Planned outages, DT25 (12/30) & DT54 (1/05)

January 3, 2012 · Filed Under KQED Plus, KQET · Comment 

Update Thurs 1/05: work on KQED Plus’ DT54 transmitter is complete, and signal has been restored.

Update Fri 12/30: work on KQET’s DT25 transmitter is complete, and signal has been restored.

Scheduled maintenance will take place on our DT25 transmitter on Fremont Peak Friday 12/30. The transmitter will be turned off sometime between 10am and 11am, and likely be down 30-40 minutes.

The same maintenance will take place on our DT54 transmitter on Monument Peak Thursday 1/05, with the transmitter being turned off sometime between 1pm and 2pm.

The expected duration is short enough that most Over The Air receivers will automatically restore the signal once it returns, but in a few cases viewers may need to manually re-add the channel, or do a rescan. Comcast Cable subscribers will not be affected by either outage. Other paid service providers will restore their signals when the transmitter is turned back on.

This post will be updated each day once the signal returns.

Thu 12/01: KQET transmitter damaged by wind

December 1, 2011 · Filed Under KQET · Comment 

Final Update Fri 12/02 3pm: The receive Dish for KQET on Fremont Peak has been restabilized, and the signal is now looking very good.

Update 5:45pm: KQET’s signal is restored, but with occasional dropouts. Winds are still very strong on Fremont Peak, so final tweaking of the re-braced dish may be delayed.

Update 2:20pm: KQET is expected to be back on the air by this evening.

Update 11am: Repair crews are expected at Fremont Peak around noon.

Original post:

Our KQET transmitter tower on Fremont Peak (northeast of Monterey) is off the air. Very high winds have been reported for Fremont Peak, and the receive dish side of the signal path is loose and blowing in the wind.

When more info becomes available about the schedule for repair this post will be updated.

 

Wed 11/09 11am: National EAS test

November 9, 2011 · Filed Under KQED, KQED Plus, KQET · Comment 

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.

Thurs 9/22 KQET (DT25.1-DT25.3) maintenance

September 20, 2011 · Filed Under KQED Plus, KQET · Comment 

Weather permitting, we will be performing maintenance on our KQET transmitter tower on Fremont Peak (northeast of Monterey) Thursday 9/22 afternoon. We anticipate turning the power off at apx 1pm, and it should be restored by apx 1:30pm, gremlins permitting.

Comcast Cable customers should see no interruption in service. Other Cable, satellite, etc., service providers, may experience a reception interruption, depending on the source of their signal. Over The Air (OTA) viewers will definitely experience an interruption while the transmitter is off.

Most digital sets and converter boxes will also auto-restore the signal when it returns after so short an interruption, but a few OTA viewers may need to rescan if the duration of the outage becomes “too long” for their particular tuner.

7/07: Transmitter status / 2 other tech issues

July 7, 2011 · Filed Under KQED Plus, KQET · Comment 

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.

KQET-DT25 (Watsonville/Monterey)
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.

7/01: KQET transmitter at reduced power

June 30, 2011 · Filed Under KQED, KQED Plus, KQET · Comment 

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.

6/30 KQED, KQED Plus & KQET status report

June 30, 2011 · Filed Under KQED, KQED Plus, KQET · Comment 

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.

KQET-DT25 (Watsonville/Monterey)
Fiber feeds to Comcast Cable normal. OTA transmissions normal, operating at 98-100% power. 100% power = 81 kW.

Transmitter Maintenance: KTEH 6/15 & KQET 6/17

June 14, 2011 · Filed Under KQED, KQED Plus, KQET · Comment 

Our KTEH (DT54) transmitter on Monument Peak will be down for maintenance on Wed. 6/15, starting around 2pm until 3pm. Our KQET (DT25) transmitter on Fremont Peak will be down for maintenance on Fri. 6/17, starting around 10:30am until 11:30am.

Comcast Cable customers should see no interruption in service. Other Cable, satellite, etc., service providers will restore their signals as soon as the transmitter is back up. Most digital sets and converter boxes will also auto-restore the signal, but a few Over the Air (OTA) viewers may need to rescan if the duration of the outage becomes “too long” for their particular tuner.

5/17: KQED, KTEH & KQET status reports

May 17, 2011 · Filed Under KQED, KQED Plus, KQET · Comment 

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.

KTEH-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.

KQET-DT25 (Watsonville/Monterey)
Fiber feeds to Comcast Cable normal. OTA transmissions normal, operating at 98-100% power. 100% power = 81 kW.

4/07: KQET transmitter to go off air

April 6, 2011 · Filed Under KQET · Comment 

The transmitter for KQET DT25 (Salinas/Watsonville) will go off the air Thursday 4/07 at apx 1pm for equipment replacement and maintenance. We estimate repairs will take around 4 hours, and hope to have the transmitter back on air around 5pm.

Comcast Cable customers should see no interruption in service. Other Cable, satellite, etc., service providers will restore their signals as soon as the transmitter is back up. Most digital sets and converter boxes will also auto-restore the signal, but a few Over the Air (OTA) viewers may need to rescan if the duration of the outage becomes “too long” for their particular tuner.

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