UPDATE: power was restored at 6:45am Tuesday. Most TVs will restore the channels automatically, but a few viewers may need to do a rescan.
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(DT54-1 through 54-5)
late Monday/early Tuesday 9/13
The DT54 Over the Air signal will be shut down early Tuesday 9/13 morning around 1am for electrical maintenance work on the transmitter tower. The signal should be restored sometime between 4am and 6am.
Most receivers will automatically re-acquire the signal once it is restored. A few viewers may need to do a rescan to recover all the stations which transmit from that tower.
This will not affect Comcast/Xfinity customers, or viewers of our DT9 or DT25 signals.
Our Monument Peak transmitter, providing signals for 54.1 KQED Plus, 54.2 KQED, 54.3 KQED Life, 54.4 KQED Kids, and 54.5 V-me, will need to reduce power at random times over the next 10 days or so. Also expected sometime in the next 2 days is that it will be off the air for what could be 4 to 6 hours.
Our engineering team will do its best to minimize the outages and inconveniences our viewers may experience. The changes we are making should increase the DT54 signal strength for the entire San Francisco Bay Area.
Please note that these changes should not affect our viewers on Comcast. Hopefully, neither should it affect our DirecTV and Dish Network viewers. If you are an Over The Air viewer, you might be able to receive the KQED Plus signal from our KQED transmitter located on Mt. Sutro in San Francisco on KQED 9.2.
Thank you for your patience during this upgrade, and we’ll update this blog when installation of the new equipment is complete.
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.
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.