Radio Station WWRB FAQ

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Q: Could you give me a general idea of just whom is listening to shortwave radio station WWRB?

A: Our listening audience is generally composed of foreign listeners, military deployed listeners, Airline Pilots, the crews of container ships on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the crews of oil drilling / pumping platforms, truck drivers in the United States and Canada, and an exceedingly rapidly growing number of listeners in the United States.

Q: Another station claims that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) does not inspect shortwave radio stations. Is this true?

A: We have no idea as to how a radio station can make such claims. Shortwave radio stations pay a regulatory fee of 800+ dollars per year to fund the FCC rules enforcement bureau. We ourselves have been subject to seven inspections by the FCC. The FCC employs fully credentialed expert engineers for its inspections, who, with all of the resources of the United States Federal government at hand, are thorough and rigorous in nature, literally leaving no stone unturned. It is well within a radio station's favor to be ready for FCC inspections, which are conducted by surprise, as failure to comply with FCC rules results in substantial daily fines for past and continued violations.

Q: Do you allow visitors to the station?

A: Prior to 9-11, Radio Station WWRB had an 'open door' policy towards visitors. However, since the tragedy of September 11th, we have had to greatly curtail this policy. We are heavily involved in the aviation industry, with Radio Station WWRB being legally recognized as FAA approved airport/heliport K43TN, and the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has made it very clear to all providers of aircraft communications/aircraft navigation support services/airports that all lands and buildings housing aviation related electronic facilities are restricted areas. Furthermore, the Federal Aviation Administration prohibits both visitors and photography inside buildings housing electronic equipment used in aircaft communications and navigation. As we are a collocated facility, with both aviation and shortwave broadcasting interests, we cannot have anyone inside the buildings besides authorized personnel with appropriate security clearance.

Q: On your aerial photographs, there is a building at Radio Station WWRB identified as a VORTAC. What is this?

A: Airline Transport Communications Incorporated maintains a VORTAC, or VHF Omni-directional Range and TACtical Air Navigation system, at Radio Station WWRB. A VHF Omni-directional Radio Range is an aircraft navigational device used by pilots for navigation. The onsite VORTAC is used to test new equipment and undergoes periodic refitting with next-generation navigational transmitters and equipment.

Q: You also mentioned something called a nondirectional beacon. What is this?

A: A NonDirectional Beacon (NDB) is, as suggested by its name, a nondirectional aircraft navigational aid. Broadcasting just below the AM broadcast band, NDBs provide pilots with a known reference point on the ground. Aircraft equipped with an Automatic Direction Finder (ADF) or a Radio Magnetic Indicator (RMI) can track their position relative to the NDB for navigation. Under bad weather or during times of poor visibility, Airline Transport Communications corporate pilots utilize the VORTAC and NDB to land.

Q: Can I receive Airline Transport Communications Incorporated's onsite VORTAC and NDB?

A: Yes, you can! You can try tunning you car radio to 530 AM in the evening time. When you have the NDB tuned in, you will hear the NDB's voice and Morse code identifier, "LYQ." The NDB has a range of approximately 200 miles.
To receive the onsite VORTAC, your radio must be able to tune to 108.650 MHz. Some all-band radio receivers and many amateur radios are capable of this. At an altitude of 9,500 feet, reception range of the onsite VORTAC is 150 miles.

Q: Do you QSL your NDB?

A: Yes, we do. Please see our Contact Page for details on how to contact us. Your reception report should include the time, date, your location, and the signal strength of the NDB, and in the lower left hand corner of your reception report envelope, please mark "NDB Reception Report." All reception reports should be addressed to Listener Services.

Q: I am a pilot and I would like to visit Radio Station WWRB. Can I land at your private airport?

A: Generally speaking, no. Even a seemingly empty runway at Radio Station WWRB may be unsuitable for landing: often, they are being modified with new equipment, such as a localizer or glideslope system. Furthermore, Airline Transport Communications Incorporated utilizes the onsite runways and the availability of a runway for landing is determined by their testing schedules. If you are planning on landing on Radio Station WWRB's onsite runways, you should contact the Chief Pilot for written clearance. Please note that you must hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate to land at this airport. Our Chief Pilot can be reached at (931) 728-6087.

Q: I would like to overfly Radio Station WWRB. Can you give me some information on where you are located?

A: Sure. Using a GPS or Loran with a Direct-To feature, our geographic position is N 35.37.50 W 086.00.01. If you are within 150 miles, you can also use our VORTAC. Our VORTAC transmits on 108.650. You can also use our onsite NDB to locate the station. Its call letters are "LYQ" and it can be received on 529 KHz. Due to radio towers and other obstructions, our private airport is uncharted and will not appear on aircraft navigational charts for safety reasons. The airport's FAA identification is K43TN, and the facility is called ROSEANNE. Our UNICOM frequency is 122.825 MHz, and our HF radio frequency is 10.340 MHz. Remember, you may not land at Radio Station WWRB without written permission from the Chief Pilot. He can be reached at (931) 728-6087.

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