announce another URL change for the audio streams of Troubadour 1700 and Liberty & Justice 1640.
Troubadour 1700's stream is now the following:
Liberty & Justice 1640's stream is now as follows:
Please update any native device apps or media player bookmarks. Zeno Radio's listen over phone service has already been updated and the Tune In app for portable devices should be updated by the time you read this.
Again, I have absolutely no control over these changes and they are even more disruptive and time wasting for me than they are for listeners.
The streaming is a donated service for which I am grateful. I have no choice but to tolerate it because such an arrangement is all I can afford.
Surprise move of WRCR (Rockland County, New York) to 1700 kHz limits Troubadour 1700 AM's night time reception to Acme Park and immediately adjacent properties
7/15/15 This development could not have come at a worse time! I had just embarked on a campaign to find additional transmitter sites in downtown areas of the Nashoba Valley and North Central Massachusetts, having sent proposals to building owners in Concord, West Concord, and Fitchburg, plus a contact in Ayer, with letters of inquiry to Groton and Pepperell waiting in the wings, when all of I sudden at work I discover a new signal on the car radio at 1700 kHz, just after sundown, coming in loud and clear. I knew instantly it was bad news. Here is my commentary about it posted on part15.us.
For the past 10 years, the last thing most of us Part 15 broadcasters using the expanded AM band worried about was new, full powered, licensed stations from within our own national borders coming on our frequencies and blowing us away. Only the occasional new station authorized by the CRTC in Canada was of any concern. The FCC stopped approving of both moves into the expanded band and new stations coming on there many years ago now. So this move of WRCR, formerly a 500 watt station on 1300 kHz with a deteriorating transmitting infrastructure, is totally unprecedented on the part of the FCC and has grave implications for the future and stability of Part 15 broadcasting in the expanded AM band.
In the hours and days ahead, there may be a few interruptions in both Troubadour 1700's AM and FM signals as I work through a few issues spawned by this development. Although Part 15 transmitters have come a long way in recent years, a $225 transmitter still cannot match a $20,000 transmitter's accuracy and stability. I am going to try to lessen the "motor boating" effect that occurs when the two signals collide, which my SSTran AMT-5000 transmitters enable me to do. Also, the FM antenna has still not been precisely trimmed for 97.9 mHz. It's a job I have put off for more than two years. (It is still trimmed for 89.3.) With no AM reception at night beyond a thousand feet, it is imperative that the FM's signal is maximized. This will require the FM to go off air for several hours.
As a postscript, night time reception of Troubadour 1700 AM in the mid-Horsepond Road and North Shirley/Bull Run Restaurant neighborhoods, where the signals from WRCR and Troubadour 1700 arrive at a near 90 degree angle from each other, may still be possible on home radios and portables with internal loop antennas. Turn the radio to see if we are still heard in the null of WRCR.
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Troubadour 1700 is a service of Minimum Wage Media
Minimum Wage Media is a insurgent broadcasting effort named in honor of starving artists and the working poor - those who are prevented from reaching their full potential due to the vicious cycle of poverty, debt and overwork. We seek to expose and shame the powerful elites and status quo enforcers who exploit us, and build a culture based upon consensus, peace, respect, equal economic opportunity (with the eventual elimination of money altogether), and a reverence for nature, natural law, and natural health.
The micro stations of Minimum Wage Media are a project of Jeffrey Gill whose radio background includes folkimage.com, Walden 1120 (WADN), WCMX, WCAV, and WDLW.
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