False Sense Of Security

Posted Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 8:27 AM
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    And now the response from our NWS!

    Brian -

    Thanks for the info.

    I talked with the technician who handles this site and most of our 7 sites. He has been doing this forever, at least as long as my 18 year career.

    He said, yes there is a back-up generator which should kick in if the power is lost or a surge occurs. He said the transmitter should fire up very quickly and work in that situation.

    From your description, it did not fire up last night. Tthe technician said it may have, and the audio into site was down because of a power loss at another point in the system. Basically, somewhere in the process of the getting the signal out from our office to the transmitter itself, there may have been a power loss through the telephone companies which could have impacted the audio feed.

    Either way, we don't know for sure if it was the generator or not. The technician said he will confirm generator information with the local provider and the next time he is on site, he will pull the plug and see if the back-up power kicks in.

    Hope this helps. Thanks for listening.

    Mike

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Thu, Jun 2, 2011, at 11:29 AM
  • High-Tech only reduces the chances of being caught unaware of a problem, for sure. Thanks for the info, Brian, as many folk think that the system is fool-proof, and almost is. "Almost" is a very scary word, when people are thinking 'total.'

    I do like that quarter county factor. I think my machine is very old, as it seems-like it even alerts to a dust-storm on Mars, on occasion. Ha.

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Thu, Jun 2, 2011, at 2:45 PM
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