New transmission tower soars nearly 1,000 feet

By: Megan Peterson Email
By: Megan Peterson Email

FAIRCHILD (WEAU) - Progress on our new transmitter tower continues in Fairchild where steel now soars nearly 1,000 feet. Monday, crews continued unloading, adjusting, and stacking at the work site.

"We expect yet today to be at 900 and some feet which would bring us to the 4th guy level," WEAU Chief Engineer Ron Wiedemeier said.

This week steel will reach the halfway point, despite some weather issues.

"Weather hasn't been very good to us so far. We've had almost a full week of rain followed by a full week of wind, followed by now a few days of actually good building," Wiedemeier explained.

All of the steel pieces are unloaded and assembled on site before they're sent up to the top.

"Piece by piece a leg at a time, a cross member at a time and then move it over to the tower were it is then wrenched up the tower and stood on top," Wiedemeier said.

Crews on the ground do the preparing, while up top, climbing the nearly 1,000 feet, more workers get everything set just right.

"There will be more than a million pounds of tower standing here when it's done," Wiedemeier said.

Strobe lights are on. Painting will come this spring.

"The tower is galvanized so therefore it is rust protected already. Painting is just something that will I guess in most people's opinion make it really look like a finished tower," Wiedemeier added.

Our goal is still late November to be back on the air to all of our viewers.

Coverage of this big project continues online. You’ll find hundreds of pictures, plus stories and video inside our Time Capsule.

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  • by tex Location: Wisconsin Rapids on Oct 26, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    Hats off to Gray Television and WEAU for rebuilding the tower and getting back on-line better than ever! And thank you for covering the reconstruction with the videos and pictures. This is great for showing folks how it's done, and to appreciate the amount of equipment, effort and skill that go into a project like this. Best wishes for a safe and successful startup, and I can't wait to see you back on the air at 1080i and a gorgeous signal. Let us know when you are topping it off so we can come and cheer. And one more thing... get someone on top with a camera and show us that beautiful fall countryside!
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