WILQ rebuilds transmitter site


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A joy ride becomes a prolonged project for WILQ.

The original transmitter building...

The original transmitter building...

We purchased a Tunwall TRC-1 controller for the Dielectric antenna switch. It was at this point that Gurzynski would begin the cleaning of the HT-5 and subsequent testing into the Bird dummy load. Utility power was not available in the new building yet, but we did have the original Onan power generator and its new transfer switch installed along with all the rest of the ac power infrastructure. The generator was load tested to assure its reliability and it too came away from the destruction of the old building unscathed. It was this setup that afforded Gurzynski the ability to begin the testing.

...the temporary shed...

...the temporary shed...

By March 2009 the pre-wiring effort to complete as much as we could proved advantageous when it came time to cut over to the new building. In keeping with this theme, we purchased a BDI analog composite DA and a new Armstrong X-Link STL receiver. This would leave only the transmission lines and the Burk ARC-16 remote control to be removed from the temporary shed and put into the new building. A relay panel for the ARC-16 was pre-wired in the new building to ease the move. We would then be operating on the HT-5 while movers transported the Z-5CD transmitter from the temporary shed to the new building at the end of May 2009. Considering that the spring 2009 rating survey would be well underway before we cut over, we wanted to reduce the amount of time we had to be on the auxiliary site down the road operating at 10 percent power.

...and the newly constructed building.

...and the newly constructed building.

In the second week of June 2009, the Harris Z 5CD was finished being wired into the facility, tested and subsequently put on the air. Countless hours were poured into the reconstruction of the WILQ transmitting installation. Our plan was to rebuild it to be professional and reliable. It is now finished and thankfully this chapter in the history of Backyard Broadcasting's WILQ is now closed.


Atkins is VP, director of engineering of Backyard Broadcasting, Buffalo, NY.


Equipment List

Armstrong X-Link
BDI CMP-300
Bird 5kW load
Burk ARC-16
Dielectric Model 50000
Harris HT-5, Z-5CD
Inovonics 531
LEA SP-200
Myat 1-5/8" coax, couplings, field flanges, and 90-degree elbows
Onan 15kW genset
Onan/Cummins LT-200
Tunwall TRC-1
Xcel CPS A1/A2




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