Lightning damage to Kona transmitters

Feb 22, 2018

Kona tower
Credit Don Mussell

HPR prides itself on providing service that you can count on, but even we canʻt predict when lightning will strike. A storm on Monday morning, February 19, took out power at the  the Hualalai transmitter site, a location which serves our West Hawaiʻi community and which is also used by several other broadcasters besides HPR.

Despite surge protection and lightning suppression efforts, the KHPH 88.7 (HPR-1) transmitter was severely damaged by the lightning. Our engineer has determined that the repair is one that only the manufacturer can make, so has shipped the part back to the mainland. Meanwhile, KHPH is broadcasting at low power until this transmitter is returned and re-installed. Until then, the HPR-1 signal from our new Maui transmitter, KKUA 90.7, should reach most of the Kona coast.

The K239BV 95.7 (HPR-2) translator is also broadcasting at low power, so westside listeners may experience some static or poor reception until repairs are complete. We recommend finding your home for classical music on KIPM 89.7.

We will post relevant updates on these transmitter repairs here, as well as on our Facebook page, and in notices to our email subscribers (sign up for HPR emails here).

Besides the terrestrial broadcasts still available on KKUA 90.7 and KIPM 89.7, you can always find HPR-1 and HPR-2 streaming on your computer, as well as on the “hpr” mobile app (for Apple and Android devices). See and download all frequency listings.

We sincerely apologize for the recent interruption of our over-the-air service. Thank you for your patience and your support.

UPDATE 3/29/18: The repaired HPR-1 transmitter has now been re-installed. KHPH 88.7 is back at full power. K239BV 95.7 (HPR-2) remains at low power on back-up equipment, while the translator undergoes repairs on the mainland.