FM Technical Profile: WYVC


Station Name:
-
Frequency:
102.3
Format:
Gospel
Transmitter Location:
[map] [street view] South of Camden in rural Wilcox County, west of AL-265, just south of Bo Diddly Road on the east side of the highway.  This is the site listed on the FCC license; it's unknown if they are actually transmitting from here or from a different location.
Power (ERP):
6 kW
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
315 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
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More Information:
[FCC]
[FCCdata]
[Radio-Locator]
[Wikipedia]
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Owner:
Down Home Broadcasting
History:
Although the construction permit was issued in 1988, this station did not sign on until the winter of 1994.  Has always been WYVC, although the license was deleted for a period in June 2005.  It wasn't until January 2007 that the FCC reinstated the license, but it almost certainly remained on the air most or all of the time it was deleted.  The station is known to run on a shoestring, with a facility that is completely different than what they're licensed for, including a taller tower in a different location, with a higher gain antenna than specified.  They also have no EAS and see no need for one.  Because the license renewal wasn't filed on time, the FCC deleted the station's license to broadcast in April, 2012.  The station remains on the air, most likely from the above-mentioned unlicensed facilities.  This marks  the second time the license was deleted.  The station fell silent in the late spring of 2012, most likely due to ongoing technical issues.  In October of 2012 a petition for reconsidering for the license was dismissed, and the call sign was officially deleted from the FCC records.  In early June of 2013 the station was reported to be on-air again, most likely still using the unlicensed and unauthorized antenna, power and tower location as before, as part of a special temporary authority operation while the license was being reconsidered.  For a third time, the license was re-instated in May of 2013, along with off-air sister station WCOX. The station was reported to be broadcasting in stereo for the first time in late August 2015.  No word on if it's from a legal site, with a legal antenna and legal power.