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.