WCTZ 35 "Test Signal On" ScreenI got an e-mail back from someone in the company at HC2 Broadcasting. He said, "There is a failure in the fiber circuit feeding the site." That was all he said. He didn't say anything about any timeframe of when it would get fixed. So, we will just have to wait and see.
WRTN reply about moving to 17I got an e-mail back from WRTN owner from where I asked him about when he would switch WRTN over from channel 7 to channel 17, and he replied, "We are waiting on the transmitter and antenna to get here." The reason I ask about it, is because WRTN is right now broadcasting on channel 7 which WNPT 8 will be moving to anytime in phase 10 which is between May 2nd and July 3rd. So that means he would have to vacate channel 7 before WNPT even tests on channel 7, but that is all he said. Again, another "have to wait and see".
NextGenTV News - The "Big" NewsWell, I know everyone has been waiting a while for this so-called "big" news. Now, I know it may or may not be big, but to me it was. Ever since they, the FCC, have been talking about replacing ATSC 1.0 with ATSC 3.0, I have always been wondering when and how they will do it here in the Nashville TV market. Well, thanks to both gregsfc and WKRN Engineer, now I have a piece of the puzzle. I am posting what I received below. This is a quote from the WKRN engineer.
The short answer is yes, we are going to put 3.0 (also known as NextGen TV) on the air in Nashville this year. Right now our plan is to begin NextGen TV broadcasts this summer. Most of the stations in the market are working together to make that a reality including WKRN, WTVF, WZTV, WNAB and WUXP. We expect Nashville will be among the first handful of markets launched. We have also committed to continue our 1.0 signal for at least 5 years. It’s possible that will be extended. Our initial launch will just be to simulcast our 1.0 signal onto 3.0 and begin testing different modulation and coding schemes. We believe that, eventually, the added features available in Nextgen TV will make the consumer want to upgrade. We are also working on how to bring some of those features to cable customers. When we get closer to launching you can bet that we will talk about it during newscasts and on our website.
So, he did not say which station will become the 3.0 station that all the stations will broadcasts on 3.0, but with him saying "We have also committed to continue our 1.0 signal for at least 5 years", it looks like WKRN will not be that station. I have e-mailed him to see if he could tell me. I will post about it when he replies back to me with that information.
WZTV and WNAB Repack Update - More "Big" NewsWell, it looks like they are changing some things with their final setup. I hope I can explain it well. All the links below are of broadcasting maps provided by Rabbitears.info. Both WZTV and WNAB operate right now on an antenna at 1,051 ft high. WZTV broadcasts at 68.43kw and WNAB at 130kw. This is just temporary. They were going with these following specs.
WZTV - 1,348ft at 1000kw
WNAB - 1,394ft at 725kw
Now, they have changed that. They are now going with these specs.
WZTV - 1,401ft at 1000kw
WNAB - 1,348ft at 510kw
It looks like WNAB was going to be on top of WZTV, but now it looks like they are switching them putting WZTV on top, and lowering WNAB's ERP from 725kw to 510kw. That is still more than where they were in the past at 350kw.
Phew! My fingers and mind are starting to get tired. So, I hope everybody was able to digest all that news. Like always, until more news breaks, that's all for now.