December 18 2013

Weather warning transmitter temporarily changed

Posted by Lucy

The old KELOland TV tower located on the Medicine Butte north of Reliance came down last Wednesday morning, December 11th. A tower company cut the guide wires and the tower fell to the north and hit the ground without incident. A video of the tower being dismantled can be viewed at the Herald's website, A new tower was built to the west and south of the Butte and television transmitters moved several weeks ago. When the tower came down, it also took the Reliance National Weather Reporting equipment down also. According to David Hintz, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the National Weather Service office in Aberdeen, plans are to hire tower climbers to hang the weather antenna on the South Dakota Public Broadcasting tower which is still located near Medicine Butte.We are unsure how long that process will take, so it could be a bit before KZZ60 (Reliance NWR) comes back up,” stated Hintz. The Pierre transmitter at WXM26, 162.400 MHz has been programed to broadcast any watch/warning/advisories for the counties of Lyman, Buffalo, Brule and Tripp during the transition. People these counties should tune their weather radios to the Pierre transmitter at WXM26, 162.400 MHz to receive up to the date weather warnings,” added Hintz.

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