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I accidentally the whole transmitter site

Oh jeez, make it stop:

Somebody got busy...

Somebody got busy…

Station has been “flickering on and off…” for the last three days…

Another mouse nest

Wonder why?

Hey, you know that stuff that has been laying around the shop for the last three years? Why don’t you store it at the transmitter site?


Great idea

No matter what you do, save everything. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever throw anything away ever.

You never know when you will need a leaking capacitor with a hole in the side of it...

You never know when you might need a leaking capacitor with a hole in the side of it…

The company I work for is taking over engineering for more and more radio stations. That is good for business, and good for us as contract engineers, but Great Caesar’s Ghost, some of these places are downright dangerous.  Why, just the other day, while I was working at a transmitter site at which both the main and backup transmitters were fed with one fused disconnect, the contact fingers severely overheated to the point of crumbling and I was standing on an aluminum ladder, inside of a steel box (shipping container) using a wooden broom handle to push the contact arms back into place because the station was off the air all the while thinking to myself; there has to be an easier way to earn a living.


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9 comments to I accidentally the whole transmitter site

  • R Redmond

    Didn’t you know, the magic elves come out and repair these broken items when you are not there. This is similar to the “place the broken chair in the engineering office” scenario, those magically get fixed as well.

    Seriously, some of the most product tools I had as a CE were a dumpster, vacuum, and fantastic and paper towels. There is no reason to have junk around, and no mater how cheap a station is, being clean really does not cost a lot of money, it is a mindset.

  • Bob Roe

    One wrong step you either trip and fall or get electrocuted touching a wire. I would say no this station!.

  • Robert LaFore

    A station that will remain unidentified, had a big disconnect that fed three phase to a metal box. Inside the metal box were copper buss bars. Need another circuit? Hey, no problem. Kill the disconnect and tap a new hole in the buss bar(s). Attach cable to a nut and bolt…and you have a new circuit for a transmitter, a rack who knows what!!!! Breakers?….breakers? we don’t need no stinking breakers.

    Oh yeah, high leg delta 240 as well for extra fun.

  • Gregg Richwine

    Second picture…is that some sort of surge protector? I like the overheated core at the top. I bet that mess smells just as good as it looks.

    The SE cable strapped to the concrete wall is a nice touch. Must not have been any conduit in town the day that was installed. 🙂

  • Gregg Richwine

    Lived through the sticking contact arms in the disconnects, too. Non-contact voltage tester saved my ass. In my case, the electrician used Square D general duty switches, and they all failed at the pivots. Luckily, management had them immediately replaced with heavy-duty disconnects.

  • Chuck Gennaro

    That first picture- it was polite of them to stuff the excess THNN behind the conduit. Old world craftsmanship there… 🙂

  • Bill Frahm

    The broom handle or a preferably dry 2×4 are standard tools to get 200 amp disconnects to operate.

  • John Kosobucki

    So… Uh What is the cost of a dumpster… I wouldn’t set foot in any of these until the management was told the place has to be cleaned up… Someone else can loose their life. I want mine.

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