KPYG-FM, silent after power outage, could be back to full-strength signal Wednesday

betling@thetribunenews.comJune 25, 2013 

  • KPYG-FM

    KPYG’s licensed broadcast transmitter for San Luis Obispo County is located at the old Cambria Air Force station. The San Luis Obispo transmitter is licensed as a repeater for the Cambria tower, but can also get its signal direct from Watsonville, which it has been doing since the blackout.


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Correction: An earlier version of this story said KPYG might be back on the air Wednesday; it should have said it might be back on the air at low strength Tuesday afternoon and at full strength Wednesday.

An FM radio signal knocked off the air by a power outage Sunday may be back to full strength Wednesday.

KPYG-FM, broadcast from a 280-foot tower south of Cambria, went off the air when a PG&E equipment failure knocked power out from Santa Ynez to San Simeon for about three hours Sunday night.

A generator at the site may have kept it on the air briefly, according to engineer Tom Hughes of Mapleton Communications, the station's owner, but it stopped operating, possibly because it ran out of fuel.

Transmitter damage related to the blackout, possibly from when power was restored, has kept the station off the air. Hughes hopes to have a 100-watt signal restored later Tuesday and, after he receives a parts delivery Wednesday, the full 25,000-watt signal back on the air that afternoon or Thursday at the latest.

A repeater in San Luis Obispo came back on the air when PG&E restored power.

The KPYG signal at 94.9 FM is a simulcast of the KPIG signal at 107.5 FM originating in Watsonville. KPIG is outside the area that lost power and was unaffected by the blackout.

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