Please stand by: TV stations hit technical difficulties

Posted: Monday, December 09, 2002

Kenai Peninsula residents who use antennas to receive Anchorage television stations are catching static.

Anchorage stations KTVA, KIMO, FOX KTBY, KAKM and KTUU have been disconnected since Saturday afternoon, due to technical problems.

As of late Sunday afternoon, it was unclear when the stations would be back in service.

"They don't really know where the problem lies," said KTVA News Producer Jennifer Lounsbury. "Engineers are working on it."

KTUU Weekend Producer Crystal Sherrer said the Anchorage stations share a transmitter for the peninsula.

KTUU engineers looked at the station's private transmitter at Glen Alps to see if it was working Saturday and found it was.

"It appears to us the power is off in Kenai," said Paul Treece, KTUU engineer.

All the Anchorage stations' signals are routed through a Kenai Peninsula tower at Site 17 on the Kenai Spur Highway between Soldotna and Kenai.

The translator system is managed by a consortium of Anchorage broadcast stations. The system used to be owned by the state of Alaska.

An engineer with KAKM typically does the maintenance, Treece said.

"He is aware of the problem -- one would hope," he said.

However, on Sunday, KAKM was in the midst of a fund-raiser, which could have hampered the repair work on the transmitter, he said.

Cable also runs from Site 17, but fiber link is used so those with cable are receiving the stations.

"We hope it gets solved soon," Lounsbury said.

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