Hard-Core-DX.com: Update Re: WRMI plans for Hurricane Irma

Update Re: WRMI plans for Hurricane Irma

Sunday, September 10 2017



Dear WRMI Friends, Colleagues and Clients:

I am writing this at 0400 UTC Sunday, September 10. Here in Okeechobee the
winds are starting to pick up as Hurricane Irma heads to Florida.

The exact path of the hurricane continues to change somewhat, but it appears
that the eye of Hurricane Irma will be passing a bit to the west of us, but
we will still receive tropical storm force winds which are to the
east-northeast of the storm. We will remain on the air with all of our
transmitters as long as possible. However, once the winds get to a certain
strength, our transmission lines will start flapping around and arching,
which could cause serious damage to the transmitters and components. If that
occurs, we will probably shut the transmitters down in order to avoid
equipment damage until after the storm passes.

Our transmitter building itself is quite strong, and several members of our
staff will be staying inside the building. But the hurricane could of course
do damage to our antennas. We will hope for the best.

After the hurricane passes and winds die down, we would hope to be able to
resume transmissions if we have electricity. However, realistically, we know
that power outages generally occur in these situations, and they may last
from hours to days or even weeks. We have a generator at our transmitter
site, but it is designed to maintain our control room, lights and computers
operational; it is not large enough to maintain our high-power transmitters
on the air. So if the commercial power goes out, we will be off the air. We
may be able to maintain one transmitter on the air at low power; this will
likely be 9455 kHz, and this may not be possible until after the storm
passes and the winds die down. If our Internet service remains functional,
we should be able to maintain our live stream operational. This is the
programming that is on 9955 kHz shortwave. You can hear it on our webpage,
www.wrmi.net. Click on the audio player on the lower right side of our home
page. You can also hear this stream on services such as TuneIn, Streema,
Radio Garden, etc. (Just search for WRMI.)

We will try to keep everyone up to date on our status via our Facebook page,
http://www.facebook.com/wrmiradio

Thank you to everyone who has been contacting us with your thoughts and
prayers. We look forward to being able to resume normal operations as soon
as possible.

Best regards.

Jeff White
General Manager
WRMI Radio Miami International
10400 NW 240th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 USA
Tel +1-305-559-9764
Fax +1-863-467-0185
http://www.wrmi.net

(WRMI Radio Miami International Facebook page, Sept 10)
(via Alan Pennington, 1035 UT Sept 10, BDXC-UK yg via DXLD)

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