KTAB, KRBC to have brief blackout on Monday for equipment check

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The powerhouse group of stations, KTAB-TV andKRBC-TV, will have a brief blackout on Monday afternoon while preparations are being made for a major upgrade.

Other subchannels serviced by KTAB and KRBC will also be affected. That includes TelemundoAbilene. 

What you can expect

The over-the-air signal will go dark from approximately 1-4 p.m. The Suddenlink cable system will not be affected. 

Satellite providers like DISH Network and DirecTV will be affected, because of how their signal is fed to them. Smaller cable providers may be affected, 


The tower that transmits the signals of KTAB and KRBC will soon be undergoing a major upgrade. The upgrade involves the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard. The transmission tower will be undergoing a structural analysis of the tower.

The upgrade involves the installation of an antenna that updates the service area provided by KTAB and KRBC. The update must be made to accommodate a repack in 2020 as portions of the broadcast spectrum were sold back to the government.

Additionally, the upgrade affords the station to be able to use advanced transmission and video/audio coding techniques to bring new and creative services to viewers in the future. 

"This upgrade is essential to the growth and evolvement of our stations," said KTAB General Manager Albert Gutierrez. "We continue to invest heavily in technology to make sure our audience receives the best media product possible."

Why go off the air?

The tower is 700 feet tall and will be climbed by professional and experienced climbers. In order for climbers to do their work, the signal must be turned off so they are protected from high voltage and high-powered microwave transmissions.


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