We had some crazy winter storms and the site I lovingly call Shit on a Shingle lost power. When the power came back after a couple days, the station didn’t.
Found this little derpshit howling away as usual with no output. Front panel buttons and remote interface were unresponsive. Power cycled it and the controls came back but still no output. I warmed it with a space heater for a while and if fully returned to service.
I know some transmitters don’t like extreme cold, but this thing had only reached about 34 degrees at the lowest.
It had a really shaky start too, the front panel indicated 1750 watts forward 0 reflect, but no PA current, and it wasn’t audible on the air. I set it to 500 and it was audible for about a block down the road. As incoming snowstorms chased me from the site I heard it just gradually chatter and wheeze back onto the airwaves.
Hello, Transmitter Fairy, what do I have to leave under my pillow for you to leave me a nice Nautel VS2.5?
Please don’t disturb the kitty on the pillow.
This is, incidentally, the same site where the combiner horror used to live. Yeah, that one that never worked at full power until the whole system was sent out for service for a few months then exploded after less than a day on air.