ONA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A major structural upgrade to WSAZ’s broadcast tower will, once completed, improve the station's signal to thousands of NewsChannel 3 viewers.
A crew from ERI Electronics Research is installing a new digital antenna at the top of the 1,064-foot tower in Ona.
The work will cause intermittent signal interruptions in June for viewers who receive NewsChannel 3 over the air.
“During the times the tower crew is working at the top of the tower, we have to switch to a backup antenna that’s several hundred feet lower than our main antenna,” said WSAZ Chief Engineer Aaron Withrow. “This is for the crew’s safety.”
The switch to the backup antenna diminishes WSAZ’s signal to one-third of its normal power, which may cause a signal interruption for viewers who receive the station on an over-the-air antenna. Cable and satellite customers are not affected by the work.
"We're excited about providing an even stronger signal to many of our viewers," said WSAZ Vice President and General Manager Matt Jaquint. "As we do the work, we are making sure we minimize the inconvenience to our over-the-air viewers while maintaining the safety of the crew.”
The upgrade to WSAZ’s tower includes the installation of a new LED lighting system, which will improve visibility of the tower to pilots flying in the area at night.
Withrow expects the upgrade to the broadcast tower to be complete by the end of June.