Not quite as bad… Shasta Bally

As the Carr fire continued in Whiskeytown, we had no power to our site but a remote control continued operating on the generator. The final data I got from it showed 140F stack temp above the transmitter and 122F at its chassis.

The cause: burnination.

Thanks to Matt at Valley Industrial Communications for these pictures and for being a far braver soul than I…

Hey look, it’s still got a roof!

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Okay… I’ve calmed down. Now for silliness.

I’ve seen this on the Internet before but never thought I’d see a brake rotor this bad in person.

The (Oh, oh,) O’Reilly…. Auto Parts (Yow!) here in Willows just had a customer bring this in when buying new parts. Daaaaaaang!

Or should I say, YOW!

The O’Reilly Auto Parts jingle/radio advertisement music bed I’m referencing is a severe earworm. 😉

Fuck you.

It sadly came to our attention when our station staff started getting turned away at road blocks that some steaming pile of cat shit was using fake media passes to enter evacuation zones. Now the National Guard troops have been instructed to look for official passes….. which haven’t been distributed.

Whoever you are, fuck you. I hope you get a deep tissue massage with the business end of a Mercury 250 horsepower outboard motor running full throttle.

66 block stupidity

I need to find whoever decided to make both 66 blocks with the split down the middle and blocks without it with no identifying mark as to which type is which and pour glitter* over their head.

At left: no split. I’d been putting bridge clips on it for no reason and got a rude surprise (Zeppelin on a country station!) when I expected to have the left three pegs and the right three isolated.

At right: has the split. You have to install bridge clips to join the two sides.

* Biodegradable glitter of course – the sugar or seaweed based kind

Ow. Stop that. Stop that right now.

Just got some CCTV video of the Shasta Bally site. In about three minutes’ time it goes from smoke simply rolling over it to firestorm and *NO SIGNAL*

The high temperature reading I saw at the stack of the transmitter that was powered off was likely due to the vegetation behind the building burning. The vents are on its right side. The building is visible at the bottom center.

I’ll see if I can export and convert this later. It’ll be a while before I find out what’s still up there…

Yes, glad we didn’t get to go up Shasta Bally today.

Anyone want to buy a slightly used Continental 816R? When you see it, prepare to shit bricks. Note that utility power was off at the time and the transmitter was not powered.

Educational Media Foundation are great people

EMF (parent network of K-LOVE and Air1) lent us their tower on wheels to get our missing stations back up!

I’ve heard it’s sat waiting in their parking lot in Rocklin for a long time waiting for such an incident. Now it gets a chance to shine! 🙂

Thanks, EMF.

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