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Technical blowout hobbles Charlotte NBC signal

“Flashpoint,” WCNC’s current affairs Sunday morning program with Beth Troutman, right, was one of the shows disrupted for over-the-air viewers when a technical failure occurred at the NBC affiliate’s transmitter over the weekend.
“Flashpoint,” WCNC’s current affairs Sunday morning program with Beth Troutman, right, was one of the shows disrupted for over-the-air viewers when a technical failure occurred at the NBC affiliate’s transmitter over the weekend. WCNC

An equipment failure at its transmitter has blacked out WCNC (Channel 36) to many over-the-air viewers.

A section of copper transmission line on the station’s tower in Dallas, N.C., burned out Saturday. WCNC is transmitting over the air at 20 percent of its usual power.

Time Warner Cable and other providers were not affected because they receive the station’s signal on a dedicated line.

Steve Kiser, WCNC’s chief engineer, said Monday that the station has ordered three 20-foot copper segments to replace the failed section on the tower, which is 27 miles from Charlotte.

Kiser expects the replacements to arrive this week, and they will be installed immediately.

Deborah Collura, WCNC general manager, said technicians worked throughout the weekend on the problem. She said the station has gotten “dozens” of calls from viewers asking about signal problems.

Mark Washburn: 704-358-5007, @WashburnChObs

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