End Of An Era As WKYC Brings Down Old Channel 3 Antenna
|The old WKYC analog antenna|
Construction crews were busy at the WKYC Transmitter site in Parma on Sunday as they lowered the old Channel 3 antenna to the ground. The antenna provided our analog and original digital signal until the switch to all digital television one year ago on June 12th, 2009.
A new tower was built last year to accomodate our move to digital channel 17 (from channel 2) and to also support WVIZ's new digital antenna.
Analog Channel 3 was the official "night light" station in the Cleveland market and remained on the air broadcasting information about the switch until June 20th when the signal was turned off permenantly.
Ham operators should finally be able to rest comfortably knowing that the interference caused by our signal on some of their amateur radio ham bands at 6 meters will not be returning according to WKYC Transmitter Engineer Dave Kushman. Dave tells the Director's Cut Blog that some were worried we might be going back to Channel 3. However, Dave says it best: "Not gonna happen."
We also hear work has begun on bringing the old broadcast tower down. Since last year, the transmitter site has been home to two towers side by side. That will change soon.
Dave has posted some pictures of the Channel 3 antenna coming down on Sunday on his website @ http://www.k8dav.com/Channel_3_Ant.htm
Also, Dave has posted pictures of when the new tower & transmitter were built for Digital Channel 17 in 2009 @ http://www.k8dav.com/Tower.htm
Stop by and have a look.
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