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Television Station Loses Transmission Signal To Ventura County Due To Heat

Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:10pm

The only television station with a news bureau regularly covering Ventura County is unable to get its signal to the county’s viewers, due to some heat related problems.

High temperatures, and the failure of an air conditioning system knocked out the transmitter for KEYT, Channel 3 in Santa Barbara Friday afternoon. The station’s transmitter in the Santa Ynez Mountains suffered major damage.

KEYT has been able to continue to supply programming in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties because it uses microwave feeds to get its broadcasts to cable systems. But, in Ventura County, the station used its transmitter signal to get its broadcasts to the county’s cable systems. And, viewers throughout the region who watched with an antenna system have been without the station since last Friday.

Engineers are trying to repair the damage, but there’s no word on when KEYT’s transmitter will be back online.

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