(Comcast 189, DT54.3)
Due to a technical malfunction March 25-26, the computer which archives our copies of television programs started deleting program files, resulting in a loss of thousands of episodes. Since it began with shows in position #1 and worked forward, it means the loss is primarily of older programs and series, which generally air on KQED Life. Since these are older shows, most are not currently being fed out to stations, so it will take awhile for us to rebuild the inventory.
This means a significant change to the “non-prime” KQED Life schedule for the next 4-5 weeks at least, starting Thursday 3/29. From 6am to 7pm, plus midnight-1am, KQED Life will be a “mirror” of KQED TV9. Since 7pm-midnight is generally filled with newer programs, KQED Life will be able to maintain its own schedule for those 5 hours, plus maintain their early morning repeats the next morning 1am-6am.
We currently do not know how long the program recovery process will take, so will be working with this revised schedule at least through April. We are leaving the currently posted May 2012 schedule on the website for now, in hopes that we’ll be back to normal by then. Please keep an eye on this page for further updates.
Sutro Tower is installing new equipment this week, which will require all stations (TV & Radio) to each spend a portion of one overnight period off the air. If all goes well, the outages will last only 2 to 4 hours, beginning shortly after midnight.
Stations have been divided into three groups, with Group 1 going off-air late Monday/early Tuesday, Group 2 off late Tues/early Wed, and Group 3 off late Wed/early Thur.
KQED TV9 is part of Group 2, so we anticipate DT9.1-3 being off-air Over The Air late Tuesday/early Wednesday, beginning shortly after midnight, for 2-4 hours.
Comcast Cable and satellite service viewers should not be affected by this work.
Sutro Tower needs all stations transmitting from there to switch to their auxillary antennas on Saturday (1/28) morning by 8am so they can do some tower work. This includes KQED’s DT9 signal. They hope to be done by noon.
Most OTA viewers should see little or no change in their reception during this time, but some more distant viewers may experience problems. If that happens, most tuners should automatically find the signals again once stations are back on their main antennas, but a few viewers may need to do a rescan.
Comcast Cable viewers of KQED TV9 will not be affected by this work.
Update: KQED’s Sutro Tower transmitter was returned to full power on 12/12/2011.
KQED’s Over The Air (OTA) transmitter on Sutro Tower in San Francisco is currently operating at half power due to an equipment failure, and will be operating at that level for an as yet unspecified amount of time. The manufacturer has been contacted, but a repair date is not yet known.
This may affect fringe areas of KQED OTA coverage, but most viewers should not see any difference in their reception. Cable is not affected. When more info becomes available re: the schedule for repair this post will be updated.
KQED Television and KQED Radio will be participating in the nationwide EAS test at 11am, which will last between 30 and 60 seconds. Normal programming will resume immediately after the test.
(DT9.1, DT9.2, DT9.3, and KQED TV9 via some paid signal providers)
Sutro Tower will be performing software upgrades and maintenance late night Thurs 10/27/early morning 10/28. At some point between 12:30am and 2am early 10/28, KQED’s Over The Air (OTA) signal will need to be turned off, hopefully for no more than 30 minutes. OTA viewers, and any paid signal provider using our OTA signal will be affected. However, the duration of this outage is short enough that most tuners should have no problem restoring our signal once it is back on.
Comcast viewers, and viewers of our DT54s and DT25s, will not be affected by this event.
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.
The transmitter for KQET DT25 (Salinas/Watsonville) will be operating at reduced power Friday 7/01 apx 9:30am-4:30pm to facilitate the safety of a maintenance crew doing a tower inspection. We hope to have the transmitter restored to full power no later than 5pm.
Comcast Cable customers should see no interruption in service. Other Cable, satellite, etc., service providers, and some Over the Air (OTA) viewers may experience reception issues while the transmitter is at reduced power. Most digital sets and converter boxes will also auto-restore the signal, but a OTA viewers may need to rescan if the duration of the outage becomes “too long” for their particular tuner.
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.