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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.

Programming Changes

  • TEGNA Inc. has announced that it will partner with Cooper Media to launch a new ad-supported adventure and exploration multicast network called Quest. Quest is expected to launch on TEGNA-owned stations in January 2018. KPNX 12.x Mesa is likely to be one of the initial stations launching Quest.
  • KFPB-LD 50.x Phoenix (Globe LPTV LLC) has replaced one of its subchannels and has added two more to its lineup. Channel 50.6 has flipped from a shopping channel to Stadium, a joint venture between Sinclair and Silver Chalice that debuted Sept. 6. Stadium is a 24-hr sports network formed from the merger of Sinclair's American Sports Network and Silver Chalice's Campus Insiders. Naturally, the channel is bitstarved due to sharing bandwidth with seven other data streams, and KFPB's lack of technical professionalism delivers a fuzzy picture will below analog standards with typical audio dropouts. Meanwhile, KFPB has added channel 50.7, airing TBD, an English-language channel featuring viral videos, and channel 50.8, airing Nuestra Vision, a Spanish-language channel.
  • K06AE-D 2.x Prescott (Multimedia Holdings Corporation) is silent.
  • K11LC-D 3.x Prescott (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) is silent.
  • KLSV-LD 50.x Las Vegas NV (Biltmore Broadcasting LLC) has added The Country Network on channel 50.1. All of KLSV's other programming have moved up one subchannel, JTV from 50.1 to 50.2, etc.
  • K43FO-D Las Vegas NV (Three Angels Broadcasting Network Inc.) has returned to air.

Transactions

  • The sale of Mako Communications LLC stations to HC2 LPTV Holdings Inc. has been consummated.
  • HC2 LPTV Holdings Inc. has acquired 14 stations held by Northstar, pending FCC approval. The following stations are included:
    • KPDF-CA 41.x Phoenix
    • KDFQ-LP 47 Prescott
    • KHDF-CD 19.x Las Vegas NV

Construction Permits and Special Temporary Authorizations (STAs) Granted

  • K42AC-D 8.x Cottonwood (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) requested and was granted a displacement STA after receiving notice from T-Mobile that it must stop broadcasting on channel 42 by December 1. The station has been assigned the call sign K35MU-D. Technical specifications: Ch 35; TL 34° 41' 12" N, 112° 7' 2" W (Mingus Mtn.); ERP 4.37 kW directional (1.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 758 m.
  • K43LW-D 8.x Prescott (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) requested and was granted a displacement STA after receiving notice from T-Mobile that it must stop broadcasting on channel 43 by February 1, 2018. The station has been assigned the call sign K23NJ-D. Technical specifications: Ch 23; TL 34° 29' 25" N, 112° 32' 2" W (Mt. Francis); ERP 0.407 kW directional; HAAT 479 m.
  • K44CN-D 15.x Cottonwood (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) has been granted its requested displacement STA. The station will have the call sign K33NZ-D. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 34° 41' 12" N, 112° 7' 3" W (Mingus Mtn.); ERP 15 kW directional (1.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 756 m.
  • K47DJ-D 15.x Prescott (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) requested and has been granted a displacement STA after receiving notice from T-Mobile that it must stop broadcasting on channel 47 by December 1. The station will have the call sign K19KV-D. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 34° 29' 25" N, 112° 32' 3" W (Mt. Francis); ERP 1.2 kW directional; HAAT 487 m.
  • K47GQ-D 8.x Parks (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) requested and was granted a displacement STA after receiving notice from T-Mobile that it must stop broadcasting on channel 47 by December 1. The station has been assigned the call sign K20ML-D. Technical specifications: Ch 20; TL 35° 12' 1" N, 112° 12' 20" W (Bill Williams Mtn.); ERP 0.575 kW directional; HAAT 768 m.
  • KBLR 39.x (20) Paradise NV (Telemundo Las Vegas License LLC) has been granted an amendment to its post-transition construction permit to maximize facilities. Technical specifications: Ch 20; TL 36° 0' 34" N, 115° 0' 23" W (Black Mtn.); ERP 1000 kW directional (0.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 371 m.
  • K36NE-D 43.x Las Vegas NV (Three Angels Broadcasting Network Inc.), the post-repack station for K43FO-D, has been granted an amendment to its post-transition construction permit to maximize facilities and to change towers. Technical specifications: Ch 36; TL 36° 0' 24" N, 115° 0' 27" W (Black Mtn.); ERP 15 kW directional; HAAT 334 m.

Construction Permits and Special Temporary Authorizations (STAs) Requested

  • KNXV-TV 15.x Phoenix (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) has requested to maximize power from its current 458 kW. Although above the typical maximum allowed output of 458 kW for its height above average terrain, the proposed coverage area will still be less than that of the largest station in the market, KSAZ-TV. (Actually, the coverage area of KAET exceeds that of KSAZ-TV, according to the power increase filing for KTVW-DT.) Technical specifications: Ch 15; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 49" W (South Mtn.); ERP 1000 kW non-directional (0.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 521 m.
  • KTVW-DT 33.x Phoenix (KTVW License Partnership GP) has requested to increase power from its current 470 kW. Although above the typical maximum allowed output of 458 kW for its height above average terrain, the proposed coverage area will still be well less than that of the largest station in the market, KAET. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 49" W (South Mtn.); ERP 560 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 510 m.
  • K04QP-D 4.x Casas Adobes (KVOA Communications LLC) has requested to relocate its transmitter location from Tumamoc Hill to Tucson Mtn, resulting in a much expanded theoretical coverage area. Technical specifications: Ch 4; TL 32° 14' 57" N, 111° 7' 1" W (Tucson Mtn.); ERP 2 kW non-directional; HAAT 600 m.
  • Camp Verde TV Club has requested an extension of the STAs granted for K21GE, K31LZ, K47IK and K49HP, all of Camp Verde, in October 2017. The satellite receiver damaged by lightning has proven irreparable, and finding a suitable replacement is taking longer than anticipated.
  • KPHE-LD 44.x (16) Phoenix (Lotus TV of Phoenix LLC) has requested to change its antenna pattern to eliminate predicted interference to KHRR Tucson, which will be a co-channel station post-transition. The new pattern will all but eliminate KPHE's signal to most of Ahwatukee, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Pinal County. At my home, at about a 100° azimuth, the proportional signal strength would drop from over 90% to about 30%. Technical specifications: Ch 16; TL 33° 20' 1" N, 112° 3' 48" W (South Mtn.); ERP 15 kW directional (2° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 469 m.
  • KDFQ-LP 47 Prescott (Northstar Prescott License II LLC) has filed a silent STA request due to displacement from impending T-Mobile 600 MHz testing. The station intends to file a displacement application and STA to move prior to the Special Displacement Window.
  • KTNV-TV 13.x Las Vegas NV (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) has requested to increase power from its current 30.5 kw. Technical specifications: Ch 13; TL 35° 56' 45" N, 115° 2' 38" W (Black Mtn. Arden site); ERP 107 kW non-directional (0.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 605 m.

Canceled, Dismissed, Expired and Expiring

  • The FCC has dismissed the Silent STA for K43FO-D Las Vegas NV (Three Angels Broadcast Network Inc.) The station is back on the air.

Spectrum Repack

  • K39IT-D 10.x Prescott (NW Communications of Phoenix, Inc.) has transitioned to its STA operations on RF channel 25.
  • K46IL-D 32.x Verde Valley (The Camp Verde TV Club) has transitioned to its STA operations on RF channel 31 and is now using virtual channel 31.

Comments

1. On Sunday, December 3 2017, 18:35 by dhett

It is reported that K42AC-D has transitioned over to channel 35.

2. On Sunday, December 10 2017, 02:28 by Paul S

LV KGNG 47.6 Rev_n has been DOA for a while now.
LV KVPT 21.3 Youtoo has been having technical issues as well.

3. On Sunday, December 10 2017, 02:30 by Paul S

Correction LV KVPT 2.3 and not 21.3

4. On Tuesday, December 12 2017, 22:43 by Paul S

It seems I both KVPT 2.3 and KGNG 47.6 have been fixed.

5. On Wednesday, December 13 2017, 11:21 by dhett

Confirmed that K42AC-D Cottonwood has transitioned to channel 35.

K44CN-D Cottonwood has transitioned to channel 33 and K50HU-D Flagstaff has transitioned to channel 17.

K38AI-D Cottonwood and K40AD-D Cottonwood are still on their 600 MHz channels.

K42IQ-D Flagstaff has not yet been seen on channel 21.

Unconfirmed reports have K43LW-D Prescott transitioned to channel 23, K47DJ-D Prescott transitioned to channel 19, and K39FC-D Flagstaff transitioned to channel 26.

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