Nashville DTV News

Now, W14EE 14 is Getting a Boost

- Posted September 1st, 2022 at 11:05pm
In a previous post, I noted that W35DZ in Algood (near Cookeville) is moving up the tower and getting more power. Well, now W14EE (also in Algood near Cookeville) will be doing the same. Even though they will be going up 190ft, they won't be as high as 35 will be. They will also be going from a mere 0.2kw up to 15kw. I am providing an image of the broadcasting range that they have made and added with the FCC application. The black circle represents what the range looks like now, while the blue circle represents the range after they will make the changes. This range is not that detailed. Once the map on becomes available, I will add the link in this post. By the way, W14EE is the station owned by Gray, and it will be broadcasting what channels WSMV broadcasts. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.

Update 9-2-22 11:45pm: - Well, here is the link to the map of the broadcast range of W14EE's new boosted signal.


- Posted on September 2nd, 2022 at 12:48am - Edited

When I looked at the map I really didn't realize how much larger the coverage is when comparing the current one to the CP.

- Posted on September 2nd, 2022 at 3:48pm - Edited

I looked at it. It MIGHT reach me. I'm in RED where it shows for McMinnville, and outside the contour. But if it shows WSMV 4.1, I'd be happy. Especially at night, and other times, when I lose WSMV RF 10.

- Posted on September 2nd, 2022 at 4:09pm

Xmguy I think you should be able to get the channel. I think that is supposed to be just an antenna and no amp. You should be able to receive the channel if my thoughts are correct.

- Posted on September 3rd, 2022 at 7:37pm

It is good that Gray is putting the money on the table to use LP translators to fill in the WSMV coverage gaps. I doubt Meredith would have ever done so. The whole issue would have been moot if Meredith had participated in the channel repack and moved WSMV to UHF, in my opinion. But there may be regulatory and technical reasons why they couldn't.

- Posted on September 3rd, 2022 at 7:50pm

I thought of that too why they could not move. Interference may have been an issue due to the nearest markets.

Crossville OTA
- Posted on September 4th, 2022 at 6:58pm

I am a Sumner County native but I now live on the West side of Cumberland County, and am really trying to get into the OTA thing. What will I need to do to pick this station. Thanks in advance and please be patient with this rookie.

- Posted on September 4th, 2022 at 7:20pm

Understood. If I was you I would go to and do a signal search for channels in your area.

- Posted on September 6th, 2022 at 4:23am

I'm just outside of the noise contour. I do hope they plan to increase their signal at some point. But then again, I guess they need to be airing SOMETHING first. lol

- Posted on September 6th, 2022 at 5:47am

Xmguy I know you said in the past that you either live in Mcminnville or around it. I think you should get channel 14 but I will check when they do eventually get their plans complete.

- Posted on September 15th, 2022 at 2:37am - Edited

When I received WCTZ-LD as of now 35.7, which is LX, has no sound but there is picture with it and Closed Captioning works as intended. So I just chalk it up to a sub channel issue. EDIT. The channel came back with sound for a second but is back out for now but everything else is the same. I will not be able to update this by the time anyone sees it because the channel will go out.

- Posted on September 17th, 2022 at 4:57pm

I went to Smithville this early morning and tried to DX W14EE. I saw nothing. Not even a sniff. At home tropo was bringing ALL in at 100% and still not a whisper. I don't think they're on air. I could get W35DZ in Smithville. But nothing on 14.

- Posted on September 17th, 2022 at 5:17pm

What was on channel 35? I tried to get 35 where I live but the power was too low to receive because of tree coverage even though I was in the reception area.

- Posted on September 17th, 2022 at 6:02pm

1080i Simulcast of WCTE in ATSC 1.0. I'm the same in McMinnville. I'm 1-Edge can't even get it.

- Posted on September 17th, 2022 at 6:57pm

Thanks for telling me. I never really knew what it was until you commented.

- Posted on September 18th, 2022 at 2:17am

You're welcome.

- Posted on September 21st, 2022 at 2:21pm

Wonder how much longer before Grey has W14EE on air?

- Posted on September 21st, 2022 at 4:20pm

I hope it is soon xmguy.

- Posted on September 22nd, 2022 at 7:19pm

Thanks. Now if WTVF could get a repeater beyond the end of the band, and 3.0. As usual I have to rely on Huntsville OTA for NBC, and CBS at night. "sometimes" I can get RF 36 for WTVF. But during the day I get RF 5 decent enough.

- Posted on September 22nd, 2022 at 7:32pm

Where I live at xmguy I can receive WTVF during the day alright and better during the night on RF channel 36. I cannot receive channel 5 on RF channel 5 but I have the main station with the atsc 3.0 version also on WUXP.

- Posted on November 19th, 2022 at 8:10am

As of yesterday noon-ish, W14EE is simulcasting WTNX-LD. 4.10 relaying WSMV, 15.1 with Telemundo. However, it's still running only 200 watts to an antenna on top of the transmitter building. (black contour on the map above) The supply chain woes that affect so many other industries also affect TV transmitter manufacturers:( Not particularly relevant to this thread but W29FR in Gladeville also switched over yesterday afternoon.

- Posted on November 19th, 2022 at 12:38pm - Edited

That's great! I am considering going back to Algood for a signal check/grab with my HR4K. It will be great when they boost their power too. I also have a scheduled Tech class Amateur test next month. W9WI, would love to meet you sometime too. :)

- Posted on November 19th, 2022 at 3:59pm

W9WI, thank you so much for that information. Appreciate it.

- Posted on November 19th, 2022 at 4:54pm

Xmguy I would love to see your results for the test. Good luck if you do it.

- Posted on November 20th, 2022 at 5:14pm

Thanks! :)

- Posted on November 20th, 2022 at 5:15pm - Edited

Went back to Brotherton Mountain Rd. Got some signal data, and pics. I REALLY hope I get W14EE in McMinnville at night. 14EE will need WAY more power first. Any ETA on when the boost will occur W9WI?

- Posted on November 20th, 2022 at 5:26pm

I want to hear about the signal data, xmguy. Right now at W14ee current power I do not get it but the signal strength is in the high 60 to low 70 range everyday.

- Posted on November 20th, 2022 at 5:27pm

You're welcome.

- Posted on November 22nd, 2022 at 11:05am

I have images of the data, and tower. NashDigie asked if he could post them here. I told him he was more than welcome to. So keep a look out for them here I guess. :)

- Posted on November 22nd, 2022 at 5:55pm

Xmguy, I'll look forward to seeing the images of the tower and the data you have collected when Nashdigie is ready to post about it.

- Posted on November 22nd, 2022 at 11:17am - Edited

I have serious concerns about getting W14EE in McMinnville when the power boost is complete. Because I am way outside the Noise contour. Perhaps night will be my saving grace. Since I can get WSMV RF 10 during most days. I just lose it at night, because of EMI from outdoor LED lights from the local electric company, beyond my control.

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