We're replacing our 55 year-old antenna | What that means for your signal

By  | 

MAPLE HILL, Kan. (WIBW) -- (NOTE: Please see Related Stories for the latest updates on how the project is progressing)

In 1963, WIBW-TV began transmitting our signal from Windy Hill Road in the Maple Hill area. The antenna that was placed on our tower has served us well for the last 55 years. It has seen the analog days come and go and escorted us into the digital age like a champ. WIBW-TV viewers have enjoyed programming transmitted by us for years but unfortunately, our current antenna will not be able to take us into the future and will need replaced.

The current transmitter WIBW-TV uses was purchased for use with the antenna we had for the digital change so it too will need replaced. The FCC has set a plan into motion for the future and WIBW-TV has taken its directive to make sure that this pair will deliver the best signal possible, the strongest signal possible, and be upgradable in the future to ensure viewers of WIBW-TV will be able to watch well into the future.

WIBW-TV runs and operates two different transmitters with two different antenna. This was done to ensure better signal for our viewers. This new system will only use one pair, but will perform much better than the two combined. We expect viewers who have issues receiving us now, to find no issues, as well as many viewers who can’t receive our signal now to be able to watch WIBW-TV over the air!

With change, there are always obstacles… WIBW-TV will have to turn off our old transmitter, while we replace the antenna with a substitute panel antenna while everything is replaced. This temporary antenna will be much weaker and we know that some may lose signal during the expected two week conversion slated to begin on or around May 19th. WIBW-TV apologizes for this inconvenience, and will do everything in our power to make these changes as quickly as possible. Some viewers who use an indoor antenna to receive us now will be disappointed, as we fear that those individuals will be impacted. We remind our viewers that the live stream at wibw.com is available for news, weather, and sports. Most CBS shows can be seen the next day at cbs.com for free.

Viewers who watch us now on our cable partners will not be affected, as well as Direct and AT&T subscribers. We are currently working with DISH network to ensure they have uninterrupted service as well. Only viewers with an antenna will experience some outages during the daytime hours, but we will do everything in our power to make sure early morning and prime time viewing not be interrupted.

**** AFTER THE CHANGE IS MADE, ANTENNA USERS WILL NEED TO RESCAN TO RECEIVE WIBW-TV ****

Why are you doing this?
THE OLD ANTENNA HAS SERVED US WELL FOR 55 YEARS, BUT NEEDS TO BE REPLACED ASAP.

When does it start?
ON OR ABOUT MAY 19TH.

Will I definitely lose my signal that day?
DEPENDS. SOME INDOOR ANTENNA USERS MAY EXPERIENCE SIGNAL ISSUES.

How long will my signal be impacted?
APPROXIMATELY 2 WEEKS DEPENDING ON MOTHER NATURE.

Is there an alternative way I can watch?
YES! YOU CAN LIVE STREAM WIBW's NEWS, WEATHER, AND SPORTS ON WIBW.Com

CBS.COM HAS FOR MOST CBS SHOWS THE NEXT DAY

Will you be rebroadcasting any of the shows I missed?
NO. WIBW-TV IS NOT ALLOWED TO REBROADCAST CBS SHOWS.

Will I need to rescan after the change?
YES. WITH THIS CHANGE ALL VIEWERS WILL NEED TO RESCAN