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Thursday, February 9 2017

What We Know - Incentive Auction Results

With the quiet period for broadcasters lifted, we now know more about what some stations did in the auction. Below, I will attempt to track their public statements. I intend to update this post on a rolling basis with newest information at the top.

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Thursday, February 2 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - January 2017

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

New licenses

  • K20FO Sierra Vista (KVOA Communications LLC) has requested a license to cover its correction of transmitter location and power. Technical specifications: Ch 20; TL 31° 28' 54" N, 109° 57' 33" W; ERP 42 kW directional; HAAT 641 m.
  • KMCC 34.x (32) Lauglin NV (Cranston Acquisition LLC) has amended its application to cover its Distributed Transmission System (DTS) license to delete the antenna structure registration and correct technical specifications of its Henderson site. Technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 35° 56' 46" N, 115° 2' 35" W; ERP 5 kW directional; HAAT 538 m.

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Wednesday, January 25 2017

Site-Wide Encryption!

After finding the nifty automated tool by "Let's Encrypt" and trying it out, I've now enabled HTTPS site-wide. Your bookmarks and other links should now take you automatically to the secure site.

The process did initially break all the maps on the site, but I think I have them all fixed now. If you trip over one I missed, or anything else that's broken, post a comment or send me an e-mail.

EDIT (1/25/17 9:38PM): Yes, I'm aware the Live Bandscan page is now broken. But I did get it to log data again, which was broken for an hour. I accomplished this by turning off the automatic redirect until I figure out how to work around that problem.

Thursday, January 5 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - December 2016

Wishing all a blessed and prosperous 2017!

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

Programming changes

  • KAET 8.x Phoenix (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) is set to add PBS Kids programming on channel 8.4 on January 16, 2017. The following translators will also reflect the programming change:
    • K03IL-D Bullhead City
    • K42AC-D Cottonwood
    • K14KK-D Flagstaff
    • K43IB-D Globe-Miami
    • K49GE-D Kingman
    • K31GZ-D Lake Havasu City
    • K36FZ-D Meadview
    • K47GQ-D Parks
    • K43LW-D Prescott
    • K03FB Snowflake
    • K42EU-D Topock

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Monday, January 2 2017

And We're Back


The server move is now largely complete; if you're seeing this post and not a 404 error, you're set. If you find something that is not working, please send me an e-mail or put it in the comments. For the moment, the Live Bandscan is still on the alternate server it was on before the move and, as such, still has all the oddball quirks that go with it. My hope is that we will move that over to this server in the coming days or weeks.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29 2016

Server Move Coming

Just a quick note to let everyone know that some amount of down time is anticipated in the coming days as RabbitEars is moved to a new server. SatelliteGuys will continue to be the host, but replacement hardware will be put in to run RabbitEars. This is due to the problems that I'm sure everyone who uses RabbitEars extensively has seen (short periods of down time, random 403 errors, etc.).

In the next day or two, updates on this server will cease since the database will migrate to the new server. I am off from work until Tuesday and have little planned between now and then, so I am hopeful that any issues resulting from the move can be quickly resolved.

Thank you for your patience.

Sunday, December 4 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - November 2016

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

Programming changes

  • KAET 8.x Phoenix (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has once again added channel 8.5, this time duplicating the KBAQ-FM radio programming on channel 8.4. Channel 8.4 is due to become PBS Kids on January 17, 2017. The changes extend to all of KAET's digital translators as well.
  • KSAZ 10.x Phoenix (NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.) is set to launch Light TV, a family-oriented diginet, sometime in December. Press releases say that it will be on KSAZ-TV, but Fox could put it on KUTP. A request for information from KSAZ-TV has gone unanswered. This change will extend to all of KSAZ-TV's digital translators as well.

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Monday, October 31 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - October 2016

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

New licenses

  • KPPX-TV 51.x (31) Tolleson (America 51, LP) applied for and was granted a license to cover its change from RF channel 51 to RF channel 31. Technical specifications: Ch 31; TL 33° 20' 3" N, 112° 3' 41" W (South Mtn.); ERP 645 kW horiz/161.25 kW vert non-directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 548 m.
  • KNXV-TV 15.x Phoenix (Scripps Media, Inc.) applied for and was granted a license to cover a construction permit for auxiliary facilities. Technical specifications: Ch 15; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 49" W (South Mtn.); ERP 530 kW non-directional (0.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 491 m.

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Friday, September 30 2016

Arizona TV Station Update - August/September 2016

Another busy month finds August combined with September.

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

Programming changes

  • KTVK 3.x (24) Phoenix (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) is reported on the Comet TV website to be picking up Comet TV on channel 3.2, which would replace the current 24/7 newscast loop. No date has been given, and there has been no confirmation from KTVK.
  • KASW 61.x (49) Phoenix (Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.), following its newly-inked deal with Katz Broadcasting, as added Grit on channel 61.3 and Escape on channel 61.4, duplicating programming already seen on Univision's KTVW-DT 33.3 and KFPH-CD 35.4, respectively.

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Wednesday, August 24 2016

About the Live Bandscan

I just wanted to provide an update on efforts to restore RabbitEars to full operation. We're back on our regular server, but the Live Bandscan remains non-functional. It ran for the past two or three days, and for that time, the site crawled horribly. There's something wrong with the configuration that we can't track down, and it will probably be up and down as testing goes on over the coming days. Right now, it's down so that the rest of the site is functional.

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