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Out with the old and in with the new on Baltimore's candelabra

Improving the Baltimore broadcast signal
Posted at 5:26 PM, Jul 21, 2020

WMAR is making changes to improve our signal.

You rescanned your TV but that is only part of the process. Helicopter crews spent the morning hours of July 21st removing parts of the old candelabra tower on Television Hill.

That tower is the antenna for three local TV stations, including WMAR. It also means some of our regular viewers may not be able to see us, while we operate at a lower frequency while work is done.

The process is long and complicated, “With Scripps, CBS and Hearst all having to switch channels, this became one of most complicated repack projects in the entire country,” said Bill Hooper VP/General Manager of WMAR.

Photo Gallery: Improving Baltimore's broadcast signal

What's happening?
Nearly 1,000 television stations across the U.S. are changing their over-the-air broadcast frequencies. This is a Federal Law which will make room for wireless internet broadband services.

So if you watch television free, over-the-air this impacts you.

Over the next few days the helicopter will be up in the air, adding in new pieces to improve our signal.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to give you better broadcast quality.