February 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm #40838
Back in October Better Life Bcst Net announced on there facebook page. That KEVE in Vancouver (not Portland) which leases tower space from K-2. Would be shutting down in the near future. If KEVE doesn’t come back on there repack channel 31. Then OPB might swoop in and reassign there Newberg translator to that open RF channel.
February 2, 2019 at 6:13 pm #40842
- This reply was modified 3 weeks ago by washnotore.
I believe the plans for KEVE have changed. On 11/29 they got an application submitted to move to channel 31 at their existing location. It hasn’t been approved yet by the FCC though…February 13, 2019 at 9:15 pm #40916
Tonight, KOXO-CD (RF 15 Vir. 41) is off the air. There is no residual signal such as a pilot so I assume it appears to have been turned off, probably not a transmitter failure.
It seems to have been replaced by it’s sister WatchTV station KOXI-CD (RF 20, Vir.20) which is transmitting the same YouToo and Valley17 programming stream that was carried by KOXO.February 14, 2019 at 9:15 pm #40944
WatchTV’s RF Ch. 15 signal is back on the air this evening. Its RF Channel 20 signal remains on as well.
The RF Ch.15 signal is, in theory, KOXO-CD. For the moment, at least its PSIP is identifying the transmitter as KOXI-CD virtual channel 20-1.
Both transmitters seem to be carrying identical programming; YouToo and Valley17.February 15, 2019 at 3:29 am #40949
Just noticed yesterday that the application for KEVE-LD has been approved to move to channel 31. They must plan on sticking around!February 18, 2019 at 11:09 am #40967
Today, Feb 18 is either a year and a day (or a year and two days depending on how you count) since a silent STA was filed for four of WatchTV Portland transmitters. That is KORS-CD (RF ch 16), KOXI-CD (RF ch 20), KORK-CD (RF ch 35) and KKEI (RF ch 38). By my observation, KORS, KORK and KKEI had been off the air for months before the silent STA was filed but the STA established a date that WatchTV agreed that they were silent.
FCC reg 73.1740(c) states that if you do not transmit broadcast signal for a year, you license “expires as a matter of law …”. KOXI-CD returned to the air a few days ago, perhaps, perhaps not within the year, depending on exactly what day it went silent from transmitting ATSC 3.0. WatchTV filed notices with the FCC before the deadline that the other three stations had also returned to full power operation. However, at my site ~9 miles from the stations’ site using an outside antenna and a spectrum analyzer have been unable to detect their emissions.
It appears that if someone presses the issue there may be some TV channels available in the Portland market. We’ll have to see how this plays out.February 22, 2019 at 3:34 pm #40994
Noted today that the PSIP of the signal on the Portland area RF channel 15 that should be KOXO-CD identifies that signal as KORS-CD virtual channel 16-1.
One could reach the wrong conclusion as to what transmitter one is receiving if one doesn’t have a set that shows the RF channel as well as the virtual channel.
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