Rolland Trowbridge with UPS unit

Even though our digital studios are still under-construction, their uninterruptible power supply (UPS) battery unit — an impressive apparatus that will provide backup power for the entire studio — has just come online. Here’s why that’s important.

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Deb and Rolland Trowbridge and Tara Cicatello, departing Nome for Bethel to compete in the Kuskokwim 300, a mid-distance sled dog race in southwestern Alaska.

In Western Alaska, it’s race season: the time for the sled dog races that so inspire and excite our region. This year’s races are a special source of pride for our mission, since KNOMers are involved in the races both as reporters and as competitors.

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Les Brown at KNOM, Oct. 2014

KNOM was blessed last month with a short but sweet visit from a person who may be familiar to longtime supporters and Static readers: Les Brown (pictured at top), the retired volunteer engineer whose depth of technical acumen and broadcast expertise — and many years of service in rural Alaska — make him an institution with…

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Sled dog teams

The later winter months in Western Alaska are made busy, each year, through the sled dog and snowmachine (or snowmobile) competitions that our listeners and community members follow so intently. We’re in the thick of race season, which means our entire mission is keeping extra busy. Last month, news director Laureli Kinneen had the opportunity…

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Rolland Trowbridge with pile of batteries

In this edition of Engineer’s Corner, volunteer engineer Rolland Trowbridge focuses on our mission’s consumption of batteries – in particular, the very specialized batteries that keep our equipment working during Nome’s frequent power outages and brown-outs – and why our new studios will help us decrease our battery use. The photo above shows all of…

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Rolland holding ethernet cabling

While KNOM has no official IT Manager amongst our staff positions, you’d never know it with the thorough, dedicated volunteer work of intrepid chief engineer Rolland Trowbridge. As we go to press, Rolland’s latest improvement project at KNOM is to re-route and re-organize our office building’s ethernet cabling: the wiring our staff uses to access…

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Last week, KNOM volunteer Eva DeLappe and volunteer engineer Rolland Trowbridge saved our radio studio. A GFCI outlet in an upstairs bathroom malfunctioned and began shooting sparks, scorching a nearby wall. Eva contacted Rolland, who turned off the electricity and replaced the outlet. (The new outlet is pictured above.) If Eva and Rolland had not…

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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…

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