As mentioned earlier, we are operating on our new frequency. However, we are currently on a temporary transmitter, line and antenna as we complete construction work to move to our new transmitter, line and antenna.
For the safety of the crew continuing to work on our tower, there will be times when we will be off the air or on lower power to complete construction and equipment installation. This is all part of the frequency transition the government has mandated so the bandwidth we were assigned to could be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
In the past few days the tower crew of six workers have diligently worked to replace our old top mount antenna with a new top mount antenna on the very top of our 1,500 foot tower. Each antenna alone weighs more than 5,000 pounds and are more than 40 feet in length. The crew has also installed more than three thousand feet of six inch diameter transmission line.
Most of this work is being done between 1,200 and 1,500 feet, which is almost one third of a mile high in the sky. It is dangerous work which requires it to be completed during good weather and in daylight. This isn’t all that has been done, but we hope this offers some perspective on how large of a project this is.
When all of this work is complete you will have as good of reception as you did before. If we have decent weather, the tower work should be done in just a few more days.
Please be patient. Our station remains committed to ensuring our viewers have access to the news, emergency updates and entertainment they rely on us to deliver every day. You can always stream our newscast on kimt.com, or watch all of our programming on services such as CBS All-Access