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Saturday December 29, 2012

Taos, NM (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Cropped to show better. Notice the small building (not so small) Forest Svc Lookout tower, at the very top, and to the left you can see a big Radio Antenna. Our local FM Radio Station. It is claimed to be the Highest Power strictly Solar powered Commercial FM Radio Station in the Country.


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7. gilg72
3:18 AM GMT on January 02, 2013
Thank you very much Heidrun.
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6. trailhiker44
8:15 PM GMT on January 01, 2013
Fascinating information, Gil !
Thank you !
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5. gilg72
4:06 AM GMT on January 01, 2013
Thank you much Kathy, for your viewing & commenting.
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4. minnesotamom
7:13 PM GMT on December 31, 2012
Thanks so much for all the great info! :-)
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3. gilg72
12:38 AM GMT on December 30, 2012
Yes it's all Solar Powered, with Huge bank of huge batteries. The place I worked for had similar setup, but not as many batteries, but same huge 2 Volt batteries. Each one weighed about 250 lbs. We did have a generator that we would start from the office downtown via telemetry for times when the sun didn't shine up on top for a few days at a time. No electric power lines going up there. Many days of all sunshine down here, but clouds shading the top of the mountain. More so in the Summer than in winter. Had a lot more problems with solar charge in summer than we did in winter. Something I hadn't realized til I got involved with that place.

The FM Radio station does not have a generator, unless one added in last few years. On long periods of no sunlight, they sometimes cut their power down some at night.

Batteries wired in Series/Parallel to create banks of 12 Volts. We monitored everything pretty close all via telemetry. It was a fun & enjoyable job.
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2. RenoSoHill
12:15 AM GMT on December 30, 2012
Are't you glad you don't have to service them anymore? Didn't know they had 100% solar powered- sure makes sense.
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1. CalicoBass
5:50 PM GMT on December 29, 2012
Beautiful Gil, love the series!
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