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WRMI Off The Air - Hurricane Irma 11 Sept 2017
« on: September 11, 2017, 1848 UTC »
Hearing nothing on the usual 31 meter and 25 meter WRMI frequencies (checked several Internet receivers and my local receivers).
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Re: WRMI Off The Air - Hurricane Irma 11 Sept 2017
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017, 2202 UTC »


This was posted on SWLing Post, sounds like they maybe off for awhile  >:(:

1430 UTC Monday, September 11

Hurricane Irma has done extensive damage at WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida.
Two antenna towers are down and many poles holding transmission lines are also down.
Power went out at around 2030 UTC Sunday, and it may not be restored for days.
Meanwhile, all transmitters are off the air. Our Internet service is also down, which means that our live stream is down as well. All of our staff are OK. Well try to provide more information later today here on Facebook. Thanks for all of your messages of support.

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Re: WRMI Off The Air - Hurricane Irma 11 Sept 2017
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2017, 2219 UTC »
I saw that as well, guess i won't be hearing Brother Scare's ranting on 7570 Khz..
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Re: WRMI Off The Air - Hurricane Irma 11 Sept 2017
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2017, 2228 UTC »

Another update found on previous cited source:

Dear WRMI Clients, Listeners and Friends:

Yesterday evening, Hurricane Irma passed very close to Okeechobee, and tropical storm force winds hit our transmitter site. Im happy to say that the transmitter building and the transmitters themselves survived with no major problems. In the antenna field, one of our 44-degree antennas beaming up the East Coast of North America and over to Europe and the Middle East was knocked down, and may not be repairable. Fortunately, we have four other antennas beaming in the same direction, so we can continue those transmissions when the power comes back on. There are also about 20 telephone poles holding our transmission lines that are down or leaning, and they need to be repaired.


WRMI transmitter building with windows and doors boarded up in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
At this point, Florida Power & Light has no estimate of when power will be restored to our site. It could take days, or possibly even weeks. But we should have a better idea about this within the next few days. In the meantime, all transmitters are off the air, although our webstream with the 9955 kHz programming is operating. You can find it on our webpage, www.wrmi.net. There is an audio player in the lower right corner which you can click on to hear the programming. This stream is also carried by TuneIn, Streema, Radio Garden and other similar services. So please continue to upload your programs to our FTP servers as usual.

For WRMI clients, please be assured that we will put a credit on your next invoice for any of your programs that do not air on shortwave.

We do have a generator at our transmitter site which powers our control room, offices, lights and computers. Unfortunately it is not powerful enough to operate our fourteen 100,000-watt transmitters.

All of our staff are safe. Half of them were at the station during the storm (with some of their pets as well; we had two dogs, a bird and a turtle), and the others stayed in their own homes throughout the area.

I want to thank everyone who has called, e-mailed and sent messages with their prayers, best wishes and offers of assistance. We greatly appreciate all of them, and I will attempt to answer all of these messages personally in the coming days. The hurricane has dealt us a serious blow, but we will recover quickly and well continue to broadcast your programs to shortwave listeners around the world. Thanks for your confidence in WRMI, and I will update you when we have more news.

Jeff White
General Manager
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Re: WRMI Off The Air - Hurricane Irma 11 Sept 2017
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2017, 0100 UTC »
They are back up on 9395 at very low power according to their Facebook page. I took a listen 15 minutes ago and they are there, but its just barely above the noise. Based on signal strength now compared to normal, they're running maybe 25 watts.
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Re: WRMI Off The Air - Hurricane Irma 11 Sept 2017
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2017, 1550 UTC »
9/13/17  @ 1547 playing Joe Cocker/ with a little help from my friends

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Re: WRMI Off The Air - Hurricane Irma 11 Sept 2017
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2017, 2236 UTC »
9/13/2017

WRMI-9395 kHz
2233 Music, "Fly Away" at S1 but decent copy. Glad they are back up on this freq.  :) although not the usual S9 or so signal.
2247 ID but fading out now. Into "My Sweet Love".
« Last Edit: September 13, 2017, 2248 UTC by flexoman61 »
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Re: WRMI Off The Air - Hurricane Irma 11 Sept 2017
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2017, 2059 UTC »
Sept. 14  2055z
9955 am  (Unfortunately) Very Good Reception of Brother Stair "My email address is...."
Nothing on any other WRMI frequency here.
« Last Edit: September 14, 2017, 2101 UTC by Ct Yankee »
Tecsun H501x (broadcast received on this unless noted), Zenith T/O G500, Zenith T/O Royal 7000, Emerson AR-176, Zenith 8S154, T/O 7G605 (Bomber), Tecsun PL-600, Tecsun PL-880, Zenith 5S320, Realistic DX 160 using 40 feet of copper wire.  With apologies to Senator Gramm for his thoughts on firearms, "I have more radios than I need but not as many as I want."
QTH:  Durham, Connecticut (rural setting, 15 miles north of Long Island Sound)
qsl please to:  jamcanner@comcast.net  (Thank you)

 

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