Nashville DTV News

Full Power for WNAB (and WZTV) Being Delayed

- Posted April 11th, 2020 at 4:27pm
I found out yesterday that WNAB filed a 180 day extension to remain at low power. This is due to the shutdown of crews because of the virus where they are unable to complete construction. The filing says they have installed the permanent antenna but have not installed the permanent transmitter. They are using a temporary transmitter with the permanent antenna to broadcast at 127.35kw in the mean time. The new extension will cover them broadcasting until Oct. 12th, 2020, but that doesn't mean that they would have to wait until then to install the new transmitter. That just means they can still broadcast until they can install the full power permanent transmitter as soon as it is possible. Now about WZTV Fox 17. As far as I know, they are still broadcasting at just 111.55kw from their permanent antenna. They may also file an extension next week. Just have to wait and see.

Updated - Well, WZTV has also applied for an extension. They are in the same situation as WNAB. They are also wanting to extend until Oct. 12th. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.


- Posted on April 12th, 2020 at 12:56pm

I live in southern Kentucky and get 17 at 3 bars most days and nights, but can't get 58 at all even tho they are supposed to be at slightly higher power.

- Posted on April 12th, 2020 at 8:36pm

Yes, they maybe at slightly more power, but you have to take into consideration the way both new antennas are setup. WZTV's antenna is 53 feet higher than WNAB's antenna. I think WZTV's antenna is sitting on top of WNAB's. I'm not for sure about that.

- Posted on April 13th, 2020 at 7:41am

Somewhat ironic, I also live in Southern Kentucky, just North of Bowling Green, and 58 is more reliable for me than 17. I can only lock 17 in the evening. For the most part, I can get a signal on 58 more often than 17.

- Posted on April 13th, 2020 at 10:16am

I live about 50 miles south of Bowling Green, just 1 mile north of Tennessee line. in monroe county.

- Posted on April 19th, 2020 at 8:29am - Edited

Thanks as always for the updates. I live north of Cookeville up on the Highland Rim (pretty much due east). WZTV is better for me than it used to be, but not as strong as pre repack; I can pick it up with slight pixelation most times. WNAB, however, is just as dark as it's ever been out here in Rickman, but that was true for me also prior to repack. Going up top of their tower didn't help my situation for receiving their signal. Fortunately, I've got WBXX very solid, which is the Knoxville CW affiliate who has their tower set up in Crossville very high up on the plateau. I can pick it up all the time even as my antenna is pointed west. So in effect, I don't really need WNAB. Would like to get WZTV for the courtroom shows and a few other shows.

- Posted on April 19th, 2020 at 2:45pm

Actually, WBXX is in Anderson County; northwest of Oak Ridge, TN on Windrock Mountain. You can go to this address -, and it will show you exactly where it is located.

- Posted on April 21st, 2020 at 1:14am

Channel 42 WLLC is now on channel 19. Their signal is much better.

- Posted on May 17th, 2020 at 6:02pm

I hope everyone is well....A new question...Does anyone know what channel 35.3 is now? It has mostly infomercials but i have also seen Bonanza and Beverly Hillbillies...

- Posted on May 17th, 2020 at 7:37pm

I found out about it within the past few days. I e-mailed someone associated with the company that owns the channel, and he said it was "CRTV". I have never heard of it, but I have e-mailed him back to see if he could give me more information about it. I haven't gotten an e-mail back yet, but when I do, I will post it.

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