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There is a new sub-channel 2.5
CourtTV
CourtTV also appears on 31-1 now, replacing Escape.

Escape is still on 2-4.

Correction: Escape is on 2-4 and 31-2.
It was Shop LC that got dropped or moved.


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CourtTV also appears on 31-1 now, replacing Escape.

Escape is still on 2-4.

Correction: Escape is on 2-4 and 31-2.
It was Shop LC that got dropped or moved.

Shop LC moved to 49-6 replacing JTV Jewelry TV [which also disappeared from 58-1 many months ago]

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Fine, but I'm hoping you can still add an entry by coordinates. This would be more accurate than having to use an address. Also, I still think the strength tool should be able to be accessed from the homepage of your website. I'd put the link for it below your blog link.
You can modify the coordinates manually right now after it does the computation based on the address; just modify the URL accordingly. Once I have a way to do that directly, and there's a way to link to them without sharing your address and/or coordinates, it will be added to the front page.

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The FCC has a nice mapping tool these days that can take the place of TVFool. After entering your address, click on the callsigns to see the bearing, repack, and other info for that station.

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https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps

And I’ll add that with the fcc site (live link above), one can move the pin within the map if desired.
I'm familiar with the FCC tool, having been involved in writing the software that powers it. When you enter an address, it resolves to the nearest pre-calculated point, which could be more than a half kilometer away.

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I just noticed tonight -- on Comcast, at least here, WMPT, WETA and WHUT are now in 720p. (I'll have to check the codecs later.) They're still 1080i OTA. WRC and WUSA are also still 1080i on Comcast. (And in what I assume is an unrelated move, I also discovered that WDCW is 720p on both Comcast and OTA, whenever that happened -- maybe when they moved to 15?)

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I just noticed tonight -- on Comcast, at least here, WMPT, WETA and WHUT are now in 720p. (I'll have to check the codecs later.)
Confirmed, these (and WDCW) are also now H.264 on Comcast (still MPEG2 OTA).

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So looking at titantv and come July 1st WDVM (former WHAG Hagerstown) is dropping H&I and replacing it with syndicated programming so being a true Independent

H&I during the week was from midnight-5, 9-11a, and 8-9pm (more on weekends). Syndicated shows added are some of those lower level judge shows like Lauren Lake's Paternity Court, Couples Court with the Cutlers, but also Dateline, Chicago PD and double runs of Impractical Jokers, Cops and Pawn Stars.

It is still news heavy


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OTA antenna installation Rockville Maryland

Am looking at cutting the cord and having an OTA antenna installed on my roof in Rockville, MD which is in the DC broadcast area.
Have any forum members had this done?

Can anyone recommend installer in this area? Thanks for your help
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Don't know if this is old news or not:

The FCC has required that some television stations across the country transition to a new broadcast frequency. WETA is one of those stations and will make the transition on July 29.
While cable and satellite viewers will not be affected, viewers using an over-the-air antenna will need to rescan their television on or after July 29.


https://weta.org/tv/repack/faq
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In the past week I've noticed my signal strength of WRC drop by half. Usually I receive a very strong signal between 90-95%. Now its between 40-55%. I see that WRC is part of the FCC repack. I wasn't sure if this drop in signal strength is due to work they are doing to get ready for the change. Or is it just me? Has anyone else seen this change?
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https://www.rabbitears.info/tvdx/sig.../tuner1/WRC-TV

Yes, I see the drop as well. Likely repack-related.

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Yes, I see the drop as well. Likely repack-related.

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Thanks for the info Trip. I didn't know this kind of data was out there.
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I have completely lost WETA Channel 26. Has its power also been reduced as part of the repack as discussed below for WRC Channel 4? My reception otherwise seems to be the same as before, but WETA is gone on all my TVs. A rescan was unsuccessful.
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WETA looks unchanged to me.

https://www.rabbitears.info/tvdx/sig...tuner1/WETA-TV

They will be moving to a temporary facility after the change in channel, rather than before like WRC.

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I have completely lost WETA Channel 26. Has its power also been reduced as part of the repack as discussed below for WRC Channel 4? My reception otherwise seems to be the same as before, but WETA is gone on all my TVs. A rescan was unsuccessful.
I think I found the answer. From WETA's website I got the following:

"WETA will be operating at a temporary broadcast tower while engaging in construction at our main facility in order to broadcast at our new frequency. Work is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2019. It is possible that some over-the-air viewers using a TV antenna will have trouble receiving the signal at our temporary site, or once our broadcasts resume at our main facility in the Fall of 2019. These viewers may need to adjust antenna orientation and/or rescan their televisions once more. We apologize for the inconvenience during this time."

So perhaps the location of this temporary tower means I can no longer receive their signal. I will just have to wait. I can still get WHUT and WMPT, so it's not as bad as it could be.

WETA says rescan TV after July 29, and WRC says to rescan after 8/1. I guess we will be doing a bunch of rescanning.
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WETA looks unchanged to me.

https://www.rabbitears.info/tvdx/sig...tuner1/WETA-TV

They will be moving to a temporary facility after the change in channel, rather than before like WRC.

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Thanks for your reply. So, it is unclear why WETA went away for me. Interestingly, I can still get WRC at the reduced power - I hadn't noticed a problem with it.
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In the past week I've noticed my signal strength of WRC drop by half. Usually I receive a very strong signal between 90-95%. Now its between 40-55%. I see that WRC is part of the FCC repack. I wasn't sure if this drop in signal strength is due to work they are doing to get ready for the change. Or is it just me? Has anyone else seen this change?
Saw this on dcrtv

WRC is moving from channel 48 to channel 34 this month so there will be testing and down time on both channels this month. They will permanently be on channel 34 by the end of the month, Aug. 2 at the latest unless there are problems which are unlikely.


WRC-4 has started rescan announcements pointing toward August 1. The one we saw on July 4 featured Doug the chief meteorologist. We continue to receive WRC on channel 48 at our location east of McDaniel College in Carroll County MD, 44 air miles from the transmitter. If WRC is using an auxiliary antenna at a lower height, could it be from the 60+year-old "short" tower that served analog channel 4 decades ago?
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Thanks for your reply. So, it is unclear why WETA went away for me. Interestingly, I can still get WRC at the reduced power - I hadn't noticed a problem with it.
WRC normally broadcasts at 813,000 watts
WETA normally broadcasts at 73,000 watts

Good news is the construction permit for WETA on RF31 jacks the power up to 1 million watts
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Something minor, but annoying. Here in the DC area on Verizon we have Bounce tv on channel 459. However, the info bar and guide shows the logo for Univision? Had to say something hoping it would be corrected.
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The stength and quality of WRC is so poor now that I can't receive/watch it anymore. Is it going to be this way until the end of the month?

Also, is there a list of impacted channels due to the repack that someone can point me to?
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Thanks for the links. What does WDCW going "Off-Air" mean? Are they combining with some other channel?
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They already did. WDCW's programming is now on WFDC's transmitter.

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Phase 4 changes

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WETA says rescan TV after July 29, and WRC says to rescan after 8/1. I guess we will be doing a bunch of rescanning.
To clarify:

WRC says "NBC4 and Cozi are moving to a new frequency on Aug. 2."

WETA says they "will make the transition on July 29", and rescan "on or after July 29", so I think that means they will move in the wee hours that Monday morning.

And there is this from MPT:

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Midnight 12:01AM
Friday, August 2, 2019
Annapolis WMPT 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4
Frederick WFPT 62.1 62.2 62.3 62.4
Oakland WGPT 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4
Salisbury WCPB 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4

March 3, 2020 (tentative)
Owings Mills WMPB 67.1 67.2 67.3 67.4

May 1, 2020 (tentative)
Hagerstown WWPB 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4

Also, WPXW must move before or at the same time as WRC, and WDVM must move no later than August 2nd because it is part of large phase 4 linked set.

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[WETA] will be moving to a temporary facility after the change in channel, rather than before like WRC.
Will that be at their new AUX at the Arlington FM site?

Don't see Local Media's WIAV-CD in the DC list, but they are class A, right? So do they have to move in phase 4, or have they been granted an extension of some sort?

Also Local Media's other class A stations in DC DMA have CPs expiring August 2nd, according to RabbitEars. Any idea if they actually plan to light up either of those channels by then?

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I've been hearing August 1 despite what that web page says. I wish I could confirm it.


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Will that be at their new AUX at the Arlington FM site?
As far as I know, yes.

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Don't see Local Media's WIAV-CD in the DC list, but they are class A, right? So do they have to move in phase 4, or have they been granted an extension of some sort?

Also Local Media's other class A stations in DC DMA have CPs expiring August 2nd, according to RabbitEars. Any idea if they actually plan to light up either of those channels by then?

WIAV-CD was not a Class A station as of the qualifying date for the auction, so it was not included in the repack. They have a standard 3-year construction permit not tied to any particular phase. I believe they've said they want to move in Phase 4, but I'm not sure they can without stepping on WMPB who doesn't move until Phase 8.


The other two have gone off the air already from what I understand. I would expect them to light up sooner rather than later though.


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WIAV-CD was not a Class A station as of the qualifying date for the auction, so it was not included in the repack. They have a standard 3-year construction permit not tied to any particular phase. I believe they've said they want to move in Phase 4, but I'm not sure they can without stepping on WMPB who doesn't move until Phase 8.
Thanks. That makes sense.

Speaking of stations stepping on each other, can the DC area LP stations on 23 and 32 continue operating as they are now after nearby full power and class A are repacked onto those channels?
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WRZB-LD on 32 filed a mod to make it possible to stay put. It was dismissed for being filed at the wrong time; I'd expect them to refile it at some point.


Can't speak to Daystar on 23 though. They've not filed anything.


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