Originally Posted by jspENC
It still is today too I'm sure. I know Foxeng said he knows Bertie, so our thoughts are with him as he tries to get our High Definition back up here in East Carolina. If you see anything going off the air or similar disruption, please just know that they are doing what it takes to fix this I'm sure.
Can encoders be repaired, or how long would a replacement take if needed? I wonder if they had a power surge?
Encoders are just computers. I am sure if WNCT needs something to stay on the air, MG will ship it in from another station ASAP or get the manufacturer to send a loaner ASAP. That is SOP.
If they lost an encoder, it is possible they got something from WNCN maybe and that at least got them back on the air until something better can be obtained or the damaged part replaced. That is SOP as well. Just a few months ago I personally almost had to make an emergency run to our sister station in Richmond when they lost their STL microwave and someone cut their fiber STL feed while trying to get the microwave back up. Luckily they got the microwave back up before I could get out of town and some maintenance firm got to pay repair charges on the fiber break. It happens.
Yeah, I know Bertie. I worked with his wife in radio years ago and he used to work at the station I work for now. He left about a year before I came to work there to go to WNCT. He has been there about 20 years.