Listeners at the edges of WDAV-FM’s broadcast area should have their signal back this week, after the Davidson-based classical public radio radio station completed most of the repairs to its antenna, which was damaged in May.
In a website message to listeners Monday, the station said:
WDAV has returned to full power, and most folks who have been without our signal should be able to hear it again. Things may not be perfect, however. Our engineers have a few minor adjustments to make, and we’re still waiting on a different replacement part that won’t arrive until August. But it’s great to be back to full power!
The station also is asking listeners to report the quality of their reception, through a form on its Website, WDAV.org
The station shifted to a backup antenna in May so it could repair damage discovered during a spring tower inspection.
A photograph from that inspection showed a grey metal housing glowing orange on the antenna, which sits 800 feet up on WDAV’s 815-foot tower in Huntersville.
The backup antenna on a tower next to the main one operated at a lower power, and at just 350 feet, so some listeners lost the station’s signal during the repairs.
May 29, 2012, “Antenna damage will temporarily limit WDAV-FM signal”