WQXW Expands Broadcast Area in Westchester

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The WQXW Transmitter in Ossining, NY The WQXW Transmitter in Ossining, NY

Update, 1/14 at 5 pm: The upgrade to the WQXW broadcast antenna is complete and changes will be phased in over the next several days.

WQXW 90.3 is expanding its coverage area in Westchester County over the next several days.

Starting Wednesday, the WQXW broadcast antenna will be upgraded, a process that will add 55,000 listeners and bring the total WQXW listenership to about 210,000. 

The towns that will now be covered include Katonah, much of Bedford, and Yorktown Heights, NY. The map below shows the anticipated range. It should be noted that any one listener's actual experience will vary based on location, topography and equipment.

During the tower upgrade, the WQXW signal will be silent for most of the day Wednesday. It is expected to return to broadcasting by Thursday morning. In the meantime, listeners can tune in to our online stream at the top of this page.

WQXR began broadcasting on WQXW in July 2013

Before the signal expansion:                                            After the signal expansion:

Below: View a slideshow of the WQXW antenna installation:

Steve Shultis/WQXR
The new WQXW antenna arrives off the truck and workers prepare to hoist it up the transmitter tower.
Steve Shultis/WQXR
Workers hoist the new WQXW antenna up the tower.
Steve Shultis/WQXR
Workers hoist the new WQXW antenna up the tower.
Steve Shultis/WQXR
The WQXW antenna installation is complete.
Steve Shultis/WQXR
The WQXW antenna installation is complete (another view).


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Comments [17]

James Francois from Yorktown Heights, NY

I have been hoping (for the past 6 weeks) that someone would answer my WQXW questions: 1. Is the new Transmitter being used; at what power?
2. Is a different type of antenna needed, i.e., "quad" of whatever?
We continue to try to enjoy classical music, but we can only receive the station in mono without noise and some other station(s) trying to come in.

Thanks to someone who can answer!

Mar. 22 2014 04:08 PM
James Francois from Yorktown Heights, NY

Our Pioneer receiver (from about 1980) combined with a roof-top FM antenna gave excellent reception until the frequency/power change. Now, with WQXW we can only listen in mono mode. Q #1: Is an "HD" receiver needed to have WQXW in full stereo? Q #2: At what power is WQXW transmitting? Q #3: Is a different antenna needed? Our home is just north of Hanover Farm in Yorktown. Hanover Farm has a clear line of city to NYC and also the new tower of WQXW. We are below the ridge line, unfortunately.

Feb. 01 2014 11:19 AM
GCL from Astoria NY

Since the move up the dial, I've had no problems receiving the station in stereo. Plenty in mono. Further reception outside of NYC and closer to where my family lives in Westchester CO is the problem. They can't hear it clearly. It's hoped that with the upgrade they will.

Now why not buy 96.3 back from those barbarians and move back? Or failing that check to see what frequency is closer to WNYC, since the station is part of the family?

Jan. 17 2014 03:23 AM
Peter J Blume from Westchester, NY

...to me, a staticky WQXR still plays better music than any other station on FM Radio does, no matter how clear they are--& that's why I've continued to tune in (& $upport) since they came back to Westchester. Don't get me wrong--I'm hoping the upgrade improves the signal too, but I can still appreciate the brilliance of Charlie Parker's music through all the pops, hisses & scratches of a vintage record...


Jan. 17 2014 12:26 AM
George Morrison from Briarcliff Manor, NY

Let me further clarify the point about FM interference: The issue of WQXR at 6000 watts broadcasting from the Empire State Building at 105.9 is quite different from WQXW moving from 53 watts to 250 watts. The station that would more likely interfere with WQXW in the eastern part of Westchester with the 90.3 Mhz frequency, is WWPT, located in Staples HS in Westport CT, a 330 watt educational FM Station. See their data at: http://www.radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/pat?call=WWPT&service=FM&status=L&hours=U. Again it would be hoped that the 250 watts of WQXW would override the fringe area reception of the WWPT pattern. Again the technical department at WQXR-WQXW should address this concern for the new service areas of Westchester.

Jan. 16 2014 06:55 PM
George Morrison from Briarcliff Manor NY

With regard to WHCN Hartford CT interference reported, the transmitter operates at 16,000 watts not 50,000. To see their coverage pattern please go the following link: http://www.radio-locator.com/info/WHCN-FM. You will notice, when looking at their pattern, that only their fringe signal covers parts of Westchester. Hopefully WQXW will, when operating at a full 250 watts, override that fringe signal in its primary coverage pattern. It is a characteristic of FM transmission, called the Armstrong effect, that when one signal is 50% more powerful than the interfering signal, the interfering signal will be rejected by most FM receivers. I trust the technical staff of WQXW and WQXR is monitoring this bulletin board and is prepared to correct technical errors and provide the most accurate information and guidance.

Jan. 16 2014 06:32 PM
Michael from the Bronx from Bronx

My 99 year-old blind father was living on the top floor of a co-op in Riverdale near the Hudson. The sea-level elevation of his apartment was probably about the highest in the city.

He had top of the line equipment (a NAD receiver) and was using a powered Terk antenna.

One day, he tuned to his beloved 96.3 (which had crystal clear reception) and yelled that, "they were speaking Spanish on the station." He got very agitated when I told him that the station moved.

So, I tuned to 105.9 and there was and continued to be static. My father was frustrated and he commented,"there is always static and they are always trying sell you something."

Furthermore, he was bothered that his favorite radio personality disappeared when the station moved. In my father's opinion, Candace Agree was the next best thing about WQXR, of course after the music. Her voice had a magical calming affect on the listeners.

The conclusion was that after I introduced him to Channel 891 on Optimum, he refused to listen to WQXR again.

Jan. 16 2014 05:00 PM
George Morrison from Briarcliff Manor NY

Please clarify this small point for the rest of your WQXW listeners:

The station is licensed by the FCC, as it was to its previous owner, to Ossining, New York. However for technical reasons the transmitter was relocated some time ago to a site on a ridge overlooking the Saw Mill River in the Town of Mt. Pleasant, but near the hamlet of Chappaqua in the Town of New Castle. Listeners will have to orient their external antennas or their FM radio receivers with internal antennas with that location in mind, and not pointed to the village of Ossining.

Jan. 16 2014 02:30 PM
Ann from Westchester

What a relief, and what a coincidence! Yesterday we briefly cut power to the electrical line that our radio is on. When we restored power WQXR wouldn't come back and still wasn't working earlier this morning. I was so puzzled and disappointed until I saw this news item on your web site. So I just tried again and it's back as promised. Before July I had been using a transmitter connected to my PC set to stream from your web site, and listened on an unused radio frequency. That was better than 105.9, but still not great. 90.3 is loud and clear. Thank you!

Jan. 16 2014 11:54 AM
Tom Gillett from Wilton, CT

Hooray for Northern Westchester. I am sure the signal is now very strong inside Sing Sing prison. The severe reception problems are in Southern Connecticut and central Long Island where WHCN, also at 105.9 cuts sharply into the signal. WHCN's 50,000 watt transmitter is in Meriden, less than 100 miles from Manhattan. I have heard its signal cut in as close as Mamaroneck and Great Neck.

Jan. 16 2014 10:13 AM
Neal Arluck from Astoria, NY

The signal in Astoria (just barely across the river from Manhattan) has been awful since the channel swap. The "owners" of the station don't seem to really care. The assumption seems to be that everyone is (or eventually will be) listening "online". It's very sad for someone who has been listening to the station for more than 50 years.

Jan. 16 2014 09:10 AM
Fred from Queens

It's not so great in Kew Gardens, Queens either. I can only get a relatively clean signal by listening in MONO.

Jan. 15 2014 06:46 PM
V. Allen from Somers, Westchester County, NY

Still not as far north as Somers, just six miles above Katonah! Their signal is just awful.

Jan. 15 2014 04:21 PM
Lost in Long Island

How about it - haven't been able to hear you on a radio (especially in my car) since you sold out 96.3 FM (let alone 1560 AM).

Guess you don't need donations from eastern Nassau County and Suffolk County!

Jan. 15 2014 04:20 PM
Abby Bergman from Ossining

Even though the new map shows a Northeastern expansion of the signal area, I do hope that the signal will be stronger in all areas. For example, in Ossining, 105.9 REMAINS stronger than 90.3, even though the latter is MUCH closer geographically.

Jan. 15 2014 01:59 PM
David Rosen from Valley Cottage, NY

Our signal in Rockland County became very poor after the relocation of the main transmitter to Newark. Any chance of improving that as well?

Jan. 15 2014 01:51 PM
George Morrison from Briarcliff Manor NY

I and my Ossining and Briarcliff friends can't wait for you to turn on the new 250 watt transmitter. It should be a great relief from the noise and interference we have had to put up with over the last 6 months.

Jan. 15 2014 01:11 PM

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