City/Town of License: Yarmouth, Maine 04096.
Broadcast market(s): Portland & Lewiston-Auburn, Maine.
Effective Radiated Power: 1,000 watts, under FCC Class A
Educational / Non-Commercial License.
Transmitter Location: Cousins Island in Yarmouth. The tower is a guyed, twelve-section Rohn 25G; and the antenna is a 2-Bay Omni-Directional Axial Element, built in Bridgeton, Maine, by Shively Labs. Eternal thanks to the selfless generosity of our FCC Consultant, Peter Russell, Bob Surette and the crew at Shively, and Gary’s son David King for their super-critical initial support getting WYAR-FM on the air in 1998.
Coverage: Depending on the receiver used, WYAR can be heard from Auburn on the north and Arundel to the south, northeast to Woolwich and Harpswell, and inland (to the west) to Windham and Gorham. Terrain and weather conditions are factors in the coverage. All FM radio stations, including WYAR, have improved reception on higher ground and on cold, winter mornings.
WYAR uses a horizontally polarized broadcast antenna, which means, generally, that reception is better on a standard receiver than on a car radio (it’s the receiving antenna orientation that makes the most difference: reception should be improved by orienting the antenna sideways rather than straight up and down). WYAR plans a future capital campaign for tower upgrades, including additional altitude and the addition of circular polarization to better reach both the home and the mobile audience.
In the spirit of being a living museum, our main broadcast mix console celebrated its 60th birthday in 2018! Built by RCA for WMTW Channel 8 TV, the big deal then was —no vacuum tubes! In storage about twenty years, it found itself pressed into “temporary” service in 1998, stacked on an old door on a pair of filing cabinets in Gary King’s basement… where it (and the door with mismatched cabinets) remain in service to this day.
Broadcast Automation System: When not “live on-air” from the manual console, WYAR relies on the automation software suite Studio Playlist Pro and Studio Playlist Creator, from Station Playlist, LTD, out of New Zealand. We can’t say enough good things about their unbeatable price-performance ratio and customer support. They once returned an emergency message at 4:00AM (New Zealand time) on Easter Sunday!
HERITAGE RADIO SOCIETY, INC