WJMN was scheduled to be full power in November, now it has been pushed into next year some time, probably spring or summer with the bad weather. Note that the temporary station broadcasts with 9.8 kW ERP, the permanent station will have 1,000 kW ERP. WJMN will be on DirecTV in November according to a press release from DirecTV. The following is from an email I received from the WJMN engineer:
WJMN-TV New Information
1. WJMN-TV has been granted a Construction Permit on July 23, 2009 to build our new permanent DTV facility at our previous site South of Trenary, MI. Projected completion date summer 2010.
2. WJMN-TV will be available on Dish Network in August 2009.
DirecTV has informed us they intend to start their local service mid 4th quarter 2009.
3. WJMN-TV is currently broadcasting DTV from a temporary site Northwest of Escanaba. This temporary facility has an approximate range of 25 miles around the city of Escanaba
4. Our signal is now on UHF channel 48 but will be indicated on your tuner as 3-1 or 3.1. The best possibility for good reception is a good quality UHF outdoor antenna. The cable from the antenna should be RG-6. If you intend to use an amplifier the best place for an amplifier is as close as possible to the antenna.
5. Until our Trenary facility is complete aim your antenna at Northwest Escanaba. After our new facility is operating you will need to re-aim your antenna to our site South of Trenary.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 12, 2009
DISH NETWORK TO PROVIDE WJMN-TV CHANNEL 3 LOCAL SIGNAL
Escanaba, MI – Starting Wednesday, August 19, WJMN-TV Channel 3’s local signal will be available on DISH Network.
“At WJMN we are pleased to provide our content to the people of Upper Michigan via our partnership with DISH Network. Along with important coverage like local breaking news, severe weather and school closings, WJMN will feature programming from the CBS Television Network, America's Most Watched Network,” said Perry Kidder, WJMN President and General Manager.
DISH Network is currently testing the WJMN signal.