KFWB 980 Transmitter Site
DX-10 Installation
Photos by Richard Rudman

Posting and Editing by Steve Blodgett

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This Photo journal shows the DX-10 Installation at KFWB, Los Angeles in August 2001.

That's Richard Rudman driving.  Richard learned how to drive a fork lift when he worked in a boat yard in the 60's before he started in broadcasting. 

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Proper equipment helps do the job safely.  And, Richard says that ten years working in a boat yard moving a lot of odd shaped heavy stuff helps a bit too.  Besides that, with his apparent skill, it looks like Richard has an excellent 2nd career to fall back on.

In its protective plastic, the DX-10 waits outside while we prepare the old MW5 transmitter for removal from the transmitter building.

The Harris MW5 (Right) is about to be replaced.
Once shut off, Richard Rudman does a safety check to be sure high voltage is not present before engineers begin dismantling.  The MW5 has a 15,000 volt power supply so extreme care must be taken to make sure that there's no voltage present in the cabinet.
It's time to loosen the MW5 from its position.
Care is taken to remove the MW5 with minimal damage to the surrounding wall.
Slowly and carefully the old transmitter is inched backward out of position.
Each step of the process is done with care.  Engineers watch out for each other and lend a hand.
he right equipment aids the effort.  The MW5 is ready to be moved backward.
As a precaution against an interruption of service during the project,
a Nautel transmitter is tested just in case it's needed.
The Nautel transmitter proves itself worthy while operating into a "dummy load"

Bill Fuhrer does some preparatory work for the Nautel.

Richard Rudman prepares the Nautel audio feed.

 

Here the DX-10 arrives through the front door of the transmitter building.

The DX-10 will occupy the previous position of the MW5 transmitter.

Engineers prepare the physical space for the DX-10.

The new transmitter's primary line wiring is readied for installation.

Bill Fuhrer and Dow Jones run line into the DX-10's 3 phase disconnect equipment.

The DX-10 is carefully moved into place.

The back of the DX-10 shows internal components and the overhead venting that will remove heat from the transmitter and send it outside.

At the end of the first busy day, it's time for a rest.
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