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2019 Transmitter/Antenna Construction (FCC Mandated Repack)

Solution 9/17/2019 UPDATE:

Construction is continuing at our main transmitter site with the new antenna being installed as well as our new transmitter. The antenna is at about 95% installed and the transmitter is about 60% installed.

Once installation is complete, the system is required to go through performance testing and analysis prior to commissioning.

Assuming the transmitter and antenna system successfully pass initial testing, we hope to begin on-air tests of the new transmitter the 2nd week of October with the final cut-over occurring on the FCC repack date of Friday, October 18th.

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8/20/2019 UPDATE:

The old antenna was removed today, in preparation for the new one to be installed. The transmitter and combiner are both in the suite and installation continues.

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4/19/2019 UPDATE:

In order to begin construction on our new main transmitter, KATU will be switching to our interim transmitter on Wednesday, April 24th between 10am and 11am. Unfortunately this means we'll be going from 1 MW ERP to about 55 kW ERP.

Our interim transmitter site is also about 0.5 miles to the northwest ( https://goo.gl/maps/annXEMp3TjVjjhqw9 ), so you may have to make adjustments to your off-air receive antenna to maximize reception.

We will remain on the interim transmitter until tower and transmitter construction is complete at our main site.

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As part of an FCC-mandated change to the television broadcast frequencies which broadcasters use, KATU and other stations in the market will be making changes from 2018 through 2019 that will temporarily impact viewers.

As a result of this mandated change, we will be taking advantage of this situation to make much needed improvements to the transmitter and antenna systems we use to bring you programming.

Historically, reception for viewers in some areas has been particularly sensitive to changes in the weather. This has been especially bad as the weather warms up. The reason for this is an antenna and transmission line design problem with the systems on our transmission tower at Sylvan Hill. It has been this way since the Sylvan Tower systems were built back in the year 2000.

In the coming months we are going to completely replace the entire KATU, KOIN and KRCW transmission systems. We are confident that once the work is done our broadcast pattern will be much better without the dead zones that we are experiencing now.

We expect once the work is completed, the reception problems that plague Portland and surrounding communities will be a thing of the past.

This is a multi-million dollar project that has been in the planning stages for years.

When done we expect our past transmission problems will be over with the new system able to provide much better reception for those within its reach.

In the meantime, we thank you for your patience as we work through this project.

For more information on the FCC Repack, go to https://www.fcc.gov/TVrescan
 
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