Installing the New Back-up Generator
Engineering committee members Bernie Hovden and J.D. Thompson worked with two technicians
from Leete's Generators to remove the old Kohler generator and install a new
15kW Kohler generator and transfer switch up at the transmitter site on Mt. St.
Helena. While there, Bernie and JD removed manzanita brush from around the
propane gas tank so as to reduce fire hazard to the tank. On installation,
the generator was started and powered the transmitter, switching on
automatically when PG&E power was disconnected, just as it is designed to do.
The generator will exercise itself on a weekly basis. This means that it
will be started automatically, apply power to the transmitter for a few minutes,
and then shut down. A BIG sigh of relief now that this generator is in
place!! No more worries about losing PG&E power due to broken poles or
downed power lines.