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Last Updated: 11/15/2019


Posted on 11/15/2019 at 10:07PM

Repack Update - WTVF

I'm not for sure, but I think WTVF RF channel 36 is now operating from the top of the tower. Could someone that has been having trouble receiving the channel see if your reception has changed? They went off the air just as NewsChannel 5 at 5pm signed off. Then they came back on the air just as CBS Evening News was coming on. So, it was just a few seconds it was off the air. I have no confirmation from NewsChannel5 or the FCC, but I wanted to see if anyone of you have improved reception. Until I know more or more news breaks, that's all for now.

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by "n2radio" on 11/15/2019 at 10:42PM   

I am 10 miles North of BG and I concur. I am now getting WTVF as good or better than before the repack. The signal is rock solid. I posted a screen capture over on AVSForum (https://www.avsforum.com/forum/45-local-hdtv-info-reception/391433-nashville-tn-ota-170.html#post58828356).

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by "gregsfc" on 11/16/2019 at 5:57AM   

According to t.v. fool, I'm 79 miles away at an easterly direction; specifically at 85 degrees magnetic east from WTVF broadcast tower. This morning at 5:30 a.m. CDT, my signal strength has been teetering between 2-5 bars; mostly 3-5. From Repack date until yesterday, I normally was staying steady at 2 bars, but sometimes get drops around 4:30-5 a.m. it's hard for me to confirm, because, sometimes, early mornings are unusually good. As I type at this moment, I'm at 5 bars on WTVF; sometimes drops to 4. I'd have to conclude that they have improved their performamce. Doing some channel surfing, I see that I'm right now getting a few more channels that I never get after the sun comes up; at least since Repack, but they are very weak; these include Fox 17 and CW 58, however, I've got 40 on my tuner where it added after a rescan yesterday early morning but not coming in for me this morning. So while the atmosphere is good, it is not unusually good to the point where WTVF should be at or near full signal strength on my tuner as compared to the last month. I've sent a contact form to WTVF to try and confirm that they are now back to full performance.

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by "gregsfc" on 11/16/2019 at 8:26AM  - Edited   

At 8:20 a.m. My t.v. tuner is most times showing full signal strength. Definitely the best signal since before WTVF's move to RF 36. I can't really comment about the signal strength before, because I didn't pay much attention until Repack when it got weak and started having drop outs occasionally. Ironically, however, 5 minutes after I posted the information above, WTVF started occasionally dropping and pixelating for short periods of time (a second or two every 20 or 30 seconds). I looked at the strength during this period, and it was showing only 2 bars. It probably means that since my tuner is sometimes picking up the signal at full strength and other times down to 2 bars (my tuner will never show only 1 bar), WTVF is back at full performance, but my distance is still going to occasionally be an issue. I never watch this time of day, so it's hard for me to compare. I looked at the recently-added graph tool; it shows virtually no changes or down time in the last 48 hours. I'm not sure if that tool would be helpful in the case of WTVF, because the performance was nearly maxed out over the last 48 hours for the person who is receiving this signal. So I'm not sure how the tool can show better than almost perfect.

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by "cdg" on 11/16/2019 at 12:53PM   

Not only is WTVF broadcasting with a clear signal on 5.1-5.3 they are still broadcasting on 5.11-5.13.

Posted on 11/14/2019 at 6:59PM

New Feature Added

In an earlier post, I hinted at a new feature. This feature helps you look at each TV station's signal on a line graph. It shows you that within the past several hours if a certain station has gone off the air or is still broadcasting. Also, you can look to see if a channel has raised or lowered their power level of their signal. I have added channels 19 (the future WLLC 42) and 23 (the future WJDE 31) to see when they start broadcasting on their new channel. You can click the link below to go to the page. In these uncertain times with TV signals, you have a new way to check in with what is happening with your local station. I would like to say thanks to Trip of Rabbitears.info for this opportunity to bring you this addition. You can find out more about this and even more on his website.

Signal Line Graphs

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by "gregsfc" on 11/15/2019 at 5:02AM   

Thanks.

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by "Brentwood OTA" on 11/15/2019 at 10:22PM   

Wow, very nice! I wish I had this for my incoming cable internet signal, so I could show them hard evidence of all the signal drops that occur every day.

Posted on 11/14/2019 at 6:29PM

Repack Update - WJDE

Thanks to lug1 for the info, I saw on WJDE31.com that they will change channels from 31 to 23 on November 22. If you are able to receive it, it will still be shown as 31.1-31.8. To most of you, including yours truly, you might finally be able to pick it up, because it will not only move from the L&C building downtown to a tower near Dickerson Pike, Briley Pkwy, and I-65 intersection, but also, it will go from 5.3kw up to 15kw. I will post it once they start broadcasting on their new channel. Until then or when more news breaks, that's all for now.

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Posted on 11/7/2019 at 2:15PM

Dabl is Now on the Air

Dabl is finally on the air in Nashville. It is being broadcasted on WNAB 58.4. By the way, I will be releasing a feature on the website later today. When I do, I will post about it then.

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by "jiraiya1988" on 11/07/2019 at 3:32PM   

Thanks! I just noticed it as well.

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by "Brentwood OTA" on 11/12/2019 at 10:03PM   

WNAB must have been just testing with Dabl. It's been completely off for the past two days.

by "NashDigie" on 11/12/2019 at 10:12PM   

Yeah, I don't know what is going on there. I haven't heard anything about what is happening with that channel.

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by "RonG" on 11/13/2019 at 6:04PM   

It came back on the air this afternoon.

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by "gregsfc" on 11/16/2019 at 6:09AM   

I've got Dabl on 20.4 out of Crossville, which is the Knoxville market. So those of you from fringe areas east of Nashville may be able to get CW 20, however, my Roku t.v. won't show any programming info for 20, so that sort of sucks, since I can't tell what's on 20.1-20.4 without first tuning to it. This is the only channel that my t.v. will not give me programming info. Seems like the old 39 was that way as well, but I don't get it any more.

Posted on 11/1/2019 at 2:44PM

Repack Update - WJFB and WTVF - Updated

WJFB went to full power just after 8pm this past Monday. Then they went off the air just past noon the next day, and they have been off the air ever since. I didn't know what happened until today. They have now applied for temporary status at a lower power of 31.7kw vs. 950kw. They had listed a reason for all this, and it is as follows: "The newly installed antenna has shown carbon soot found on the top of the elbow complex near the antenna. The antenna is emitting a burnt smell and marks of soot is visible on the bullet of the antenna input. The vendor has been contacted and has provided a temporary antenna with specs outlined in this application."

Also, WTVF has given an update to their progress. The update can be found at NewsChannel5.com. In part of the update, they say, "Right now, the crews working on the tower tell us their work will be finished in 7-14 days. We realize this is longer than our initial timeline we gave when the rescan took place, and we apologize for that. There are several factors we're not in control of: this past weekend's rain out, for instance, prevented our crews from performing much of their work for several days." Also, in the update, they answer a few common questions about their signal and their progress, and they have given a phone number and e-mail address where you can sign-up to be called on the phone when their new antenna is in place and powered up to full power. Well, until more news breaks, that's all I have for now.

Updated 5:20pm - WJFB just within the past couple of hours has come on the air but like I said above at only 31.7kw.

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by "gregsfc" on 11/02/2019 at 5:52AM   

Thanks for finding and providing this very useful information. I'm sitting here just north of Cookeville with several lost stations (WTVF, WZTV, and WJFB) but have gained CW-20 in Crossville; wondering if I need to try and upgrade, because I can find no information save here, and I lose this website every time I come to it and try to go back to it on the same device or browser. I'm running out of devices and browsers to get to this site for information. When I try to go back to this site, I get a page that states "user not found" and no variations of the web address helps. As for WTVF-5, I had looked all over the NewsChannel5 website yesterday, including the site map, and did a couple of searches on their site, and couldn't find any info about their OTA broadcast. However, lately we've been getting WTVF solid. During periods of cloud cover, we get the signal without drop outs, but near dawn and dusk with clear skies, our signal drops or stays out, and those are the times when we tune in the most. Does anyone know anything specfic about WZTV-17? I read on one of the early repack posts that they are at a lower, temporary power, but have found nothing specific? We used to get it weak but pretty solid. Now, hardly ever. Thanks again.

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by "gregsfc" on 11/02/2019 at 7:51AM   

It looks as though I've figured out my issues accessing this website. Firstly, I must not check the box that will keep me logged in for future sessions, and secondly, I need to remember to log out before leaving the site. Thanks for what you all do. I rescanned this morning while it was still dark and got a bunch of extra channels that I don't usually receive; some even low power. I got the retransmitted channel 40 in Whitehouse for MeTV, but I'll still have to do a rescan before it's all said and done, because I still didn't get WJFB-44, aka MeTV in Lebanon, and the only way my tuner will ever pick that channel back up is for me to do a rescan. I'll be checking back here frequently and will rely on someone else to tell me when 44 is back up at full power.

by "NashDigie" on 11/02/2019 at 5:13PM  - Edited   

Thank you so much for pointing that out about the "Remember Me" option. I have finally looked at it, and I believe I have now fixed it. Now, it should work. I am sorry to everybody for not finding that sooner. I don't know how long that has been like that, but now it should work. Thank you, again, gregsfc. Also, WZTV is indeed on lower power. It is only running at 68.43kw vs. 1000kw before the repack, and yes, I will definitely post when WJFB will finally start broadcasting at full power again.

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by "leavenfish" on 11/03/2019 at 10:36AM   

Does 'low power' affect the HD feed? Mainly I am wondering if WJFB is ever going to have an HD equilivant to channel 66 (SD) on AttUverse. The SD is poor...MeTV looked so nice on the old AttUverse 1136.

by "NashDigie" on 11/03/2019 at 1:35PM   

No, it shouldn't affect it, and I have no idea about Uverse or any other TV carrier at this time.

by "gregsfc" on 11/04/2019 at 5:37AM   

All else being equal, an OTA signal will always provide a superior picture on an equivalent t.v. screen as compared to a compressed cable or satellite signal as long as the signal on the former is strong enough for your t.v. tuner to decode it to the point where it's not de-pixelating or dropping out entirely. The power level affects whether you can receive it or how big an antenna you need to receive it, but not the quality once it's received. Sometimes the difference in picture quality may not be noticeable, but it is superior. As for HD, it all has to do with whether or not the station is broadcasting in HD and if the programming is in HD. So while you can have a station like WKRN 2.1 that broadcasts news and sports in HD (that means it's an HD channel) there may sometimes be programs on that channel that will not be in HD. That means no one gets that program in HD; not OTA, not cable and not satellite. However, an OTA viewer, viewing an HD program in HD over the air, will always have a superior HD picture than a satellite or cable viewer watching an HD program. The same will be true in SD, because the OTA signal is not compressed. Your t.v. tuner should show you what quality level that you're receiving on any particular show when you tune to it. For instance, Right now, I'm watching Dick Van Dyke Show on retransmitted channel 40.1 out of White House. When I first tune to the program, it shows it as HD in 720. So that's not the best HD, but it is still considered HD. No cable or Satellite or anyone else is going to offer a better picture of that show on any MeTV outlet than what I'm getting OTA. As long as OTA exists, it's probably going to always be this way.

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by "aludra" on 11/07/2019 at 10:08AM   

Dabl is on the air now--58.4...looks better than the food network!

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by "stilgar" on 11/12/2019 at 2:29PM   

I don't suppose anyone has heard any news on WJFB getting back to full power?

by "NashDigie" on 11/12/2019 at 5:49PM   

So far, I haven't heard anything, but once I do, I will post it.

Posted on 10/29/2019 at 2:48PM

WJFB has Applied for a License

What that means is that they have now fixed the problem and should be broadcasting at their full allotted power, but right now as I type this, they have been going on and off the air (currently off at the moment). So, if you are unable to receive them at the moment, please just wait a while and try again. They may come back on the air later. I will update then when they do come on the air. Until then, that's all for now.

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by "stilgar" on 10/31/2019 at 3:39PM   

Just checking to see if anyone was receiving WJFB yet? I keep checking on and off, but so far a signal of zero.

by "NashDigie" on 10/31/2019 at 6:27PM   

No, sorry, they never have came back on the air. Once they do, I will post it asap.

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by "leavenfish" on 10/31/2019 at 9:02PM   

So happy to stumble upon this... WJFB apparently obtained the rights to MeTV and have been broadcasting on AttUverse #66. The national MeTV feed on ch 1136 was a joy...some of the shows and movies were in beautiful HD and when not, the upscaled images were far better than anything I have ever seen old SD shows. Does anyone know if WJFB will have an HD counterpart on Uverse? What I have seen has been almost unwatchable.

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by "gregsfc" on 11/01/2019 at 6:23AM   

I have a UHF-only, 8-bay antenna (AntennaCraft U8000). I'm as far as 82 miles from Nashville towers. I'm currently getting: WKRN (2), WTVF (5), CW20 (Crossville), WCTE 22 (Cookeville PBS), Ion 28, MyTv30, and TBN 50. They are all 2 bars and about 80% of the time received; WTVF is weaker than before and so is ION. What I'm missing are: the low power stations, WJFB-44, WZTV 17 Fox, CW 58, the old 38 religious, and the two VHF channels 4 and 8. Before the MeTV move, I did not not have the VHF stations as I currently have no VHF antenna and I never could receive CW-58 unless atmospheric conditions were very good. As I'm typing Friday, November 1, I've not been able to receive WJFB except but just a few mornings ago when I did a rescan and 44 came up on my tuner. It came up 2 out of 5 bars signal strength (about the same as all the other channels for me at my home slightly northeast of Cookeville). I did a rescan after reading here that it was on the air at full power. I rescanned that morning and sure enough, I had it. When I came home from work that afternoon, I no longer had a good signal on the channel, so I rescanned again just in case my tuner might pick it up somewhere else on the dial, such as on 40, which has happened a time or two. Ever since that one morning, I've not been able to get it back. I also lost Fox 17 on that dreadful rescan a couple days ago. My tuner won't allow me to manually add channels (it's a TCL with no numbers on the remote). So depending on atmospheric conditions and the power output transmitting from towers at the time when I scan, I either gain or lose channels and the only way I can get them back is another rescan. Whenever I do a scan and get everything back, I'm going to then leave them (and not rescan) and just hide the ones that won't come in. That way, I'm not constantly rescanning just to try and get back what I've lost.

Posted on 10/28/2019 at 9:31PM

WJFB is (Maybe) at Full Power Now

I can now receive WJFB 44 on their new channel. Ever since they changed networks on Sept. 23rd, I have never been able to receive them until just an hour ago. The reason I say "Maybe" in the title of this post is because I have no proof that this is their full power output right now. I will have to wait until they apply for a license with the FCC. I hope that a lot of you folks can now receive MeTV and the other networks. Again, until more news breaks, that's all for now.

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by "gregsfc" on 10/29/2019 at 5:21AM   

Thanks for the info. I'll scan during a better atmospheric condition time and see if we have it back. At this time, I'm not getting much at all in southwest Overton County, and if I rescan right now, I'll have very little. My t.v. tuner doesn't have an add channel function nor does it have a way to tune by channel number; only an up and down function of the channels that came in on it's latest scan. I do have a hide function to skip channels or sub channels that I don't want, but no add function. I've not been getting WJFB (44) since around the time that MeTV went to them. I'm not really sure if it was exactly at that time, since I rarely watched 44, but when MeTV 2.2 was telling us about the change, I periodically looked to see if I could receive 44, and every time I checked I could get it, but once they moved their, I could receive it only in the middle of the night, and then since they moved from 44 to 25, I've not got them in a single time. I have gotten in 40 on the other tower, but only a time or two. I don't understand why all the broadcast stations didn't come together and set up a twitter or FB site where they could report their current statuses to all Nashville area viewers, or at least communicate via each of their websites. Of course this station doesn't have a website, but they could have set themselves up on FB.

by "n2radio" on 10/29/2019 at 7:45AM   

This describes my situation perfectly. I did not scan late last night. However, I was receiving several of the current full-power stations running at reduced power since the re-pack (5, 17, 58). I am guessing it was just a better atmospheric condition as you suggested. I am a bit surprised that BG stations were able to accomplish their tower work and have it completed by 10/18 while Nashville stations have scrambled. WNKY built a brand new tower and the KET station increased their tower height and top mounted their antenna. Aside from WNKY being down in the middle of the night, there was no other interruption in full power service. That having been said, the size of the tower is more likely the culprit. The Nashville towers are all closer to 1400' while the BG stations have towers around 600' (WNKY) and 800' (KET/WKGB). I suspect this is the difference as the taller towers likely require more experienced crews and fewer available resources for these types of projects.

by "gregsfc" on 11/04/2019 at 5:19AM   

@n2radio. I think one of the differences from what you've stated is that some of the BG stations actually constructed or lengthened their towers and that allowed them to do more pre work before changing frequencies; then all they had to do was switch over to their new antenna at the same time as the actual move. By contrast, if we take the most proactive station in Nashville, which is WTVF-5, as you say, they already have a very tall tower. They could not simultaneously work on constructing a 100K transmitting antenna on RF-36 while also transmitting concurrently 100K on RF-25. Besides space restraints, there is also a radiation hazard for the crew. So what WTVF is doing is all that they can logistically do, and that is to have a side-mounted, lower-power for safety, temporary antenna ready to go at the time of the repack. When they hopped over to RF-36, they began transmitting on the temporary antenna and started working on their new antenna that sits right where the old, RF-25 antenna sat before. It's a little different if they were building a new tower. Luckily for me, our family is still getting WTVF most of the time even at the reduced power and reduced height.

Posted on 10/28/2019 at 5:59PM

Repack Update - 10/28 - WTVF

Just wanted to give a quick update about WTVF. Their VHF channel 5 signal went off the air today just after 9am, and as I am typing this, they are still off the air. Also, they lowered their power on their UHF channel 36 at around 10:15 this morning as well. They updated their repack page on their website today. They said, "From time to time you may experience brief outages as tower crews complete the permanent installation of our new signal over the next two weeks. If you are currently experiencing a temporary outage, please DO NOT re-scan your television. Our signal will return as soon as tower crews complete this phase of work. Thank you for your patience and support of NewsChannel 5." Until more news breaks, that is all for now.

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by "gregsfc" on 10/29/2019 at 5:11AM   

Another option regarding WTVF NewsChannel5. Free NewsChannel 5 internet APP. If you live in a fringe area like me (I'm northeast of Cookeville), and you normally watch NewsChannel 5 news, but all-of-the-sudden can't receive a reliable signal during their transition back to full power now on RF-36 ; there is another option. No other channel in Nashville has this that I'm aware of. If you have the ability to download their APP to your t.v. or other device, any time they are broadcasting live their local newscast (4 am - 7 am) or at 4 pm, again at 5 pm, and also again 6 pm, and 10 pm, it will stream automatically on that APP with about a 30 second delay once you go to the APP and let it automatically load. It will play some commercials during commercial breaks, but not the same as on the t.v. It will also have some dead air space for time not taken up by their internet sponsors. However, this doesn't mean you always have live CBS broadcasting, such as CBS national evening news or NCIS. When they are not broadcasting their news, it will play pre recorded shows such as Talk of the Town; or you can choose a pre recorded news clip by hitting the back button or mouse that are shown in an icon-based list. Basically, what you have with this APP is local NewsChannel 5 access, but not the other shows on CBS.

by "gregsfc" on 11/03/2019 at 5:31AM  - Edited   

One other thing I recently learned yesterday about utilizing the NewsChannel5 live stream internet APP: If you try using the APP to watch Channel 5 local news, wait at least 30 seconds after the live news begins before accessing the APP (for example, 5:05 p.m. CST). If you go to the APP early or right at start time and let it load automatically, it will load a rerun broadcast or news clip, and then it will not automatically go to the live broadcast when it becomes available. It just keeps playing the same rerun. So if this happens, and you go to the APP right around the start time, and you find it does not start streaming the live news, you have to then back out of the APP, and then reload the APP; at least that's what happens on my Roku t.v. What's been happening to us is that, while we can usually get the WTVF signal, the times in which the local news is broadcasting (early mornings and evenings), those are the very times when we have the most signal drops). And so if we're trying to watch the news, and we're getting significant drops (especially early mornings at or about day break), we'll just go to the APP, load it, and about the time it comes up, it's about where the OTA broadcast left off, because there is about a 30 second delay to the OTA broadcast.

Posted on 10/24/2019 at 5:07PM

WTVF UHF 36 Off the Air - Updated Again

WTVF NewsChannel5 (RF 36) went off the air just before 5pm today. I don't know if something went wrong, or they are doing some maintenance. I will try and find out.

Updated 5:30pm - I got word from their social media sites. They have said, "We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our on-air signal. We are working to fix the problems as quickly as possible." So, there you have it. Until more news breaks, that is all for now.

Updated 8:15pm - They are, for now, back on the air. I don't know if there will be any more outages like that or not, but I have found out that it will be operating at this low power for another week or two depending upon weather. Once they are done with all the construction replacing the top mounted antenna, then they can turn on their full power new top-mounted antenna. Like always, until more news breaks, that's all for now.

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by "jimb2341321" on 10/25/2019 at 8:58AM   

I have a question...I live in Dickson and I am on an indoor antenna and last night I was getting Memphis stations and this morning i am getting Louisville,KY. Also I have lost CH 28 Ion...Did they drop power again and how do I get those stations so far away?

by "NashDigie" on 10/25/2019 at 1:51PM   

Wow, you were getting Louisville, KY stations with just an indoor antenna. The reason you lost 28 ION is because they now broadcast on channel 32 (they still show up on your TV as 28.1-28.6) and they have now moved to the north near Cross Plains in Robertson County and have gone from 733kw down to 550kw. Also, a station in Louisville (WDRB) has also changed to channel 32 the same as ION. When two channels on the same frequency exist, all they do is block each other out unless one becomes dominant over the other.

by "NashDigie" on 10/25/2019 at 1:57PM   

... Also, about your question, are you saying "how do I get..." or are you saying "how did I get..."? If you are saying "do", then if you can, you can get an outdoor antenna to put outside for a better reception of channels, but just so you know, when you do that, reception for local channels may improve or deteriorate. Most of the time you can only get far away stations when the atmospheric conditions are right for them, i.e. when it is foggy. I hope I answered your question. If I didn't or if you have any more, please let me know.

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by "jimb2341321" on 10/25/2019 at 2:19PM  - Edited   

I was getting ION till last night then i got memphis for a bit when channel 2 was down and this morning I was getting Louisville,I though maybe something changed in the last 24 hrs.I was as amazed as you are I got Louisville on rabbit ears.We live in an apartment and cant put up outdoor antennas...btw do you have any reccomendations for a good indoor antenna? Thanks for all you do!

by "NashDigie" on 10/25/2019 at 9:51PM   

As far as indoor antennas go, I am not that knowledgeable on those antennas when it comes to which is best. Also, you said 2 was down when Memphis was in. Well, actually, WKRN 2 has never changed or went down. It was out at your location, because a station near Jackson, TN is now broadcasting on channel 27, which is the same channel WKRN is broadcasting on. When Memphis came in, that channel 27 knocked out your reception of WKRN.

by "CompuPaul" on 10/26/2019 at 12:16AM   

I am pretty happy with my Winegard Flatwave amplified antennas. (Amplified is important.) I got them refurbished (renewed) from Amazon, currently $27.95. Mount to wall, window, etc. with two included Command strips, so you can position it for better reception.

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by "itgrouch" on 10/25/2019 at 7:28PM   

They sent a Twitter message right before 12pm today (10/25) that they would be off the air to fix a problem and they came back up a little after 1pm. They sent out another tweet around this same time that they were back on the air. Also in this tweet, they also stated that they were working on a solution to the issue of some viewers not being able to receive their signal since their repack on 10/18.

by "NashDigie" on 10/25/2019 at 9:56PM   

Yeah, they are currently operating on an temporary antenna that is mounted on the side of the broadcasting tower while they switch out their full powered antenna on the top of the tower. Once they change the antenna on top, then they can start broadcasting from the top at full power so where everybody can receive them. That is the solution they were talking about.

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by "dave" on 10/31/2019 at 12:39PM  - Edited   

I live about 88 miles due East of WTVF's tower in Cumberland County, on the Cumberland plateau about half way between Sparta and Crossville on HWY 70 W. Being on the plateau give me a very good height advantage for my antennas. I am using an Insignia digital converter Model SN-DXA1 with a manufacture data of 2-2008 to look for OTA TV signals. The Insignia allows me to add and remove channels with out having to do a rescan. I have programmed all of the channels from 2-69 into the Insignia. The antenna array that I am using is home made, it has 2 co-phased 17 elements Yagis of my own design, I designed the array specifically for CH 36, WTVF's new over the air channel. I built this antenna to specifically receive WTVF 5 (any other channels received are a bonus) I designed the antennas for CH 36 and it has worked outstandingly, I had around 97% up time while WTVF was transmitting on CH 25 up until the channel change over on the 18th. I know they are using a temporary side mounted antenna and are running lower output power so I am confident that after the new top mounted antenna is fully installed and they are back to full output power that I will once again receive WTVF. I am hopping for 100% up time. I am using an RCA TVPRAMP1E mast mounted preamp. This preamp allows for the use of separate VHF and UHF antennas, I have my Preamp set to use the separate antenna inputs. I am using my DIY UHF CH 36 Yagi array on the UHF input side of the preamp. In this configuration it will not pass VHF channels only UHF. I will be designing and building a VHF Yagi that I will connect to the VHF side of the preamp. This new antenna will be pointed south to receive the VHF station from Chattanooga. I am currently receiving WRCB 3, WTVC 9 and WDEF 12 on a simple 1 element dipole that I built using a 4 ft piece of 1 inch gray PVC pipe and door bell wire cut specifically for CH 9, this antenna is mounted on it's own mast about 16 ft AGL. Today I ran separate UHF and VHF channel sweeps not a rescans, I work my way up the UHF and VHF channels, the sweep delivered the following. UHF Channels WKRN 2 27 Very weak WTVF 5 36 NO SIG. WZTV 17 20 Very Weak MyTV30 21 Strong WBXX 20 31 Very Strong ION 28 32 Weak TBN 50 33 Weak VHF Channels WRCB 3 13 Strong WTVC 9 9 Strong WDEF 12 12 Strong Videos of my antennas can be seen on my YouTube channel at DIY TV ANTENNA PART 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jintvRnYWzI and DIY TV ANTENNA PART 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3fhmYf7Nc0

Posted on 10/18/2019 at 8:25PM

Repack Update (8:20PM) - WJFB

WJFB is finally broadcasting on channel 25 but at reduced power. They were going to start broadcasting at 950kw today, but a filter that was delivered was broke. Because of that reason, they are only able to broadcast on channel 25 at only 10.3kw. They have said in an application for this temporary status, that they will need additional time to fix this and will hopefully be up and running full power by the end of the year. Until more news breaks, that is all for now.

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by "happydoo" on 10/19/2019 at 1:06PM   

When will the channels 44 ( light tv ) and the others be back up and running? Or should I ask will they be broadcasting at enough strength for us to view them.

by "NashDigie" on 10/19/2019 at 3:06PM   

Depending on where you live, you should be able to receive them once they power up before the end of the year. When they do up the power, I will, of course, post it.

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by "CompuPaul" on 10/19/2019 at 11:18PM   

Thanks Nashdigie! These have indeed been interesting times. Hoping everything gets back to "normal" soon. (I've still got to straighten out my Myth TV box re channel 6's what's on now vs what they last told Gracenote they were broadcasting.) Still unable to receive 31 for months. :( At least MeTV and H&I are on 40 now and coming in strong for me.

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by "Cablecutter" on 10/22/2019 at 5:06PM   

I finally got 44 WJFB back today. WJDE 31 comes and goes. Is WRTN going to update ? Some of the channels will freeze up from time to time.

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by "Latergator96 " on 10/24/2019 at 7:15PM   

Trying to get MeTV, what I can tell it is on 40-1 or 44-1 (WJFB). When scanning for the channels assuming they have low frequency. Will the signal be strong enough to reach the 37179 zip code?

by "NashDigie" on 10/24/2019 at 9:18PM   

Once they fix it, you might be able to receive it then.

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by "gregsfc" on 10/27/2019 at 1:10PM   

Do you know if WZTV17 is operating at reduced power since moving from 15 to 20. Thanks for the info. Most of your news is good I think. We live up to 80 miles due east of most transmiters in Nashville and had been getting all but the VHF (RF-10 and RF-8/7) channels and CW-58 with a UHF only, bay antenna about 20' from the ground. We use a single Antennacraft U8000 and point 270 degrees without a rotor. We use a pre amp. We have lost strength on virtual channel 5 since they went to 36 but it still comes in weak most times. It's good to know they are at reduced power. We have lost Fox 17 for 90% of the time. We used to receive it 90%. We also lost MeTv programming after they moved to WFTB (only middle of the night) and even worse since the repack going from 44 to 25 (now we almost never get it). I was considering paying for t.v. or trying to upgrade even further, because we've been degraded so much lately. For some reason, we now get CW 20 out of Crossville even though it's east and we're pointed west.

by "NashDigie" on 10/27/2019 at 8:07PM   

Yes, WZTV is at reduced power. When they went from 15 to 20, they went from 1000kw down to 68.43kw. WJFB(MeTV) is at reduced power at the moment as well due to an equipment part being broke. Once that is fixed they will power up, and yes, WBXX CW 20 has also changed channels and increased power. They went from channel 20 to channel 31 and from 652kw to 834kw.

Posted on 10/18/2019 at 7:20PM

Repack Update (7pm)

It looks like everything is done except for WJFB. They still have not turned on their repacked channel which is channel 25. Also, WZTV and WNAB are currently on a low power situation. They will power up anytime in the next few months. Also, if you are having any trouble with WNPX 28, well, I am sorry to say they are done. As far as I know, they will not power up at all. They are broadcasting near Cross Plains in Robertson County at only 550kw instead of 733kw what they were doing before. Until WJFB turns on, that is all for now.

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by "romer979fm" on 10/18/2019 at 7:58PM   

Thanks for the updates: today’s changes were surprisingly smooth (from viewers point of view at least). FWIW...WNPX antenna is @ around 1200’ on the Cross Plains tower. Still a strong signal at Percy Priest Lake.

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by "n2radio" on 10/18/2019 at 8:28PM   

Picking up 5, 17 and 58 just North of Bowling Green, but signal strength is greatly reduced. I expect these signals to be hit or miss while they are running on temp antennas. Locked in also on 40.1-.5 from WKUW White House which hasn’t happened since the WJFB simulcast began. WNPX 28 signal on 32 with the move north is making Ion a local signal in Southern Kentucky. I have a stronger signal on WNPX than WBKO 13 And WNKY 40. In addition, KET 58 (29) was able to increase power and coverage with the re-pack. It may have some coverage now into Middle TN. Still no WJFB which was mostly solid prior to the addition of METV, etc. Looking forward to picking it up on the new frequency sooner rather than later.

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by "happydoo" on 10/19/2019 at 1:04PM   

How can we get word to WNPX 28 that folks in the middle Tn area near Cookeville would love to have viewing once again. Our kids even loved the Qubo channel.

by "NashDigie" on 10/19/2019 at 3:09PM   

The only information I have for them is a link to the station page. You can copy the link below to your browser's address bar. I am sorry for not being able to help any more than that. https://ionmedia.com/business/stations/WNPX

by "gregsfc" on 10/27/2019 at 1:19PM   

I'm still getting Ion 28 in Rickman but it does show weaker than before. Two bars versus 5 bars before. I think they are the ones that have permanently reduced power, but not sure. It gets confusing who did what and when. Ion 28 used to be our strongest signal received to the west; second strongest was CBS, aka Channel 5. So if you are able to upgrade slightly, you may get Quobo back.The one we miss is MeTv. Gone since they left WKRN 2.2.

Posted on 10/18/2019 at 12:55PM

Repack Update (1pm) - WZTV and WNAB

WZTV FOX 17 and WNAB CW 58 just came on the air with their new channels. WZTV old channel 15 is now off the air. Now, the only one left is WJFB. Stay tuned for that one.

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by "Joev1973" on 10/18/2019 at 6:59PM   

Status?

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by "ToddlerTN" on 10/20/2019 at 8:12AM   

I live in Bellevue with a great aerial HD antenna and two HDHomeRun tuner boxes, but it looks like I can't get WZTV anymore. Rescan does not pick anything up at all. Signal was great up until the repack. Is this a temporary or low-power thing?

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by "ToddlerTN" on 10/20/2019 at 8:28AM   

Actually, I see in the logs that WZTV did work after the repack (yesterday morning, 10/19) but I had a "no signal" message this morning, did a rescan, and now it's not being detected at all. Any news is appreciated - this is Sunday during football season. :(

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by "ToddlerTN" on 10/20/2019 at 8:43AM   

Just checked with neighbors via a Facebook group for Bellevue (18.5k members) and it seems others are seeing the exact same issues with WZTV that I'm seeing this morning. Signal gone, rescan detects nothing at all. They say it was fine last night, just disappeared today.

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by "ToddlerTN" on 10/20/2019 at 10:15AM   

Well, signal is back now. Guess they did some unscheduled work this morning.

by "NashDigie" on 10/21/2019 at 3:28PM  - Edited   

It could also be because they are operating at a lower power. Sometimes, the lower powered signals can go out during fog and/or rainy situations.

by "gregsfc" on 11/04/2019 at 5:05AM   

As far as I can tell from far in the east of the Nashville viewing area, WZTV-17 is still weaker than before; aka still running at reduced power. There are times that I can receive the signal and other times I cannot, but I think that they are not back up to full power on their new frequency as far as I can tell. This is as of the morning of 11/4.

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by "Jim1221160" on 11/10/2019 at 2:12PM   

I live in Murfreesboro and still am not able to receive these stations. Used to get them with no problems. Anyone know their status? I'm surprised they have not been more transparent with the transmitter changes.....

by "NashDigie" on 11/10/2019 at 3:15PM   

Yeah, I thought they would be keeping us up-to-date as well. As far as I know, they are still on low power and height, and there is still no updates as to when they will get done, but right now, I can still receive them here in Smith County.

Posted on 10/18/2019 at 12:12PM

Repack Update (Noon) - WHTN

It looks like WHTN has now turned off channel 38. That is all for now. Stay tuned.

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Posted on 10/18/2019 at 10:19AM

Repack Update (10:15AM)

WNPX 32 came on the air at 9:35am. It has been on and off at times, but right now, it is on the air. WNPX 36 went off the air at exactly 10am. Then, a few seconds later, WTVF turned on channel 36, waited a few minutes and they turned off channel 25. Right now, WZTV is still on channel 15, and WNAB and WJFB are both still off the air. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Posted on 10/18/2019 at 9:15AM

Repack Update (9AM) - WNAB and WJFB

So far, WNAB CW 58 was off the air earlier this morning and WJFB 44 went off the air at 8am. As of right now, that is the only difference. Look for more updates as they develop.

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by "Cablecutter" on 10/18/2019 at 10:59AM   

I have lost WNAB, I haven't had WJFB in a few weeks. Also on NewsChannel5 WTVF, I HAVE 5.11,5.12 and 5.13. They are the main channel, 5 plus and Laff.

by "NashDigie" on 10/18/2019 at 11:36AM  - Edited   

WNAB and WJFB are still off the air. If you see 5.11-5.13, that is there VHF channel 5 signal. They broadcasts two channels, now channel 36 as 5.1-5.3 and VHF channel 5 as 5.11-5.13. They broadcast the same thing. Also, WZTV is still broadcasting on their old channel. They haven't made the switch yet.

Posted on 10/16/2019 at 5:48PM

Repack Update - WHTN is Back to 38

I don't know what is happening, but WHTN is back on channel 38 and has turned off channel 16. I don't know if they were just testing or if something went wrong with channel 16. I guess just have to wait and see. Until then, that's all for now.

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by "romer979fm" on 10/18/2019 at 12:13AM   

at the moment (12mid Fri) they are still on 38...but also on 16...16 is extremely weak and only locks occasionally. I am about 10 miles from their tower (38 is 100%)

Posted on 10/16/2019 at 2:17PM

WHTN Has Now Repacked and More Changes

Well, WHTN channel 39 has been repacked. They have now changed channels from 38 to 16, even though channel 16 is just at 24kw. So, some of you, like me, may not be able to receive it. The reason for me is because there is a hill behind my house in the direction of WHTN that blocks that channel. When it was on 38 at 1000kw, as of last night, I was able to get a picture every now and then but now nothing. They will be constructing their permanent signal in the next few months to where they can move to a new top-mounted antenna and raise the power to 900kw.

Also, thanks to Cablecutter, WJDE channel 31 has made some network changes. Now, 31.1 is a different religious network. Also, they have put QVC 2 on 31.6. No other changes were made. Until more news breaks, that is all for now.

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Posted on 10/15/2019 at 3:13PM

Repack Update - WZTV and WNAB

Well, I may have some bad news for some people. Both WZTV FOX 17 and WNAB CW 58 are not going to be able to change to their permanent signal this Friday. Because of tower crew delays and equipment delays, when they do change frequencies this Friday, both WZTV and WNAB will go to a temporary antenna at temporary power. They will both be using the same broadcasting antenna. WNAB will be going 48 meters down the tower to the temporary antenna and going from 350kw down to just 130kw. Also, WZTV will be going 91 meters down the tower to the same antenna and going from 1000kw all the way down to either 68.43kw or 47.4kw. The reason I have two power readings for WZTV is because they applied for 68.43kw, but they have, in their documents with the application, listed it at 47.4kw. So, I don't know which one is correct. Any way you slice it, a great number of people, probably including myself, will have a problem receiving these channels whether it be a barely there signal or no signal at all. They have also applied to extend their permanent construction permits for another six months until April 18th. That doesn't necessarily mean they will wait until April of next year. That means at anytime in the next six months, they can have their equipment delivered and installed. Then they can go to their full power, WZTV at 1000kw and WNAB at 725kw. Until more news breaks, that is all I have for you right now.

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by "itgrouch" on 10/15/2019 at 6:12PM   

Not that many tower crews are available, considering the massive amount of work to be done. Transmitter manufacturers cannot keep up with the demand. This whole repack mess is all the FCC's fault. The National Association of Broadcasters warned them but their concerns fell on deaf ears. Cellular 5g implementation is the FCC's top priority.

Posted on 10/6/2019 at 10:49PM

WJFB New Information

I'm sorry for not posting this sooner, but I got a reply back the other week from a contact with WJFB. He said, "We are running on a lower power backup transmitter until we finish installing the new transmitter." So, my guess is that they will be like this until Oct. 18th after WTVF vacates channel 25, where WJFB will be changing their channel to. That is all the news I have for you right now. Until then, see ya later.

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by "stilgar" on 10/07/2019 at 8:07PM   

Thanks so much for the information and as always thanks for everything you do for the local OTA community! It is really appreciated!

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by "JDC" on 10/07/2019 at 10:35PM   

I saw the message posted on the MeTV website, too. And yes...you are so appreciated!

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by "videohead311" on 10/09/2019 at 4:12AM   

Do you know if the Heartland network that was on 42.4 has stopped broadcasting because it's been nothing but a test pattern for like a month or more?

by "NashDigie" on 10/09/2019 at 1:19PM   

I haven't heard anything. I just checked their website, and there's nothing there. The website is gone. Also, sister network, RetroTV's website is gone as well. I don't know if parent company, Luken Communications, has finally went bankrupt or out of business or what. I haven't seen any news about it. I will try and see into it.

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by "jimb2341321" on 10/09/2019 at 6:43PM   

Luken communications site is still up and running although the links to those 2 channels are not so it may be just those channels

by "CompuPaul" on 10/09/2019 at 10:44PM   

Heartland is playing (all be it a bit pixelated and glitchy) on 6-7. 6-2, which has been RetroTV is showing a black screen, but this is nothing new. 6 has always had problems with satellite alignment, equipment, etc. for RetroTV.

by "RonG" on 10/10/2019 at 10:59AM   

RetroTV has been that way all week. The Luken website still shows RetroTV as of their channels although if you click on it's schedule it will not come up.

by "CompuPaul" on 10/12/2019 at 12:54PM   

Sent Rick at WRTN an email. Hopefully he'll be able to get whatever is wrong with 6-2 (and 6-4) fixed soon.

Posted on 10/5/2019 at 1:36PM

WJDE New Lineup

Thanks to Cablecutter, I now know what is on WJDE channel 31. The new lineup has some new networks I have not heard of before, and it looks like they are doubling up and even tripling up on some. The lineup is listed below. If there is any more news, I will post it. Until then, see ya later.

31.1 - SBN (SonLife)(Religious)
31.2 - TCN (The Country Network) (Country Music)
31.3 - RNTV (RightNowTV)(a little mixture of everything)
31.4 - NewsNet (a News Network)
31.5 - SBN (same as 31.1)
31.6 - SBN (same as 31.1)
31.7 - RNTV (same as 31.3)
31.8 - GEBTV (Global Eagle Broadcasting)(Religious)

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by "happydoo" on 10/06/2019 at 11:37AM   

So basically all this move might cost us our favorite tv channels just so the cell phone companies can take over the air waves for the fancy phones for 5g?

by "NashDigie" on 10/06/2019 at 2:04PM   

Yes, exactly.

Posted on 10/2/2019 at 12:38PM

Correction about WZTV and WNAB Repack Dates

I have just received word from the director of engineering that because of tower delays, they won't be transitioning WNAB or WZTV on those dates. Instead they will do it on the last day of the repack - Oct. 18th. So, now it looks like WTVF, WZTV, WNAB, and WJFB will all transition on the same day. As far as I know, WHTN is transitioning on Wed., Oct. 16th. I still don't know about WNPX, but they have to change channel before WTVF does. Also, WJFB can't transition until after WTVF. That is all I have for you right now.

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by "jiraiya1988" on 10/02/2019 at 7:41PM   

Hi, has there been any information when DABL will become available to watch over the air?

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by "itgrouch" on 10/02/2019 at 11:35PM   

Kudos for all of your time and effort gathering the repack information. In my opinion, except for WTVF, the stations that are repacking have done a poor job communicating information to the public.

Posted on 10/1/2019 at 1:49PM

Have Repack Dates for WZTV, WNAB, and WHTN

Thanks to n2radio, I now know the dates for the repack of WZTV and WNAB. WNAB CW58 will change frequencies from channel 23 to channel 30 next Wednesday, October 9th, and WZTV Fox17 will change from channel 15 to channel 20 next Friday, October 11th. Also, WHTN channel 39 will change channels from 38 to 16 in two weeks on Wednesday, October 16th, but I do have to point out that when WHTN does change channels, they will be going from 1000kw all the way down to 24kw. So, if you are unable to receive them, that is why, but it is just temporary. Until more news breaks, that is all for now.

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