Transmitter Damage | WHBF & KGCW Outage

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WHBF: The portable generator  that got WHBF-TV’s over-the-air signal back up and running is causing some minor electrical issues at the site that need to be resolved.  It may be necessary on Friday (8/14) to shut the generator down to resolve those issues. The outages should be quite brief but a re-scan may be necessary when the signal is back up and running. Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience.

KGCW: As of 7pm Wednesday, the KGCW over-the-air signal stream was restored but only at 50% power.  As crews continue to work to restore full power and full  functionality at that facility, additional outages may occur. As always with digital signals, a channel scan will likely be necessary to re-acquire the KGCW signal.

To our over-the-air viewers:

Monday’s storm knocked out electrical service to the WHBF transmitter site in Bettendorf and also destroyed the generator in place there to deal with this kind of problem.  We have a back-up generator en route to Bettendorf to get the WHBF signal stream back up and running, hopefully sometime Tuesday.  The signal will also return if and when MidAmerican is able to restore power to that area.

Similarly, the storm damaged critical electrical equipment in Orion, IL where the KGCW transmission equipment is located, interrupting our over-the-air signal for those stations.  We have submitted a service ticket and are waiting for technicians to respond. 

Rest assured we are doing everything we can to affect repairs. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

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