||Cherry Creek Radio
||Southwest Montana Radio Network
In 1984, owner SFN Companies contracted with us to construct
their new Class C FM station at Helena, Montana.
Panorama of towers at Belmont Electronic Site, high above
Marysville, Montana. The KZMT-FM tower
is at the far right (toward the east). Second from the right
is the tower for KMTX-FM. May 14, 2001.
KZMT tower and transmitter building, May 14, 2001.
In April, 2007, Director of Engineering Ken Eklund asked us to help
identify the source of high reflected power on the KZMT antenna.
April 6, 2007 was the day we chose for the tower work. It was a
little warmer and it did not snow. Unfortunately, the top of Belmont
was covered by cloud, limiting visibility to about 100 feet.
Ken called in heavy machinery to cut through
the remaining drifts on the road to the summit.
We disconnected the HeliaxTM from the antenna and found a
The lower end of the center conductor of the Jampro antenna tuning
section was completely burned away.
In order to keep KZMT on the air, we installed a new bullet and an ERI
one-bay loaner antenna. This photo was taken the following week in
BE FM-30 transmitter for KZMT, May 14, 2001. Even with a new bullet and
low VSWR, because of the damage to the end connector on the coax,
we recommended that Ken reduce the TPO to 20 kW or less.
This page updated 14-Mar-2016.