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WRTN is Now Broadcasting, but Not on RF 17 - Updated


- Posted April 25th, 2022 at 12:21am
Thanks to RonG for pointing this out to me. WRTN is now on the air, but the strangest thing is, is that it's not broadcasting on RF channel 17 its new RF channel, but it's broadcasting on WNTU's RF channel 26. I have no idea what is going on, but I will find out. The only connection I see between these two stations is that both 6.1 and 26.1 would be airing the Daystar network. Other than that, I don't see why this is happening. Until I have more news on this, that's all for now.

Updated 5:30pm - I just got word back from Rick, owner of WRTN. He said, "It is temporary. The tower crew was suppose to install the ch 17 antenna and new line and when we switched, take the old stuff down. Instead they decide to take it down at the same time, cutting the line up into small pieces. So Daystar is allowing us to continue on their WNTU till the new WRTN transmitter on channel 17 is installed. We also lost out internet at the tower site which is why the frozen screen. We are working on getting the fixed as well and get all 8 streams back up." I noticed he said "8" streams. So, I asked him if he was going to add a 6.8, and he replied, "Yes". So, there you have it. I haven't asked him about networks yet, but I will in the near future. I didn't want to bother him any more than I have. Another note, brookskc asked about WDHC in Dickson. I have sent an e-mail off, and I am awaiting a reply. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.

10 Comments




brookskc
- Posted on April 25th, 2022 at 6:48am

What is the status of the Dickson TV station? I live in Dickson about a mile from downtown. But no signal. Even at LP I should receive something over the air.



aludra
- Posted on April 25th, 2022 at 9:43am

Thank you for this update....I have been looking forward to WRTN switching to UHF.....Hopefully they will start playing content soon on their blank channels. This website is great....would have never known this change without this place...Thanks!!



RonG
- Posted on April 25th, 2022 at 10:16am

I was wondering about what channel it was broadcasting on. It just appeared without scanning and I lost channel 26.1. Also, Daystar is 480i now instead of 1080i which it was on WNTU.



hdrick103
- Posted on April 25th, 2022 at 11:33am

I am receiving WRTN on 6.1 block here in Lebanon but the signal is weak and hard to maintain. THIS! network was one of favorites back in the day. Hopefully WRTN will stay on RF26 and with the repositioning of their antenna the signal will improve to equal channels 35 and 40. Thanks for keeping us informed!



NashDigie
- Posted on April 25th, 2022 at 1:22pm - Edited

Yes, I have looked and compared the upcoming new broadcasting range of WNTU 26 and the range of WCTZ 35, and it will be even more than either 35 or 40. I have also compared the height of all 3 antennas and WNTU 26 will be higher than both 35 and 40.


retroviewer
- Posted on April 25th, 2022 at 5:42pm

I just did a rescan & got them on channel 6 also. Not every channel has content though. I'm getting an encrypted message on some. However the signal is strong here in La Vergne.



brookskc
- Posted on June 25th, 2022 at 12:38pm

This is unofficial. I live in Dickson. We have a street fair today in downtown. WDHC 6.1 has a booth. I talked to several under the tent asking when they would be full-power. I was told that they hope to be sometimes next month. I was told the signal would reach Hopkinsville, KY. I also ask if WRTN 6.1 would create a signal problem. I was told that WRTN has move to 26.1. Thought I'd pass this along.



NashDigie
- Posted on June 26th, 2022 at 12:02am

Now, I hope I won't confuse you, but there is still a problem with WDHC and WRTN when WDHC goes full power. WDHC broadcasts (or will broadcast) on channel 6. WRTN broadcasts on channel 17, so that's not a problem. The problem is that they will both be using channel 6 as their virtual channel (the channel they lock in as on your TV). Now, with some TVs that will receive both channels, there will be two 6.1s, two 6.2s, etc. (6.1, 6.1, 6.2, 6.2, etc), but on some other TVs, WDHC will show up on 6.x, but WRTN will convert back to 17.3, 17.4, 17.5, etc. and then that will cause a problem with WZTV channels converting back to 20.x, but both scenarios depend on how the TV's manufacture setup the TV. I have talked with Rick of WRTN in the past about this, which by the way, is a broadcast expert, and he said that they (WDHC) will have to pick another channel to lock in as. They can still broadcast on channel 6, but they will have to go with another channel to show up on the TV (x.1, x.2, x.3, etc). I hope I haven't confused anyone and have explained the problem better. If anyone has any questions, just let me know, and I will try and help if I can.


brookskc
- Posted on June 26th, 2022 at 8:17am

Just as I feared!!!


kbuke
- Posted on June 25th, 2022 at 5:31pm

26.1 is WNTU, an LD station carrying Daystar programming. It has been temporarily off the air to let WRTN (RF 17) carry Daystar. I hope you are right though!


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