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KRIS-TV tower collapse

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Jeez - first the Cordillera/Scripps fine for tower lighting discrepancies, of which KRIS-TV (Corpus Christi) was a part, and now this. KRIS had their tower collapse on Wednesday (29 April) apparently due to a confluence of high wind and a rusted guy wire. No doubt the salty air down 'round those parts played a role in the latter condition. According to FCC records, the tower was built in 1988.

http://wirelessestimator.com/articles/2 ... e-culprit/
https://www.kristv.com/news/local-news/ ... s-the-area

Mercifully, nobody was on site at the time, and there was only minor damage to the transmitter building. KRIS and low-powered sister station/tower tenant K22JA-D are back on the air from sister station KZTV's tower.
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This appears to be an unfortunate demonstration of why regular inspection and and maintenance are essential. If Cordilliera wasn't keeping up with obvious lighting failures, it seems unlikely that they were paying much attention to less obvious structural issues.

This article goes into more detail about the history behind the fine.

The only bright side here (other than serving as a grim reminder) is that nobody was hurt.

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Also on this tower were
Educational Media Foundation's KPLV 88.7 FM
Diocesan Telecomm's KLUX 89.5 FM
Quality Broadcasting's KFTX 97.5 FM

None of those FMs had any licensed auxes.
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That article is behind a paywall.

You can read the actual consent decree here.
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-24A1.pdf
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NECRAT wrote: Fri May 01, 2020 1:10 pmThat article is behind a paywall.
Sorry about that -- for whatever reason, it originally gave me free access. The thing that caught my attention was that the original owner was investigated after a light plane crashed into a tower in Louisiana that should have been lit, but was not. The upshot was that most if not all of the company's tower sites turned out to have serious deficiencies with respect to lighting, reporting, monitoring, and so forth... hence the hefty fine.

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PID_Stop wrote: Fri May 01, 2020 12:06 pm The only bright side here (other than serving as a grim reminder) is that nobody was hurt.
No doubt. Towers and transmitters can be rebuilt; lives cannot.

Corpus Christi is my hometown, so this (quite literally) hits home. I went out to my transmitter site today and made sure to check out my guy wire anchors. I don't want a tower coming down on my head.
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In that first linked article it says, “At 12:37 p.m. (4 hours after the collapse), KRIS-TV was informing their viewers that windy conditions affected their signal on various cable systems throughout the area.” I’ll say.
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Shane wrote: Sat May 02, 2020 12:48 am In that first linked article it says, “At 12:37 p.m. (4 hours after the collapse), KRIS-TV was informing their viewers that windy conditions affected their signal on various cable systems throughout the area.” I’ll say.
Yeah, rain fade has nothing on extreme wind fade.

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I bet that sumbitch was LOUD when it hit the ground, too! That was a big tower.
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Interesting development... I knew they were going to an ATC site about 1.1 miles northwest of the old facilities; that construction permit was submitted last December and is granted.

I did not know they submitted a petition to change channels from 13 to 26. That change is pending.

https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/datae ... 17d4ae02a2
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There have been nine applications for VHF-to-UHF moves submitted since the first of the year. KRIS is the only one filed by Scripps but Sinclair, Gray, and TEGNA have all filed multiple applications. One Gray application in Nebraska also proposes to change the city-of-license.

Formally this is a two-step process: first, Scripps files to change the channel assignment from 13 to 26; presuming it's approved, they then file for a CP to modify the KRIS-TV license to use the newly-available channel.

Of course, the point is that due to {editorial}massive violations of Part 15 and the widespread marketing of defective receiving antennas{/editorial} VHF spectrum is no longer suitable for OTA TV:(
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Just curious, would the station be subject to further fines for the tower collapse, if it was determined to be due to negligence/lack of maintenance?
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I'm not the legal expert here but I don't think the FCC cares. As long as you tell them when it comes down, rebuild it where you told them you were going to rebuild it, and get back on the air within a year it's all good with them.

What OSHA or the local officials might do I couldn't say.
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