KETS Channel 2/AETN Expected to Return to Air by Month's End
The Log Cabin Democrat is reporting KETS/Channel 2/AETN is expected to get its new analog transmitter and antenna operational by the end of February. KETS's over the air signal was knocked off the air when KATV's tower came tumbling down January 11th. Below is an excerpt from the article:
"We have purchased an analog transmitter and antenna, and they're ready to be placed at our digital site," AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. "A structural analysis of that tower is underway to assure that the antenna can be safely installed at approximately 900 feet.
"As soon as the analysis is complete and a tall tower rigging crew is available, everything will be installed to return KETS to the air."
Weatherly noted that the analog KETS will be operating on an emergency, lower power configuration to reach as many viewers as possible until the full digital conversion on Feb. 17, 2009. The reach of the new transmitter has not yet been determined, which leaves the potential for some viewers to be without access to AETN. However, anyone who watches over the air would still be able to watch AETN's digital broadcasts on a digital television. Viewers in Southeast Arkansas are encouraged to tune into KETZ DT 12.