Yes, Sandy, they have to build an entire, new tower.
WPTV's tower is made of iron and is nearly 50 years old. It's the same age that WPEC's tower would be had it not been replaced with a new, stainless steel tower a few years ago. WPTV's old tower needs to be replaced just because of age. On top of that the added weight and wind loading that a DTV antenna and feedline would have created would necessitate a new tower. I believe that WXEL will leave WFLX's tower and move to WPTV's new tower when it's completed.
WPEC has requested sometime in the month of April for Harris to install our DTV transmitter, which we took delivery on late last year. With any luck WPEC-DT, Channel 13-1 (which will remap to 12-1 on your ATSC receiver) should hopefully be up by May 1. As with any government-mandated effort, your results may vary.
Here's some data on and a picture of our DTV transmitter, for all the gearheads out there:http://www.broadcast.harris.com/tran...latinumcd.html
For those who may be new to all this, watch this space for further info on the most elusive TV station in South Florida:www.whdt.net
Gunther Marksteiner's quest to provide 24 hours a day of 720p/60 HDTV to viewers in the West Palm Bach market, and eventually to Miami and Naples via DTV repeaters, continues apace.If you locate the antenna site coordinates on their CP application, and here it is...
WHDT FL STUART USA (Digital)
Licensee: GUENTER MARKSTEINER
Service Designation: DT "Full Service" TV Station or Application (digital)
Channel 59 Construction permit
File No.: BPCDT -19960920LH Facility ID No: 83929
CDBS Application ID No.: 232429
Antenna Structure Registration Number (ASRN): 1045227
26 ° 43' 37.00" Latitude Zone: 3
80 ° 4 ' 48.00" Longitude (NAD27) Frequency Offset: 0 (zero)
Polarization: Horizontally Polarized (H)
Effective Radiated Power (ERP): 1000 kW ERP
Ant. Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT): 80.00 meters HAAT
Ant. Radiation Center Above Mean Sea Level: 313.0 meters RCAMSL
Ant. Radiation Center Above Ground Level: 80.0 meters RCAGL
Not in a Border Zone
...it puts it right on top of their building on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. in West Palm Beach. I drive by a few times a week and there's still no sign of any work since late last Summer when the original aviation obstruction marker mast was replaced with a new, shorter strobe, and they replaced burned-out lights in the "DW" sign.
Here's where to start looking for which station as they start testing in a few months:
WPEC-DT (CBS) 13-1 (remapped to 12-1)
WPBF-DT (ABC) 16-1 (remapped to 25-1)
WFLX-DT (Fox) 28-1 (remapped to 29-1)
WTVX-DT (UPN/WB) 50-1 (remapped to 34-1)
WPTV-DT (NBC) 55-1 (remapped to 5-1)
WHDT-DT (Deutche Welle/Ind.) 59-1 (probably no remapping)
That's it for the major commercial stations. Here's Titan TV's list of stations that ae supposedly "comming soon" to South Florida, at www.titantv.com
Network CH Station Live Date
ABC 16 WPBF-DT May 1, 2002
CBS 13 WPEC-DT May 1, 2002
CTN 49 WFGC-DT May 1, 2002
FOX 28 WFLX-DT February 28, 2002
HSN 48 WFUN-DT
IND 59 WHDT-DT May 1, 2002
NBC 55 WPTV-DT May 1, 2002
PAX 26 WPXM-DT May 1, 2002
PAX 36 WPXP-DT May 1, 2002
PBS 20 WLRN-DT May 1, 2003
PBS 27 WXEL-DT May 1, 2003
TBN 46 WHFT-DT
TBN 38 WTCE-DT May 1, 2002
TEL 52 WSCV-DT
UNI 47 WAMI-DT May 1, 2002
UNI 24 WLTV-DT
UPN 32 WBFS-DT May 1, 2002
UPN 50 WTVX-DT May 1, 2002
WB 16 WTCN-DT May 1, 2002
The channel numbers are the actual assigned ATSC allocations and in many cases will be remapped by your receiver after an initial scan.
Don't expect all these stations to make it on the air on time. There are only so many tower crews that are qualified to perform the work required fo every station in the United States to launch a DTV service.
In addition to www.titantv.com,
here's a link to a section of www.100000watts.com
that let's you check their "version" of the status of West Palm Beach, FL TV stations:http://100kwatts.tmi.net/tv/PBI.html