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Re: Climbing radio masts - advice? < Reply # 23 on 10/31/2017 8:37 PM > | Reply with Quote
Posted by Radio2600
Avoid broadcast towers. Even though the FCC mandated that analog TV get replaced with digital and to cut the power output in half, there's still a lot of power going out of the antenna. Channels 2-6 are allowed 46 kW and Channels 7-13 are allowed 160 kW.
FM stations can put out up to 100 kW (actual power varies based on the stations license).
AM station tend to be 50 Kw or less. Some stations are daylight only and go off the air at night. Only a few stations are designated "clear channel" stations that are allowed to broadcast 50 kW 24 hours a day.
Sometimes you can be up pretty high and not be near an antenna.