WMEQ-FM 92.1 Menomonie WI 1982

WMEQ Stereo 92 and sister station WMNE-AM 1360 were owned by Mike Phillips.  You may know him as Charlie Van Dyke, morning man on 1130 WDGY in the Twin Cities during the first part of the 1970s.  Mike built or acquired several stations in western Wisconsin before eventually selling them all to Clear Channel.

In these days, neither WMNE nor WMEQ targeted Eau Claire.  Both were local Menomonie stations.  I was able to receive the FM very well from Apple Valley, Minnesota by using a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver, Winegard 10 element FM yagi antenna, Alliance U-100 Tenna Rotor, and Belden RG59 ultra low loss coaxial cable.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the gain and rejection of this antenna was amazing.  On 92.1, I was able to hear WMEQ, KQDE Waseca, and WCMP Pine City. Occasionally, Madison’s WMAD could be heard when band conditions were enhanced.  All 4 stations could be heard clearly and independently of each other, simply by rotating the antenna and finding the “sweet spot.”  A Technics stereo cassette deck and Scotch Dynarange 90 tape was used to make the recording.


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