Hey Knob, itís obvious that you have no engineering skills. Driving on the FM highway 5% over modulation is one thing. Yea some stations do that. Public file violations are a given.
But you have no idea what it takes to make one of those wideband antenna systems works. You just donít simply plug in transmitters. You need filters, stations need to be combined in a sequence to get to the antenna. Yes the transmitter might be easy to change frequency. But the combiner system for the master antenna is not so easily changed.
You simply canít change the antenna combiner over night to accommodate a secrete one or two hour test and then change it back. That would cost several thousands of dollars and require the backup plant to be off line for a day swapping filters in the combiner.
Also what station in their right mind would take their backup transmitter off line and risk their own license to do this. Not to mention the rest of the cluster of stations that the license has in the market. And if you think its some sneaky engineer, think again. Like I said retuning the antenna combiner is a huge job. Itís just not twisting a couple of dials.
The only station that is close to 104.5 is 103.7. And that backup plant is run by Clay Frienwald. And I know Clay does not play those games. Plus that antenna is directional.
Also there are several signals coming off of cougar at various power levels that could compare to what 104.5 would cover form Cougar. KCMS, KNHC and KWRM all run at less than 100kw erp. KNHC actually runs at 8.5KW erp, I would just compare that signal to what you might expect from 104.5. But it is directional.
The only master antenna on Cougar that is not directional is the one KPLZ, KUBE, KCMS, and KJR use. Just ask KCMS to drop to 8.1KW erp and you will know how 104.5 would play from that antenna. No need to actually retune anything to 104.5
Are you implying that 104.5 already built their plant on Cougar? Broadcasting from the tower in their CP modification to transmit from Cougar? A simple road trip to the hill would answer that. I donít think they are that stupid. Other engineers in the market would not stand for that, let alone the consulting engineer. It would take very little effort for the FCC to drive up to Cougar to verify. The antenna hanging off the tower would be a dead give away.
It is real simple to move a two to four bay antenna and a small transmitter in a trailer anywhere you want. No need to retune a master antenna for an illegal test. The only cost would be the tower crew and engineer to unhook and re hook things. That would cost far less than getting the parts to modify a master antenna for an illegal test.
If I was the engineer for 104.5 and wanted to know how a non directional signal at 8.1 KW erp played off of Cougar I would ask KCMS to run at 8.1KW erp for a couple of hours at midnight, or just compare KNHC knowing that the signal to the south would be slightly better being non directional.
Here is the link to the SBE chapter 16 site. Email Clay yourself and ask him.http://www.sbe16.org/
I hope I have made my point. Shiney Knob, you have no engineering skills.
Spend less time making that Knob Shiney and more time making the Knob knowledgeable before you speak. Owning a CB qualifies you for nothing in my book.