Pal Owners: What to Expect When You're Repacking
This week, the spectrum repacking process begins in earnest. Up to now, only some low-power stations and a very few full-power stations have moved; but this week nearly a dozen full-power TV stations across the country will move to their new frequencies. We'll see more move throughout the summer, then in the fall, "Phase 1" will occur and the pace will pick up significantly.
I live in Dallas, which is slated for Phase 3 next year, but KXAS/5 is moving early (tomorrow, in fact). Actually they've already started broadcasting on their new channel. They'll shut off the old signal by the end of tomorrow. (There's a crawl at the bottom of their screen tonight, telling folks to rescan.)
Fortunately, our Pals make this easier than many other tuners do. First of all, they'll probably scan in the new signals overnight, and then inform you of the change the next time you turn your Pal on. If that doesn't happen, or you just don't want to wait, you can scan the new signals manually. Press Menu-3-2-2-3, enter the new signal's RF channel number (for KXAS, the new RF channel is 24), and change the status from "Stopped" to "Started."
Either way, your channels will be scanned in on their new frequency, and your "old" channels will be moved up to a channel number of 70 or greater. At this point, you can just go to the channel list (Menu-3-2-2-1) and delete your old channels. Easy Peasy!