KTIV reconnects transmission line to top antenna, significantly - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

KTIV reconnects transmission line to top antenna, significantly improving signal coverage

KTIV's 2,000 foot transmission tower. KTIV's 2,000 foot transmission tower.

KTIV-TV in Sioux City, Iowa has been able to reconnect to its top antenna on their 2,000 foot transmission tower. The station had been operating on a temporary, lower-powered signal since a catastrophic failure of their transmission line occurred on November 7, 2014. Also since that time KTIV received permission from competing station, KCAU ABC9, to locate their NBC signal on KCAU's digital sub-channel, 9.2. With the reconnection to the top antenna, KTIV will move off channel 9.2 effective Monday January 12.

Viewers who receive their television programming using an antenna can re-scan their channels now in order to find KTIV on 4.1. KTIV's digital sub-channels including Siouxland's CW on 4.2 and Me-TV Siouxland on 4.3 should be receivable by most if not all viewers using an antenna to receive the station's signal. This change does not affect any viewers who receive television programming via cable or satellite.

"We appreciate the support of our colleagues at KCAU and thank them for allowing us to remain on the air for our viewers," says KTIV Station Manager, Bridget Breen. "We also wish to express our deepest thanks to our viewers who stuck with us during this difficult time during the last few weeks when our signal broadcast at a much lower power level. I'm very pleased with the progress our engineers at KTIV, Quincy Newspapers and our tower crews who are working to get our signal back to where it needs to be."

“We are all broadcasters," said KCAU General Manager, John Curry. "We have to stick together. When a fellow broadcaster is in need we all share the same interest and that is to serve the public.”

Breen adds that this latest development is still a temporary work-around and there is still a significant amount of work yet to be completed. It will take several months to repair the station's original systems and there will be occasional signal interruptions during that time period.

KTIV is owned by Quincy Newspapers, Inc of Quincy, IL.

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