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WSMV Installing New Transmitter


- Posted December 12th, 2020 at 9:35pm
Thanks to videohead311, he got an e-mail back from WSMV after he noticed they went off the air the other night. The reply he got back is below.

"We were indeed off the air for roughly an hour starting at 12:41am.

We’re installing a new transmitter. We had to disconnect the “cable” connecting the old transmitter to the antenna, in order to install a switch which will allow us to select which transmitter (old or new) is connected to the antenna.

(“cable” in quotes, because it’s actually a 3” pipe)

We do not expect to have any more downtime this week. However, we expect to have a few more minutes off the air in a week or two when the new transmitter is ready to go on the air. Moving the switch to the other position takes about a minute, and we have to turn off both transmitters before we move it. (otherwise we damage the transmitters – and more importantly, zap the person moving the switch!)

We expect the new transmitter will slightly improve reception. It’s more about improved reliability – the old unit is nearly twenty years old and parts are becoming difficult to find. The new unit will also allow for a potential future move into a new, easier-to-receive type of transmission. "


When he said "new, easier-to-receive type of transmission", my thoughts automatically went to ATSC 3.0. Right now, WSMV does not have any plans to go to ATSC 3.0 (Nextgen TV), but when they do, it might be easier with this transmitter. Just to clarify, that is only my opinion/thought. I am in no way an expert. Again, thanks to videohead311 for the e-mail. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.

4 Comments




itgrouch
- Posted on December 13th, 2020 at 2:17am

Most new TV transmitters being sold now are "Nextgen Ready."



Brentwood OTA
- Posted on December 14th, 2020 at 3:41pm

I hope this stabilizes WSMV's signal. Every couple of weeks or so, I have to move our antennas around the room because their signal seems to move.



videohead311
- Posted on December 16th, 2020 at 12:10am

I can't get channel 4 on my kitchen antenna good at all. I get a good signal from channel 8 and it will get channel 5's alternate signal but I can't get channel 4 well at all. Hopefully their new transmitter will help.



videohead311
- Posted on December 16th, 2020 at 12:10am

I can't get channel 4 on my kitchen antenna good at all. I get a good signal from channel 8 and it will get channel 5's alternate signal but I can't get channel 4 well at all. Hopefully their new transmitter will help.


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