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June ’87: Fixes at the transmitter site

June 8, 1987

Chief engineer Timothy Cochran and general manager Tom Busch extend the 120 ground wires at the AM transmitter site to 320 feet, 1/4 wavelength at KNOM’s frequency. Because of a shipping error back in 1971, the ground wires had been a hundred feet short for 16 years, but the money is finally in place to correct that.

In addition, Tom and Timothy add 240 new radials to improve transmission.

Meanwhile, Nome receives a visit from Gaithersburg, Maryland consulting engineer John Mullaney, who serves KNOM at no charge. John works with tower climber Rod Ewing to adjust KNOM’s folded unipole antenna for maximum signal strength.