New NBC station getting mobile weather truck so big it would probably smash into a bridge on Storrow Drive

Newscast Studio reports NBC is buying a big-ass weather truck that could run right over Channel 4's Mobile AccuWeather van and not even notice, as it gears up to launch NBC Boston on some New Hampshire UHF channel - and no doubt a low number on local Comcast systems.

The StormRangers feature an X-band, dual polarization, doppler weather radar with a range of 75 miles fixed atop a Dodge Ram truck.

Our StormRanger will initially be based in Philadelphia, but will roam the Northeast Corridor and will be called into duty locally at the merest hint of a Killer Death Storm for the Boston area.

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Carpetbaggers

If they really want to make a splashy entry here, they should skip the truck and get Shelby Scott to come out of retirement and do storm stand-ups.

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Shelby

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huh..huh..huh...

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Broadcast Range

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I know someone has figured this out already, but the likelihood of any of us south of the Pike getting this station OTA is minimal, right? And we're not close enough to WJAR to get a signal from Providence. Is there any kind of FCC regulation to govern this situation?

I have no dog in the fight other than wanting to watch Sunday Night Football on an antenna like any other red-blooded American should be able to.

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I'm with you

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Apparently the rumors are swirling that NBC will be able to move to either channel 7 or channel 25 via the failing FOX affiliate. Time will tell...

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They don't even cover Boston

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I live in Roslindale and have a good antenna that picks up all the Boston stations, but I've never picked up the slightest whiff of that station in New Hampshire that's allegedly going to become NBC Boston. There are a bunch of nearly useless stations that come in just fine, like channel 68 in Boston and channel 62 in Lawrence (although 62 won't help them much to the south). TV signals in the all-digital era are nowhere near what they used to be in terms of coverage.

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Radar?

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Everyone knows the only way to track a nor'easter is with the Rt 1 traffic camera.

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As a general rule, I am

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As a general rule, I am surprised whenever UHub reports on TV stations and The Globe. Perhaps reading too much into them and their own belly-gazing make it natural. But "weather truck"? Who in their right mind watches weather on TV? Do you get more than once a day? Do you set an alarm to make sure you aren't missing it, or do you tune in half an hour in advance?

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Mobile Doppler Radar: Wait and See

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Hate to rain on this parade of "small is beautiful" and "auslanders not welcome". But mounting a 75 mile range radar on a truck is a truck is impressive.

Will it pay off? Who knows. But the company showed initiative and invested real money. It may only take a few storms in the right locations (away from radars nailed to the ground) to show its worth.

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