Nashville DTV News

News about WJFB 44 and WKUW-LD 40

- Posted March 12th, 2021 at 1:37pm
I e-mailed someone at Weigel Broadcasting about when WJFB will move their signal to the new location and broadcast at full power. I just got a reply back this morning, and it is very informative.

"This is on the fast track to happen. We have crews scheduled to arrive in mid-April. It is our hope to be on the air from the new site in mid-May. When the new site goes live, all viewers in the Nashville area should see a substantial improvement. Not only is the signal 1000 kW, but this design also has a lower gain antenna which should provide better saturation into Nashville homes compared to other full power stations. The current mode of operation has been a one-off for Weigel and far from ideal. Once the new transmission site is built, it will also have full integration into our Chicago NOC like any of our other market stations. The end result will be a signal that is rarely down. The reliability and signal quality should be no different than the big 4 stations."

Then he had one more piece of information to tell.

"As a side note, once the new WJFB signal is on air, the LPTV simulcast goes away, as it will not longer be needed to cover Nashville."

I have just now e-mailed someone that is associated with the company that owns WKUW asking about what the future will hold for the station. At this time, I haven't received a response, but once I do, I will update this post. Until then, that's all for now.


- Posted on March 13th, 2021 at 1:01pm

This is very exciting news. Thanks so much for this update.

- Posted on March 16th, 2021 at 9:46pm

We live in Vanleer ( I know, where the hell is Vanleer). It's near Charlotte in Dickson County. WKUW 40.1-5 has been a weaker signal but has had a consistently good signal (about 28 dB signal strength) for the past few months. This week, after the time change, near sunset, the signal strength drops significantly and I can't lock on the freq. The signal is still good during the daytime. 3/15 and 16 the scenario has been identical. Any info out there?

- Posted on March 17th, 2021 at 12:34pm

(Sun outages) can sometimes cause a problem for the signals... it usually happens for only a few days during the spring and the fall ...

- Posted on March 17th, 2021 at 9:16pm

That's consistent with the symptoms. Today everything is back to normal. The rain and cloud cover today usually enhance all signals. But the timing of Monday and Tuesday's outages was unusual because it was like clockwork. Thanks for your reply

- Posted on March 20th, 2021 at 2:24pm

I can't get WJFB now in McMinnville. But I CAN get WZTV, WUXP (3.0), WNAB (3.0), WSMV, and sometimes WKRN. Seldom WTVF. So I hope the change and slight power increase will help my rural/fringe reception.

- Posted on March 20th, 2021 at 8:53pm

This is great news. I have a great signal from WKUW but zilch for WJFB. It will be interesting to see what happens to WKUW once WJFB's new infrastructure goes live.

- Posted on April 6th, 2021 at 12:19pm

Good to see! Sun outages only affect satellite transmissions. (the satellite attempts to eclipse the sun. The sun radiates a LOT of RF & the satellite cannot compete.) This can cause various channels to fade out, but only because the satellite feed reaching the station is fading. The VHF/UHF transmission is not affected. I suspect the channel 40 fluctuations are due to changes in the atmosphere caused by weather.

- Posted on April 26th, 2021 at 1:54pm

Got this today!!! Signal just went too low to receive it. Rusty: Over the next few weeks, we are finalizing a number of technical improvements to the over-the-air signal of WJFB Ch. 44, which includes the TV antenna broadcast signals for MeTV, Heroes & Icons, Start TV, Decades and MOVIES!. During this period, there may be reduced power from the WJFB Ch. 44 transmitter, and some periods where the signal is not available. By the third or fourth week in May, we expect to serve the Nashville area with a much stronger signal that will be widely available on broadcast television. Thank you for patience during this transition. Weigel Broadcasting Co.

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