Nashville DTV News

WSMV is Now on W15ER

- Posted December 30th, 2021 at 10:50pm
Thanks to videohead311, I have found out that all of WSMV's channels is now broadcasting on W15ER channel 15. Now, I know why Mr. Winemiller, the current owner, decided not to sale W15ER to Marquee Broadcasting and instead sale them W09DM channel 9 because he is probably selling W15ER to Gray TV, WSMV's new owner. Now that makes them broadcasting WSMV's channels on, not only, WSMV, but also on W29FR channel 29 and now W15ER channel 15. What are their plans for these channels? I do not know at this time, but once I do find out, I will let you know. Until more news breaks, that's all for now.


- Posted on December 31st, 2021 at 9:56am

It seems strange to get WSMV on three channels. Conet is on W15ER also. It's on 15.6.

Brentwood OTA
- Posted on December 31st, 2021 at 10:23am

On two of the three TVs in my house, I'd like to be able to get WSMV on one channel. Every other full-power station in the market can engineer around and through the Brentwood hills, why can't WSMV?

- Posted on December 31st, 2021 at 4:49pm

That's like it is for me with WTVF. They're on low VHF (RF 5), AND top end of UHF (RF 36). I have trouble with both. I get WZTV, WJFB, WUXP, and WNAB just fine. Even WKRN (when at full power), and most of the time I can get WSMV (RF 10). "5" is the worst for me to receive, of the major channels.

- Posted on January 2nd, 2022 at 6:25pm

Channel 5 WTVF is one of my strongest in uhf with 100% here in Kentucky on the 5.11 through 5.13, the 51. through 5.3 has only 2 bar or 60-70%. My small outdoor plastic antenna in the bedroom can't pull the 5.1's but get the others good as they are on uhf. I wished all channels were uhf, even my large living room outdoor antenna, the vhf just doesn't pull in as well.

- Posted on January 2nd, 2022 at 11:02pm

Actually, 5.11 through 5.13 are on VHF RF 5 while 5.1 through 5.3 are on UHF RF 36.

- Posted on January 3rd, 2022 at 12:33am

Wow so my small plastic antenna will pick up vhf, I can't even get bowling green 13 on it so I thought it wouldn't pick up vhf. I wonder why it don't receive the uhf 5? thanks

- Posted on December 31st, 2021 at 4:44pm

I don't know why they don't just sell RF 10, and transfer their license to another RF channel that is in UHF? That seems to be where they want to be.

- Posted on January 3rd, 2022 at 5:16pm - Edited

It still perplexes me why they didn't participate in the repack. But thinking about it on a monetary standpoint, it is cheaper to broadcast on VHF than UHF because the transmitting power is much less, thus saving on the old electric bill. There may be technical reasons why they didn't go the repack route and move to UHF. The stupidest move was WNPT going from VHF 8 to 7. Not everyone can use an outdoor antenna and they effectively lost viewers that use indoor antennas and can no long receive their signal anymore with flat antennas or rabbit ears.

- Posted on January 4th, 2022 at 9:51pm - Edited

Going from RF 8 to 7 is pointless. Only reason is for the incentives the FCC offered. Both stations are on VHF High.

- Posted on January 5th, 2022 at 12:42am

I totally agree. WNPT got a new transmitter, antenna, and ancillary items out of the deal just by dropping down to VHF 7. And in the process, they lost viewers who cannot receive their OTA signal anymore, who rely on an indoor antenna.

- Posted on January 5th, 2022 at 7:43am

On another note. I live in Dickson and have recently started receiving WRTN once again. I wonder if they have made the change to the new signal. Also, I am receiving all of their signals on 6.1-6.7. What will this do to Dickson's station that will attempt to broadcast on 6?

- Posted on January 5th, 2022 at 1:39pm

First question, no, they did not change channels. They are still broadcasting on RF channel 8. Second question, I have no idea what is going to transpire with WDHC-LD. Just so you know, in case you didn't, yes, WDHC will broadcast on RF channel 6 and will show up on channels 6.1-6.5. WRTN broadcasts on RF channel 8 and will change channels to RF 17, but they will still show up on 6.1-6.7. I have talked to both Mr. Forte, owner of WDHC, and Mr. Goetz, owner of WRTN. Mr. Goetz informed me that they (WDHC) will have to find another virtual channel, but even if they do go ahead and start broadcasting virtually on channels 6.1-6.5, depending upon your TV manufacturer, it would either show up as two 6.1s, two 6.2s, etc. or WDHC will take the channel 6 slot and revert WRTN back to either channel 8 or channel 17 depending on what channel WRTN is broadcasting on. When that happens, it will revert either WNPT back to 7 or WZTV back to 20, the channels WNPT and WZTV broadcast on. By the way, WDHC should be broadcasting at very low power from near the Dickson square behind the local radio station. Do you live in the Dickson area? If so, can you pick them up?

- Posted on January 5th, 2022 at 2:58pm

Thanks for responding. I cannot pick up the Dickson Station. I live across the street from the High School.

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