Tower riggers arrived on site May 20 to begin the antenna portion of this digital maximization project, AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. Replacing the old antenna will require us to be off air in North Central Arkansas for extended periods of time for the safety of the tower crew.
Our plan is to be back on air before sundown every evening, though we may have to be off some evenings, as well.
Work is expected to take 30 to 45 days to complete but will be entirely dependent on weather conditions at the tower site and performed at the discretion of the tower rigging crew. AETN may have little or no notice when the antenna will be turned off and broadcasts interrupted.
AETN received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agricultures Rural Utility Service program in August 2008 to increase broadcast power and expand coverage for KEMV DT Channel 6 in North Central Arkansas. Work on the ground has been completed with only this installation of a new broadcast antenna remaining. Completion of this project is expected in June 2010.
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