November 2017

KPFZ 88.1 FM is BACK ON AIR !! Nov 29 2017

Wed, Nov 29

Matt Tuell and I went up to the transmitter site early this morning (so
beautiful up there today).  It looks  like there was some damage done to the
antenna (a wire dangling) .  Thet  xmitter was powered- on, but was  putting
out zero watts of  power.  We took care of that and are now back on-the-air,
but with a bit more reflected power than we should have (radio terminology
for some of the power coming back down the transmission line). That needs to
be dealt with because it could harm the xmitter.   From the numbers and
faults in the transmitter software, I think there was a spike in power on
Sunday that reduced the output to zero so nothing would be harmed - which is
exactly what the transmitter should have done.   



Wed. Nov 29,  second report

One important item about the damage to our equipment up on Mt Konocti that I
didn't mention is - reflected power can not only damage the Xmitter, but it
has already  reduced our overall power output by about 10% - which means the
signal is not getting as far, and is  not as strong  as it was before the
event.   And this may get worse, depending on what is causing the problem.
I will keep my eye on the reflected power numbers  and see if it continues
to go up (bad). If it does, we may have to hire Brian Henry (from Napa who
worked on our STL/drop-outs last spring).



KPFZ Off-air due to Equipment Failure : Nov 28, 2017

Tuesday, November 28

Late on Sunday, November 26 (close to midnight) a weather event (wind, rain)
shut down the KPFZ transmitter. At first I thought there was a power outage
on Mt Konocti,  but if there was one, it was brief, and there is power up
there now.  In any event, our equipment on the mountain has not worked since
then,  and the station is off-the-air.  Remote access to that equipment from
the studio no longer exists, so there is no way to contact the transmitter.
A site visit on the mountain will occur sometime this week to asses any
damage to the antenna, transmission line, and transmitter.   However because
of the weekend rains and muddy roads, we will wait until it is safe to go up

In the meantime, programmers may do their shows for the live stream, and for
repeat broadcasts.



KPFZ Off-air due to power failure : Nov 27, 2017

From Andy, via Olga :

Hi, power is out on the hill so no radio this morning.  Andy says nothing we can do but wait for the power to come back up.  Please post & date this message on our website:

Sorry listeners.  Regular radio is temporarily down.  Please tune in throughout the day as we expect to be back up soon.  In the meantime catch all your favorite programs steaming live.  Thanks for your patience as we work to restore power on the transmission site. 

KPFZ Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday, November 16 at 6:15 p.m.

The Board Of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6:15 p.m.  The meeting is held on the third Thursday of each month.

Board members will meet upstairs in the KPFZ office at 149 North Main Street in Lakeport. The public is always encouraged and welcome to attend. There is an agenda item for Public Input for items not on the agenda.  Each speaker has up to 3 minutes.  Please check in with this website or the KPFZ station at 707-263-3640 for meeting agendas and any updates.

When the agenda and minutes are available, they will be posted in the comments.

Mark your calendars! See you there.