96.1 FM, 780 AM, Yours for Western Alaska

Time to tighten up

This time of year, we scramble to make sure that we perform routine maintenance on the KNOM buildings and equipment.  As we go through this process, we encounter unusual circumstances. (Several years ago, as we were doing a visual inspection of the AM transmitter site, a herd of muskoxen decided to graze near the tower.)

KNOM volunteer engineer Rolland Trowbridge has discovered that the AM transmitter building (sitting on four wood pilings) sways a bit in the wind. Higher velocity wind causes vibrations that are loosening screws and nuts in the wiring and broadcast equipment.

Rolland has been busy tightening components of the AM transmitter – and even the screws holding the wiring in the building outlets.

His attentiveness and his dedication to mission have been a true blessing to KNOM.