Toppled Tower

Rust King
Rust King

February 13th, 2017, 8:27 pm #1

The leaning tower of Mt. Ivy leans no more. The top section has doubled over. A true folded dipole. And amazingly the station is still on the air.
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February 20th, 2017, 1:09 pm #2

Something to keep you entertained;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C32vhzakc0Q
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Rust King
Rust King

June 10th, 2017, 9:28 pm #3

The station wasn't off the air for very long. Now they have temporary permission to operate non-directionally with 250 watts (nudge nudge, wink wink). And if you believe they're adhering to that, I've got a tower to sell you. Already on the ground for easier takeaway.
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Rust King
Rust King

September 3rd, 2017, 3:39 am #4

FCC gave WRKL 6 months to replace the fallen tower. Was by there today and guess what? No tower. Time's up in just a week. Does the FCC still do inspections?
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Rust King
Rust King

October 14th, 2017, 10:45 pm #5

Drove by WRKL today on what is the 8 month + 1 day anniversary of the tower collapse, expecting to see some new stainless steel in the air. Instead, the old tower stump remains, undisturbed, looking just like it did after the fall. There is no new tower. After going through the motions of securing permission to operate with reduced power for 6 months while they rebuilt, WRKL has done nothing, or in language they would understand, nic.
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Rust King
Rust King

November 3rd, 2017, 4:28 am #6

Over the weekend of 10/28-10-29 another tower collapsed. This was a 185-footer at sister station, WLIM 1580 AM in Patchogue. There are two more towers there waiting to fall, as this is a directional station after dark. A few good pictures of the wreckage are already on the Internet. Maybe someone will share with us. How would you like to be Polnet's insurance company right about now?
The answer to the question posed in the subject line of this post: NEGLIGENCE!!!,
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November 3rd, 2017, 11:00 pm #7

I wonder when the FCC will get involved. Is there any way to notify the commission anonymously? The place has turned into a real wysypisko thanks to Polnet.
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Rust Flakes
Rust Flakes

April 8th, 2018, 3:29 am #8

SSDD. The tower stump still stands and there is no sign that anything is being done to put up the replacement. I’m not sure who’s stupider, Polnet or the FCC. The STA extension is up in less than a month, on May 2nd.
If the FCC extends the STA further, we’ll have the answer to my question. It’s the FCC!
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June 13th, 2018, 11:27 pm #9

The FCC turns out to be stupider than Polnet. They certainly are a gullible bunch. After some suspenseful delay in responding to Polnet's request for another STA extension (Will they wise up and look into the matter of how you go 15 months and yet have no progress to report on rebuilding a tower? Maybe pay a visit to downtown metropolitan Mt. Ivy to see that that the wreckage hasn't even been disturbed in over a year? Nope!), on June 1st they rubberstamped another six-month extension. There are a few untruths in Polnet's STA extension request, but of course they need to perpetuate the lies begun in March 2017. For one, that's when they falsely stated that the tower in question had come down in March of that year. As reported by Rust King (no relation) on February 13, 2017, right here on this very message board, the tower was already on the ground by mid-February. Naturally they failed to mention that the collapse should have come as no surprise, as the tower had been leaning since December 2016 and possibly earlier, due to a broken guy wire. The latest request also stated that they've been "using the other towers since that time pursuant to STA" yada, yada, yada. That should have sent up a red flag at the Commission, because they weren't authorized to use the "other towers", only tower number 1015283. 
The STA extension was granted, because the FCC says one or more of the appropriate conditions has been met. No, FCC engineer Joseph Szczesny (hey, is that a Polish surname?...wait a second...TAK!! (that's "yes" in Polish, BTW)), none of your conditions for extension have been met. 
The conditions stated are: 
(1) Restoration of facilities is complete and testing is underway; (Obviously, it isn't.)
(2) Substantial progress has been made during the most recent STA period toward restoration of licensed operation; (No, it hasn't. The request states they are "continuing to gather quotes to rebuild the destroyed tower". That's not progress. That's stalling.)
(3) No progress has been made during the most recent STA period for reasons clearly beyond the licensee's control, and the licensee has taken all possible steps to expeditiously resolve the problem. (Taking 15 (or 14 using Polnet's math) months to gather bids to rebuild the tower, with no end to the process in sight clearly is within the licensee's control. There are numerous tower companies in the NY metro area.
The same FCC engineer approved the last STA extension. Something's fishy on 12th Street. Just sayin'.
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