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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.
  • XHNON 5.x Nogales SON (Televimex) has changed its broadcast from channel 38 to channel 26, completing its spectrum repack transition and clearing the 600 MHz band from television use in Nogales.
  • XNNOS 2.x Nogales SON (Televimex) has changed its broadcast from channel 41 to channel 17, completing its spectrum repack transition and clearing the 600 MHz band from television use in Nogales.

Programming Changes

  • KAZT-TV 7.x Prescott (KAZT, LLC) has added Charge! TV to its lineup on channel 7.4. The change is also seen on the following KAZT translators:
    • KAZT-CD 7.x (36) Phoenix
    • K24DK-D 7.x Bullhead City
    • K30DT-D 7.x Flagstaff
    • K20ID-D 7.x Kingman
    • K17DA-D 7.x Lake Havasu City
  • K21GE Camp Verde (The Camp Verde TV Club) is silent.
  • K23FV Camp Verde (The Camp Verde TV Club) is silent.
  • K25MK-D Camp Verde (The Camp Verde TV Club) is silent.
  • K31LZ Camp Verde (The Camp Verde TV Club) is rebroadcasting programming from KNXV-TV 15.1 Phoenix.
  • K35FH Flagstaff (Jerry Marth) has lost its feed, airing a bouncing DirecTV logo. It is not the first observed over-the-air station whose source was a DirecTV feed.
  • K47IK Camp Verde (The Camp Verde TV Club) is silent.
  • K49HP Camp Verde (The Camp Verde TV Club) is silent.
  • K42IQ-D Flagstaff (The Edge Spectrum Inc.) is silent.
  • KFPB-LD 50.x Phoenix (Globe LPTV LLC) has dropped NewsMax TV from channel 50.6, moved the infomercial channel from 50.5 to 50.6, and added Festiva Shopping Channel to 50.5.
  • KSNV 3.x (22) Las Vegas NV (KUPN Licensee LLC) will be adding the new sports subchannel Stadium soon on channel 3.4. Stadium is a joint venture between Sinclair and Silver Chalice, merging Sinclair's American Sports Network and Silver Chalice's Campus Insiders network. The Stadium network is planned to officially launch September 6.
  • KHMP-LD 18.x Las Vegas NV (DNV Spectrum Holdings LLC) has dropped LifeHacks Direct Response TV from channel 18.5. No replacement channel has aired yet, but the PSIP shows that the channel will be STZ, which is likely to stand for Streetz TV, a hip hop channel that currently airs on the DNV Spectrum Holdings's Atlanta channels.
  • KHDF-CD 19.x Las Vegas NV (Northstar Las Vegas License LLC) is simulcasting Azteca TV on channel 19.3. The network is now on three of the station's four subchannels.
  • KNBX-CD 31.x (14) Las Vegas NV (Mako Communications LLC) has launched Armount TV on channel 31.1, replacing several years of color bars. Armount TV is a locally-produced Armenian station. Meanwhile, new equipment is expected on Sept. 8 that will restore HOT TV on channel 31.4.
  • K43FO-D Las Vegas NV (Three Angels Broadcast Network Inc.) is silent.
  • KGNG-LP 47 Las Vegas NV (King Kong Broadcasting Inc.) is silent.
  • K16DS-D and K27MQ-D St. George UT (West American Finance Corporation) changed their virtual channels from 16.x and 27.x, respectively, to 8.x, reflecting the virtual channel change of its parent station, KCSG Cedar City UT. The change took place sometime around December 1, 2016.

Transactions

  • KMOH 6.x (19) Kingman and KEJR-LD 40.x Phoenix (Hero Licenseco LLC) have requested a pro forma transfer of control due to an upstream change in ownership structure, with the holding company switching from a corporation to a limited liability company.
  • KVPA-LD 42.x Phoenix (KRCA License LLC) and other Liberman properties have consummated their pro forma transfer of control as part of a restructuring. The licensee had been held by LBI Media Holdings, Inc.; it will now be held by LBI Media Intermediate Holdings Inc.
  • K16DS-D and K27MQ-D 8.x St. George UT (West American Finance Corporation) have been included in an agreement with TV-49, Inc., a subsidiary of Weigel Broadcasting, for the latter to acquire the translators and their parent station, KCSG Cedar City UT.

Construction Permits and Special Temporary Authority Granted

  • KPAZ-TV 21.x (20) Phoenix (Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona, Inc.) requested and has been granted Special Temporary Authority to operate at 80% of power due to equipment failure.

Construction Permits and Special Temporary Authority Requested

  • K42IQ-D Flagstaff (The Edge Spectrum Inc.) has submitted a displacement application to move to channel 33, having received a 120-day notice that T-Mobile intends to commence 600 MHz operations on current channel 42 frequencies by October 31. It has also requested an STA for a waiver to allow it to move before the FCC displacement filing window opens. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 35° 14' 28" N, 111° 36' 38" W (Mt. Elden); ERP 0.1 kW directional; HAAT 103 m.
  • K40JM-D Kanab UT (Western Kane County Special Service District #1) has submitted a displacement application to move to channel 33, having received a 120-day notice that T-Mobile intends to commence 600 MHz operations on current channel 40 frequencies by November 30. It has also requested an STA for a waiver to allow it to move before the FCC displacement filing window opens. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 37° 3' 35" N, 112° 31' 12" W; ERP 0.063 kW directional; HAAT 103 m.

Expired, Expiring, Canceled or Deleted

  • K48GI-D 10.x Flagstaff (NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.) has surrendered its license and gone off the air. The station's coverage was duplicated by K39FC-D East Flagstaff and would have needed to be moved out of the 600 MHz band.

Spectrum Repack

  • T-Mobile has been aggressive in rolling out service in the 600 MHz spectrum that it purchased, and has already given 120-day notice of intent to commence operations to LPTV licensees in several states, including Arizona and Utah. That poses a problem because stations (dubbed "Phase 0 stations") are forced to move before the FCC opens its displacement filing window, meaning that some stations could have to relocate before the FCC has identified replacement channels for their area. T-Mobile has pledged funding to help public TV translator stations that are forced to move, and now has also volunteered to pay the costs of the move to a temporary channel if a station is required to move again in the FCC displacement window. The LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition and the National Association of Broadcasters are applauding T-Mobile's gesture, which is not required under the law.
  • T-Mobile has purchased the B, C, D and E blocks in Arizona, SE California, southern Nevada and southern Utah. Other stations that could be displaced by an early T-Mobile rollout:
    • K39FC-D East Flagstaff
    • K39IT-D Prescott
    • K39JZ-D St. George UT
    • K39KW-D Yuma
    • K40AD-D Cottonwood
    • KEJR-LD Phoenix
    • K40KZ St. George UT (analog)
    • K41BZ-D Dolan Springs
    • KBFY-LP Yuma
    • K41FT-D Kingman
    • K41IO-D Las Vegas NV
    • K42KZ-D Calexico CA
    • K42CQ-D Chloride
    • K42AC-D Cottonwood
    • K42CP-D Peach Springs
    • KVPA-LD Pheonix
    • K42EU-D Topock
    • K47IK Camp Verde (analog)
    • KGNG-LP Las Vegas NV
    • K48JD-D Santa Clara UT
    • K49HP Camp Verde (analog)
    • K49EU-D Chloride
    • K49GE-D Kingman
    • K49ET-D Many Farms
    • KJPO-LD Parker
    • K49AS-D Santa Clara UT
    • K50HU-D Flagstaff
    • K50CY-D Kingman
    • KLSV-LD Las Vegas NV
    • K50KC-D Washington UT
  • Utah poses a particular problem, due to the daisy chain structure of the Salt Lake stations translator network. Stations that are required to move now displace other stations in the daisy chain, so they must also move now, even though not directly displaced by a wireless carrier.
  • Mexican authorities claim that most of their stations are already transitioned to their post-repack channels. Observed on the Arizona border:
    • iMoved to new channel/i
      • XHCNS 2.x Cananea (Televimex) 45 -> 34 (Las Estrellas)
      • XHNON 5.x Nogales (Televimex) 38 -> 26 (Canal Cinco)
      • XNNOS 2.x Nogales (Televimex) 41 -> 17 (Las Estrellas)
    • iNot moved to new channel/i
      • XHCCS 15.x Cananea (Gobierno de Estado de Sonora) 43 -> 16 (Telemax) iAs of 8/4/2017/i
    • iStatus unknown/i
      • XHMEX 5.x Mexicali (Televimex) 44 -> 18 (Canal Cinco)
      • XHMEE 38.x Mexicali (Televimex) 45 -> 15 (Gala TV) - would displace KYUM-LD
      • XHILA 66.x Mexicali (Intermedia y Asociados de Mexicali) 46 -> 20 (Independent)
      • XHBC 4.x Mexicali (Televisora de Mexicali) 47 -> 14 (Televisa Mexicali)

Odds and Ends

When in Camp Verde, one can tune a digital receiver to channel 50 and get the K18DD-D feed. It is Central States Communication's TV Studio Transmitter link WQUB500, broadcasting in the clear at 686-692 MHz, which is the UHF channel 50 frequency.

Comments

1. On Wednesday, September 6 2017, 01:51 by dhett

Corrections:

Add the following stations to the list of those that could be displaced by T-Mobile by the end of the year:
- K41JE Williams
- KVBT-LP Santa Clara UT
- K47DJ-D Prescott
- K47GQ-D Parks (Williams)
- KDFQ-LD 47 Prescott
- K47OA-D Washington UT
- K48AY-D Kingman
- K48NH-D Globe/Miami
- KGNG-LD Las Vegas NV (already has CP to move to ch. 26)

Also, KGNG-LP 47 Las Vegas NV should be safe for now. T-Mobile did not buy the B block in the Las Vegas area.

2. On Wednesday, September 6 2017, 18:19 by dhett

As expected, KPPX-TV has filed to remain on RF channel 31.

3. On Friday, September 8 2017, 11:26 by dhett

KPPX-TV will be shutting down its Airbox service, effective October 31st, according to the following post from an Airbox subscriber: https://www.reddit.com/r/cordcutter...

4. On Sunday, September 17 2017, 10:06 by rdvegas

The poorly maintained stations of MAKO in Las Vegas (KVPX, KEGS, KNBX) are being sold to H2C, as are the other MAKO station in other markets. Perhaps H2C will provide some occasional engineering and get their newly acquired stations to approach a professional level. That's something that MAKO failed to accomplish.

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