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Friday, December 1 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - November 2017

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

New Licenses

  • KPPX-TV 51.x (31) Tolleson (America 51, LP) requested and has been granted a license to cover its post-transition facilities, which are the same facilities from which the station has been operating since October 2016. The spectrum repack is completed for KPPX-TV. Technical specifications: Ch 31; TL 33° 20' 3" N, 112° 3' 41" W (South Mtn.); ERP 645 kW non-directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 556 m.

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Saturday, November 4 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - October 2017

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

New Licenses

  • K22JD Madera Peak (NW Communications of Phoenix Inc.) requested and has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital with virtual channel 10. Technical specifications: Ch 22; TL 33° 20' 24" N, 110° 52' 12" W (Madera Peak); ERP 1 kW directional (3° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 708 m.

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Thursday, October 5 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - September 2017

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

Programming Changes

  • KPPX-TV 51.x (31) Tolleson (America 51, LP) will be dropping its Airbox programming on October 31.
  • KHMP-LD 18.x Las Vegas NV (DNV Spectrum Holdings LLC) has debuted Streetz TV on channel 18.5. Streetz TV features hip hop music and videos.

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Friday, September 29 2017

Entrepreneur Turns to Kickstarter To Launch No-Nonsense News Channel

Friend of the site Eric Wotila is attempting to launch a 24/7 hybrid local-national news subchannel network, based out of his WMNN-LD 24/7 local news station in Cadillac, MI. He’s using the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to get the network off the ground, and is looking for backers to contribute a few dollars each toward making the project a reality. Funding is all-or-nothing, so if he doesn’t reach his fund-raising goal, no backers will be charged for their pledges. Along side this press release, he separately sent me an e-mail about it. I've received his permission to publish a few choice quotes:

"My goal is to launch a 24/7 national news channel that gets back to the headlines. No opinion. No shouting heads. Just a good, old-fashioned news wheel format: Give us 15 minutes, we’ll tell you what’s going on around the world, not analyze or voice our opinions. I’ve heard more and more over the past year or two that people are sick and tired of their existing options for 24-hour news, and I truly hope to provide a news broadcast that informs, rather than agitates.

"LNN will be the only 24/7 news channel without opinion-based talk shows, and it will also be the only such channel available both for free on antenna and via internet platforms such as mobile apps, Roku and Apple TV. In addition, the network is designed from the ground up with localization in mind, allowing many stations that currently lack the resources for local news to add local programming as well as national news to their lineup."

While I feel uncomfortable endorsing his project, given my position, I did want to republish his press release here. I feel comfortable doing this much, as it will appear in many other locations as well.

See the full press release by clicking "Read more" below.

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Tuesday, September 19 2017

LMS Integration

I've started the process of importing data from the FCC's new LMS database into RabbitEars. I've imported select individual pieces before, but am now making an effort to pull in the entire thing and replace CDBS data wherever it is used. I had hoped to do a full rewrite of the site code as part of the process, but I'm going to settle for an in-place upgrade.

I point this out only because things may go up and down as I'm working on it over the coming weeks. If something remains non-functional for an extended period, please let me know, as I may not have noticed it. Otherwise, I don't intend to make any major changes to the site layout, just upgrade the underlying data source. I will warn you that this upgrade may cause some links to change. (Anywhere I'm using the application ID number will change from the CDBS-style integer to the LMS-style UUID, for example.)

This will be a very big lift, and may take a very long time. Please bear with me.

Tuesday, September 5 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - August 2017

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

New licenses

  • K03FB-D 8.x Snowflake (AZ Board of Regents for ASU) has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 3; TL 34° 12' 22" N, 109° 56' 34" W (Porter Mtn.); ERP 0.3 kW directional; HAAT 265 m.
  • K46IL-D 32.x Verde Valley (The Camp Verde TV Club, Inc.) applied for and has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. The station has been broadcasting a digital signal since October 2016 as a repeater of K32LO-D Prescott. Technical specifications: Ch 46; TL 34° 41' 14" N, 112° 7' 0" W (Mingus Mtn.); ERP 1.5 kW directional; HAAT 767 m.

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Monday, August 7 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - July 2017

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

New Stations

  • KTVW-DT 33.x Phoenix (KTVW License Partnership GP) requested and has been granted a license to cover digital TV auxiliary operations. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 49" W (South Mtn.); ERP 470 kW (1.5° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 510 m.
  • XHCNS 2.x (34) Cananea SON (Televimex) has transitioned from pre-repack channel 45 post-repack channel 34. Technical specifications: Ch 34; TL 30° 58' 38" N, 110° 18' 23" W, ERP 32 kW directional; HAAT 211 m.

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Wednesday, July 5 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - June 2017

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

New licenses

  • K03FB 8.x Snowflake (AZ Board of Regents for ASU) has requested a license to cover its flash cut to digital. The station has been broadcasting its digital signal for well over a year. Technical specifications: Ch 3; TL 34° 12' 22" N, 109° 56' 34" W (Porter Mtn.); ERP 0.3 kW directional; HAAT 265 m.
  • K14KK-D 8.x Flagstaff (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has been granted a license to cover its construction permit to increase power. Technical specifications: Ch 14; TL 35° 14' 26" N, 111° 35' 48" W (Mt. Elden); ERP 0.63 kW directional; HAAT 606 m.

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Saturday, June 17 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - May 2017

Better late than never, I guess...

Questions, additions, comments and corrections are always welcome.

New licenses

  • KTVW-DT 33.x Phoenix (KTVW License Partership, G.P.) has requested a license to cover its permit to construct digital auxiliary facilities. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 49" W (South Mtn.); ERP 470 kW directional (1.5° electrical degree tilt); HAAT 510 m.
  • K14KK-D 8.x Flagstaff (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has requested a license to cover its construction permit to increase power. Technical specifications: Ch 14; TL 35° 14' 26" N, 111° 35' 48" W (Mt. Elden); ERP 0.63 kW directional; HAAT 606 m.

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Thursday, May 4 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - April 2017

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

New Licenses

  • K43OT-D 5.x Zuni Pueblo NM (Regents of U of NM & Board of Ed. of Albq. NM) has been granted a construction permit and license to cover for a new station. The station, a repeater of KNME-DT Albuquerque NM, had been operating for several years on Special Temporary Authority. Being on channel 43, the station will need to move to the new UHF band in the future, but the area it serves shouldn't be a high-priority or crowded area for wireless communications, so it should be able to avoid moving before 2021. Technical specifications: Ch 43; TL 35° 6' 50" N, 108° 44' 14" W (3 mi. E of Black Rock Airport); ERP 1.05 kW directional; HAAT 112 m.

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