Lightning knocks radio station off air

George Garza
Lightning striking a Vidor area broadcast radio station’s tower has left a Beaumont radio station limping along with a low power signal since last Friday. According to a Lamar University news release, the University’s FM radio station KVLU-FM broadcasting on FM frequency 91.3 had its Rose City based transmission tower struck by lightning during an afternoon thunderstorm on Friday, August 14. The bolt of white hot electricity  blasted through the thick, heavy duty, highly insulated RF (Radio Frequency) cable carrying the station’s 40,000 watt broadcast signal from the ground based transmitter up the tower to the broadcast antenna array located  at the top of the 449 foot tower. The bolt of lightning struck the three inch in diameter specially designed cable at a point about halfway up the tower. A picture of the damaged cable shows that  the lightning blew a hole through the insulation and the metal sheath in which the actual transmission wire was encased. 

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