Nashville DTV News

New Year, New Site and More

- Posted January 1st, 2020 at 5:05pm
If you haven't noticed, I have updated the website. It was starting to get outdated, so, I thought when I update the files, why not update the look of it as well. All the posts, comments, and passwords are the same. You don't have to change your password, but if you do, whether it be through the 'Reset Password' page or through the 'Settings' page, you might encounter a problem. I could never find a work around it, but if you do encounter a problem, just keep trying to change your password. It will take, but like I said, your current password is still the same. So, you don't have to change it, if you don't want to.

Also, because of this update, I have been neglecting some of the news lately, but I want to say thanks to all the ones that kept up the news in the comments sections. About WJDE, the latest via videohead311 is that they will be on the air by the end of the week. Lately, with all of what they have been saying, I will believe it when I see it. About the Repack, WTVF, of course, is complete. Other than a little tweaking up of the power, WJFB 44 (MeTV) is done as well. Now, it is up to WZTV, WHTN, and WNAB to finally complete their repack. These three have not powered up yet. I know that WZTV and WNAB have not even started their construction yet. I have e-mailed the engineer at WZTV. He is right now on holiday leave, but I soon expect an e-mail when he comes back. As soon as I get it, I will post it. I didn't include WNPT 8 in that list because they haven't even entered their repack phase yet which is between May 2nd to July 3rd. That is all the information I have for right now. Let me know what you think of the new look. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.


- Posted on January 1st, 2020 at 9:53pm

Happy New Year! The new website looks great! I agree with the comments about WJDE.

Brentwood OTA
- Posted on January 1st, 2020 at 11:29pm

Yes, nice fresh new look! Remaining questions I have for 2020: 1. What about 35? Is it back up to its post-repack power? Hope to be able to see Bzzr again without resorting to an app. Haven't been able to pull it in again for several weeks now. 2. Will we be able to see Dabl again once WNAB is up to full post-repack power? 3. Is ThisTV really set to move to another channel? Or was that just a rumor started because it was no longer on WRTN?

- Posted on January 2nd, 2020 at 4:58pm

35 is still the same. I think Dabl is now available. Just rescan if you can receive the rest of WNAB. I have heard that ThisTV is staying on WRTN. It is just WRTN has to change their satellite alignment.

- Posted on January 2nd, 2020 at 5:52am

Great work! Looks great, good organization, and super easy to read! With regards to WZTV and WNAB, it seems a little odd to me that their owner, Sinclair Group who owns these two stations plus WUXP (I think) that they lined up work behind even small broadcasters like WJFB. Sinclair is one of the biggest if not THE biggest broadcasting conglomerate in the country, and also this corporation, more than any that includes a broadcasting enterprise, is pushing ATSC3 the hardest. And if ATSC3 does come in like a lion (hard to guess at this point), it's going to be very costly to those who transistion, because, not only will it require lots of equipment upgrades, but also alot of labor. Not only are they going to have to do alot of work to broadcast using the newer standard, but they'll also have to continue to broadcast on 1.0 for at least five years after beginning to broadcast on 3.0 due to FCC rules. So if two of the Sinclair trio in Nashville was the slowest to get their broadcast audience back post repack, does that mean they're just disorganized? Does it rather mean they don't care much about lost revenue in the growing Nashville market? Does it mean they are delaying and planning on combining this effort with ATSC3 upgrade or maybe some pre work for ATSC3 in combination? Or does it mean they think they've not lost alot of viewers? They've lost me, but I watched WZTV only occasionally before (People's Court) and ocassional NFL, and I couldn't receive WNAB pre repack and still can't.

- Posted on January 2nd, 2020 at 7:50am

The Sinclair delays getting to full power are rather interesting. Strangely, a couple of weeks ago WZTV filed an update for reimbursement with the FCC stating the current antenna was a single channel antenna which could not be used for the post-auction channel. This Relocation Funding Application seems rather unusual considering the phase for completion was back in October. I certainly think being 3.0 ready is playing into their upgrade delays. WZTV prior to the re-pack was very reliable for me in Bowling Green, KY. Post re-pack, the station is next to impossible even late at night. I have gotten a lock on the signal a couple of times. I am by no means an engineer, but I bring this up for those who may be more versed in this area. I have read before that channels that share a tower or antenna (WZTV/WUXP) and broadcast on adjacent frequencies (RF 20/21) must have the same power at the same tower height or the more powerful signal (currently WUXP) will cause interference on the inferior signal (WZTV). If this is indeed the case, the expected contour on the STA of WZTV may be significantly less than expected on paper. Can anyone confirm this?

- Posted on January 2nd, 2020 at 5:00pm

The process of the repack work depends on two factors. One is first come, first serve. That is because there is not a lot of tower crews that can do this work. So the tower work is piling up. Also, another reason is the type of tower. What I mean is that WJFB operates on a very short tower. I don't think a special tower crew is needed for shorter tower work. I believe that is why there were so many temporary antennas put up lower on the broadcasting towers instead of the final antennas put up on the top of the towers. Also, right now, I have no idea what is going to happen with ATSC 3.0 in the Nashville area. N2Radio, the only thing I know is that it is called "co-channel interference". That is all I can tell you.

- Posted on January 2nd, 2020 at 6:15am

I will be glad when wnab gets done, maybe dabl will be back on. lost them when they lowed power and haven't been able to get them back, 58.1,2,3 are all ok but low signal but dable is gone. I received the channels 6 the other night for about an hour then they were gone. but I live in southern kentucky so i am far away.

- Posted on January 2nd, 2020 at 5:01pm

Dabl maybe back on now. I am now getting it on my TV.

- Posted on January 2nd, 2020 at 7:20pm

I like the updated look, and thank you for all of the info that’s posted here by everyone. Between the repack & WKRN‘s parent company causing the MeTV domino effect of channel changes, the last several months as a cord cutter has been a lot easier with a place like this to get and confirm info.

- Posted on January 3rd, 2020 at 3:10pm

I totally agree. WTVF was a model on how a station should keep OTA viewers in the loop. The other stations have basically been the sound of crickets.

- Posted on January 4th, 2020 at 10:29am

I like your new look. I read with interest about channel 35. I never received it until the repack. Then I received it 100% of the time until channel 5 went back to full power. It disappeared then (the very same day) and I have not received it since.

- Posted on January 5th, 2020 at 10:32am

I read on here that channel 35 was going to install a new antenna at some point. There is no doubt something wrong with their signal. They are on the same tower as channel 40 with more power and they have a very weak signal. I can get it on one of my TV's but it is very weak.

- Posted on January 4th, 2020 at 3:11pm

I sent the WTVF "digital manager" a thank you and congratulatory email via their website contact form for their efforts, planning and hard work by them and their contractors to bring us two strong signals. I'm getting 4 out of 5 bars from 78 miles with a bow tie tpye antenna 22' high with a cm 3777 preamp. I will likewise send the WJFB contact the same sort of letter for being so responsive to our inquiries and working through their issues to bring us some pretty good content; finally! Tyler, the Youtube antenna guy from PA suggests that we should thank our local station engineers, because they likely get nothing but negative and ignorant calls and emails; mostly from viewers who buy the cheapest and smallest antennae; don't read and learn how to scan, and then expect perfect reception and blame the broadcasters for no picture. I also thank Nashdigie and the other contributors here, because, otherwise, I'd be lost regarding what's been going on. I think that the Nashville local media shares in the blame for the lack of communication to all the OTA viewers in this area. Before finding this site, I had conducted lots of Google searches looking for info that's available nowhere but here and the av forum; but this site is much more useful than the forum.

- Posted on January 4th, 2020 at 4:40pm

Well, thank you. I very much appreciate that.

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