(Fort Smith, AR) February 9, 2004 – A small fire Friday night has knocked KHBS-TV 40 off the air. Viewers that use antennas and those that receive KHBS on DishTV have gone without a signal since that time. This outage has not affected anyone on Cox Cable or viewers that can receive KHBS-DT 21, a HDTV signal that uses a separate transmitter.
Viewers on DishTV that have been receiving KHBS will have their service restored on Tuesday morning.
A temporary low-power transmitter is being installed on Tuesday. KHBS-TV 40 will be broadcasting with a low-power signal by Tuesday night. This low-power signal will allow most viewers to receive KHBS via antenna, some viewers in outlying areas may continue to have trouble receiving KHBS.
A new full-power transmitter has been ordered and should be installed by mid March.
KHBS-TV 40’s transmitter problems started Friday afternoon. That night a small fire occurred, damaging two important components of the transmitter, when it was turned on after maintenance. Station engineers worked all weekend to repair the damaged parts. They were able to get KHBS back on the air briefly Sunday night. Shortly after the transmitter was powered up, a major component, that was damaged Friday night, failed. Preventing KHBS from broadcasting over the air until a new transmitter is received.
This transmitter problem does not affect anyone on cable or that receives KHBS-DT 21, KHOG-TV 29 or KHOG-DT 15.