Everyone knows it’s windy

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  • #47752
    Alfredo_T
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    Recently, I checked to see how the recent windstorms and power outages might be affecting radio in our area. The following are my observations, although I have no way of determining whether high winds are the root cause.

    AM

    • 660 – Off the air
    • 1040 – Carrier only
    • 1330 – Low modulation
    • 1480 – Off the air
    • 1640 – Off the air

    FM

    • 88.7 – Off the air
    #47753
    lastday
    Participant

    Sometime last night there was high wind here but it must have been very brief. This morning I saw some downed tree limbs and a lot of tree debris. Today it’s eerily quiet. Almost no wind, but with a LOT of smoke and ash drifting into Eugene from McKenzie Valley. Orange-gray skies. I was parked outside for about an hour and the car was covered with ash. KLCC is reporting scattered power outages all over the area. Hwy 126 East is closed from MP 10 to MP 55. That’s basically the edge of Thurston on up to McKenzie Bridge.

    Edit just to make it more on-topic: I haven’t noted any radio or TV outages here in Eugene.

    #47754
    Bob
    Participant

    1640 has been off air for better part of a day now.

    Anyone have information on when some of these stations expect to return on air?

    #47755
    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    PGE announced that for safety, they turned off power along parts of U.S. 26 near Mount Hood. My above list needs two additions:

    • 90.3 – Off the air
    • 94.3 – Off the air

    88.7, 90.3, and 94.3 all broadcast from the same transmitter site near Timberline Lodge.

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    #47757
    lastday
    Participant

    Yesterday (Monday) there were at least two EAS alerts regarding high winds and fire danger, and an emergency alert was pushed out to cell phones. Scared the heck out of me when my phone started shrieking.

    EWEB has announced that they will shut off power anywhere at any time as needed for safety.

    #47758
    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    1640 is now back.

    #47759
    lastday
    Participant

    Another EAS just went out for a fire near Crawfordsville. Also KLCC reported that power has been shut off to Oakridge due to high winds.

    Speaking of EAS, the computer-generated voice is kind of hard to understand sometimes. It sounds like someone with a speech impediment. It really has trouble with the word “evacuation”. Sounds kind of like “ewakoolayshun”.

    #47761
    lastday
    Participant

    New alerts, entire Mohawk Valley and Upper Camp Creek are on Level 2 evacuation warnings. The smoke is worse than I’ve ever seen here since 1990. Some downtown Eugene businesses like Whole Foods are closed, probably so employees can go home and take care of things.

    #47762
    lastday
    Participant

    Mohawk Valley and Camp Creek elevated to Level 3: Get The Hell Out Now.

    TV interviewing evacuees whining about the inconvenience and it’s a hoax. I switched to People’s Court. Lol.

    #47765
    Steve Naganuma
    Participant

    Might be a good time to go back and listen to clip #7. In 1962, KGW AM 620 was the only station still on the air during the Columbus Day Storm.

    https://pdxradio.com/History.html

    #47766
    semoochie
    Participant

    It’s an interesting thread title, Alfredo. How did you make that association? 🙂

    #47769
    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    Arf! Arf! Arf! 🙂

    #47771
    lastday
    Participant

    I’m in Oakridge. No power anywhere except emergency generators. KAVE is off the air. It’s very clear, windy, no smoke.

    #47772
    semoochie
    Participant

    We had a power transformer explode last night, so we lost power for an hour or so. That’s pretty quick, under the circumstances! They must have moved us to another transformer.

    #47780
    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    I made another discovery today. KFFP-LP 90.3 is now being heard on 95.9. This is due to KXPC being off the air. The translator has no way of knowing whether it is re-transmitting the correct 90.3 MHz station.

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