The 9:00 UTC transmission on Alexanderson day June 28, 2015 was cancelled, due to technical difficulties. An earlier, unscheduled test transmission on Tuesday, June 23rd went well and no problems was to be found. But after a wet and rainy night between Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, an insulator in the antenna feed system, just outside the transmission hall, caught fire, during the startup and tuning of the Alexanderson Alternator, resulting in that the transmitter had to be shut down and no transmission was made at 9:00 UTC.
After shutting down the transmitter, the repair began and no more than 30 minutes later, the “old lady” was ready again. A short test transmission at 09:45 UTC was made to verify the repair. Thank you all listeners for your patience!
The afternoon transmission at 12:00 UTC went well and the crew operating the transmitter, with Lars Kålland at the key, was relieved. An extra line was added to the transmitted message, appologizing for the cancelled transmission earlier the same day.
We would like to thank all listeners for their QSL reports.
A summary of all listeners reports will be posted here. Keep looking.
Please leave your comments below about your experience with the SAQ transmission on June 28, 2015.
Insulator failure images & movie: John Primdahl, visitor (thank you!)
Other pictures: Kjell-Ove Cederholm, Alexander GVV