A new 10kVA diesel generator was recently commissioned at UGFM’s main transmission site. $20,000 of funding from the Marysville and Triangle Community Foundation has enabled UGFM – Radio Murrindindi to replace the old 3.6kVA petrol generator with a new far more reliable unit.
Volunteers from the station removed the old generator and pored the concrete slab in readiness for the new generator that was transported to the site with the help of the Murrindindi Shire council as part of the Shire’s commitment to emergency management.
The generator ensures that the transmission site stays ‘on-air’ during power failures, with the generator automatically coming on line if and when the mains power fails.
There were times when the petrol generator didn’t start correctly and shut down following a mains power failure, this meant a hurried 13km trip to start the generator and get back on-air, as the other 4 translators located at Yea, Flowerdale, Kinglake and Marysville all depend on the primary transmitter.
UGFM has also installed an emergency standby transmitter on 106.9 at the Alexandra Studios that feeds the translators should a major failure occur at the primary 106.9 transmitter. The Alexandra studios also have a 13kVA generator that operates during mains power failures ensuring local programs can continue to be broadcast especially during broadcasts.
The FRRR has funded a similar generator to power UGFM’s Kinglake Ranges transmitter on 94.5 during mains power failure, it will also provide lighting for the Recreation Reserve in an emergency and is due to be commissioned soon.