Nashville DTV News

Repack Update - WTVF

- Posted November 15th, 2019 at 10:07pm
I'm not for sure, but I think WTVF RF channel 36 is now operating from the top of the tower. Could someone that has been having trouble receiving the channel see if your reception has changed? They went off the air just as NewsChannel 5 at 5pm signed off. Then they came back on the air just as CBS Evening News was coming on. So, it was just a few seconds it was off the air. I have no confirmation from NewsChannel5 or the FCC, but I wanted to see if anyone of you have improved reception. Until I know more or more news breaks, that's all for now.


- Posted on November 15th, 2019 at 10:42pm

I am 10 miles North of BG and I concur. I am now getting WTVF as good or better than before the repack. The signal is rock solid. I posted a screen capture over on AVSForum (

- Posted on November 16th, 2019 at 5:57am

According to t.v. fool, I'm 79 miles away at an easterly direction; specifically at 85 degrees magnetic east from WTVF broadcast tower. This morning at 5:30 a.m. CDT, my signal strength has been teetering between 2-5 bars; mostly 3-5. From Repack date until yesterday, I normally was staying steady at 2 bars, but sometimes get drops around 4:30-5 a.m. it's hard for me to confirm, because, sometimes, early mornings are unusually good. As I type at this moment, I'm at 5 bars on WTVF; sometimes drops to 4. I'd have to conclude that they have improved their performamce. Doing some channel surfing, I see that I'm right now getting a few more channels that I never get after the sun comes up; at least since Repack, but they are very weak; these include Fox 17 and CW 58, however, I've got 40 on my tuner where it added after a rescan yesterday early morning but not coming in for me this morning. So while the atmosphere is good, it is not unusually good to the point where WTVF should be at or near full signal strength on my tuner as compared to the last month. I've sent a contact form to WTVF to try and confirm that they are now back to full performance.

- Posted on November 16th, 2019 at 8:26am - Edited

At 8:20 a.m. My t.v. tuner is most times showing full signal strength. Definitely the best signal since before WTVF's move to RF 36. I can't really comment about the signal strength before, because I didn't pay much attention until Repack when it got weak and started having drop outs occasionally. Ironically, however, 5 minutes after I posted the information above, WTVF started occasionally dropping and pixelating for short periods of time (a second or two every 20 or 30 seconds). I looked at the strength during this period, and it was showing only 2 bars. It probably means that since my tuner is sometimes picking up the signal at full strength and other times down to 2 bars (my tuner will never show only 1 bar), WTVF is back at full performance, but my distance is still going to occasionally be an issue. I never watch this time of day, so it's hard for me to compare. I looked at the recently-added graph tool; it shows virtually no changes or down time in the last 48 hours. I'm not sure if that tool would be helpful in the case of WTVF, because the performance was nearly maxed out over the last 48 hours for the person who is receiving this signal. So I'm not sure how the tool can show better than almost perfect.

- Posted on November 16th, 2019 at 12:53pm

Not only is WTVF broadcasting with a clear signal on 5.1-5.3 they are still broadcasting on 5.11-5.13.

- Posted on November 17th, 2019 at 7:10am

Are 5.11-5.13 identical broadcasts on RF 5? Do they still transmit on RF 5. I kmow that TV Fool says so but their info is terribly dated, I never know what is current.

- Posted on November 17th, 2019 at 1:23pm

Yes, 5.11-5.13 is identical. Those channels are what broadcasts on RF 5. Don't know the exact time, but they just started back broadcasting RF 5 the other day according to cdg's above comment because the other week, I know they weren't broadcasting.

- Posted on November 17th, 2019 at 10:27pm

I live in monroe county, kentucky. I am getting channel 5 real good now, 3-4 bars all day.

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