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Northern Berkshire Update

Ah Berkshire County, MA. My favorite place anywhere. Having grown up there, the place holds a special place in my heart.

We documented here the 2014 North Adams tower collapses. Our friend Paul Thurst did an incredible job documenting it from first disaster to final construction on his excellent website.

I finally traveled up to “Florida Mountain” to picture document the new, final construction of the new 98.9/100.1 tower, and the new location of the 101.1 Translator.

The new 98.9/1001 Shively 6810BB-4R antenna.
The new 98.9/1001 Shively 6810BB-4R antenna.

On the way down the hill, we stopped in North Adams to grab a quick shot of the new LPFM, WMNB-LP.

North Adams Community TV's WMNB-LP
North Adams Community TV’s WMNB-LP

We also got one incredible picture of Mt. Greylock,
Which is , of course, home to the WCDC/WAMC-FM/W38DL tower.

Mount Greylock taken from Route 7 in Williamstown, MA.
Mount Greylock taken from Route 7 in Williamstown, MA.

And finally a stop in Pittsfield, to grab a quick picture of 103.3 W277CJ, the new translator for WUPE 1110, mounted on top of the vacant hotel in downtown Pittsfield.

W277CJ way up on the former Crowne Plaza hotel in Pittsfield.
W277CJ way up on the former Crowne Plaza hotel in Pittsfield.

Along Route 2…

Along Route 2 sits a whole bunch of small population centers in Massachusetts, when you get west of Concord.  Go out past Gardner, and the next small town you hit is Athol. An old mill town, that is still home to L.S. Starrett , a precision tool maker. It was home to a bunch of other mills as well, that have since closed down. The town is also home to one half of my family. (Both Athol and Petersham), so it comes no surprise when Athol got a new LPFM, I had to go see the antenna. WVAO-LP will sign on, on 105.9 at some point this summer.  WVAO’s antenna is tucked on top of the water tank on High Knob.

WVAO-LP's single bay Shively 6812 antenna and STL dish on the High Knob water tank.
WVAO-LP’s single bay Shively 6812 antenna and STL dish on the High Knob water tank.

Heading out farther west, by about 60 miles, takes you to North Adams. North Adams made tower news in  March of last year (2014) when the Cell Tower, which held the brand new WNNI antenna collapsed, taking down the adjacent WUPE-FM tower.  The site was cleaned up, and STA antennas were installed.

Two Shively Vera-Tune antennas are installed to back up WUPE-FM on 100.1 and WNNI on 98.9
Two Shively Vera-Tune antennas are installed to back up WUPE-FM on 100.1 and WNNI on 98.9

Also translator W266AW had a temporary install while the site was cleaned and prepped for the new tower.

W266AW's temporary comet antenna used to keep the station on the air.
W266AW’s temporary comet antenna used to keep the station on the air.

In the meantime, since the last update we’ve seen, the new tower has been constructed, with an empty pole, which will hold the new combined 100.1 and 98.9 FM signals. The new antenna is listed as being a Shively 4 bay antenna.

The new tower with the pole for the future FM. Plus the standby antennas.
The new tower with the pole for the future FM. Plus the standby antennas.