KRIS-TV tower collapse

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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 pm
That 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.
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