Warren is an Assistant Chief Engineer at WOWK-TV who enjoys working on radio transmitters. He works for WOWK TV, a CBS affiliate in Huntington, WV. Be sure to visit their Web site, which features many interesting photos, information and links related to broadcast technology.
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|BC5 Gates 5KW Transmitter installed in 1992.
The Transmitter was manufactured in the 1950s.
|Interior shot of audio driver and modulator stage.|
|BC5 Solid State rectifier assemblies|
Interior shot displays the high voltage rectifiers. The originals were 8008 mercury tube rectifiers. This transmitter has been equipped with solid state rectifier assemblies, which plug directly into the original tube sockets. Otherwise, Whrd's transmitter has its original complement of tubes.
|WHRD Transmitter Building|
Warren Kunkle revealed to me that a local water pumping station is closed by the Corp of Engineers 4 to 6 weeks a year. During this time, the tower is often covered with up to 10 feet of water. The radiation characteristics of the antenna of been only minimally affected and no major component failures have occurred which is fortunate, because the only way to the site is by boat during those times. The antenna base insulator is located 24 feet up the tower, along with the ATU to enable operation during flooding conditions.
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