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I just noticed that they said they moved transmitter sites last September, but the FCC databases have no CPs for them and hasn’t changed since 1995.
I wonder what they’re changing?
104.5 MeTV-FM Debuts In Portland
The launch of Way Media’s “Way Loud” Christian Rock format on Jackman Holding Company’s 104.5 KXXP White Salmon WA/Portland OR was just a brief placeholder as the station has now flipped to Soft Oldies “104.5 MeTV-FM“.
The station is now being operated via Time Brokerage Agreement by Marc Paskin’s Marco Broadcasting. Paskin previously owned Marijuana themed Rock “Smokin 94.1” 1550 KBUD/94.1 K231BQ Golden/Denver CO in 2014. The TBA also includes an option for Marco Broadcasting to purchase KXXP.
Original Report 10/25: After moving its Christian AC “Way-FM” brand to 96.3 KKWA West Linn OR earlier this month, Way Media has debuted its Christian Rock “Way Loud” brand on 104.5 KXXP White Salmon WA/Portland.
Previously a streaming only brand, the format was a digital evolution of the former “Power-FM” format heard on 89.7 KVRK Sanger/Dallas TX until that stations’ sale to Way Media in 2015. KXXP, owned by Jackman Holding Company, signed-on in June replacing 104.5 K283BL Portland as the Way-FM affiliate in Portland until the closing of the purchase of KKWA (then KWEE).
Way Media describes the brand as “WAY LOUD is the best mix of Christian Rock from artists like Skillet, Demon Hunter, Disciple, Switchfoot, Family Force 5 and more”.
KATU and KOIN will still be running at 50% power from the main tower site. Some previously used elbows were installed that ended up not testing good, but new ones are arriving in a few weeks.
KATU will be powering off of channel 43 at 3pm today to re-channel the interim transmitter to 24 and commission it as our auxiliary transmitter.
KATU is simulcasting on UHF channel 24 currently at about 500 kW EIRP. I’m pretty sure KOIN is also at 50%/500 kW EIRP as well.
Combiner issues are preventing us from going to full power at the current time, but they should get worked out soon. Expect KOIN to switch to the aux site while that is being done (KATU on channel 24 will just power off).
Next Friday, we’ll be powering off the transmitter on UHF channel 43 sometime in the afternoon and then it will be moved to channel 24.
We’re going to delay simulcasting and coming up to full-power on KATU, hopefully just a day or two.
With the bars and tone, we aren’t running any PSIP so some televisions won’t know where the audio is for decode.
If you already have TBN programmed, some TVs will just add our channel 24 to the end of that channel list.
Around Noon today, we’ll be taking the transmitter up to full-power and then swapping the input signal from the test generator to the same signal that we’re sending to Channel 43.
This will include full PSIP and will most likely result in you having two 2.1 or maybe 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, and 2.8 depending on how your TV does the mapping.
If things go according to plan, KATU will be coming up on UHF Channel 24 tomorrow morning — probably around 9 to 10 AM at 1/4 power (15 kW TX output, 250 kw EIRP).
We’ll run bars/tone for 24 hours or so and then go to full power (63 kW TX output, 1 MW EIRP) and begin simulcasting.
Our interim transmitter will be powered down on UHF Channel 43 sometime in the afternoon on October 18th and then reconfigured as a full-time backup transmitter.
We won’t know for sure at KATU when we’ll repack frequencies until the tower crew is further along, but we’re estimating mid-October right now.
Yes, viewers will need to perform a rescan to receive KATU once we’re on the new frequency. KOIN has already changed frequencies, so no rescan will be necessary for them.
Just a heads-up that KATU has switched to the interim transmitter, so the power output is a lot lower now (about 55 kW ERP vs 1 MW ERP) to accommodate installation of the new transmitter and antenna at the main site.
There is no current ETA for when it will be back on the main transmitter, but we expect it to take a couple of months to complete the construction.
We’ll keep our KB article updated with any new info: http://www.katuengineering.com/hesk/knowledgebase.php?article=49
More details over on the REC Networks Facebook page:
REC is hearing about many FCC inspections of LPFM stations in Enforcement Region 3 (Western USA). REC policy is to not announce areas where inspections are taking place. Normally, Enforcement will contact the station prior to the inspection.
In Portland, KBSF-LP was recently inspected and a Notice of Violation was issued for EAS violations. In this case, the station was found to not have an EAS Handbook at the main operating position of the station and the station’s EAS equipment was monitoring a station other than the ones in the state EAS plan (and they had not pursued a waiver to monitor a different station). The LPFM has 20 days to respond to the NOV to advise of the steps they are taking to remedy the situation.
All LPFM stations are advised to take the REC LPFM Checklist Training located at https://recnet.com/checklist and to print the checklist form and do your own self-inspections periodically (monthly) to assure your station remains in compliance. If you have any questions, please first check the REC website as there are many FAQ answers on there or ask in the LPFM or LPFM Tech Advice Facebook groups.
LinleyG: Here is the corrected link:
Just noticed yesterday that the application for KEVE-LD has been approved to move to channel 31. They must plan on sticking around!
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…
At the KATU transmitter site (technically their aux site), tower crews have finished removing the old VHF channel 2 batwing antenna. Once they have a full 8 hours of good weather, they’ll be installing the new tower sections and pulling the new guy wires — then they’ll get the new broadband auxiliary antenna installed that will be used between KATU, KOIN, KRCW and KUNP-LD.
@linleyg Yeah, when I was up there yesterday I noted that the KEVE-LD transmitter was powered on but had a fault present and 0% power output. Haven’t heard what their timeline is for changing frequencies though.
Dish does not remove the channels. The programmers do.
Actually, Dish does remove the channels as they believe that since they don’t have a current contract that they can no longer carry the channel.
I’m familiar in particular with the situation with Univision and I can assure you that they are receiving KUNP-LD without any issues over-the-air.