KFXR night array

KFXR night array

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We're in Rockwall, looking at the other half of Gordon McLendon's legendary KLIF (1190 Dallas), now Clear Channel sports-talker KFXR. It's hard to make out from this photo, but there really are twelve, yes, twelve towers out here, in two rows of six each. Atthe gate, Scott is seen taking note of the clearly-posted Antenna Structure Registration Numbers. I'm breaking with my usual practice to make the original, full-resolution image from my digital camera available, because it's the only one in which you can clearly see all twelve towers. (Warning: this is an 1852x1396 image!)

Unsurprisingly, this is a highly-directive array. The joke was commonly made of the 5-kW night signal that its major lobe “went straight down Commerce St. without touching either curb”. This is a “broadside” configuration; we are looking roughly south, along the major axis of the array, and all of the signal is directed to the west (photo right). Unfortunately, only six of these towers are now lit at night, so this site is no longer as impressive a sight at night as it once was.

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Copyright 2002, Garrett A. Wollman. All rights reserved. Photograph taken 2002-10-11.