WBCQ 4790 kHz Testing Update

That’s not a typo, in addition to its flagship frequency 7490 kHz, WBCQ will be running staggered propagation tests of 4790 kHz during February for a new entertainment program
block sponsored by Angela and Allan Weiner and curated by Uncle Bill Tilford.  When the
regular schedule begins in March, it will be 2 hours per night of music and other entertainment from around the world.  Several new programs under development will participate when the regular schedule begins.
The February tests will use archival episodes of From the Isle of Music, Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot,
Marion’s Attic, Behavior Night, Rock Wave, Tom Call Theater, a Bluegrass State of Mind and Jetzt Geht’s Los!, a wonderful program from Germany of Weimar-era jazz.  In March these programs will be joined by several new ones from around the world.
The first week’s tests will run from February 1-5 from 6-8pm EST (2300-0100 UTC).  Each following week will run an hour later to determine optimum transmission times.  An eQSL will
be available for reception reports sent to 4790info@gmail.com
For February 6-12, tests will run from 7-9pm EST (0000-0200 EST) 

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About Bill Tilford

Bill has been a shortwave listener since the 1960s, a program host and producer for the past several years, and he currently produces and hosts From the Isle of Music, Uncle Bill's Melting Pot and WBCQ Concert Hall in addition to curating the Radio Angela block of entertainment programs on that station and periodic collaborative specials with other stations. He also writes about Cuban music including on the website TIMBA.com and is active in the music industry as a producer and liner notes writer.

9 thoughts on “WBCQ 4790 kHz Testing Update

  1. Tha Dood

    And, my show, The Underground JAM, will be on the new test FREQ of 4790kHz AM, this SAT night, 2/19/2022, 10PM EST, or 03:00UTC Sunday morning. Already had some listeners last Saturday. (YEA!!!!)

  2. Thomas

    Guessing Hockaday is within 250 km. Maybe later in the N American day 4790 will be other than white noise with a ghost of a carrier.
    Too bad WBCQ aims many signals WSW; they bypass my location in SW Idaho. I get N Korea better than WBCQ on 6160 for example.

  3. Dave Hockaday

    Alan knows his stuff, I’m sure he is studying this closely. That’s the cool thing about all these remote sdr’s around the world…he can transmit and get real time feedback from everywhere.

  4. Mark

    It would be nice if they could schedule some of the programming for European listeners 23:00 – 01:00 UTC isn’t that outrageous for me now because I’m in Ireland and we’re the same as UTC Time in Winter but if they move it 1 hr later and when the clocks change I don’t think many Europeans, myself included would be able to tune in which would be a shame. That’s of course if propagation is good into Europe in the first place.

    1. TomL

      Propagation would probably not support Europe and N.America at the same time. They would have to create a separate schedule or frequency. I HOPE they don’t try to compromise and stick the one broadcast in between optimal times for both audiences. The signal into Midwest USA is useless at 2300 UTC at such a low frequency.

  5. Anthony Charles Costa

    Alan was a great pirate back in the day. Living in Brooklyn I heard him many weekend evenings around 1610 – 1700 kHz. The entertainment was off the chart. Sad when the fact raided there boat.


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