Weather Service Transmitter at WKTV Tower
Photos Taken by Hank KB2VLP on Feb 10th 2009
Pictured is a Crown WRG 300R transmitter system.
The entire unit is housed in a building owned by WKTV, at their Fairfield,
NY tower site. This system is made up of a controller unit, two 300 watt
transmitter units, power amplifier, and a four bay antenna mounted at
approximately 600 feet on the WKTV tower. There are two transmitters - so
the controller unit will automatically switch back and forth to whichever
one is working properly. At this time - the output power at the transmitters
are 166 watts each. This is a very comfortable level for the transmitters,
but still gives excellent coverage to our warning area. Input signals for
the transmitters are sent to the site via dedicated phone lines from the
Albany National Weather Service. Someone at the NWS office has to put a
message in special format into their computers to generate what we hear. The
voices we then hear transmitted are digital "voices" produced at the NWS
The tower is a 1100 foot tall guyed structure, on
top of a hill which is 900 feet above sea level, making the top of the tower
about 2000 feet above sea level. With the antenna array at about the 600
foot level on the tower - it puts the weather service antenna about 1500
feet above sea level.
This system was obtained by a joint effort of
representatives from the Albany NWS, Utica National Insurance Co., WKTV and
The Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Assoc, Inc. Meetings, ideas and work by the
committee was begun in 1997. After installation and testing in the fall of
2000, this system has been successfully transmitting NWS information 24
hours a day. If there are any problems with the system, the Fort Herkimer
Amateur Radio Association, Inc. has the responsibility of "first look"
troubleshooting the system.
73, H. A. Crofoot "Hank" KB2VLP, Herkimer County
Coordinator for the Albany NWS and SKYWARN AEC for Herkimer County.