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July 12, 2013

PBS repairing transmitters

PLATTSBURGH — Repairs are well underway to repair the damage that the storms of late June caused to the transformers at Mountain Lake PBS’s Lyon Mountain transmitter.

The transformers at the site provide the electrical power to the transmitter, which broadcasts WCFE’s signal.

As of Thursday, Mountain Lake has restored service to nearly all cable and satellite providers in the region, including Videotron, Charter, Time Warner, Dish Network and DirecTV, according to a news release.

A low-power transmitter has been placed at the Plattsburgh office, providing an over-the-air signal to some areas in and surrounding the City of Plattsburgh.

“We estimate that broadcast service from our Lyon Mountain transmitter will resume on July 26th, barring any unforeseen weather events,” Mountain Lake said.

“Equipment and materials have been received, though the actual transformers, which have been difficult to locate and ship, have yet to arrive.

“The tower site on Lyon Mountain is remote, and the access trail was severely damaged during Hurricane Irene. Since that time, we have been working to establish the funding to have the necessary repairs done.

“The storms of this summer have left the trail too dangerous to pass in a vehicle, causing us to rely on helicopters to access the site, contributing to the timeline for repairs.

“Once again, we thank our viewers and supporters for their patience.”

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