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Wednesday, August 1 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - July 2018

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

New Licenses

  • K25OM-D 10.x Prescott (NW Communications of Phoenix Inc.) has requested a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 34° 29' 20" N, 112° 32' 18" W (Mt. Francis); ERP 0.973 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 445 m.
  • K26NG-D 10.x East Flagstaff (NW Communications of Phoenix Inc.) has requested a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 26; TL 35° 14' 25" N, 111° 35' 52" W (Mt. Elden); ERP 0.61 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 576 m.

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Saturday, July 14 2018

Google Maps Changes

So, Google Maps is supposedly changing their policies on Monday, July 16. So far, other changes they made haven't impacted RabbitEars, and I don't know if this one will either. It's possible that maps on RabbitEars may stop working in the next few days and I may have to rewrite the pages to use an alternate map source. I'll cross that bridge only if I have to.

But if they stop working temporarily, that's why.

Friday, July 13 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - June 2018

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

New Licenses

  • KMCC 34.x (32) Laughlin NV (Entravision Holdings LLC) has been granted a license to cover its Distributed Transmission System (DTS).
    • Site 1 technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 35° 39' 7" N, 114° 18' 44" W (White Hills); ERP 1000 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 607 m.
    • Site 2 technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 35° 56' 46" N, 115° 2' 37" W (Black Mtn. Arden Site); ERP 4.4 kW directional (1.5° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 557 m.
  • KVTE-LP 35 Las Vegas NV (Mountain Ridge Holdings, Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its reported new facilities atop Iglesia Nueva Jerusalem at 5630 W. Charleston Blvd. It is unknown whether the station is actually broadcasting. Technical specifications: Ch 35; TL 36° 9' 35" N; 115° 13' 5" W; ERP 10 kW non-directional; HAAT -19 m. (10 m. AGL)

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Saturday, June 2 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - May 2018

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

New Licenses

  • K15HY 3.x Williams-Ash Fork (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 15; TL 35° 12' 1" N, 112° 12' 18" W (Bill Williams Mtn.); ERP 1 kW directional; HAAT 761 m.

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Friday, May 4 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - April 2018

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

New Licenses

  • K15HY 3.x Williams-Ash Fork (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) has requested a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 15; TL 35° 12' 1" N, 112° 12' 18" W (Bill Williams Mtn.); ERP 1 kW directional; HAAT 761 m.

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Thursday, April 26 2018

New Repack-Related Features

I've added two new repack-related features to RabbitEars and wanted to mention their existence here.

First, for LPTV stations filing displacements in the current displacement window, there is now a page listing all the displacements filed since the Closing Public Notice on April 13, 2017. You can find that here, or in the Updates dropdown menu as "Post-IA Displacements".

Second, much like during the DTV transition, stations are required to file status updates with the FCC. A page for those updates are now available as the 387 Viewer which is part of the Repack Tools.

Let me know if you have any opinions, requests, suggestions, or if you spot any bugs. Have a great one!

Tuesday, April 10 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - March 2018

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

New Licenses

  • KMCC 34.x (32) Laughlin NV (Entravision Holdings LLC) has applied for a license to cover its Distributed Transmission System (DTS). Site 1 technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 35° 39' 7" N, 114° 18' 44" W (White Hills); ERP 1000 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 607 m. Site 2 technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 35° 56' 46" N, 115° 2' 37" W (Black Mtn. Arden Site); ERP 4.4 kW directional (1.5° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 557 m.

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Sunday, March 4 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - February 2018

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

Programming changes

  • KGUN-TV 9.x Phoenix (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings) has added Bounce TV on channel 9.4. The new subchannel is also seen on co-owned translator K16EO-D 9.x in the Marana - Oro Valley area.
  • K21GE Camp Verde (The Camp Verde TV Club, Inc.) has returned to air, rebroadcasting KNXV-TV 15.1 Phoenix.

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Tuesday, February 6 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - January 2018

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

Programming changes

  • KMSB 11.x Tucson (Sander Operating Company V LLC) has added new diginet Quest TV on channel 11.4.
  • KPNX 12.x Mesa (Multimedia Holdings Corporation) has added new diginet Quest TV on channel 12.4.

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Wednesday, January 31 2018

Live Bandscan Returns; Scheduled Maintenance Coming

The Live Bandscan returned last week. Unfortunately, the backups were also toast and so we lost some (not all) data going back to the end of 2016. I think it's about back to where it needs to be, notwithstanding a few tweaks needed that I know about (like KSPR still showing up even though it's KYCW-LD now).

On the rest of the site, I'm back in the swing of trying to move things over from CDBS to LMS. The Tower Query and the Location Map now use LMS, and I've got the contours and population data regenerated for use with LMS entries. I wanted to make this post to note that the next big task related to that is going to be moving the coverage maps over, and probably the main listings right after. The result of this is that there will likely be a period of time that I hope is measured in hours and not days during which the maps will not work. I have to rename all the map files to line up with the new LMS ID numbers, and with more than 10,000 of them to pick through, even an automated process to do so will not be instantaneous. I do not yet know exactly when this will be, but I'm hoping it's overnight one night soon. I know there will be some amount of manual cleanup needed afterward, so it may not all be back up and running right away.

I also want to flag that things may be broken here and there even after the maps are back up and running and the main listings are moved into LMS format. The CDBS database has only been updated with TV data two or three times in the past month and a half, and so I'm urgently trying to get away from it. My plan had been to try to transition everything over slowly and as seamlessly as I could, but the lack of updates to CDBS and the coming LPTV filing window are making me rush over to LMS. So, once the maps come back online, notwithstanding Canadian and Mexican data which will likely remain in a state of limbo for several weeks at a minimum, please let me know if you trip over anything that doesn't work properly. With as many features as RabbitEars has, I can't really test it all, and it's easy to overlook things.

The last note I want to make is that I'm not actually making an entirely clean break from CDBS just yet. To those that are familiar with the data structure of the FCC databases, I'm still using the facility table from CDBS but then relating it to the application_facility table in LMS. I'm doing this to hurry the conversion process along, and will ultimately have to go back and adjust the code again to make it use the facility table in LMS instead. Since the facility table changes so infrequently and time is of the essence, I'm leaving RabbitEars on the CDBS facility table for now.

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