KQED Plus (formerly KTEH) experienced a signal outage for apx 3 hours Tuesday night, affecting our Over the Air transmission on DT54.1 & DT9.2 (plus paid service providers who use the OTA signal). The signal was restored around midnight, and transmission via DT54.1 is now restored. However our transmission on DT9.2 might still be experiencing audio problems. These audio problems may not be resolved until Wednesday morning.
Weather/fog/wind did NOT permit the Sutro Tower inspection work originally planned for last Saturday 7/09 (see post below). In addition, there is a day needed for installation of equipment. As a result, KQED is now scheduled to be on its auxillary antenna, for the safety of the climbing crew, both Thurs 7/14 & Fri 7/15, again weather/fog/wind permitting. They will start at 9am, plan to be done by 3pm each day. This work also might roll over into Mon 7/18.
This will affect some Over the Air viewers, who may need to rescan to restore their lock on our signal once the inpections are completed, and we return to our primary antenna at the top of the tower at the end of the afternoon. Cable will not be impacted in anyway.
Weather/fog/wind permitting, Sutro Tower will be performing their annual antenna mechanical inspections Saturday, July 9th. They will start at 8am, plan to be done by 4pm, and hope to have this completed in one day.
KQED will need to switch to our Auxillary antenna (midway down the tower) during the inspections, for the safety of the climbing crew. This will affect some Over the Air viewers, who may need to rescan to restore their lock on our signal once the inpections are completed, and we return to our primary antenna at the top of the tower at the end of the afternoon. Cable will not be impacted in anyway.
KQED-DT9 (San Francisco)
Fiber feeds to Comcast Cable, Astound Cable and AT&T U-verse normal. Over-the-Air (OTA) transmissions normal, operating at 98-100% power. 100% power = 710 kW.
KQED Plus-DT54 (San Jose)
Fiber feeds to Comcast Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network normal. OTA transmissions normal, operating at 98-100% power. 100% power = 290 kW.
Fiber feeds to Comcast Cable normal. OTA transmissions normal, operating at 98-100% power. 100% power = 81 kW.
Two technical issues not related to transmitters:
The programming schedule for KQED v-me (Comcast 191/621, DT54.5, DT25.3) is currently 3 hours earlier than “normal”, as we are passing the satellite feed straight through, rather than delaying it for 3 hours. The delay box is out for repairs. We expect to stay on this “early” schedule for at least another 7-10 days, possibly longer.
The Over the Air DT54.# onscreen guide for all our DT54 channels is currently 1 hour off. It is also occasionally not reading information for its various channels, and instead posting a generic “DTV Program” message. A piece of equipment for this function is also out for repair. We anticipate this problem lasting through most of July, possibly longer.
Updates on both issues will be posted here as new information becomes available.