***Update Feb. 18, 2020 10:30 a.m.
WGCU-TV has moved to a different antenna following a brief outage this morning. We will be operating on this antenna at a reduced power until we change channels on March 10.
There will be brief periods where we will be at a very low power while crews work around the antenna. This will happen a couple of times during the day.
***Update Feb. 14, 2020 11:45 a.m.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 17, WGCU-TV will be operating at a slightly lower power.
While we change our antenna to accommodate our new and upgraded signal, we have to operate on a temporary antenna that operates at a lower power. Most impacted will be viewers in Collier County, areas east of LaBelle, along the coast in Charlotte County, and farther north of Arcadia. We will be operating at this power level until March 10.
We’re still targeting Tuesday, March 10 to return to full power on our new channel, at which time viewers will need to rescan their televisions to continue watching our five channels. For more information and help on scanning your channels, see here.
Remember, if you watch us on cable or satellite, none of this applies to you.
And members, at $5 a month or more, have access to thousands of hours of PBS programming through an internet connection on any device. See here for more information.
As of 3:29 p.m., our signal is once again available on all cable and satellite providers. The power is very low which means watching over the air with an antenna will be difficult. We hope to have the full fix tomorrow (Wednesday.) Again, thank you very much for your patience as we we work to improve your viewing experience with WGCU.
***Update August 27, 2019 9 a.m.***
With the continued effort to update our signal, WGCU’s transmitter has had a failure that cannot be fixed immediately. At this time, all over the air and cable viewers (other than Comcast) are not able to access our PBS programs. We are looking at all options, but the transmitter may be down through tomorrow morning. We apologize for this inconvenience. Once fixed, however, the transmitter should be as good as new and ready to provide you the programs you count on every day with a stronger, clearer signal. Thank you for your patience.
Over the next few weeks, WGCU will be getting stronger. But to do that, we need a little patience from listeners, particularly those in Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota counties.
Crews will be working on our main transmission tower in rural Charlotte County. For the safety of the workers who will climb the inside of the 929-foot tower and perform the upgrades, we need to reduce power between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. That’s because at regular power, the signal could physically harm the workers.
During this time, radio reception may be affected. But remember that WGCU-FM programming still can be heard clearly and without interruption online at wgcu.org or on the WGCU mobile app.
The work we are doing on the 36-year-old tower essentially rebuilds it, making it able to withstand the strongest of hurricane winds. Crews also will add a larger antenna, making our coverage area larger and our signal stronger.
We appreciate your patience and support. WGCU relies on your contributions to keep programs on the air and important equipment enhancement possible.