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Arizona TV Station Update - August 2021

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

New Licenses

  • KGRY-LD 29.x (28) Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) requested and has been granted a license to cover its original construction permit. Although the station's stated intent was to operate in NextGen format, KGRY is operating as an ATSC 1.0 station. Technical specifications: Ch 28; TL 33° 19' 57" N, 112° 3' 57" W (South Mtn.); ERP 15 kW (DA CP 1.2° EBT); HAAT 475 m (1558 ft).
  • KKAX-LD 36.x Hilltop (Tri-State Broadcasting LLC) has requested a license to cover its flash cut to digital. The station serves Kingman and surrounding area. Technical specifications: Ch 36; TL 35° 4' 53" N, 113° 54' 17" W (Hualapai Peak); ERP 0.022 kW (DA HP 1.75° EBT); HAAT 1063 m (3487 ft).

Programming Changes

  • KDVD-LD 50.x (25) Globe (Globe LPTV LLC) has replaced infomercials on channel 50.8 with BizTV, which airs business-related programming.

Transactions

  • Allen Media Broadcasting Evansville III has consummated its purchase of KVOA 4.x (23) Tucson and translators K04QP-D Casas Adobes and K28OY-D Sierra Vista from Quincy Media.
  • Mr. Antenna, marketer of OTA TV antennas in the Las Vegas NV market, has filed an informal complaint asking the FCC to either block or condition the proposed sale of KVVU-TV Henderson NV to Gray. Mr. Antenna was dropped on an advertiser on KVVU-TV, effective July 1, because his sale of TV antennas goes against Meredith's goal of getting as many subscribers as possible on cable and satellite, thus increasing retransmission consent revenue, which OTA recipients do not pay to Meredith. Mr. Antenna seeks to block the sale of Meredith stations to Gray, including KVVU-TV, or to at least have the FCC require that Meredith and Gray will no longer be able to reject antenna advertising on any Meredith station being sold to Gray.

Construction Permits and Special Temporary Authority (STA) Granted

  • KBFY-LP 41 Fortuna (Jeff Chang) has been granted a Silence STA while it prepares for digital operation.
  • KDPH-LD 48.x (13) Phoenix (Word of God Fellowship Inc.) has been granted a modification to its licensed facilities, to switch from a directional signal to a non-directional signal. Technical specifications: Ch 13; TL 33° 20' 4" N, 112° 3' 44" W (South Mtn.); ERP 3 kW (HP); HAAT 473 m (1551 ft).
  • KPCE-LP 29 Tucson (Word of God Fellowship Inc.) has been granted a Silence STA of its analog facilities until January 10, 2022.
  • K40NW-D Yuma (Hispanic Family Christian Network Inc.) requested and has been granted an amendment to its displacement construction permit to specify channel 12 instead of channel 31, due to an existing Mexican allotment on channel 31. Its new call sign when licensed will be K12XU-D. Technical specifications: Ch 12; TL 32° 32' 55" N, 114° 39' 10" W (Cor. W. County 19th St & S. Avenue B); ERP 3 kW H non-directional; HAAT 34 m (112 ft).
  • K41MO-D Lake Havasu (Landover 2 LLC) has been granted a displacement construction permit, to expire January 10, 2022. Its new call sign, if built, will be K10RW-D. It is one of the six stations that Lowcountry 34 Media LLC is buying from Landover. Technical specifications: Ch 10; TL 34° 27' 29" N, 114° 21' 4" W (Island Golf Course); ERP 3 kW (DA HP); HAAT -157 m / 12 m AGL (-515 ft / 39 ft).
  • K44MD-D Parker (Landover 2 LLC) has been granted a displacement construction permit, to expire January 10, 2022. Its new call sign, if built, will be K04SE-D. It is one of the six stations that Lowcountry 34 Media LLC is buying from Landover. Technical specifications: Ch 4; TL 33° 40' 4" N, 114° 3' 34" W (Guadalupe Peak); ERP 3 kW (DA HP); HAAT 302 m (991 ft).
  • K45MW-D Sentinel (Landover 2 LLC) has been granted a displacement construction permit, to expire January 10, 2022. Its new call sign, if built, will be K06QW-D. It is one of the six stations that Lowcountry 34 Media LLC is buying from Landover. Technical specifications: Ch 6; TL 32° 51' 39" N, 113° 12' 33" W (I-8 & Agua Caliente Rd.); ERP 3 kW (DA HP); HAAT 23 m (75 ft).
  • K50NK-D Parker (Landover 2 LLC) has been granted a displacement construction permit, to expire January 10, 2022. Its new call sign, if built, will be K05NJ-D. It is one of the six stations that Lowcountry 34 Media LLC is buying from Landover. Technical specifications: Ch 5; TL 33° 40' 4" N, 114° 3' 34" W (Guadalupe Peak); ERP 3 kW (DA HP); HAAT 302 m (991 ft).
  • KBLR 39.x (20) Paradise NV (Telemundo Las Vegas License LLC) requested and has been granted a construction permit to build an auxiliary broadcast facility. Technical specifications: Ch 20; TL 36° 0' 34" N, 115° 0' 23" W (Black Mtn. main site); ERP 239 kW (DA HP 0.75° EP); HAAT 333 m (1093 ft).
  • KMCC 34.x (32) Laughlin NV (Ion Television License LLC) requested and has been granted an Engineering STA for reduced power operations at its primary DTS site near Dolan Springs AZ. KMCC is operating at approx. 50% power at its primary site due to inadequate electrical service and is working with the provider to upgrade the capcity of the electric service feeding it. The station is also upgrading the internal electrical system to match the new electrical service.
  • KVCW 33.x (29) Las Vegas NV (KUPN Licensee LLC) requested and has been granted authorization to convert operations to a Distributed Transmission System (DTS), with the current facility becoming the DTS-1 site and a new antenna on KTNV's studio-transmitter link (STL) tower as the DTS-2 site, which will fill in areas currently receiving interference from the high-rise towers on the Las Vegas Strip. Because KVCW is a NextGen (ATSC 3.0) station, the DTS is expected to work much better than it would have had KVCW been an ATSC 1.0 station.
  • KGHD-LP 6 Las Vegas NV (Obidia Porras) has been granted a Silence STA while it prepares for digital operation.
  • KVBT-LD 41.x (26) Santa Clara UT (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC) requested and was granted a construction permit to move to a different tower within the West Mountain Peak electronics site. Technical specifications: Ch 26; TL 37° 9' 19" N, 113° 53' 0" W (West Mountain Peak); ERP 0.3 kW (DA HP); HAAT 1108 m (3634 ft).
  • K42KZ-D Calexico CA (Broadcast Group Ltd.) has been granted its request to toll its construction permit to move to UHF channel 29 and its request to extend its Silence STA until November 1. The antenna manufacturer was not able to meet shipment schedules due to COVID but everything should be ready to go by the end of October.

Construction Permits and Special Temporary Authority Requested

  • KBFY-LD 41.x (2) Yuma (Jeff Chang) has requested a modification to its construction permit, to move its transmitter to Black Mountain in California, from where all of the market's full power stations broadcast. Technical specifications: Ch 2; TL 33° 3' 17" N, 114° 49' 40" W (Black Mtn.); ERP 3 kW (DA CP); HAAT 43 m (141 ft).
  • KGRX-LD 29.x (19) Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) has requested a modification to its license to convert to NextGen format without ATSC 1.0 simulcast.
  • KGRY-LD 29.x (28) Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) has requested a modification to its license to convert to NextGen format without ATSC 1.0 simulcast.
  • KYPO-LP 27 Tacna (LMO Christian Media Inc.) has requested a Silence STA, claiming that its analog station went dark July 13.
  • K27PC-D Yuma (Jose Rivera Miramontes) has requested a modification to its construction permit, increasing ERP from 3 kW to 15 kW. Technical specifications: Ch 27; TL 32° 40' 21" N, 114° 20' 10" W (Telegraph Pass); ERP 15 kW (DA HP 0.25° EBT); HAAT 400 m (1312 ft).
  • KVTE-LD 35.x Las Vegas NV (Mountain Ridge Holdings Inc.) has requested a Silence STA, citing problems with the video server, claiming to have gone silent August 3.

Expired, Expiring, Canceled and Dismissed

  • The FCC has dismissed the STA Extension request of K23HB Flagstaff (Prism Broadcasting Network Inc.) and canceled its license due to being off air for more than 12 consecutive months. Prism had requested a waiver of Section 312(g) of the Communications Act, which requires the dismissal of a license if the station is silent for more than 12 consecutive months. Prism claimed to be eligible for a waiver due to problems getting a tower crew for their digital operations, but the FCC noted that they voluntarily took their analog facilities silent when they didn't need to, and so were not eligible for a waiver of Section 312(g).
  • The FCC has canceled the license of K36DU Lake Havasu City (Richard D. Tatham) and has canceled its digital flash cut construction permit. The station has not been operational for some time.
  • The FCC has dismissed the construction permit extension request of K42LS-D Yuma (Jose Rivera Miramontes). The station had been granted a construction permit to change from channel 31 to channel 27.
  • The FCC has canceled the license of K30BU Needles CA (Needles Community TV Club Inc.) and has dismissed its digital flash cut construction permit. The station has actually been operating in digital for years but never filed for a license to cover its construction permit. It has been the KPNX translator for Needles CA, Mohave Valley AZ and southern Bullhead City AZ.
  • The FCC has canceled the license of K40KZ St. George UT (R & D Media Group Inc.), has canceled its request for a digital companion channel on UHF channel 15 and subsequent engineering STAs, and has canceled its assignment from R & D Media to Edge Spectrum Inc.
  • Landover 2 LLC has requested cancellation of the following construction permits. The FCC has canceled the permits and dismissed their extension requests:
    • K14PE-D Bowie
    • K15IT-D Golden Valley
    • K16KC-D San Simon
    • K18KP-D Bowie
    • K18LD-D Roll
    • K22KZ-D San Simon
    • K22LA-D Golden Valley
    • K28MN-D San Simon
    • K30MT-D Bowie
    • K30NQ-D Sentinel
    • K34MT-D Lake Havasu
    • K35LH-D San Simon
    • K40NP-D Wellton
    • K43NM-D Roll
  • The FCC has dismissed extension requests filed by Landover 2 LLC for the following construction permits that expire after July 13:
    • K14SL-D Roll
    • K14TD-D Lake Havasu
    • K16NM-D Salome
    • K18NS-D Salome
    • K21PB-D Parker
    • K26PM-D Bowie
    • K28QO-D Sentinel
    • K28QP-D Salome
    • K32OP-D Roll
    • K32OQ-D Yuma
    • K17OQ-D Blythe CA
    • K21PA-D Winterhaven CA
    • K23PI-D Winterhaven CA
    • K26PN-D Winterhaven CA
    • K29NQ-D Winterhaven CA

NextGen TV

  • KGRX-LD 29.x (19) AND KGRY-LD 29.x (28) Gila River Indian Community (Gila River Telecommunications Inc.) are running a crawl announcing that they will switch to NextGen broadcasts on September 20. In addition to FNX programming, the stations plan to offer subscription programming.
  • KVCW 33.x (29) Las Vegas NV (KUPN Licensee LLC) has been granted an extension of its Legal STA outlining its NextGen conversion plans.

Notices

  • KPPX-TV 51.x (31) Tolleson (Inyo Broadcast Licenses LLC) has notified the FCC of a change in control point and local studio location. New location is 2502 E. University Dr Ste. 250, Phoenix.

Key

  • AGL - above ground level
  • CP - circular polarization
  • D - directional
  • EBT - electronic beam tilt
  • EP - elliptical polarization
  • HAAT - height above average terrain
  • HP - horizontal polarization
  • MBT - mechanical beam tilt
  • TL - transmitter location

Comments

1. On Friday, September 3 2021, 17:25 by traveling wave

Are low power channels uhf 30 and sometimes vhf 9 operating from Squaw Peak. My reception of uhf 30, PBS Tucson is now wiped out and KGUN vhf 9 Tucson is on/off.All the Tucson stations used to be solid at my location but since the fcc gave the same co-channels to Phoenix low power stations it blanked out my reception.I miss PBS Tucson as they carry some programming not found on PBS Phoenix.

2. On Sunday, September 5 2021, 04:54 by Mike N7MSD

Which Squaw Peak? Your location would help a lot.

3. On Sunday, September 5 2021, 10:22 by traveling wave

I think the mountain peak is named Piestewa Peak.
I heard the Camp Verde TV Club intends to install a transmit tower (towers?) for low power UHF channels Rf 25,30,32 and also VHF Rf 9.
I was wondering if any of this has already occured. My LG tv shows a blank ( no signal) when a co-channel is fighting with another of similar signal strengh. Tucson Rf 25 and 32 have been blanked for some time by Rf 25 and 32 from South Mountain. Problems with Tucson Rf 30 and vhf Rf 9 is recent.
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4. On Sunday, September 5 2021, 11:01 by Traveling Wave

I forgot to mention in regard to transmitters at Piestewa Peak if they are or will be operational.
I have to orient my yagi almost directly towards Piestewa Peak in a line towards Mt. Bigelow,Tucson therefore my antenna front to back ratio or side nulls can't help. Oh-well!

5. On Monday, September 6 2021, 18:35 by traveling wave

Correction: I was given the wrong info on which Squaw Peak
the Camp Verde TV Club has any transmitter plans.
The Squaw Peak they refer to is east of Prescott and south of Camp Verde. 34 degrees N / 111 degrees W.

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7. On Wednesday, September 8 2021, 01:56 by dhett

It is possible that The Camp Verde TV Club has begun digital operations, and yes, the mountain from which they broadcast is called Squaw Peak. I guess there weren't any votes for Janet Napolitano to milk in the Verde Valley, so while Phoenix's Squaw Peak was renamed amidst great politically correct angst over offending people, Camp Verde's Squaw Peak was left unchanged.

You didn't give a location, so I'm assuming you're in the north valley somewhere, but even if Camp Verde is up and running, they don't put out a lot of power, and what little power they do put out is directed to the north and northeast, barely serving the Town of Camp Verde. There is almost no signal to the south of the broadcast location, so while it's possible and plausible that you're picking up interference from there, it's not probable.

Instead, what you might be getting is multipath interference, either from mountains or a building. That will also cancel out a signal. That's my guess; feel free to agree or disagree.

8. On Wednesday, September 8 2021, 22:17 by License Key.BIN Method

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9. On Thursday, September 9 2021, 19:49 by Armando Enriquez

KTAZ is comin up.

10. On Saturday, September 11 2021, 02:49 by dhett

A new diginet is coming to Phoenix Sept. 27. Univisiton station KTVW is launching English-language Digi-TV on channel 33.5. Digi-TV is a general entertainment diginet that features several British and Australian shows. That ought to be something new, rather than the same old retreads on most general entertainment diginets.

11. On Monday, September 13 2021, 20:19 by dhett

I have also learned that Digi-TV will debut in Tucson on KUVE-DT channel 46.5 on Sept. 27.

The creators of Digi-TV have apparently reached an agreement to put the network on Univision O&Os. That leaves Yuma/El Centro and Las Vegas out of luck, for at least now.

12. On Tuesday, September 14 2021, 19:21 by Armando Enriquez

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13. On Tuesday, September 21 2021, 00:18 by homepage

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14. On Tuesday, September 21 2021, 18:53 by Armando Enriquez

6 days to Digi-TV.

15. On Saturday, September 25 2021, 12:19 by Smess

MeTV+ is launching in Phoenix on September 27 on channel 40.2. I’m picking up the test signal now.

16. On Tuesday, September 28 2021, 00:15 by Darryl P L

Phoenix channel 40-2 is now active. Another fun channel of nostalgic tv from the past. Thanks

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