WDBJ7 new tower work close to completion

WDBJ7 photo of new tower on Poor Mountain
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7)-- Some over-the-air viewers have been having service interruptions while waiting patiently for our new tower project to be completed. While there is still more work to do, WDBJ7 wants to let you see where we are in the process!

The new tower on Poor Mountain is up along with the antenna, and the old one is on the ground. The great news here is that we’re in the home stretch and look forward to being back to full power in the next few weeks.

Beginning December 5, engineering crews will work on the hard line wiring, and hope to begin testing the week of December 9, in hopes of being good to go soon after. At first we won’t be at full power on the new antenna, but we’ll gradually increase the power as we make sure things are going well. We expect whatever power we go to will be much better than what we’ve been doing with our auxillary antenna.

Much of the work is dependent on good weather, though, and the safety of our tower crew working at the site. This means there may be outages at times as the work is completed because crews cannot work near a live antenna for their safety. We are working as quickly as possible and thank you for your continued patience.

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WDBJ7 photo of new tower
WDBJ7 photo of old antenna on the ground