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Arizona TV Station Update - March 2017

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

Programming changes

  • KPPX-TV 51.x (31) Tolleson (America 51, LP) has once again added QVC Over the Air on channel 51.5. It is the same broadcast as what appears on channel 41.4.
  • KUTP 45.x (26) Phoenix (Fox Television Stations, Inc.) will be adding Light TV, according to TitanTV listings, which appear on the My45 website. The channel is not yet on the air in Phoenix.
  • K22JD Madera Peak (NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.) is silent.
  • KHDF-CD 19.x Las Vegas NV (Northstar Las Vegas License LLC) is now simulcasting Azteca America programming on channel 19.3. Channels 19.2 and 19.4 retain the "For Lease" graphic.
  • KGNG-LD 47.x (48) Las Vegas NV (King Kong Broadcasting, Inc.) has begun airing Light TV on channel 47.5, replacing Movies+.

Transactions

  • K17LM-D Yuma (Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Inc.) is part of proposed a 71-station sale to Edge Spectrum, Inc. The proposed sale was originally to Excellence in Christian Broadcasting (EICB), headed by Randall Weiss. Weiss is Vice Chairman of Edge Spectrum. The sale is pending FCC approval.
  • The pro forma assignment of K30GL Many Farms (Lin of Colorado) to Nexstar Broadcasting Inc. has been consummated.
  • Cranston Acquisition LLC has proposed to sell KMCC 34.x (32) and K33MB-D, Laughlin NV, to Entravision, LLC, owners of Univision affiliate KINC 15.x (16) and Unimás affiliate KELV-LD 27.x (15), Las Vegas NV. If the FCC approves, could Vegas get an upgrade to a full-power Unimás affiliate?
  • The pro forma assignment of K39FY Zuni NM (Lin of New Mexico) to Nexstar Broadcasting Inc. has been consummated.

Spectrum repack

The FCC is expected to announce the results of the spectrum repack in the next couple of weeks, but the August/September 2016 version of the Arizona TV Station Update on RadioDiscussions sparked speculation on what would happen in Arizona if the auction closed at Stage 4. The conclusion was that no Arizona stations would be needed for the auction. Trip Ericson did a hand calculation of how Arizona stations could shake out in an 84 MHz clearing target - a computer model determined the actual repack results. Still, just for fun, here is how close the hand calculation came - it's looking pretty good. of how Arizona stations could shake out in an 84 MHz clearing target - a computer model determined the actual repack results. Still, just for fun, here is how close the hand calculation came - it's looking pretty good.] of how Arizona stations could shake out in an 84 MHz clearing target - a computer model determined the actual repack results. Still, just for fun, here is how close the hand calculation came - it's looking pretty good.

The following UHF stations were not expected to move:

  • KNXV-TV 15.x Phoenix (15) co-owned KWBA reported moving; absence of report taken as confirmation that KNXV-TV is not moving
  • KPHO-TV 5.x Phoenix (17) confirmed via self-report to National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
  • KFTU-CD 34.x Tucson (18) co-owned KUVE-DT and KUVE-CD reported moving; absence of report taken as confirmation that KFTU-CD is not moving
  • KTTU-TV 18.x Tucson (19)
  • KPAZ-TV 21.x Phoenix (20)
  • KVOA 4.x Tucson (23)
  • KTVK 3.x Phoenix (24) confirmed via self-report to NAB
  • KMSB 11.x Tucson (25)
  • KUTP 45.x Phoenix (26)
  • KTVW-CD 6.x Flagstaff (27) co-owned KUVE-DT and KUVE-CD reported moving; absence of report taken as confirmation that KTVW-CD is not moving
  • KUAT 6.x Tucson (30)
  • KOLD 13.x Tucson (32)
  • KTVW-DT 33.x Phoenix (33) co-owned KUVE-DT and KUVE-CD reported moving; absence of report taken as confirmation that KTVW-DT is not moving
  • KFPH-CD 35.x Phoenix (35) co-owned KUVE-DT and KUVE-CD reported moving; absence of report taken as confirmation that KFPH-CD is not moving
  • KAZT-CD 7.x Phoenix (36) confirmed via self-report to NAB
  • KFTU-DT 3.x Douglas (36) co-owned KUVE-DT and KUVE-CD reported moving; absence of report taken as confirmation that KFTU-DT is not moving

The following UHF stations were expected to move:

  • KUAS 27.x Tucson (28 -> 14) may not need to move
  • KHRR 40.x Tucson (40 -> 16) required to move, but assignment not announced
  • KNAZ-DT 2.x Flagstaff (22 -> 16) may not need to move
  • KWBA 58.x Sierra Vista (44 -> 21) confirmed via self-report to NAB - phase 1
  • KPPX-TV 51.x Tolleson (31 -> 22) may not need to move
  • KASW 61.x Phoenix (49 -> 27) required to move, but assignment not announced
  • KUVE-DT 46.x Green Valley (46 -> 28) moving to ch. 34 via self-report to NAB - phase 1
  • KTAZ 39.x Phoenix (39 -> 29) required to move, but assignment not announced
  • KPDF-CD 41.x Phoenix (41 -> 31) required to move, but assignment not announced
  • KUVE-CD 42.x Tucson (42 -> 34) moving to ch. 36 via self-report to NAB - phase 1

UHF LPTV stations expected to be displaced:

  • KUDF-LD 14.x Tucson not displaced if KUAS not moving
  • K16BP-D 45.x Cottonwood not displaced if KNAZ-TV not moving
  • K16EO-D 9.x Tucson not displaced if KHRR moving to different channel
  • K21CX-D Tucson confirmed via Scripps' self-report of KWBA
  • KPSN-LD 12.x (22) Payson not displaced if KPPX-TV not moving
  • KTVP-LD 22.x Phoenix not displaced if KPPX-TV not moving
  • KDOS-LD 29.x Globe/Miami not displaced if KTAZ moving to different channel
  • KGRQ-LD 29.x Gila River Indian Community not displaced if KTAZ moving to different channel
  • K38IZ-D 38.x Phoenix confirmed - out of band
  • KEJR-LD 40.x Phoenix confirmed - out of band
  • KVPA-LD 42.x Phoenix confirmed - out of band
  • KDPH-LD 48.x (46) Phoenix confirmed - out of band
  • KFPB-LD 50.x Phoenix confirmed - out of band

Comments

1. On Tuesday, April 11 2017, 06:46 by Trip Ericson

Minor error, KPPX is protected on channel 51, and it could not be adjacent to KUAT in the FCC's constraint files, see here:

https://www.rabbitears.info/repackc...

So as long as KUAT is assigned to 30, KPPX cannot be assigned to 31 by the FCC's optimization software.

2. On Wednesday, April 12 2017, 00:55 by dhett

Could that be because KUAT has the largest signal from Mt. Bigelow?

KAET on 8, KGUN on 9 and KSAZ on 10 are OK; KTTU on 19 and KPAZ on 20 is OK; KVOA on 23, KTVK on 24, KMSB on 25 and KUTP on 26 are OK. KUAT on 30 and KPPX on 31 is not. Makes one wonder why KPPX was allowed to go on ch 31 in the first place.

3. On Wednesday, April 12 2017, 12:56 by Trip Ericson

Remember that stations are protected in the repack in both directions, so KPPX can't step on KUAT and KUAT can't step on KPPX. But when filing an application, there's nothing stopping KPPX from accepting more interference if they want to. If they're willing to be stepped on by KUAT, that's allowed.

- Trip

4. On Wednesday, April 12 2017, 17:32 by dhett

So then it's a function of the ERP and pattern of the two stations. Whereas the other adjacent-channel full-power stations can coexist, these two cannot. Well, I hope the wireless carrier got their money's worth from clear use of the 700 MHz A-block spectrum since October. Seems a shame we have to pay to move KPPX again, but everyone knew going in that it was a possibility.

5. On Wednesday, April 12 2017, 19:21 by Trip Ericson

KPPX could come back and reapply for channel 31 if they want and nobody else is assigned to that channel. They just have to reaccept the interference they accepted previously, if that makes any sense at all.

6. On Thursday, April 13 2017, 16:57 by dhett

As you see, the repack assignments are in. What does it mean for stations viewable in Arizona? Very little.

Here are the stations moving in Phoenix:
- KTAZ 39.x is assigned to move to channel 29 in phase 1
- KPDF-CD 41.x is assigned to move to channel 22 in phase 1
- KPPX-TV 51.x (31) is assigned to move to channel 14 in phase 10
- KASW 61.x (49) is assigned to move to channel 27 in phase 1

Here are the stations moving in Tucson:
- KHRR 40.x is assigned to move to channel 16 in phase 1
- KUVE-CD 42.x is assigned to move to channel 36 in phase 1
- KUVE-CD 46.x is assigned to move to channel 34 in phase1
- KWBA 58.x (44) is assigned to move to channel 21 in phase 1

Here are the stations moving in Las Vegas:
- KBLR 39.x (40) is assigned to move to channel 20 in phase 1
- K43FO-D 43.x is assigned to move to channel 36 in phase 1

And that's it.

The following low-power stations that are displaced by full-power and class A stations will need to find new channels fast or go off the air for a time:
- K16EO-D Oro Valley/Tucson
- K21CX-D Tucson
- KTVP-LD 22.x Phoenix
- K27KS-D 5.x Globe-Miami
- KDOS-LD 29.x Globe-Miami
- KGRQ-LD 29.x Gila River Indian Community

7. On Monday, April 17 2017, 01:51 by Kris

50.xx stations transmitter troubles-

Comet TV is airiing ESNE tv, and the other 50.xx are either blue screen and an odd buzzing/electrical sounding noise. In Feb this guy http://www.azfamily.com/story/34515... attempting to steal copper knocked off the signal to stations, and he was let out without bail due to poverty, which he then vandalized Sky Harbor Airport's tower antennas. I wonder if he again vandalized a tower, much to the chagrin of my husband who loves the Comet network which airs here on 50.3. It is also on the Roku, but ours is still packed after our move. I wish I had some news on the loss of signal, I cannot make head nor tail of the station displacements listed here, but I will try.

8. On Friday, April 21 2017, 02:07 by dhett

Problems with KFPB-LP 50.x were mostly corrected by mid-week, with the sole exception being channel 50.7, TV Shop, which is currently a black screen with no audio.

9. On Wednesday, April 26 2017, 20:23 by Channel99

One search I don't see, or might just be missing it - would be similar to the current available/occupied channel search - but for the repacked future. It would be interesting to see what would be free in a particular area for possible use by low power stations, a station that wanted to move, or even a new full power station.

10. On Thursday, April 27 2017, 10:10 by rdvegas

Some changes to the Las Vegas Dial that may affect a few viewers in Arizona were made on 26 April. KVPX has added a 28.2 sub in 480i 16x9 with a PSIP of "Shop TV". The colorbars on KEGS 30.5 changed their PSIP to "SHOP TV", with 480i and 4x3. KNBX added two subs with colorbars on 31.6 and 31.7 Each are 480i 4x3. No programming on these as yet.

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