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Last Updated: 10/18/2019


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.

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

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.

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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