Originally Posted by Primestar31
WAQP seems to have gone dark sometime between 11pm last night, and 7am this morning. They don't seem to have come up on RF36, or if so, I can only detect just a hint of signal.
If that's them, they are lost to me for now.
Can anybody else re-scan and see if they can get them? Thanks!
EDIT: 12 noon: Tivo just restored guide data for WNEM-5. So, both that and WEYI-25 got their guide data back within 24 hours of my submitting Lineup changes. WBSF-46 still isn't fixed, but since it's the weekend and they switched late afternoon yesterday, it may not get fixed this weekend.
Hi All (and especially Primestar31 and thebeeguy),
I'm in West Michigan, but am enjoying following your posts regarding the repack. thebeeguy has made entries in both this thread and the Detroit one, where he mentioned his community...which is in the Flint DMA. Primestar31, You'll recall that you shared your community with me last fall when we traded PMs.
My local stations repack in Phase 6, so Sept. 7 through Oct. 18, 2019. I'm curious if things will go similarly for my area.
In watching the recent FCC filings, some of your area's repacked stations aren't at their full intended strength. (Which might affect Primestar31.) What I'm understanding per those postings is that:
WNEM RF30 (VC5)--They did switch to RF30 by re-tuning their interim antenna.
But noted in April that they hope to have a new tower in place and broadcasting therefrom by 12/1/2019. (They expressed then that they've realized that building a new tower will be more economical than upgrading the current tower.)
WEYI RF18 (VC25)--Repacked to their full intended results, as no recent FCC filings allude to otherwise.
WBSF RF23 (VC46)--Perhaps not yet at their full intended strength, but broadcasting from new antenna on WEYI tower.
Friday they filed a STA (Special Temporary Authority) request indicating that they'd repack at half their intended strength (300kW, versus ultimate 600kW). Reason given that they'll initially use a 3 1/8" transmission line, until the 6 1/8" one was fully "stacked on the tower". Maybe that all did get completed by Saturday morning, per the Facebook PM Primestar31 received?
WAQP RF36 (VC49)--Interim antenna a greatly reduced power due to pattern.
Their STA and other filings this month note that final testing of the newly-manufactured antenna before shipment found an anomaly in pattern that is now requiring "sleeving the outer mast pipe", and that seeing that through has delayed delivery to the customer site. (Primestar31, This interim situation is likely why you're seeing a signal, but not strong enough for decoding.)
Thus, the repack is complete, in that the Class A and Full Power stations are broadcasting on their intended frequencies. But per the above there's still work to be done by many of them.
Question to thebeeguy or anyone else close by Flint or even Saginaw: Has the new low power station shown up for you, on RF35, perhaps with Virtual Channel (VC) 24? I know I asked above, but figured I'd mention here in case someone's re-scans have captured it. (Primestar31, I believe you'll be out-of-range for it.)
Cheers! ~ Statmanmi