Nashville DTV News

Reply From WKUW and WCTZ

- Posted February 1st, 2020 at 12:40pm
I got a reply from someone in the company that owns WJFB 44, WKUW 40, and WCTZ 35. He said, "the fiber/internet feeding the tower site has been intermittent. We are working with the vendor to rectify but I suspect you will continue to see intermittent outages until they can resolve 100%" The outages only affect WKUW and WCTZ. WJFB is at another tower site. I don't know how long this will last, but if you can receive WJFB, then you can still get MeTV, H&I, StartTV, Decades, and Movies!. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.


- Posted on February 1st, 2020 at 7:42pm

I’m still able to get WJFB in La Vergne with no pixilation. I was never able to get WCTZ. Thanks for the info.

- Posted on February 2nd, 2020 at 12:40am - Edited

Sadly, I have never been able to receive WJFB after they changed frequencies, but have been able to receive WKUW, with an excellent signal. However, I haven't been able to get a good signal from WKUW for over four days and all I get is bad pixelation. The signal is extremely weak. However, I get a good signal from WCTZ. I know that you are reporting what the owners are telling you, and I greatly appreciate this web site and keeping us informed. There may be issues with the fiber optic feed, but that does not explain WKUW's signal becoming extremely weak. It is just conjecture on my part, but I feel WKUW is having transmitter issues, or antenna issues, or both.

- Posted on February 2nd, 2020 at 5:26pm

I still don't think WJFB channel 44 is exactly right. They are transmitting from the same tower as they were before. Their signal should be better than it was before the frequency change. Lower frequency plus better newer equipment. Something is wrong.

- Posted on February 2nd, 2020 at 1:49am

What I want to know is why WCTZ channel 35's signal still bad? I live near Antioch and I still can't receive it but I have received WKUW channel 40's signal real well up until recently. WCTZ's signal should be better than channel 40's.

- Posted on February 2nd, 2020 at 6:25pm

I'd tend to agree with videohead311, but I can't give a confident second to that assertion, because I rarely ever tried to watch WJFB before MeTv moved there. When I did scan through it channel surfing back then, it was always available, and when MeTv began advertising on 2.2 that they would soon move to 44, every time I'd check, it was there; but from the time they actually did move there until they got back up to full power with their RF-25 antenna, I could not get a picture. Since they finished the outdoor work, I get it, but it's the least reliable channel I have. WTVF always came in great for us near Cookeville on RF-25, but it's even stronger for us on RF-36. Seventy percent strength from 79 miles is pretty impressive. We're using an 8-bay bow-tie antenna and a Channel Master 37777.

- Posted on February 2nd, 2020 at 6:29pm

It's Super Bowl Sunday. I'm watching it on my old Roku t.v.; can't get it on WebOs for LG; and guess what? It's available to most Americans via free OTA n HD, but WZTV is still degraded and still no updates to their viewers; and they don't answer my inquiries.

- Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 7:54am

I envy you guys who can get WJFB in HD. I don't know why why the local ATT UVerse provided only carries the SD version (Ch 66) of MeTv. The appropriate HD channel (1066) is occupied by some 'fry cook' infomercial...and it only plays a few hrs a day...just a still picture of the 'fry cook' gadget all the other time.

- Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 12:44pm

Please fix the signal for WKUW speedily! I'm having Me-TV withdrawal symptoms! I want my Gunsmoke dammit LOL! No seriously, please hurry we're waiting to get back our 40.1, 40.2, 40.3, 40.4, and 40.5.

- Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 12:54pm

Something very strange is going on with WKUW-ld. I have tried to call H2 Holdings and DTV and both companies are not taking calls. I'm starting to get the feeling that this is not a fiber optics issue and something else is going on with the signal for WKUW-LD.

- Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 1:42pm

I live in Nashville and I can't get a signal from 40.1 now. I do have a signal from 44.1, but it's not very good. Before this week, I had a good signal from 40, so something must have happened. I hope they get this fixed soon; my wife can't live without MeTV. Bill

- Posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 3:04pm

Why is it that I get 40.1 thru 40.5, when they are on. But I can't receive 44.1 thru 44.7 at all, when I live in Hermitage, less than ten miles from the Transmitter near Lebanon? Also, 40.1 thru 40.5 are still cutting in and out. The 35 channels are clear as a bell with a test signal screen.

- Posted on February 4th, 2020 at 5:25am

I'm not a guru on this, but I'll give you my two cents anyway. Below is some information from the FCC with regards to WJFB. This signal is tied for the weakest signal quality for me along with WKRN (tied for 7th). However, on my Rabbit ears report, it shows that it should be in 5th place. My antenna is currently pointed 270 degrees but my two most problematic signals are at 267 and 265 degrees respectfully, so It's possible I can gain reliability on my two weakest signals by turning my antenna slightly south, however, there is a cluster of signals at 275 and one at 282. I haven't experimented since repack to see what that does to turn it south, but in the past it didn't seem to help much on the cluster of signals at or about 264 but really hurt the ones at 275. It is likely that since repack, turning it south nowadays may cause me to lose WNPX (no huge loss there in programming), because it's an outlier to the north and half the transmitting power that it was pre repack. It used to be tied with my local channel on signal quality but is now about the same as the average signal (about 50% signals strength on average). So WJFB and WKRN are tied for last place for me, but WJFB is 56 miles away and WKRN is 83 miles away and they are both at approximately the same azmith from my antenna. Just looking at the data below, and you'll have to look closely, because our posts want enter with spaced lines, all the weaknesses I see with this signal is related to antenna height. There are three height numbers given, two are identified and one is not: WJFB versus WKUW, respectively 259'/899 above the ground; 1148'/1659 above mean sea level, and so I assume that that third number is the height above average terrain (528'/1057). It shows it's current authorized power at 950 kw versus 10 kw. So basically, real channel 28 has about a 500' advantage on 25 even though 25 transmits 95 times the power of 28. As far as any of us know, WJFB still has some inside plumbing work to do on the lines (the last thing reported to us from our contact); the contact has said that this should put out only a nominal improvement in the signal. So it is possible that it could be more like what we'd expect from this signal once that's done, but there is no way of knowing. DTV-LIC: Granted Channel 25 Longley-Rice coverage map available. LEBANON, TN 0000034895 (25076ff35f58800d015f7794fcd063eb) - App 0000087601 (25076ff36e0518c2016e186071f717a7) - App 528' 950 kW ND (H) (55.11 kW + 12.36 dB gain = 950 kW ERP) 50.3 mile contour / 7932.9 sq. mi. area / Est. Pop. 1,759,981 259' AGL; 1148' AMSL; (1044881) 0.8° Elec Beam Tilt; Full Service Filter Dielectric TFU-24JTH 6SP-A NAD83: N 36° 9' 13", W 86° 22' 46" (36.153611, -86.379444) Big Hill (TN) LPD-LIC: Granted Channel 28 Longley-Rice coverage map available. WHITE HOUSE, TN 0000059637 (25076ff365db911a0165e92818580a83) - App 0000067578 (25076f9168a5f69c0168a6a8aebe0248) - App 1057' 10 kW ND (C) (Vertical ERP: 10 kW) (0.12 kW + 19.21 dB gain = 10 kW ERP) 42.3 mile contour / 5627.9 sq. mi. area / Est. Pop. 1,740,356 899' AGL; 1659' AMSL; (1233975) 0.75° Elec Beam Tilt; Full Service Filter Alive Telecom BCC314O-V0-28 NAD83: N 36° 16' 4.9", W 86° 47' 44.7" (36.268028, -86.79575) Whites Creek (TN)

- Posted on February 4th, 2020 at 5:44am

For those of you trying to get more reliability out of 44 and/or 40, I'm right with you. MeTV is like a drug addiction. I don't know all your set ups, but if you're running without a preamp and you don't have any really strong signals, you may experiment with using a preamp. Other than that, their is antenna aim, antenna height and trying a different antenna. One recommendation for those using outdoor antenna or thinking of trying outdoor antenna: There is a website called Newark. They have Stellar labs antenna; UHF and VHF only. They are highly recommended, but they are very directional so they may not work for those of you that need signals coming in from different directions. I'm going to purchase a couple of 91 element, deep fringe UHF-only antenna for $21 each. If you join VHF and UHF together, you'll need a UVSJ joiner; not a simple splitter and you must use the same type and brand of coax and use equal length runs from each antenna to the joiner. I don't know if it will improve my reception, but for $21, that's cheaper than most indoor antenna and about 1/5 of the price of a Clear Stream 4 Max. They are highly recommended from a guy in Bristol who can pick up a station transmitting out of Crossville. I'm going to give it a try. I'm currently using an 8-bay bow tie type antenna. Newark website has a few choices that are little less directional, so some of you may give them a look. These are NOT those gimmick antennae that claim 250 miles; they are better made than those. The gimmick antenna are decent performance wise; can save some money; often come with a built-in rotor and preamp, but they do not perform any better than a mid range antenna for distance and and not made well made; the preamps and rotors often go out very quickly. The ones I'm recommending a look on are Stellar Labs which is a traditional brand yagi style, that has recently lost favor to these gimmick antenna that come up on Google searches 1st and recommended by Amazon. For some crazy reason, some of these gimmick antenna are well reviewed by so-called professionals; and I think they are all in on a hoax at consumers expense, because there are much better choices out there than those laser-gun antenna.

- Posted on February 4th, 2020 at 5:51am

In reference to channels 40.1-40.5, do they have any idea as to when their work with contractors will be completed? I live in Clarksville, the Sango area, and those channels came in very clear up until about 10 days ago. The Decades channel is my favorite! Thank you.

- Posted on February 4th, 2020 at 11:47am

I live in southern Kentucky, just 1/2 mile north of Tennessee line, WJFB and subs has been great for a week or so now and I watch them daily, I can't receive the other channels that was posted.

- Posted on February 5th, 2020 at 2:23pm

Channel 44 is messed up. I was trying to watch MeTV last night and all I could get was channels 44.6 and 44.7. A few minutes ago all of the channels were pixelating now it's OK.

- Posted on February 5th, 2020 at 6:45pm

Back on this evening.

- Posted on February 5th, 2020 at 7:41pm

Yea mine went off right after my post that they were ok, guess I stuck a foot in my mouth. now with the weather I can't run a rescan because WNAB is off and won't be back unless the weather clears and if I scan and get the 44's i lose the 58's

- Posted on February 6th, 2020 at 8:01am - Edited

Unfortunately, it would appear H2C Holding (DTV America) does not always mind the store. They also operate WCZU-LD Ch. 39 in Bowling Green. The station has been on the air for about 6 years. It is notorious for having issues. For the last year, all sub-channels (7 of them) would cut out and pixelate about every 60 seconds - even with a solid signal. The programming was unwatchable. I emailed Kurt repeatedly and he would respond most of the time that he would have someone check on it. Finally, the problem was fixed around the first of the year. A recent example happened over the weekend. They were running a dead carrier. I emailed Kurt and heard nothing back. I figured there must be something major going on with the STL link - possibly a left over issue from the pixelation issue that had been resolved about 30 days ago. After 4 solid days of a dead carrier, I emailed Kurt again. Within 20 minutes, the signal was back to normal. The problem would appear to have been resolved by a reboot of equipment considering the turnaround once someone finally checked on the station. Apparently, no one within the company is monitoring the signals over-the-air.

- Posted on February 7th, 2020 at 6:37pm - Edited

Thanks for your detailed response. n2radio and all others! I have been out of town all week but will be home in 2 hours and I hope to find Me-TV and Heroes and Decades back on.

- Posted on February 7th, 2020 at 6:42pm

They have screwed channel 40 up. It used to have a good signal now I can't even pick it up.

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