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Old 05-28-2019, 11:01:20 PM
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Hard to imagine what could be wrong with a VHF transmit antenna that could not be fixed with a 4 hour service call by 1 or 2 guys. I suspect red tape may be involved here....
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Following the NOAA link, the Hancock transmitter must either be on a tower badly strained by the ice storm or just a plain rotten tower. That'll take more than a 4 hour service call. I'm sure there is more than a little bureaucratic CYA going on that is stretching things out but it is also nothing to mess around with.

On another note, I don't know about the left coast but in the midwest tower crews are about as scarce as hen's teeth. Between the re-pack of broadcasters, the still wildly growing cellular industry and ever changing regulations & requirements any good crew is impossible to book and even less than great crews are very busy.

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That new Midland will be very easy to set up for tornado warning only but as you've said, you have to have a station to listen to. I hope they can get a crew in there soon...........PD
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Well they finely got it back on line. I now have two good radios to pick it up with. I guess that because tornado season it over it was safe to climb the tower and fix it!
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Old 11-01-2019, 09:37:33 PM
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If the tower was that bad, how hard would it be to slap a temp antenna on the roof of the building or a few feet up the tower?

My experience is that despite how 'important' you might think the weather radio stations are, is they are not treated that way.
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I'm fairly certain that NOAA had lost a transmitter/tower site, and had to relocate to a new facility opportunity. I'm certain that NOAA doesn't have their own tower for this site- they're leasing someone else's.

If you look closely, you'll see that Pottawattamie County's transmit site is south of Avoca and Walnut, Iowa, which is in the middle of a rapidly-expanding wind farm. As such, there's lots of building going on, and crane service for any sort of high-lift is insanely expensive, and LONG on scheduling. If they had to wait for some other tower to be built, or even if it was an existing tower and they were waiting for a crew, that's why it took 'so long'.
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I'm in TN, out in the woods, but we're in a mountain cove where if the trees weren't blocking the view I'd be able to see the tower, the NOAA station antenna is only about 3 miles away across the valley. Before they put that one in, the closest was a good 40 miles away and a very weak signal. But not anymore. I use my HT to hear the weather, and it's really loud. N4ISF
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Well they finely got it back on line. I now have two good radios to pick it up with. I guess that because tornado season it over it was safe to climb the tower and fix it!
Glad to hear they finally got a "roundtuit".............PD
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