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  1. #1
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    Default 92.9 Translator to be donated to Denver Open Media

    There are several changes going on with Open Media Foundation/Denver Open Media (DOM) Radio, which premiered two years ago as 100-watt KOMF-LP, an LPFM station on 104.7FM.

    In January the station moved from 104.7 to a 92.9 translator as part of a deal to solve an interference problem. This week, translator owner 4-K’s LLLP filed with the FCC to donate the translator to DOM.

    4-K’s also owns an FM Translator on 104.7 on Lookout Mountain, hosting "Mile High Sports". When KOMF signed on 104.7 in June 2016, there was interference between the two stations west of downtown Denver. Neither station was happy and the FCC was no help in providing a solution.

    In 2018, 4-K’s and DOM reached a complicated but creative solution, with the help of a third party – KUVO(FM) jazz 89.3. DOM agreed to surrender its LPFM license for 104.7, and to feed its’ programming to KUVO to fill their HD3 channel. 4-K’s used another translator they owned on 92.9FM to relay the KUVO-HD3, with 92.9 being donated to DOM. The transition is nearly complete. DOM Radio is now interference-free on 92.9, at 99 watts from its’ 300-foot tower in the River North Art District. 4-K’s no longer has any fringe interference on 104.7 from KOMF and changed their antenna to better cover central Denver.

    This mess wouldn’t have happened if the FCC didn't allow FM translators to park right on the doorsteps of LPFM stations, but that’s another story.

    I’m on the steering committee for DOM Radio, all-volunteer community radio which broadcasts all-Denver music and other content. It’s now heard on 92.9FM, KUVO-HD3, and online at: https://www.radio.net/s/kuvohd3

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    Thanks for the info! I can't get the 92.9FM signal here in Northwest Westminster... KPAW from Ft. Collins is there instead.

    But I can get the KUVO HD-3 signal. I think it's brilliant having low-power stations on HD signals where it can really help with coverage.
    I wish HD radio's had caught on more... if they did, more would be done with HD signals and a lot more programming would be out there.

    And yes, the FCC has really screwed up with the co-channel assignments of LPFM's and translators. I'm glad you guys were able to come up with a solution!

  3. #3
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    92.9 is one full frequnicy all the sudden! Not only do you have The Bear, and now the Rock.. Now this? There well be alot of bleed thrus! Plus The Peak in Colorado Springs to!
    This post came from Radiodude!

  4. #4
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    In the southern part of Denver, I get The Peak on 92.9 from the Springs fairly well in the car. It's a blaster -- 60kw from the top of Cheyenne Mtn! But as I approach downtown Denver, the Peak starts fringing out and DOM-Radio starts fading in nicely. DOM is also heard well in parts of the western suburbs, due to the good line of sight to the tower in RINO. I'd be interested in any reception reports for DOM-92.9 that others may want to post.
    Last edited by DenverDXer; May 29th, 2019 at 07:22 PM.

 

 

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