WTOK, subchannels to be off-air temporarily this weekend

WTOK will be wiring the new transmitter in the early morning hours Sunday.
WTOK will be wiring the new transmitter in the early morning hours Sunday.(WTOK)
Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 11:46 AM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - WTOK-TV is making progress as our engineering team takes the next step in our $1.3 million transmitter and tower project. Crews will hook up and turn on our new transmitter Saturday, Aug. 1, at midnight through Sunday morning.

Over-the-air and cable viewers will not receive our signal during that time. WTOK-TV, Meridian’s CW8, MyTOK2 and WTOK ION will be off the air during this time. Once the repairs are complete, normal broadcast will resume.

WTOK chief engineer, Randy Corbin, says this weekend they are combining transmitter equipment to be able to power the new antenna. WTOK will go off the air to install the wiring to the antenna.

“There is a lot of work that has to be done to get the 24 power amplifiers matched exactly to one another,” said Corbin.

The antenna has arrived. We’re now waiting on the tower crew to get to Meridian. The crew is scheduled to be here the week of Aug. 10. It will take the crew about two weeks to install the new antenna. The new antenna weighs about 10,000 pounds which means there is tower work to do, too, to reinforce the structure.

In the meantime, there will be a boost in power to the temporary antenna so some people may get a better signal until the new antenna is on the air in mid-August.

Thank you for your patience as we work hard to bring you the strongest signal possible to East Mississippi and West Alabama. Thanks for watching WTOK-TV.

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