Two Williamsburg, VA, Stations Build New Microwave Radio Tower For Emergency Broadcasts
May 1, 2015 at 12:20 PM (PT)
A pair of WILLIAMSBURG,VA, stations, LOCAL VOICE Triple A WTYD-F (92.3 THE TIDE) and Classical WBQK-F (BACH FM) have built a new microwave radio tower which will allow them to stay on the air during emergencies, according to WYDAILY.COM.
The two FM stations, which serve as emergency broadcasting systems for JAMES CITY COUNTY, are now better poised to stay on the air through extreme weather.
The 104-foot tower, erected in mid-APRIL, beams the radio signals from the stations’ studio to a tower in neighboring NEW KENT COUNTY. The stations previously relied on a T1 data line that ran from the studios to the NEW KENT COUNTY radio tower. That line was partially underground and partially strung up on telephone lines, so inclement weather sometimes caused it to fail.
“Sometimes you had intermittent operation for days while the phone company was trying to get someone to work on it,” said LOCAL VOICE VP/Engineering PAUL KNIGHT. “We keep a set of spare microwave units, and if there’s a problem, we can immediately address the problem and restore service.”
“We’re really excited to have everything in place and our infrastructure ready for emergency service,” said LOCAL VOICE Pres. TOM DAVIS. “We’re relied upon to get information out there. Now we can be sure we will be there.”
To make sure the new system remains stable, the new tower was built to withstand winds of up to 135 mph. The directional antenna mounted on top is firmly built into the tower so inclement weather events do not allow for even slight alterations of its positioning, which would sever the link NEW KENT COUNTY's tower..