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Repairs to NOAA weather radio transmitter underway

Engineers work to assemble the components of the new antenna before installing on the tower in Winnabow. (Source: WECT) Engineers work to assemble the components of the new antenna before installing on the tower in Winnabow. (Source: WECT)
SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) -

Some weather radios in southeastern North Carolina will be picking up static as crews work to make repairs to a transmitter.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) KHB31 transmitter in Winnabow will be off the air Thursday and Friday. Workers will replace an RF cable and antenna damaged more than three months ago.

Temporary repairs to the transmitter were made in early February. National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Steve Pfaff said damaged sections of the cable and antenna were bypassed to bring the system on the air, but only at half its original broadcasting power. Repairs will allow the transmitter to broadcast at full power once again and improve service across the region, according to Pfaff.

The transmitter services areas in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties and coastal Cape Fear waters.

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