|[AMRadio] KOMA radio|
w5jo at brightok.net
Fri Mar 27 12:04:33 EDT 2015
Bill, I hope Tyler Broadcasting will put the system back, but if they were modifying to change coverage maybe they will construct new elements? I wish Jack was around to tell more of the story about the current situation.
From: Bill Guyger
Been there and done this. A Microburst took out 3 out of 4 towers at KTCK one of my AM's here in Dallas in 2008. The three towers that went down were in line (and still are) and so closely spaced that the guy wires are interlaced. One tower went down due to the Microburst and took out the other two. The 4th tower is off to the side forming an equilateral triangle with the North and center towers and was unaffected other than having some of the outer Philistrand guys from the North tower and the center tower pulling down on its outer guys. I was able to cut those with a big pair of cable cutters and tower 4 kept us on the air for the duration with a little creative third world engineering.
You have no idea of the sick feeling when you get to the site at 3:30 AM after dodging debris in roadways and only see one tower standing.
The kick in the teeth on KOMA / KOKC is that Jack Sellmeyer AD5VO had been working for months on modifications to the array and generating new engineering and licensing documents for the station that were going to be filed with the FCC next week. Jack is one of the preeminent experts on directional arrays and he had been sweating blood and / or pulling the afore mentioned teeth to make this array work and all for naught now.
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