The Courtesy Program Committee (CPC) received word that WPTF 680 “NewsRadio 680” in Raleigh, North Carolina will be off-air tonight starting at Midnight Eastern time for a “couple of hours” according to a message sent from WPTF Engineer Allan Sherill.
Mr. Sherill explained to CPC Member Paul Walker that the station would be off-air while performing some maintenance and “taking measurements.”
WPTF is a 50,000 watt station with a nighttime pattern designed to protect KNBR in San Francisco. The nighttime pattern also helps to avoid interfering with WRKO in Boston and CFTR in Toronto.
Alan Sherill was kind enough to provide advance notification of the off-air period by sending a message via CPC-Member Paul Walker’s Facebook group, alerting us to this opportunity. The off-air period provides a chance for DX’ers to pick up weaker signals normally masked by WPTF’s powerhouse signal. DX’ers on the West Coast should also be listening when the station returns to the air—as their testing might provide a chance to log WPTF as well.
We’re very grateful to WPTF and Allan Sherill for the notification.