WEAU broadcast tower up and running

By: Amelia Cerling Email
By: Amelia Cerling Email

The date was March 22 of last year. Our WEAU broadcast tower came crashing down during a wind and ice storm.

Fast forward to January 4, and another historic moment, WEAU is transmitting once again at 2000 feet.

It's been a long journey with a lot of hard work and cooperation with our competitors but Wednesday the switch was ceremoniously flipped.

The new 2000 foot tower is transmitting a UHF signal which is stronger and should give our viewers a clearer high definition picture. It’s a sight WEAU General Manager Terry McHugh didn't think he'd see only nine months after the tower fell.

“I thought it would be a long time coming, we never dreamt we could get it done that fast, I think this is one of the fastest tower erections in the history of towers,” McHugh says.

The new tower transmits a UHF signal, which means our viewers who have been watching us on 18.3 and 25.2 will have to make a few adjustments as we return to our new signal of 13.1.

“Antenna viewers are the ones affected by the change, they'll have to rescan their channels with their digital converter boxes or digital televisions,” WEAU promotions manager Andrew Felix says.

Todd Ritchie is WEAU’s lucky engineer who ceremoniously flipped the switch to turn on our transmitter.

“Well it was kind of fun actually, it was kinda a long ways in coming,” Ritchie says.

Felix says the best thing about our new tower is that it's brand new, and that comes with a lot of perks.

“Its state of the art it’s all new technology both on the tower side and the transmission side everything about it is brand new we're putting out a much stronger signal at the same height and it's a tower that's really built to last throughout the winter weather we have in Wisconsin,” he says.

We are transmitting on 13.1 right now, you can scan your TV at any time to get our new signal, and we will be leaving 18.3 and 25.2 next Thursday. Next week we'll be reminding you how to rescan your TV on several broadcasts.
Fairchild (WEAU) - Wednesday was an exciting and historic day at WEAU.

The transition started to the new 2,000 foot tower.

At 12:30 in the afternoon, WEAU engineers switched to our new UHF signal.

Antenna Viewers will need to perform a scan on their converter box or digital TV to receive the new UHF signal.

Viewers must also have a UHF antenna.

Cable and satellite subscribers will be unaffected by the change.

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  • by Nancy Location: Strum WI on Mar 31, 2012 at 08:24 PM
    With the old tower or on 18.3 I could get 13 13-2 with a rabbit ear on the down stairs TV now they cut out with the roof top antenna that I put up last summer. What is the problem? fix it please!!! I get the !8s 28s 48s fine and even the 8s come in steady when they come in 13 is on out on out makes me nuts help!!!
  • by Missy Location: Eau Claire on Mar 11, 2012 at 04:31 PM
    Ever since the new tower went up, we have not been able to tune in to ANY 13 stations on any of the tv's in the house. We have tried multiple scans, moving the digital converters, adjusting antennas and nothing works. When will this be fixed? There are so many people complaining, I really wish you would address this issue. Could you post a response somewhere that we can see it?
  • by Roger Gostomski Location: Eau Claire on Feb 26, 2012 at 08:36 PM
    I live in Eau Claire and have noticed that tv 13 doesn't come in all the time since switching towers, too. I may have to give up on it and just watch TV 18 if it keeps up. I have a rotor and have gone 360 degrees to no avail. Frustrating.
  • by Jason Location: Adams on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    I live in the city of Adams and have Charter cable and do not get channel 13 yet. Not sure whats up.
  • by Dave Location: Eau Claire on Feb 10, 2012 at 04:38 AM
    It was pretty silly to build an antenna in Fairchild such that neither LaCrosse or Eau Claire can get reception on indoor HD antennae anymore.
  • by Jeff Location: Arkdale on Feb 8, 2012 at 10:10 PM
    The new UHF signal is superb and strong here in central Adams county. Actually stronger than the old VHF carrier. 100% strength when pointed directly and only slightly less even considerably off target.Will you be going with any more sub channels ?
  • by Bill Location: La Crosse on Feb 1, 2012 at 07:49 AM
    Commented back on Jan. 13. Since then, scanned on converter box again, 13.1 & 13.2 comes & goes. Would be nice if it would come in permanently. Possibly adjust your antennae.
  • by molly Location: Ladysmith on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:08 PM
    when can we start getting waxx 104.5
  • by April Location: Rudolph on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    Still some bugs that need to be worked out. I have been able to get channel 13.1 on and off since the new tower has gone up. I am back to not getting it. I really hope this gets fixed soon. I really miss my channel 13 evening shows.
  • by Curt Location: Westby,WI on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    We scanned our Televisions several times and we are still not able to receive channels 13.1, 13.2 & 38.1. We have both UHF & VHF antennas. We could always receive your station before with the old tower WEAU had before. Westby is high on the ridge and received 25.2 when they were helping out. I hope the problem gets corrected so we can view your station again. 25.2 is now MeTV which my wife likes a lot. If you have any advice for me please email me and give me a contact number that I could call for help. In the mean time we will have to watch NBC on 10.1 from Rochester which comes in perfect. Thanks.
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