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
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It seems to have been replaced by it’s sister WatchTV station KOXI-CD (RF 20, Vir.20) which is transmitting the same YouToo and Valley17 programming stream that was carried by KOXO.February 14,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.February 28, 2019 at 4:49 pm #41049
Figured out that I was being misled by my old Artec set-top converter box. When I scanned my Sony Trinatron HDTV set with its diagnostic mode, all five of WatchTV’s stations show up on the virtual channel list. That is KORS-CD 16.1, KOXI-CD 20-1, KORK-CD 35-1, KKEI 38-1 and KOXO 41-1 are on its channel list.
When tuned to a given virtual channel, the Sony set’s diagnostic mode shows what RF channel the set is tuned to. It says that KORS, KORK and KKEI are virtual channels on the KOXO RF channel 15 transmitter. KOXI is properly being transmitted from WatchTV’s RF channel 20 transmitter and KOXO’s virtual 41-1 is correctly emanating from its RF channel 15 transmitter. This agrees with spectrum analyzer measurements that show only RF channel 15 and 20 of WatchTV’s five Portland channels have signals in them.March 11, 2019 at 9:44 pm #41158
1). There is a new on-line TV signal monitor receiver that can be viewed at: https://m.rabbitears.info/index.php?request=tvdx_grid&tid=107241E4&tno=3
2). KOXO-CD RF ch. 15, Virt ch. 41 is off the air tonight. No trace of a pilot carrier, it’s really off.
3). For some reason I cannot divine, since last Thursday KUNP-LP RF and virt. ch 34 has suddenly increased 7 dB in amplitude at my place in Aloha. I saw no corresponding increase in the on-line receiver noted in 1) above. It increased at my house while all the surrounding stations remained constant so I am unsure what’s going on.March 14, 2019 at 7:58 pm #41188
KOXO-CD (RF15 Virt. 41) is back on the air today.March 15, 2019 at 4:05 pm #41197
KATU 2018 – 2020 Transmitter Work (FCC Repack)March 20, 2019 at 5:31 pm #41225
KKEI-CD (Vir.38, RF 38) started transmitting yesterday. My sets show some very odd sub channel numbers but non show other station call letters like KOXO-CD (Vir.41, RF15) had featured.
Speaking of KOXO-CD, it’s off the air again.March 20, 2019 at 8:25 pm #41226
“KKEI-CD (Vir.38, RF 38) started transmitting yesterday.”
And KOXO-CD is now off…Have you ever seen more than 2 rf channels at the same time from Watch TV?March 22, 2019 at 5:32 pm #41235
Until the present, the only time I remember two WatchTV transmitters on the air at the same time was during the period in 2017 when they had an ATSC 3.0 transmitter on the air. In their report the mention comparing the ATSC 3.0 reception from KOXI-CD on RF20 with the ATSC 1.0 signal on KOXO-CD on RF41. The report said that they tested all four of the non-KOXO-CD transmitters with an ATSC 3.0 signal, but I never observed any but KOXI-CD on the air.
There may have been other times when more than two signals were on the air. But, like you said, in memory, never more than two on at the same time.March 29, 2019 at 9:14 pm #41309
KEVE-LD, RF36, Vir36 has been off the air four days now. I delayed to make sure it wasn’t just a small problem. Don’t know if it’s a big problem or if they are in the process of moving to RF31. Their RF36 transmitter had a long history of periodically tripping off the air and recycling.
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