AM Technical Profile: WAXA

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Frequency:
1200
Format:
Tropical
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] [bird's eye] On Janis Road, just west of Burnt Store Road (and east of Old Burnt Store Road), northwest of Cape Coral.
Power (ERP):
Day: 50 kW
Night:1,000 watts
Antenna:
Day: 4 towers [pattern - PDF]
Night: 2 towers [pattern - PDF]
Other Information:
0.5 mV/m Daytime Groundwave Service Contour from the FCC's Public Files
[FCC]
[FCCdata.org]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
// W247CR Pine Island Center, FL
History:
Due to the distance from Alabama, this profile will not be kept up to date regularly.  A fuller history of the station can be found on Wikipedia, and up-to-date technical data on FCCdata or the FCC website itself.

The station dates back to 1986 as WDCQ, later becoming WINK in 1999.  That lasted until 2003, when it became WPTK.  In 2010 it became WINK again.  To improve coverage around the Naples area, 1460 WNPL was added as a simulcast in 2009.  The station branded itself with both frequencies but only the WINK calls.  Before being added to ABMP, the station only had 10 kW days, with a pattern that didn't favor cross-gulf propagation.  That old three tower array is visible in the Bing Bird's Eye View, above.  In April 2012 they signed on with 50 kW, and subsequently can now be heard all along the coastal Florida panhandle, into Alabama.  The station carried America's Radio News Network through most of the day, but also simulcast WINK-TV newscasts and Meet The Press.  The station added some syndicated programming in February, 2012.

In September 2013, the station dropped the News/Talk format for Spanish language programming as "Juan".  In January 2018 the station re-branded as "Maxima 97.3/95.7", with a Tropical music format and WAXA calls.