Two Lightning Strikes in less than 30 days. The odds are incomprehensible unless you have an AM tower nearby reaching into the sky screaming “HIT ME!” which is what our tower seems to do and even though it is properly grounded, the strikes continue. We’re fairly well protected against strikes ruining equipment but in this case, the strike was right on top of the building and the power which surged through the components did not need wire to find it’s destinations -
WNBZ came back on the air at 4am on Friday Morning. ROCK105 is dealing with a catastrophic hit to another critical processing component. It was just Tuesday that the backup was returned to it’s previous assignment in Plattsburgh following the successful repair of the primary component which has been re-tasked to a different location for Y106.3. A new Primary system installed just a few days ago is now on the bench and we’ve ordered a new backup unit so that there will be two units in the building that can be quickly installed and operational.
Integrated Circuits don’t like lightning strikes – Especially ones that overpower surge protectors. The Chip in the middle caused WNBZ to be off the air until about 4am Friday.If we were in a larger market, we would be better able to build a completely redundant operation which could immediately be turned on, up and running in just a few minutes, but in a small market like ours, there are limitations. One of those limitations is the amount of time it would take for one person to design, build and manage a redundant facility. The other deterrent to a fully redundant operation is the expense involved in owning and maintaining equipment that is usually out of service when that money can be directed at employees and issues that may take a higher priority than accepting the risk of being off the air for an extended period of time while a replacement unit is installed. In ROCK105′s case, the unit will arrive via Federal Express Friday morning and it will be installed into the system as soon as it does and we’ll be back on the air hopefully by no later than noon.
On August 10th, The Studios of ROCK105 which includes WRGR in Tupper lake (102.1fm) and WLPW in Lake Placid (105.5fm)and is also home base for WNBZ (1240am) and WIRD (920am) plus Y106.3 (WYZY-FM) was forced to replace several broadcast components due to a lightning strike which caused an electrical surge in the building that the buffers and the surge protectors were not able to stop.
For a normal household the odds of being hit by lightning twice in the same spot are minimal in fact according to the National Lightning Safety Institute, the odds of being hit just once is 1 in 280,000,000 (yes million) In the case of WNBZ, however, we have a 180′ tower right outside of the building – which is properly grounded and acts like a lightning rod actually attracting the electrical charges contained within the typical thunderstorm.