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Wednesday, October 13 2021

Arizona TV Station Update - September 2021

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KPCE-LD 29.x Tucson (Word of God Fellowship Inc.) has requested a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 29; TL 32° 15' 56" N, 111° 7' 0" W (Tucson Mtns.); ERP 15 kW DA CP; HAAT 611 m (2004 ft).
  • KVCW 33.x (29) Las Vegas NV (KUPN Licensee LLC) requested and has been granted a license to cover its conversion to a Distributed Transmission System (DTS). Transmission site 1 is the original transmission site; transmission site 2 provides fill-in coverage in areas blocked by the high-rise hotels on the Las Vegas Strip.
    • Technical specifications: Ch 29
      • Site 1: TL 36° 0' 27" N, 115° 0' 27" W (Black Mtn.); ERP 1000 kW DA HP 0.8° EBT; HAAT 383 m (1256 ft)
      • Site 2: TL 36° 7' 45" N, 115° 11' 28" W (KTNV studios); ERP 11.22 kW DA EP 5.5° EBT; HAAT 43 m (141 ft).

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Thursday, September 2 2021

Arizona TV Station Update - August 2021

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KGRY-LD 29.x (28) Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) requested and has been granted a license to cover its original construction permit. Although the station's stated intent was to operate in NextGen format, KGRY is operating as an ATSC 1.0 station. Technical specifications: Ch 28; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 57" W (South Mtn.); ERP 15 kW (DA CP 1.2° EBT); HAAT 475 m (1558 ft).
  • KKAX-LD 36.x Hilltop (Tri-State Broadcasting LLC) has requested a license to cover its flash cut to digital. The station serves Kingman and surrounding area. Technical specifications: Ch 36; TL 35° 4' 53" N, 113° 54' 17" W (Hualapai Peak); ERP 0.022 kW (DA HP 1.75° EBT); HAAT 1063 m (3487 ft).

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Monday, August 2 2021

Arizona TV Station Update - July 2021

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KPNX 12.x (18) Mesa (Multimedia Holdings Corporation) requested and has been granted a license to cover its channel change from VHF 12 to UHF 18. Technical specifications: Ch 18; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 51" W (South Mtn.); ERP 1000 kW H / Unknown V (0.75° elec beam tilt); HAAT 535 m (1755 ft).
  • KGRX-LD 29.x (19) Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) has requested a license to cover its original construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 57" W (South Mtn); ERP 15 kW H / 15 kW V (1.2° elec beam tilt); HAAT 475 m (1558 ft).

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Sunday, July 4 2021

Arizona TV Station Update - June 2021

Wishing all a happy Independence Day!!

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KJPO-LD 25.x Tonopah (Iglesia Manmin Toda la Creacion USA Inc.) requested and was granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 33° 31' 55" N, 113° 6' 32" W (Burnt Mtn.); ERP 15 H kW non-directional; HAAT 118 m.
  • K16BP-D 45.x Cottonwood (Fox Television Stations LLC) requested and was granted a license to cover its construction permit, as amended, to co-locate with K36AE-D. Technical specifications: Ch 16; TL 34° 41' 13" N, 112° 7' 2" W (Mingus Mtn.); ERP 15 kW H directional (2° elec beam tilt); HAAT 777 m (2549 ft).

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Saturday, June 12 2021

Arizona TV Station Update - May 2021

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KTVW-DT 33.x Phoenix (KTVW License Partnership GP) requested and was granted a license to cover its power increase. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 49" W (South Mountain); ERP 560 kW
  • KDPH-LD 48.x (13) Phoenix (Community Television Educators Inc.) requested and was granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital on an in-core channel. Technical specifications: Ch 13; TL 33° 20' 4" N, 112° 3' 44" W (South Mtn.); ERP 3 kW H directional; HAAT 461 m (1512 ft).

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Thursday, May 6 2021

Arizona TV Station Update - April 2021

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KEJR-LD 40.x (32) Phoenix (TV-49 Inc.) requested and has been granted a license to cover its construction permit, as amended, allowing it to move higher on its tower, to modify its broadcast pattern, and to change polarization. Technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 59" W (South Mtn.); ERP 15 kW H / 10.5 kW V, non-directionak, 1° elec beam tilt; HAAT 483 m (1584 ft).
  • KESE-LD 35.x Yuma (NPG of Yuma-El Centro LLC) requested and has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 35; TL 32° 38' 31" N, 114° 33' 37" W (S Ave 4E & E County 14th St); ERP 8 kW H, directional, 0.25° elec beam tilt; HAAT 78 m (256 ft).

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Saturday, April 10 2021

Arizona TV Station Update - March 2021

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KVVU-TV 5.x (9) Henderson NV (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation) has requested a license to cover its construction permit to increase power. Technical specifications: Ch 9; TL 36° 0' 26" N, 115° 0' 25" W (Black Mtn.); ERP 120 kW H, non-directional, 0.75° elec beam tilt; HAAT 383 m (1256 ft).

Channel Changes

  • KGRF-LD 19.x Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) has changed from RF channel 19 to RF channel 21. Its virtual channel is now 29.x.

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Saturday, April 3 2021

Second Server Move Next Week - And Details About New Host

I wanted to let everyone know that earlier today I shipped the new server off to its new home, and it is tentatively scheduled to arrive there on Wednesday. So sometime Wednesday (or later in the week), expect some down time as the server is swapped out and I do the final steps to migrate to the new server. I've done the initial setup, but will need to copy over the most recent version of the database and things like that before it can go live, and it's going to be an in-place exchange of the temporary server for the new one, so there will be down time while the database is restored onto the new server. But once RabbitEars is moved to it, we should be set for a very long time.

Next, I previously promised that I would provide more details on the RabbitEars hosting situation, and I think now is as good a time as any. Our generous host is the founder of Silica Broadband in Prospect, KY. He's a long-time member of Satellite Guys who started Silica Broadband several years ago. It is a fiber ISP in the area, but also provides web hosting out of its Kentucky facility, and he wanted to help out by providing RabbitEars with a new home. I am extremely grateful for his help, and I am especially pleased to be working with someone who understands what RabbitEars does and appreciates its value to the OTA community.

Finally, I thought everyone would like to know more about the server that RabbitEars will be using. I've built it myself from new parts, and it has an AMD Ryzen 3700X processor, 32GB ECC RAM, 2x2TB WD Red M.2 SSDs in RAID-1, and runs Ubuntu Server 20.04. To say this is an improvement over the old server would be a vast understatement. The old server had a 2009-era Xeon in it, 16GB RAM, 2x2TB hard drives in RAID-1, and ran Ubuntu 16.04. The benchmarks I found indicate the new CPU performs about 10 times better than the old one, and RAM has never been a limiting factor for RabbitEars.

Exciting times await. I'm looking forward to a faster and more reliable RabbitEars!

Saturday, March 13 2021

Arizona TV Station Update - January/February 2021

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KSAZ-TV 10.x Phoenix (NW Communications of Phoenix Inc.) requested and has been granted a license to cover its construction permit to increase power on its auxiliary transmitter. Technical specifications: Ch 10; TL 33° 20' 3" N, 112° 3' 43" W (South Mtn); ERP 38.4 kW H (0.75° elec beam tilt); HAAT 500 m (1640 ft)
  • K47OC-D Searchlight NV (Digital Networks-Southwest LLC) has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: TL 35° 37' 41" N, 115° 16' 27" W (Beer Bottle Pass); ERP 3 kW H directional; HAAT 327 m (1073 ft).

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Thursday, March 4 2021

Temporary Server

If you're seeing this post, you're now on the new temporary server. Yes, another move will happen again in the coming weeks, but we're now off the old hosting.

Won't promise everything is working yet or that there won't be momentary downtime as I continue to tinker tomorrow, but the Signal Search Map should now function again, though Canadian results may be a bit less accurate than normal at the moment once you get more than a short distance away from the border, and the Live Bandscan should be working soon. If you spot any issues, please let me know.

Friday, February 26 2021

Upcoming Server Move

As you know, RabbitEars has been hosted by Scott at SatelliteGuys for a number of years now since he had a decent amount of excess capacity after his site last moved servers back in 2011. With various changes to both hosting prices and traffic patterns in the past few years, SatelliteGuys no longer needed the excess capacity that it had, and earlier this month, Scott relocated the site to new hosting elsewhere on leased, rather than owned, hardware.

Unfortunately, with this change, RabbitEars could not come along for the ride. I am extremely grateful to Scott for so generously hosting RabbitEars at no charge for so long, and I certainly understand the desire to reduce costs while simultaneously improving his own site's performance with newer hardware. Scott has been very helpful in helping find RabbitEars a new home, and with his help, someone has offered to take on RabbitEars. I will announce more in the future.

But as currently planned, we're looking at a two-step move process:

First, so that Scott can stop paying for hosting that is now only used for RabbitEars as quickly as possible, the new host is going to set up a temporary server which RabbitEars will move to as soon as is practicable. I am hoping this will not result in any down time, though we will probably disable the Live Bandscan and the Signal Search Map on the old server when we start the move process, meaning some data may be lost or functionality unavailable until the various scanners figure out there's a new server to send to.

Second, I will most likely be building a server to host RabbitEars. The new host has graciously offered to let us host a standard desktop machine rather than a rack-mount, which brings hardware costs out of the stratosphere. I can build new instead of buying used as I had been anticipating, which is great in terms of performance and reliability. But this will necessitate a second move at a later date from the temporary server onto the new one. Hopefully this second move will be less disruptive than I anticipate the first will be given the machines will be in the same building rather than in different states, but it may still cause some disruption.

The specific date is not yet known, and the move will likely come with little warning. I apologize in advance for that.

Please bear with us as RabbitEars makes this move. Your patience is appreciated!

UPDATE 3/1/2021: The move has not yet happened. We had a false start yesterday, but ended up having to delay the move.

Monday, January 11 2021

Arizona TV Station Update - December 2020

2020 was a difficult year, filled with tragedy and sorrow. I am not sorry to see it go. Here's wishing everyone a blessed and prosperous 2021!

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • K11XU-D El Centro CA (NPG of Yuma-El Centro LLC) requested and has been granted a license to cover its original construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 11; TL 33° 3' 18" N, 114° 49' 42" W (Black Mtn.); ERP 3 kW non-directional; HAAT 493 m (1617 ft).

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Tuesday, December 15 2020

Signal Search Map - Deleting Old Results

Just wanted to forewarn everyone that sometime between now and the beginning of 2021, I'm going to be clearing out the Signal Search Map results for any search result that was last viewed prior to the end of the official repack period, which is July 13. If you want to preserve an older search result, simply view it. Since the code does keep a "most recent access" date for each Signal Search Map result page, it will be excluded from the clean-up.

I hope everyone has a great holiday. And I am quite ready for 2020 to be in the past.

Friday, December 4 2020

Arizona TV Station Update - November 2020

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KGRQ-LD 29.x (21) Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) requested and has been granted a license to cover its maximized facilities. Technical specifications: Ch 21; TL 33° 0' 7" N, 111° 40' 28" W (Sacaton Peak); ERP 15 kW H, directional; HAAT 435 m (1427 ft).
  • KGNG-LD 26.x Las Vegas NV (King Kong Broadcasting Inc.) requested and has been granted a license to cover its relocated facilities. Technical specifications: Ch 26; TL 35° 56' 46" N, 115° 2' 37" W (Arden Pk); ERP 15 kW H, directional; HAAT 539 m (1768 ft).

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Thursday, November 12 2020

Arizona TV Station Update - October 2020

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming Changes

  • K18JL-D 22.x Phoenix (HC2 LPTV Holdings Inc.) is now supplementing its infomercial programming with classic movies, branded as MMN - Magnificent Movies Network.
  • KNBX-CD 31.x (14) Las Vegas NV (HC2 LPTV Holdings Inc.) has added SonLife Broadcasting Network (SBN) on channel 31.1, making it SBN's third broadcasting outlet in Las Vegas.

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Sunday, October 11 2020

Arizona TV Station Update - August/September 2020

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • K38CX Shonto (Digital Networks-Southwest LLC) requested and has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit to transition to digital, correct its broadcast coordinates, increase power and change to an in-core channel. Technical specifications: Ch 23; TL 36° 37' 10" N, 110° 34' 53" W; ERP 2 kW; HAAT 45 m.
  • K47OC-D Searchlight NV (Digital Networks-Southwest LLC) has requested a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: TL 35° 37' 41" N, 115° 16' 27" W (Beer Bottle Pass); ERP 3 kW directional; HAAT 327 m.

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Friday, September 11 2020

New Feature - ATSC 3.0 Listing

I won't promise the code is 100% correct yet, but it should be relatively close. The long-awaited and much-requested ATSC 3.0 listing page is now available:

https://www.rabbitears.info/market....

Let me know if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.

Sunday, August 9 2020

Arizona TV Station Update - July 2020

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KHDF-CD 19.x Las Vegas NV (HC2 Network Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its move to a different tower at the main site on Black Mountain with a reduction of power. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 36° 0' 27" N, 115° 0' 27" W (Black Mtn. main site); ERP 7.5 kW directional (0.25° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 339 m.

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Wednesday, July 8 2020

Arizona TV Station Update - June 2020

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • K25PA-D 13.x (25) Santa Clara UT (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit to move to an in-core channel. When licensed, its new call sign will be K25PA-D. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 37° 9' 19" N, 113° 53' 0" W (West Mountain Peak); ERP 0.3 kW directional; HAAT 1109 m.

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Tuesday, June 9 2020

Arizona TV Station Update - May 2020

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KKRP-LD 13.x (21) St. George UT (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) requested and has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit to move to an in-core channel with an antenna change. Technical specifications: Ch 21; TL 37° 3' 49" N, 113° 34' 24" W (Webb Hill); ERP 0.3 kW non-directional; HAAT 52 m.
  • K43CC-D 13.x (25) Santa Clara UT (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) has requested a license to cover its displacement construction permit to move to an in-core channel. When licensed, its new call sign will be K25PA-D. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 37° 9' 19" N, 113° 53' 0" W (West Mountain Peak); ERP 0.3 kW directional; HAAT 1109 m.

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