WEQX has temporary fix for fallen tower, broadcast continues online

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MANCHESTER >> A local radio station is back on the air two days after a winter storm brought down its tower on Mount Equinox.

By 1 p.m. Thursday, 102.7 WEQX — FM was again broadcasting crunchy tunes from a temporary antennae on the mountain, "thanks to the tireless effort of our engineer, Bear Gritt," Program Director Jeff Morad told the Banner.

"Full power restoration hopefully will resume within the next week or two, weather permitting," Morad said.

And in the meantime, the independently owned radio station serving the Albany, N.Y. market will continue streaming its programming lineup online.

The broadcast cut out Tuesday at about 11 a.m., Morad said. It was found that the radio station's communications tower had collapsed and broken in two, likely caused by high winds, ice and snow from this week's storm.

WEQX broadcasts on Mount Equinox in Manchester at an elevation of 2,490 feet. A 1,250 watt antenna sits on a 174-foot tower, according to FCC records, 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, M.A., Morad said.

The alternative rock station was founded by Brooks Brown in 1984 and the station is on Elm Street in Manchester.

The station is encouraging people to listen online at www.weqx.com or with the free iPone and Android smartphone apps.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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