KIWA Engineering Consultant Frank Luepke says the crew spent all day Thursday checking the tower’s anchor systems to make sure they were in good shape, and that they hadn’t deteriorated since the last check.
Friday morning the 3-man crew, which consisted of two tower climbers and 1 man on the ground, began to perform maintenance on the tower itself. As a result KIWA-AM 1550 had to be taken off the air, and the output power of KIWA-FM 105.3 had to be lowered to protect the climbers from injury.
KIWA-AM went back on the air, and KIWA-FM was returned to full power at approximately 2:20 Friday afternoon, once the work was completed and the climbers were safely off the tower.
The photos below show the tower climbers working at about the 300-foot level of the KIWA-AM & FM radio tower.