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Old 29-May-2020, 2:18 AM   #1
davodavo
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Terrestrial "call signs" -- are they required to be correct?

I have an odd situation, where I receive a very weak signal from a station that is a "clone" of another one much farther away. The close station and the far one are both 3 kW ERP transmitting on channel 2 (virtual channel 45). Interesting that both of them have exactly the same lineup.

It's perfectly reasonable that I receive the close station (25 miles), but it has the call sign of the one that's 160 miles away. I'd love to believe that my gigantic antenna and preamp are that good, but it seems unlikely (altho...at 56 MHz you can get stuff a lot farther away than up at 560 MHz).

It's possible the station operators are just sloppy, putting up the wrong call sign. But it's hard to believe that would be legal.

Ideas?

(and yes, OF COURSE there's no website or way of contacting this station operator--they're a religious broadcaster with dozens of stations all over the country)
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