Nashville DTV News

W29FR Channel 29 is On the Air

- Posted October 10th, 2021 at 1:54pm
Right now, as I type this, W29FR channel 29 is on the air broadcasting. It is broadcasting at just 15kw at the old WJFB location on Franklin Pike just outside of Lebanon in Wilson County. I am just a little too far out to receive the channel. According to, they have it listed as simulcasting WSMV. For example, 29.1 is showing WSMV 4.1, 29.2 is showing WSMV 4.2, etc. By the way, if there is anyone who lives in or around Lewisburg, could you let me know if it is in any way interfering with your reception of W29DM channel 29 of Lewisburg? Until more news breaks, that's all for now.


- Posted on October 10th, 2021 at 6:45pm - Edited

Since I lose WSMV (RF 10) very often at night here in McMinnville. I wish their new station had higher power/height. Even when they launch on 3.0 (WNAB RF 30/ QAM256), I won't be able to receive them. Distance, and signal density. I just looked at the locations, and signal radiations of both RF 29s. I'm shocked the FCC allowed them both. I can see MAJOR issues where the two meet.

- Posted on October 11th, 2021 at 6:58am

I'm not sure I understand their logic simulcasting WSMV's signal from a tower outside Lebanon. WSMV has one of the most powerful transmitter and greatest coverage of any TV station in Nashville. It would have made more since if WKRN had invested in a tower east of the city. It has the weakest signal of any of big three networks in Nashville except WNPT.

- Posted on October 11th, 2021 at 1:25pm

I completely agree with you about WKRN. Other than WKRN, WNPT, WLLC-LD, WHTN and WSMV, every Nashville TV station broadcasts from north of Nashville at the intersection of I-24 and Old Hickory Blvd. While everybody has their antenna pointed towards north of Nashville, their antenna isn't aimed towards WKRN which broadcasts from near the Davidson/Williamson county line, hence therefore, making WKRN a weaker station than the others.

- Posted on October 12th, 2021 at 12:08am

I live in Clarksville… my best signal is for WKRN channel 2 … it usually works well … even when the other stations are not working at all .

- Posted on October 12th, 2021 at 7:28am

Even though I now have a mostly solid lock on WKRN. It's because I raised my Televes up to about 16'. But It really only gets WKRN, and WCTE. WKRN NEEDS TO MOVE! They need to be in the I24 tower farm. WSMV I agree, has a very strong signal. I only lose reception at night to other RF 10 channels causing multipath. The best for me is WZTV RF 20. What's more strange RF 10 is UPPER VHF. So you don't have to have a super long antenna to get them. WSMV's lower band placement helps their signal go further. I can rely more on the VHF Translator of WTVF more than their "at-the-end" of the band channel of 36. Nashville has always had a weird transmitter layout. This isn't making things better since it's yet ANOTHER weird direction to aim, or try to, onces TV Antenna.

- Posted on October 14th, 2021 at 6:50am

About the UHF antenna you have is it the Televes DAT BOSS LR?

- Posted on October 14th, 2021 at 7:50am

DatBoss LR Mix. But I have VHF "disabled".

- Posted on October 14th, 2021 at 7:58am

That's a really good antenna. I was watching a guy on Youtube that lives 60 miles from Nashville. He installed that same antenna and was receiving channel 31. I could not believe it. That is one of the worst LP stations in Nashville.

- Posted on October 11th, 2021 at 7:40am

FYI. Since Saturday 10.6 has been showing up on my scans. I live in Dickson. I usually start receiving a "blank screen" before a station goes live.

- Posted on October 11th, 2021 at 1:30pm

That 10.6 might actually be them testing out 30.3 Comet broadcasting on channel 4 getting prepared for Oct. 14th. For some reason, when they test out Comet, they have it where if you do a scan, it might be picked up and then it might not. Some might ignore it, and some might have two 30.3 channels (one from channel 4 and the other from channel 17). All receivers act differently.

- Posted on October 11th, 2021 at 12:38pm

WDHC-LD is a low-powered television station that is licensed to and serving Dickson, Tennessee. It was affiliated with the Youtoo America programming service, as the station is currently silent, and it is owned by R & F Communications, Inc. of Dickson, Tennessee. It broadcasts on VHF channel 6. It looks like The Action Channel is coming soon to 6.1, along with QVC , The Family Channel and JTV.

- Posted on October 11th, 2021 at 1:32pm

So, you say WDHC is not broadcasting at the moment? If it does start broadcasting again, could you let me know. I am just too far out to receive the station.

- Posted on October 12th, 2021 at 7:30am

I didn't know they're off air. I suspect they will HAVE to move RF frequencies. No way the FCC will allow two stations so close, and with such overlap to be on air at the same time. Even if both are LP.

- Posted on October 12th, 2021 at 10:22am

If the two stations you are talking about "being too close" are WDHC and WRTN, I should point out that even though they both use channel 6 as their virtual channel, WRTN actually broadcasts on channel 8 right now, fixing to move to RF channel 17. I have already asked Rick of WRTN about this situation, and he said "they [WDHC] will have to change their virtual channel."

- Posted on October 11th, 2021 at 1:51pm - Edited

I don't receive it in Lebanon, TN but I did see a posting on the internet that it is coming soon to Dickson. The station is licensed in Lebanon, KY will actually broadcast from Dickson, TN. The station shows up in the Louisville, KY DMA. The tower is 813' at 3kwDA with a 56 mile contour. The station streams live on the internet with The Family Channel but anyone living in or around Dickson, TN should be getting this channel if it is actually on the air yet.

- Posted on October 12th, 2021 at 7:34am

I bet they'll channel share with some one else. With only 36 RF frequencies to use, even minus 3.0 they are having to share if they want to be on air.

Brentwood OTA
- Posted on October 12th, 2021 at 8:53am

Can't get W29FR channel 29 here between the Brentwood hills either. Still no WSMV for us.

- Posted on October 12th, 2021 at 11:06pm

OAN: It appears theGrio tv channel — which is what LightTV changed into in January — is now on Channel 42.3. It replaces the spot that was held by AMGTV.

- Posted on October 14th, 2021 at 6:39am

I turned my antenna more north and it will not pick up channel 29. When channel 44 transmitted from that tower I received a 100% signal when I turned my antenna towards their tower. 15,000 watts is just not enough.

- Posted on October 14th, 2021 at 9:28am

No, it's not. Especially when you compare that to what WJFB broadcasted first on 44 at 1000kw and then on 25 at 950kw.

- Posted on October 12th, 2022 at 8:30pm

Does anyone know if W29FR gets its signal direct from the station by fiber or microwave or is it picked up OTA and then demoded?

- Posted on October 13th, 2022 at 12:30am

I do not know the answer to your question but are you having trouble not receiving W29FR.

- Posted on October 13th, 2022 at 7:09am

No, just curious about how it works.

- Posted on October 13th, 2022 at 1:37pm

That's cool.

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