Originally Posted by CKelley
K31GL apparently will be off for a while.... K31GL was in a combined UHF broadband array with co-owned KHPK-LD. To accomplish KHPK-LD's rebuild to VHF, the UHF panel shared between them was removed and replaced with KHPK-LD's VHF antenna. So, K31GL will be off until either they get a new UHF antenna or it is rebuilt on a new post-repack channel, according to their filing.
Thanks! That's pretty much what I suspected. K31GL and KHPK were both at 330 meters on the same tower, and the new KHPK VHF antenna is at 320 meters, so I figured the antenna at 330 meters probably had to go.
What surprised me is that they killed both K31GL and KATA (who sold their license in the auction) without moving Hot-TV to another channel on one of their other stations (KHPK, KODF, and KJJM are still on the air) and without waiting for KNAV to switch to digital. Doesn't seem like the best planning.
K31GL does have an old CP to operate on RF 33 using KODF's antenna. Theoretically, that CP should have been cancelled years ago, but the FCC Query still lists it
, so I suppose that would be one option for them to get back on before mid-2019
Looking through the LMS search, seems they tried that already and were rebuffed by the FCC. Don't know why the old CP still shows up on the query.
I suppose they could refile for essentially the same CP; after all, the circumstances that justified the original CP still exist (they would have less ACI on RF 33 than on RF 31). But I don't mind if they stay off the air, as long as Mako puts Hot-TV on a digital channel somewhere.