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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.
97.1 FM – KYCH-HD1 (Charlie FM) and KYCH-HD2 (Funkytown) have flipped to Christmas music.
It’s curious that KYCH-HD2 switched as well. Are they simulcasting?
semoochie: My wife provided the report since she had the HD radio. I later asked her and KYCH-HD2 was a mistake (thank goodness)! They are still in standard Funkytown mode!
KGWZ-LD and KEVE-LD have both applied to repack to channel 23. We won’t see KGWZ-LD return until the application is resolved.
Anyone have any updates on the KOIN upgrade. I still can’t receive them in West Salem. Thanks.
KOINs interim transmitter and the KUNP-LD transmitter were moved to a higher antenna on the KATU tower last week.
Last night was a maintenance window for KOIN to pull their redundant channel mask filter (redundant since there is a new combiner at the KATU site that includes a channel mask filter). They will be moving it over to the Sylvan (KOIN tower) site to prepare to come up on low power from that location on yet another temporary antenna.
There is no estimated time for getting started (or finished) with the tower work.
If KOIN’s upgrades are done, they apparently do not transmit as much signal as before.
Not yet. KOIN is still on their auxiliary transmitter on the KATU tower. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks they’ll be moved from the lower temporary antenna to the upper temporary antenna to get their signal out a bit better.
KATU’s auxiliary transmitter is supposed to be commissioned this week (on the KATU tower).
The only one left is KRCW to get off of the master antenna on the KOIN tower, then work can begin replacing that antenna and feedline.
Simultaneously, the antenna and tower work on the KATU tower is supposed to start — removing the old VHF channel 2 antenna and installing a new permanent master antenna.
Channel 6 is still not what it was. It’s there with full signal bars and then it pixelates and disappears. Tried jiggling the antenna but still acts as described. Worked fine in this set up for years. Have they drastically reduced ERP? Operating on stand by? What gives?
KOIN is on a temporary antenna at the KATU/Skyline site with their new aux transmitter (combined with KUNP-LD).
A new temporary antenna will be arriving at the KATU/Skyline site soon and eventually KUNP-LD, KOIN-Aux, KATU-Aux, and KRCW-Aux will be combined into it. KEVE-LD is also located at the KATU/Skyline site, however they have their own antenna.
Once that is done, the KOIN/Sylvan site antenna will be replaced and new transmitters for KOIN and KATU will be installed there (KRCW is also there, but I don’t believe they are getting a new transmitter). Simultaneously, the KATU/Skyline site will have its tower foundation enhanced and the old VHF Channel 2 batwing antenna will be coming down and the new permanent UHF broadband antenna will be going up.
Noticed over the last few days:
KOIN moved sometime on June 1st, as advertised.
KATU and KUNP haven’t. KUNPs main channel has a 24/7 crawl in Spanish alerting viewers of the change, the other day it was the 4th, as of today it’s the 6th. Haven’t seen nor heard anything about KATU; a family member said they heard the 10th.
Honestly, the only programming the Master of Disaster watches frequently is on KPTV, KPDX, or KGWZ; the last one works well as a default channel when turning a TV on or switching the input.
I can confirm that the KUNP-LD channel change is occurring overnight tonight. It’s being added to the combiner with KOIN on a temporary antenna at the KATU site.
KATU’s repack window doesn’t start until December 1st, so don’t expect any channel changes until then.