TheEC: 89.3 Off-air for Tower Work

Feb 9, 2018

The whip antenna to be fixed is the vertical white line at the top. The three silver-white chevron-shaped devices below it, on the left side of the pole, are 89.3FM's transmitting antenna array.
Credit Aaron Read RIPR

Weather permitting, on Thursday Feb.15, beginning around 9:30am, our 89.3FM signal will be off-the-air for about 20-30 minutes. 

There's a whip antenna that's not related to RIPR that needs maintenance, but it's literally a few feet from our transmitting antenna; you can see it in the pic on the left - it's the white vertical line at the very top. The three silver-white chevron-shaped devices just below it are the transmitting antenna array for 89.3FM.

So for the health and safety of the crew climbing that little pole to reach the whip antenna, we need to turn our transmitter off.   WTKL 91.1 (the two orange shapes below our antenna) will be off as well.

The climbers tell us it shouldn't take more than 20-30 minutes to get up there, disconnect the antenna, replace the connector, test it, reconnect it, and climb back down.

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