FM Technical Profile: WQJJ-LP

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Station Name:
Fox FM
Classic Hits
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] Behind Parklands Shopping Center, intersection of old US-78 and 9th Avenue in Jasper.
Power (ERP):
100 watts
Antenna HAAT:
63 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
// WJLQ-LP Jackson, AL
// WIZD-LP Monroeville, AL
North Alabama Public Service Broadcasters
Probably the second LPFM station to come on the air in Alabama (after WALW-LP in Moulton), WQJJ was granted a license in October 2005 on 97.7 MHz.

The station aired a classic rock format for the early length of its run, but went off the air in the spring of 2008.   The station returned to the airwaves as scheduled on July 1st, 2008 with a classic hits format. 

In December 2012, the station received a permit to move to 100.1 MHz.  Although the station's antenna height and power remained the same, the coverage more or less doubled due to the lack of co-channel interference on the new frequency. The station lost its lease to the tower site in late 2013, and due to interference from competing broadcasters, the station did not receive a permit to move to a new location until early 2014.  That location was on the air by the summer of 2014, but by March 2015 the station was seeking to move to another location, with a higher antenna and lower power.

In mid-July 2015 the station entered into an agreement to air its programming on the newly-launched WJLQ-LP in Jackson, Alabama, north of Mobile. 

In late 2016 the station began experiencing interference due to the launching of a co-channel translator in Birmingham.  Although the translator was relatively low powered and distant, favorable terrain and antenna height caused considerable issues in the Jasper area for the station.  At the start of February 2016 the station received a permit to relocate to a previously used tower site and move to 101.9 MHz, and allegedly put that site on the air in late February 2016. 

In the fall of 2018, the station was hit with a notice of violation from the FCC after it was discovered the station was transmitting from an unauthorized location several miles from the licensed parameters.  The station afterwards filed a Silent STA notification citing loss of transmitter and studio sites in December 2018.  The station's license was deleted by the FCC in September 2018, after being off the air for more than one year.

The station's license appears to have been re-instated and the station has resumed broadcasting as of October 2019.  An official renewal was processed in March 2020.