Towers collapse in North Adams, MA, takes three off

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Towers collapse in North Adams, MA, takes three off

Post by NECRAT » Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:05 pm

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Very heavy wind gusts from a strong storm front last night took down the radio towers of WUPE-FM 100.1, WNNI 98.9, and W266AW 101.1. The WNNI installation had only been completed on the self supporting cell tower a few weeks back. Reports from the national weather service that the wind gusts were over 100mph.

WUPE-FM does not have an off site back up and is currently off the air.
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Re: Towers collapse in North Adams, MA, takes three off

Post by Shane » Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:13 pm

UPDATE: Yesterday, the WUPE web site said they were back on with an auxiliary antenna mounted to the side of the transmitter building up on the mountain. Said they will not be as strong since they are not a tower. I think they meant "not on a tower," of course. Another article (from the Berkshire Eagle) said Cory Thurston owns the downed towers. Nice to see a Thurston is still in the business up there and hope he recovers quickly.
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Re: Towers collapse in North Adams, MA, takes three off

Post by NECRAT » Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:35 pm

WUPE is using a single bay Shively on a roof mounted pole. They are going to install a telephone poll/antenna structure in the coming weeks to increase the signal prior to the tower replacement.
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