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Mountain Lake PBS experiences technical difficulties

PLATTSBURGH - Mountain Lake PBS is without a signal. While trying to replace burned out beacons on top of the public television station's relatively new broadcast tower Thursday, March 6, a crew member who was clearing ice dislodged a sizable chunk that quickly found its way down to one small section of transmission line. The impact caused "an instant outage," said Charlie Zarbo, director of engineering for Mountain Lake PBS. "The line is severely dented, to the point that we can't operate, even at reduced power," Mr. Zarbo explained. However, the station's digital signal is operating on the station's standby antenna, and staff members are currently trying to contact the different satellite and cable providers to see if they are able to use the digital signal to carry the station's television transmission. "It'll be a few days to get new transmission line ordered, made and shipped," Mr. Zarbo said. "But we expect the repair to be made by Monday, at the latest." Mountain Lake PBS had just completed a complete rebuild of their broadcast tower, located on top of Lyon Mountain, last October. The station had to rebuild its transmission tower after a late season April storm caused the original tower to collapse. For more information, contact the station at 563-9770, or go on-line to www.mountainlake.org.

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