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Arizona TV Station Update - January 2020

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

New Licenses

  • KDOS-LD 19.x Globe (KTVW License Partnership GP) has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 33° 17' 21" N, 110° 49' 47" W (Pinal Peak); ERP 12 kW directional (2° electrical beam tilt, 1° mechanical); HAAT 1000 m.
  • K16FB-D Globe (Unimas Partnership of Phoenix) has been granted a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 18; TL 33° 17' 21" N, 110° 49' 47" W (Signal Peak); ERP 10 kW directional (2° elec beam tilt, 1° mech); HAAT 1001 m.
  • K30GL 6.x Many Farms (Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its construction permit to flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 30; TL 36° 27' 37" N, 109° 5' 36" W (Roof Butte); ERP 5.11 kW directional; HAAT 734 m.
  • K04QP-D 4.x Casas Adobes (KVOA License LLC) has requested a license to cover its modified construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 4; TL 32° 14' 57" N, 111° 7' 0" W (Tucson Mtns.); ERP 1.7 kW (non-directional); HAAT 606 m.
  • KNTL-LP 15.x (35) Laughlin NV (Entravision Holdings LLC) has been granted a license to cover its displacement facilities and transition to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 35; TL 35° 14' 58" N; 114° 44' 37" W (Little Peak); ERP 15 kW non-directional (0.25° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 711 m.
  • K19LV-D 9.x St. George UT (Utah State Board of Regents) has been granted a license to cover its construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 19; TL 37° 3' 50" N, 113° 34' 23" W (Webb Hill); ERP 0.7 kW (1.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 82 m.
  • K44JI-D 7.x Washington UT (University of Utah) has requested a license to cover its displacement construction permit. Technical specifications: Ch 30; TL 37° 9' 19" N, 113° 52' 52" W (West Mountain Peak); ERP 0.2 kW directional (1.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 1086 m.

Programming Changes

  • KTVK 3.x Phoenix (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) has moved its Accu-Weather programming to channel 3.4, and has added the Circle TV network to channel 3.3. Meredith seems to have signed a contract to carry Circle, as the network has also appeared on Meredith's KSMO in Kansas City this weekend.
  • KYMA-DT 13.x Yuma (Blackhawk Broadcasting LLC) now has combined programming from the two stations Blackhawk previously owned. The primary subchannel (13.1) remains CBS, while the remaining subchannels are now NBC on 11.1 (it may have changed to 13.2 since the old KYMA was shut down), Estrella TV on 13.3 and Ion on 13.4.
  • KPAZ-TV 21.x (20) Phoenix (Trinity Broadcasting of Arizona, Inc.) has replaced its simulcast of TBN on 21.5 with a full 24-hour schedule of Juce TV. Later in January, TBN rebranded youth- and music-focused Juce TV to a network called Positiv, featuring family-oriented and Christian films, many of which come from TBN's own library. Channel 21.3 is now a full 24-hour schedule of Smile of a Child, which is simply branded as "Smile".
  • KDPH-LD 48.x (46) Phoenix (Community Television Educators Inc.) is silent.
  • KLAS-TV 8.x (7) Las Vegas NV (Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.) has added a new program stream, channel 8.4, carrying Ion programming. It's possible that Telemundo O&O KBLR could be dropping Ion from channel 39.3, possibly when it launches its news channel, LX, later this spring. KLAS's carriage of Ion may be temporary, as Ion Media Networks has announced the purchase of KMCC 34.x from Entravision, which, if approved by the FCC, would give Ion an O&O station in Las Vegas.
  • XHBM 2.x (34) Mexicali BCN (Televimex SA de CV) has added a new program stream, channel 2.2, carrying Foro TV.

Call Sign Changes

  • Blackhawk Broadcasting LLC switched call signs of its two stations, prior to shuttering one of them, as required in the sale of parent Northwest Broadcasting to Apollo. KYMA-DT 11.x Yuma became KSWT 11.x Yuma and was shut down, although its license still showed KYMA-DT. KSWT 13.x Yuma has become KYMA-DT 13.x Yuma, and is the surviving station.
  • K16FB-D Globe (Unimas Partnership of Phoenix) has changed its call sign to K18NN-D, following licensing of its displacement facilities.
  • K30GL Many Farms (Nexstar Broadcasting Inc.) has changed its call sign to K30GL-D, following licensing of its digital facilities.
  • K44JI-D Washington UT (University of Utah) has changed its call sign to K30OL-D, following licensing of its displacement facilities.

Transactions

  • K31NV-D 32.x Cottonwood (The Camp Verde TV Club) has been sold to Good News Broadcasting, pending FCC approval.
  • KMCC 34.x (32) Laughlin NV (Entravision Holdings LLC) has been sold to Ion Media Networks, pending FCC approval, giving Ion an O&O station the Las Vegas NV market.

Construction permits and Special Temporary Authorizations (STAs) granted

  • KASW 61.x (27) Phoenix (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) requested and has been granted a construction permit to convert to a Distributed Transmission System (DTS). It plans to keep its current South Mountain transmission site as site 1, with all of the current broadcast parameters, but has added three additional sites: Shaw Butte as site 2, to provide fill-in coverage to the Paradise Valley area of northeast Phoenix and north Scottsdale, Gila Bend as site 3, to provide coverage to the town of Gila Bend, currently terrain-blocked from all OTA TV signals due to the Sierra Estrellas, and a site labeled "Riviera" as site 4, which is the tower from which Riviera Broadcasting's KZON broadcasts, located near the intersection of Ocotillo Rd. and Schnepf Rd., to provide fill-in service to San Tan Valley, Florence and Coolidge.
    • Technical specifications:
      • Site 1 (South Mtn.): Ch 27; TL 33° 20' 1" N, 112° 3' 47" W (South Mtn.); ERP 445 kW directional (0.95° elec. beam tilt); HAAT 551 m.
      • Site 2 (Shaw Butte): Ch 27; TL 33° 35' 47" N, 112° 5' 34" W (Shaw Butte); ERP 18.5 kW directional (1.5° elec. beam tilt); HAAT 268 m.
      • Site 3 (Gila Bend): Ch 27; TL 32° 56' 4" N, 112° 40' 56" W (Near jct. Butterfield Trl. & I-8); ERP 50 kW directional (1° elec. beam tilt); HAAT 44 m.
      • Site 4 (Riviera): Ch 27; TL 33° 14' 50" N, 111° 31' 52" W (Near jct. Ocotillo Rd. & Schnepf Rd.); ERP 20 kW directional (1.5° elec. beam tilt); HAAT 167 m.
  • KDPH-LD 48.x (46) Phoenix (Community Television Educators Inc.) requested and has been granted a silence STA through July 9, 2020.
  • KESE-LP 35 Yuma (NPG of Yuma-El Centro LLC) has been granted an extension of its STA to operate at 55% of nominal power, due to equipment failure. The STA will expire July 7, 2020. Technical specifications: Ch 35; TL 32° 38' 31" N, 114° 33' 37" W (Ave. 4E & Co. 13th St.); ERP 4.4 kW directional; HAAT 81 m.
  • K04QP-D 4.x Casas Adobes (KVOA License LLC) requested and has been granted a modification of its existing construction permit, specifying a move to an adjacent tower, about 26 meters away. Because the new tower is slightly higher than the old, the licensee has also requested to reduce power from the 2 kW previously approved, in order to keep the signal within the geographic contour already approved. Technical specifications: Ch 4; TL 32° 14' 57" N, 111° 7' 0" W (Tucson Mtns.); ERP 1.7 kW (non-directional); HAAT 606 m.
  • K16BP-D 45.x Cottonwood (Fox Television Stations LLC) was granted a minor modification of its license to co-locate with co-owned station K36AE-D, using a combined antenna system. Technical specifications: Ch 16; TL 34° 41' 13" N, 112° 7' 2" W (Mingus Mtn.); ERP 15 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 777 m.
  • Motor Racing Networks Inc. DBA Racing Electronics requested and has been granted an Experimental STA to operate a limited service area digital LPTV station within a two-mile radius of Phoenix International Raceway during NASCAR events scheduled for March 5 - 9, 2020. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 33° 22' 28" N, 112° 18' 39" W (Phoenix Int'l Raceway); ERP 0.075 kW; HAAT -38 m (19 m AGL).
  • KPVM-LD 46.x (25) Pahrump NV (KPVM Television Inc.) has has been granted an STA to operate at lower power than authorized in its construction permit so that it can begin providing service to the Las Vegas area while awaiting its full power antenna. Technical specifications: Ch 25; TL 35° 56' 46" N, 115° 2' 37" W (Arden Peak); ERP 3 kW directional (0.75° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 568 m.
  • Motor Racing Networks Inc. DBA Racing Electronics requested and has been granted an Experimental STA to operate a limited service area digital LPTV station within a two-mile radius of Las Vegas Motor Speedway during NASCAR events scheduled for February 19 - 24, 2020. Technical specifications: Ch 34; TL 36° 16' 18" N, 115° 0' 39" W (Las Vegas Motor Speedway); ERP 0.075 kW; HAAT -86 m (19 m AGL).
  • K17JQ St. George UT (Edge Spectrum Inc.) requested and has been granted a silence STA through July 30, 2020.
  • K40KZ St. George UT (Edge Spectrum Inc.) requested and has been granted a silence STA through July 30, 2020.

Expired, Expiring, Canceled or Dismissed

  • The license for KYMA-DT 11.x Yuma has been canceled. All programming has moved over to channel 13, formerly KSWT, now KYMA-DT.

Notices

  • KTTU 18.x (19) Tucson (KTTU-TV Inc.) has notified the FCC that it has resumed full power operations as of January 6, 2020.
  • KDPH-LD 48.x (46) Phoenix (Community Television Educators Inc.) has notified the FCC that it suspended operations as of December 30, 2019. The station intends to resume operations when its displacement facilities on channel 13 are completed.

Comments

1. On Monday, February 3 2020, 14:31 by Jason

Regarding KASW DTS, I didn't know that was possible with atsc 1, is that for atsc 3?

2. On Tuesday, February 4 2020, 03:03 by dhett

It will be for ATSC 3.0, but DTS has also been used with ATSC 1.0. The first setup I heard of was for WTVE 51.x (25) Reading PA, which received a construction permit for a 2-site DTS in March 2010 and was licensed in May 2011. WTVE gave up its spectrum and DTS in the incentive auction and since August 2019, has shared the single-site facilities of a Class A station.

Other ATSC 1.0 DTS licenses:
- WSTE 7 Ponce PR (5-site)
- WVPY 42.x (11) Front Royal VA (3-site)
- WVPT 51.x (11) Staunton VA (3-site)
- WAGV 44.x (14) Harlan KY (2-site)
- WLFG 68.x (14) Grundy VA (2-site)
- KUPU 56.x (15) Waimanalo HI (2-site)
- WPSU 3.x (15) Clearfield PA (2-site)
- KISU 10.x (17) Pocatello ID (2-site)
- WMBC 63.x (18) Newton NJ (2-site)
- WQTO 26.x (19) Ponce PR (2-site)
- WUNF 33.x (20) Asheville NC (2-site)
- KAID 4.x (21) Boise ID (4-site)
- KIPT 13.x (22) Twin Falls ID (2-site)
- KVMD 31.x (23) Twentynine Palms CA (2-site)
- WORA 5.x (29) Mayaguez PR (2-site)
- KMCC 34.x (32) Laughlin NV (2-site)
- WHKY 14.x (40) Hickory NC (2-site)
- WIPR 6.x (43) San Juan PR (3-site)
- KKAI 50.x Kailua HI (2-site)

Tucson's KUVE once had an application for a DTS on channel 46, but dropped it in 2017 after the repack was announced.
- KPXO 66.x (32) Kaneohe HI (2-site)

3. On Tuesday, February 4 2020, 11:52 by Mulroon

WLEK is coming in well in Boston with 4 subchannels (The 4th is just a color test pattern).

4. On Tuesday, February 4 2020, 14:04 by RDvegas

KBLR 39.3 pulled the ION plug from the wall this morning 4 Feb. A small message at the bottom of the screen states they are no longer broadcasting ION and viewers are urged to call the network. They didn't mention the ION moved to KLAS 8.4 several days ago for NW Arizona and Vegas viewers.

5. On Tuesday, February 4 2020, 23:13 by dhett

That's SOP when a station loses a diginet to another station in the market: they put up a graphic telling viewers to call the network. Can't blame them for not wanting to advertise a competing station, though.

6. On Saturday, February 15 2020, 09:41 by rdvegas

A minor adjustment to the Las Vegas OTA dial. KNBX 31.5 is now OnTV4U Hispanic. That service slid up the dial a couple of notches from an earlier KNBX sub-channel.

7. On Monday, February 24 2020, 12:25 by Ken

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8. On Wednesday, February 26 2020, 22:03 by Ken

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9. On Wednesday, February 26 2020, 22:08 by Ken

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