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UPDATE: Antenna repairs completed, signal strength restored

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Posted at 1:02 PM, Apr 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-15 10:04:01-04

UPDATE 04-15-2013: As of 3:45 a.m., WTVR was back up to full power on our primary antenna on 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3. If you still cannot receive our signal, try to re-scan your television.

Email us if you are still having signal issues.

UPDATE: Based on the daily feedback WTVR has been receiving from the tower crews working on site in Chesterfield County, we were of the belief that those affected OTA (Over The Air) viewers would regain WTVR’s signal by today, Thursday, April 11.

Unfortunately, when the antenna was dismounted yesterday, two issues arose:

First, in disassembling the antenna, several NASA standard bolts cracked. New bolts have been ordered, but this has created a delay.

Secondly, a specialized portable wench that is specifically designed for this type of project suffered hydraulic problems and is currently being repaired.

Because of these latest developments,  WTVR is now being informed by the technicians on site that their “project completion date” will be pushed back by one week.

That date is Friday, April 19.

We are hopeful it will be sooner, but from the station’s perspective our goal is to be more conservative with this estimate in order to meet expectations and in providing this date it should be noted that it is dependent upon the weather and the near future circumstances at the site.

WTVR understands the negative impact on viewers not being able to receive CBS 6 programming at our current temporary lower power level.

For OTA viewers, WTVR and WCVE will be back at full power when this phase of the repair is expected to be completed next week.

It is also of note that WRIC, WRLH and WCVW will by necessity remain at their low power level throughout the duration of this complex repair, possibly lasting for several months.

We sincerely apologize and want to reemphasize we are doing all we can to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

Original post:

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – In early March WRIC’s antenna suffered a failure.   A tower crew from California as well as RF consultants have been brought in to address this situation.

How does this impact WTVR’s signal?  We, along with WRLH and WCVE (Public Broadcasting) are on the same tower.

The good news for us is on top of the tower there are two antennas.  One antenna houses WRIC, WRLH and WCVW, the other antenna, which was not damaged,  supports WTVR and WCVE.

While there was no damage to our antenna, because of the required repairs to WRIC’s antenna must receive the entire “assembly” on top of the tower must be taken to the ground for repair.

All TV stations (WRIC, WRLH, WCVE, WCVW and WTVR) affiliated with the tower are now operating on temporary antennas at lower power.  Consequently, some over the air viewers in marginal reception areas may not be able to receive our signal at this time.

The expectation is WTVR and WCVE will return to normal transmission by Thursday, April 11.

We sincerely apologize to those affected for this disruption of programming.

You can still watch CBS 6 News during this time on the WTVR.com live stream.

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