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WYPR Hikes HD Power to –10 dBc

Continental upgrades station’s 816HD

Will higher digital power help improve IBOC coverage area? WYPR is hoping so.

Continental Electronics said it completed modifications to the 816HD transmitter at WYPR(FM), allowing that Baltimore station to make a full 10 dB jump in HD Radio power from 1%, or 20 dB below carrier, to 10% (–10 dBc).

“This HD Power increase is expected to provide HD service approximating WYPR’s analog signal and is another example of WYPR’s commitment to providing reliable service to its listeners in the Baltimore area,” Continental stated in the announcement.

Such increases in FM digital power have been allowed by the FCC since early last year.

Continental said the station installed the transmitter in 2007, operating in analog-only mode at first; a few months later it added HD Radio. Two multicast channels were added last year. The station chief is Ray Hepner.