Seems odd that the lightning strike hasn't knocked KKAT-AM 860 off the air as well. Unless something's changed recently, KBJA's signal is diplexed off of KKAT's tower.
K-TALK's redesigned web page is kind of a mess. They have photos of Mike Gallagher and Dennis Prager on their "Hosts" page, but their shows aren't listed on KBJA's schedule, and the Gallagher and Prager links go nowhere. Weird!
It doesn't seem odd to me at all. Presumably the tower itself is still standing. Electricity is always going to follow the path of least resistance to ground. The grounding could possibly be equal in multiple paths but it certainly doesn't have to be. If that path went through KBJA's signal path but not KKAT's it could easily damage one but not the other. It also stands to reason that a very large national company like Cumulus could afford more robust equipment and better lightning protection than a small company like United.
KBJA is still silent as of 11 PM Friday 5/3. No word on the station's Facebook or web pages about when they expect to be back on the air. I'm hearing KDIA in Vallejo, CA most nights on 1640 since KBJA got knocked off the air. Thought I heard KZLS in Enid, OK a couple nights ago, but I didn't get a positive ID.
Post by radiowyoming on May 4, 2019 10:49:25 GMT -7
I can hear 1640 and 860 here in Laramie at sunrise/sunset.
I can hazard a guess here... 860 KKAT is using the actual towers themselves and KBJA is using a skirt/unipole thing.. which is more susceptible and finicky when things get zapped..... plus, we dont know what transmitter either station is using or what protections are in place.
1640 has been off for several days now. The K-Talk Media Facebook page says their tower was hit by lightning.
An update was posted on the station's Facebook page earlier today. Both the main AND backup transmitters were damaged by the lightning strike last month--OUCH! Is there such a thing as insurance for broadcasting equipment? The repairs aren't going to be cheap if United Broadcasting has to foot 100% of the bill.
Thanks for the clarification. As far as I know, the only X band station that doesn't broadcast with 10 KW days and 1 KW nights is 1700 KVNS in Brownsville, TX; presumably because of their transmitter's close proximity to the US/Mexico border. KVNS is 8.8 KW days and 800 watts nights.