Leaving WHDH and their shared WLVI out of this, since they are not moving for 3 months, most of the stations broadcasting from Needham are using a temporary configuration.
The only 2 stations that should be operating now from their final tower location, antenna, and transmitter are WGBH (RF 5) and WFXT, which is on the Cabot St tower (nearest to the Sheraton hotel). WUNI, which was scheduled to move there from Hudson last night also, may or may not be in their final config.
Also on the Cabot St tower now are WBZ, WCVB, WGBX (RF 32) and WSBK, but they will move back to the CBS tower (near Muzi Ford) when the master antenna at the top is replaced. That work could not begin until all of the stations moved to the Cabot St tower last night. WSBK, unlike the other stations, is still using RF 39, at reduced power. They will not move to their new channel (RF 21) until they move back to the the CBS tower.
WNEU moved to the CBS tower last night, but on a temporary antenna, mounted low enough that the tower crews can safely work on the master antenna higher up while WNEU is on the air.
WUTF also moved to the CBS tower last night, but something did not go as planned, and this morning they filed with the FCC an instant request for an STA (special temporary authority) to use a different temporary side-mount antenna with only 50 KW, instead of their licensed 970 KW. Their justification - contractor delays.
There is a wildcard in this - WNEU's now unused available bandwidth, previously used by NBCBoston and Cozi. Those are on WYCN-CD, shared on the WGBX RF 32 transmitter, for which they pay WGBX. Could WGBH/X be negotiating with WNEU to move WGBH-HD or WGBX-HD to WNEU?
Otherwise it is hard to understand what incredibly bad judgement led to WGBH/X to put the most valuable channels on RF 5, and all the secondary stuff on the much better RF 32 signal. They then seem to have added the SD signals to RF 32 to help cover up for the expected signal problems.
There is one more thing that also makes little sense - why is WBTS still on? It will move soon to RI without NBCBoston. It should have been off when viewers were re-scanning, to they would find only WYCN-CD on 15-1. Those that found WBTS 8-1 will have to scan yet again.
Last edited by Channel99; 08-03-2019 at 12:10 AM.