The Martinez translator for KQED-FM will be off the air all day Tuesday June 3rd. We are rebuilding the 25 year old site with all new antennas and cabling. This should only affect people listening on 88.1MHz in the Martinez/Benicia area.
Update: we completed all repairs to our transmitter on Wed 1/18. Our signal is now back to full power, and solid.
Over the Air Viewers and Service providers using the KQET DT25 signals from our transmitter on Fremont Peak northeast of San Jose have been seeing intermittent pixilation of the image and other digitized issues with the sound (a “Max Headroom” effect). We are awaiting parts from one of the manufacturers of part of the equipment, and hope to have the problem resolved soon. We apologize for the inconvenience, and appreciate your patience while we put repairs in place.
Sutro Tower is currently conducting high level maintenance that requires the various TV stations to be off the air for a few hours overnight, on a rotating basis.
KQED’s scheduled outages will be early Friday morning 8/27 apx 12:30am-3am, and early Sunday morning 8/29 apx 12:30am-4am. Of course, reality can always interfere with the best laid plans, and the outages could be longer.
Many converter boxes and digital tuners will remember a missing signal during outages of this length. However some Over the Air (OTA) viewers of DT9.1,2,3 may need to “manually add” the channel back, or rescan, to restore KQED to their line-up after the outage.
This work will also affect satellite and cable providers who use KQED’s OTA signal. It will not affect Comcast Cable subscribers, or OTA viewers of KTEH and KQET.
Due to an equipment failure in our Master Control area, all KQED DT & KTEH DT programming streams other than V-Me (Comcast 191) are airing the KQED flagship channel schedule. We are not able to broadcast more than one programming stream at the moment. We are also not able to load newly recorded programs into the system, so some news/daily shows may be repeats of older programs. KQED’s Wednesday night primetime programming should be okay, as most of it was loaded into the system before the equipment failure. Estimated repair time not known. (V-Me is a satellite feed, and not affected by our equipment malaise.)