Thanks for your patience today while 89.5 WVPR and 88.1 WNCH were off the air. We've had equipment problems on Mount Ascutney that are complicated and time consuming to fix. (See previous VPR Blog posts from April 28 and April 21.)
Today, engineers removed antennae parts that had been broken by snow and ice. In the photo to the left, you can see the eight foot wide antenna bay being lowered down the 300 foot tower. VPR's Director of Engineering, Rich Parker, reported that it was extremely windy today and work was very slow. In the picture below, you can see the back-up antenna being threaded through the guy wires back up the tower. Engineers had to wait for breaks in the wind gusts in order to make sure it didn't get stuck or tangled.
As of this writing, we hope to have WVPR and WNCH back on at full power by nightfall. There is more work to be done in the coming weeks. We will keep disruptions to a minimum while still protecting the safety of our engineers and the integrity of the sensitive equipment.
Again, thanks for your patience during this period.