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Alabama Public Television's old WEIQ transmitter, which was scheduled to be replaced this coming Saturday, Oct. 19, didn't quite make it. Mobile viewers lost APT's signal on Monday, Oct. 14 when the transmitter quit working. APT's engineering team has sped up efforts to start running the new transmitter early, possibly as soon as Wednesday if the equipment is ready and the FCC gives permission. We're sorry for this interruption of service.
APT's new transmitter will operate on a different frequency from the old one, although it will still appear as Channel 42 on television receivers. If you watch television over-the-air using an antenna, you will need to rescan for channels. For this to work, it is essestial that you unplug your television or shut off the electricity going to it in order to clear the receiver's memory. After this, select "scan" or "autotune" from your TV or converter box control menu to start the process. You can usually find instructions by pressing the "set-up" or "menu" buttons on your remote control. Once your rescan is complete, your television will still identify WEIQ as channels 42.1, 42.2, 42.3 and 42.4.
If you watch APT through a cable or satellite service, your service provider will do the rescanning for you.