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ATSC 3.0 News - WNAB

- Posted May 27th, 2020 at 2:53pm
I was using my HDHomerun software to look at channels, and I came across WTVF rf 36. It appears they will be placing WNAB channels 58.2-58.4 on WTVF Newschannel 5. I don't know for sure, but it seems to me that they will make WNAB rf 30 the 3.0 station and splitting WNAB up by placing 58.2-58.4 on WTVF. If that is so, then right now, I have no idea where WNAB 58.1 will go. I am including a picture of the HDHomerun signal meter showing what I am talking about. Right now, they are not feeding any audio or video on those channels, therefore that is why they say "(No data)" right next to each channel and why these channels will not show up on your tv/converter box if you rescan now, and oh, by the way, they haven't added them to WTVF rf 5 as of yet. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.



- Posted on May 27th, 2020 at 5:08pm - Edited

Channel 5 broadcasts on their original channel 5 and channel 36. They did get a temporary authorization on channel 25 before they moved to 36. I have a HDHomerun unit so I can watch tv on my lan but I didn't get anything as useful as what you snapshotted. Since WTVF and WNAB are under different ownership, it's unlikely the slice and dice. I checked my OTA receiver and it shows the channel programming information. They may have taken the guides offline for updates or something. Since WJFB is on channel 25, it doesn't look like WTVF would drop back to it. I had better reception on virtual channel 5 when it was on 25 than the current 36. itgrouch mentioned form 399 submitted to the FCC is right for ATSC3. For some reason, I can't look at it right now but WTVF is the 800 lb gorilla in terms of broadcast budget. Their license basically covers most of middle TN and parts of southern KY so they have the advertising bucks...I was looking at talking to the HDHomerun with a raspberry PI and couldn't remember the name of the program - tvheadend. It provides more detailed information like snapshotted.

- Posted on May 27th, 2020 at 11:58pm - Edited

If you look at the link below of the Sinclair station in Las Vegas that is the ATSC 3.0 mothership, two of the three stations that carry their ATSC 1.0 main and sub-channels are not owned by Sinclair. It could very well be that WNAB could be the ATSC 3.0 mothership, but with their tower location and high power interim transmitter available, I would think that WTVF, as you say is the 800 lb gorilla, would be the ATSC 3.0 mothership. I find it interesting that whatever is going to be the case, all parties are keeping their cards close to the vest. Hopefully, we should know more what is going on after the re-scan date, perhaps earlier.

- Posted on May 28th, 2020 at 6:34am

That is an interesting mashup. I think the "repack" will just be a transition from the interim antenna to the main antenna. They must have the new transmitter installed. WZTV, WUXP, and WNAB share the same antenna. They may switch subs around and maybe upgrade to 1080 HD.

- Posted on May 28th, 2020 at 2:16pm

Just so you know the repack done and over with here in the Nashville area except for WRTN 6 (rf 7) moving to rf 17 and WNPT 8 then moving to rf 7 after that. All other transmitters have been installed and are in use. The only upgrade will be when they switch (probably) WNAB to ATSC 3.0. Other than that, all the ATSC 1.0 Sinclair stations (WZTV, WUXP, and WNAB) will probably stay at 720p.

- Posted on May 28th, 2020 at 3:27pm

I meant rescan.

- Posted on May 28th, 2020 at 5:16pm

I gotcha.

- Posted on May 29th, 2020 at 7:01pm

Interesting. I was changing channels and noticed WNAB had several pauses. 58-1 showed 569 MHz(channel 30) but 58-2 through 58-4 had both 569 MHz and 605 MHz (channel 36). The 605 MHz screens are blank but had guide information for the channel at 569 MHz. I checked WTVF's channel 36 subs and they don't seem to be affected.

- Posted on May 30th, 2020 at 5:10pm

Yeah, they (WTVF) are actually broadcasting WNAB 58.2-58.4, but they are not showing anything right now, but only a few brands of receivers will pick them up. Most of them will not show them. What brand of tv/converter box are you using?

- Posted on May 30th, 2020 at 5:50pm - Edited

I have a Vizio "display" which has no receiver itself so I got a Mediasonic Homeworx (version 2). I actually have 2 - kitchen and living room. The kitchen unit was the one that showed the new signals. I may have done a rescan recently. I need to work on my antenna setup. I have a 3 way split of my 2nd floor antenna - living room, kitchen, HDHomerun. The kitchen unit is fed with rg59 while the other 2 are fed with rg6. I'm going to try a high pass filter to try to knock down noise from spark plugs and led lights. I plan on making a db4 antenna and compare that to commercial ones...BTW. I don't have a recommendation for an OTA receiver.

- Posted on May 30th, 2020 at 7:33pm

If you can, I would suggest to immediately get rid of that rg59. rg59 is nothing compared to rg6.

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