MANCHESTER>> A local radio station that had its coverage area reduced after its tower on Mount Equinox fell will soon be broadcasting at full strength.
Engineers with 102.7 WEQX FM continue to work on constructing a new tower and antenna, according to Program Director Jeff Morad. The station expects to have a new tower for its antenna in about two weeks, he said, which will give the alternative rock station the same coverage area as before.
The alternative rock station is currently available at 80 percent of its possible reach, Morad said.
The broadcast completely cut out the morning of Dec. 29. It was found the radio station's communications tower, which broadcasts on Mount Equinox in Manchester at an elevation of 2,490 feet, had collapsed and broken in two. Station management said the collapse was likely caused by high winds, ice and snow from this week's storm.
Since then, the station has broadcast from a "temporary" tower and antenna on Mount Equinox, which means the signal isn't as strong as before and some listeners may not be able to receive the station.
The station was broadcast from a 1,250-watt antenna on a 174-foot tower, according to FCC re cords, equivalent to 10,000 watts.
The broadcast strength gives the station a coverage area as far as Amsterdam, N.Y, Keene, N.H., and Pittsfield, Mass.
The station has encouraged those who can't receive the station over the air to listen online at www.weqx.com or with the free iPhone and Android smart phone apps.
Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979