Originally Posted by protivakid
but I have a feeling this is my "new ABC-less normal"
Again, this is NOT the new normal, American Tower is still working on the CBS tower. When the work is finished, they will all have larger coverage areas than they did pre-repack, so many viewers will have an easier time getting the stations, especially in areas further away.
Reasons for the delays have been posted in this thread on a regular basis after they've been filed with the FCC by the stations who will be sharing the tower when the work is done. (The township where the Needham towers are didn't grant the permits for the final design of the tower until December, and by that point the tower crew American Tower hired were busy with other stations in a different part of the country, when they returned they were initially diverted to fix the issues at the Cabot Street tower, COVID-19 related work shutdowns across the country for tower crews and equipment deliveries, etc) Heck, WNEU is off the air right now since their temporary antenna needed to be removed when the work resumed, so they are currently broadcasting 60-3 on a subchannel of WBZ. Channel99 frequently passes by the tower and saw them actively working on it as recently as last week:
Originally Posted by Channel99
There has been activity in the past month or so on the CBS tower. They have removed the old master antenna, in two pieces, and the top of the tower had only staging/rigging in place last week, presumably in preparation for installation of the new master.
This is far from a Boston only issue. Like Philly's CBS, CW and Ion stations have been at reduced power for just as long as the Boston stations because of other delays, one of which was asbestos in the transmitter building that halted construction last fall, while their Fox station is at reduced power because of arcing issues in their mask filter and can't go full power until they get a replacement. The COVID-19 shutdown didn't help either, so they only resumed construction last week.
Over in NYC their Univision station is still at reduced power because of work and building permit issues at the Empire State Building involving the required scaffolding/barriers to prevent people walking on the sidewalk from being killed by any falling debris, while WJLP is still waiting for the Durst organization to get their act together so they can complete their move to the new 1 World Trade Center.
Chicago's ABC, NBC and Fox stations are temporarily transmitting from the Hancock tower while they replace the antennas at the Willis (Sears) tower. And those stations who are temporarily at Hancock really lucked out today since the Willis Tower stations are off air entirely because of massive flooding at the substation. Right now CBS, PBS, Ion, CW and MeTV are off air in Chicago.