The mission described is to move the generator/tower to the above location...
What could possibly go wrong? Simply unhook the trailer from the KCAA truck and pull the trailer to the site with Barry's ATV seen in the next picture.
So far... So good
Ready To Go!
We'll be on top of the ridge looking over the city of Yucaipa in a just a few minutes so stay tuned!
Well... not so much!
The ATV slides back toward the cliff and stops with just a few inches to spare.
We were lucky!!!
The star on the mountain at the rear of this picture is our transmitter and tower destination.
We will use a heliciopter in the next episode
FM CONSTRUCTION BEGINS
The CEO OF KCAA FLIES IN WITH ONE OF THE COMPANY PLANES TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE HELICOPTER LIFT
WE'RE JUST KIDDING.
WE FOUND THIS PICTURE ON THE INTERNET.
WE SHOULD HAVE RENTED A HELICOPTER IN THE FIRST PLACE AND AVOIDED PROBLEMS
WE ASKED FOR A SMALL HELICOPTER TO SAVE MONEY
AND WOW... IT'S REALLY SMALL!!!
THANKFULLY, THE PILOT HAD A LIGHT BREAKFAST OR HE MIGHT HAVE EXCEEDED THE LIFT LIMIT
I'm not sure if anyone has repurposed a light tower for use as a radio station tower and power unit but there is a first time for everything
These things are very heavy and built to take lots of abuse.
We had to strip ours down to lift it by air
This is our transmitter "building" I come complete
with central heating and AC.
This is how the light tower looked just after it arrived at the FM location.
As you can see, we stripped it down to the frame for the lift.
I think something with such a curious apperance deserves a name.
A Summit Aviation ground crew member is seen in the photo. These people are the best.
The light tower has been reassembled.
Next, we will install the antennas and raise the telescoping mast below.
Joe Britt designed and built this frame for the transmitter enclosure.
I am publishing this narrative to explain radio frequency attenuation.
FM signals, especially those broadcasting from high altitudes above average terrain, are usually listenable to 48 db on almost all receivers.
The best receivers hear even further, even to 40 db in open areas.
This translator's 40 db reaches Ranco Cucamonga. The 60 db covers a population of 122,576. Both the horizontal and vertical radiators (antennas) have a 6.5 to 7 db forward gain which pushes the power out the front at 278 degrees true north.
Those of you familiar with Google Earth can plot the signal direction from the Yucaipa coordinates of
34 degrees 00 minutes 13 seconds N
116 degrees 51 minutes 58 seconds W
Major lobe direction is 278 degrees true north
Our second FM at Box Springs Mountain broadcasts at frequency 102.3 FM. The population in the 60 db area of that translator is around 528,000 excluding moving vehicles. Together, these two FM translators cover the primary listening area of KCAA AM.
The mast is back on the light tower
The mast must be reinstalled on the light tower without a helicopter.
The transmitter enclosure is ready
The enclosure will house our Orban 8100-A audio processor with its matching AT-2 equalizer, a combination used today at some of America's largest and most successful FM stations.
The OMB Transmitter is built in Spain and is known for its tough construction and crystal clear sound. This combo will be used at both FM sites.
This is our transmitter "building" It came complete
with central heating and AC.
Joe's job would have been impossible without these two young men.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS
The antennas are next and they are impressive.
The vertical rod above the horizonal light bar is a lightning rod.
Antenna mounts installed on unistrut
Finally, Antennas are in the sky!!!
In this photo, the vertical antenna is shown above this text and the horizontal antenna is shown below.
A BIG THANK YOU GOES TO EVERYONE WHO MADE 106.5 FM POSSIBLE