MPBN fixes antenna, back on full power

Posted May 14, 2009, at 11:49 p.m.

MEDDYBEMPS, Maine — Officials at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network have found the problem with its antenna that has forced the network to operate on reduced broadcast output and have fixed it temporarily.

Gil Maxwell, senior vice president and chief technology officer, said that one of the seals on the antenna is leaking which has allowed water to enter the transmission line.

Technicians have drilled holes in the transmission line to drain the water and the station is back operating at full power. It will remain that way until a tower crew can get to the site possibly this weekend.

The crew will take down the antenna and fix it on-site, he said.

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