Originally Posted by MikeekiM01
I thought I read somewhere (here maybe?) that the Sutro repack was ahead of schedule, and may be completed by end of January 2020. Did I hear right?
Does anyone know what is completed, and what is left to be done?
Also, is it just Sutro impacted? Or is San Bruno going through a repack implementation as well?
(oh...and Happy New Year!).
Yes, any station on any mountain top that is changing their RF frequency is changing their antenna and transmitter at the FCC cost. Very generous people!
Enter the station call letters into:
for the latest reported status, January is the most recent but all stations may not have yet reported their status.
The comment you read stated that all three stacks on Sutro Tower will have been replaced by the end of January. Weather shots for KTVU across the bay show currently the South stack missing.
This means that any station on Sutro that is NOT changing RF frequency can start to use their new antenna. In addition KGO will be using KRON's new RF 7 antenna until the official repack date. See Larry's repack list for dates.
Note the testing period, during that time stations will be testing on their new RF frequencies and may have no signal on their old RF channel. And beeps, boops, color bars plus test patterns on their new RF channel. The new antennas must be tested along with the transmission lines. (Paid by the FCC of course.)
In particular note KGO / KRON / KNTV which must coordinate their testing.
Some reports have suggested that the switch over date can be any time before the listed repack date(s).
I do not agree and there is one strong argument that stations will switch over only on their official repack date.
Those two dates for phase 8 and 9 are when the ad counting computers will switch RF frequencies for each station.
Switching too early or too late will mean that their ad(s) will not be counted and they will not get paid.
Also a huge confusion will occur for viewers thus complaints will be sent to the station, their network, the producers of programs …
And from me!