New Antenna Arrives at KGSW

Randy Yates, General Manager of KGSW kneels in front of the recently arrived antenna.

Southwestern Adventist University’s TV station, KGSW, recently received a new antenna.  The entire TV station will be updated with new equipment so that it can broadcast digitally.  This is the first of the new equipment to arrive.

“Southwestern is the only Seventh-day Adventist university in the world to own and operate a broadcasting TV station,” says the station manager Randy Yates. “It’s very exciting for KGSW to go digital. We can make the change as soon as the rest of the equipment comes in, which should be in about three months.”

The current antenna at KGSW points in one direction.  The new antenna will be omni-directional.  According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the signal will travel north to cover the southern part of Fort Worth; to the east it will almost reach Cedar Hill, to the south near Hillsboro, and to the west just to the edge of Bosque County. The change to digital will be automatic. The FCC calls it a flash cut.  Overnight the station will go from analog to digital.

KGSW will run off of a new channel, 18, and make use of four sub-channels.  18.1 is the main channel, and it will be used to broadcast the Hope Channel.  18.2 and 18.3 will be leased, and 18.4 will be used for making announcements about campus life.

“KGSW going digital brings with it a lot of new opportunities,” says Yates.  “Communication students will have the chance to get experience in their field of study. People from the community can tune into what’s happening on campus, and they can get involved. I definitely think this will have a positive effect on the community.”

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