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Saturday, July 14 2018

Google Maps Changes

So, Google Maps is supposedly changing their policies on Monday, July 16. So far, other changes they made haven't impacted RabbitEars, and I don't know if this one will either. It's possible that maps on RabbitEars may stop working in the next few days and I may have to rewrite the pages to use an alternate map source. I'll cross that bridge only if I have to.

But if they stop working temporarily, that's why.

Friday, July 13 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - June 2018

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KMCC 34.x (32) Laughlin NV (Entravision Holdings LLC) has been granted a license to cover its Distributed Transmission System (DTS).
    • Site 1 technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 35° 39' 7" N, 114° 18' 44" W (White Hills); ERP 1000 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 607 m.
    • Site 2 technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 35° 56' 46" N, 115° 2' 37" W (Black Mtn. Arden Site); ERP 4.4 kW directional (1.5° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 557 m.
  • KVTE-LP 35 Las Vegas NV (Mountain Ridge Holdings, Inc.) has been granted a license to cover its reported new facilities atop Iglesia Nueva Jerusalem at 5630 W. Charleston Blvd. It is unknown whether the station is actually broadcasting. Technical specifications: Ch 35; TL 36° 9' 35" N; 115° 13' 5" W; ERP 10 kW non-directional; HAAT -19 m. (10 m. AGL)

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Saturday, June 2 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - May 2018

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • K15HY 3.x Williams-Ash Fork (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 15; TL 35° 12' 1" N, 112° 12' 18" W (Bill Williams Mtn.); ERP 1 kW directional; HAAT 761 m.

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Friday, May 4 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - April 2018

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • K15HY 3.x Williams-Ash Fork (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) has requested a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 15; TL 35° 12' 1" N, 112° 12' 18" W (Bill Williams Mtn.); ERP 1 kW directional; HAAT 761 m.

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Thursday, April 26 2018

New Repack-Related Features

I've added two new repack-related features to RabbitEars and wanted to mention their existence here.

First, for LPTV stations filing displacements in the current displacement window, there is now a page listing all the displacements filed since the Closing Public Notice on April 13, 2017. You can find that here, or in the Updates dropdown menu as "Post-IA Displacements".

Second, much like during the DTV transition, stations are required to file status updates with the FCC. A page for those updates are now available as the 387 Viewer which is part of the Repack Tools.

Let me know if you have any opinions, requests, suggestions, or if you spot any bugs. Have a great one!

Tuesday, April 10 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - March 2018

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KMCC 34.x (32) Laughlin NV (Entravision Holdings LLC) has applied for a license to cover its Distributed Transmission System (DTS). Site 1 technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 35° 39' 7" N, 114° 18' 44" W (White Hills); ERP 1000 kW directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 607 m. Site 2 technical specifications: Ch 32; TL 35° 56' 46" N, 115° 2' 37" W (Black Mtn. Arden Site); ERP 4.4 kW directional (1.5° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 557 m.

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Sunday, March 4 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - February 2018

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • KGUN-TV 9.x Phoenix (Scripps Broadcasting Holdings) has added Bounce TV on channel 9.4. The new subchannel is also seen on co-owned translator K16EO-D 9.x in the Marana - Oro Valley area.
  • K21GE Camp Verde (The Camp Verde TV Club, Inc.) has returned to air, rebroadcasting KNXV-TV 15.1 Phoenix.

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Tuesday, February 6 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - January 2018

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming changes

  • KMSB 11.x Tucson (Sander Operating Company V LLC) has added new diginet Quest TV on channel 11.4.
  • KPNX 12.x Mesa (Multimedia Holdings Corporation) has added new diginet Quest TV on channel 12.4.

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Wednesday, January 31 2018

Live Bandscan Returns; Scheduled Maintenance Coming

The Live Bandscan returned last week. Unfortunately, the backups were also toast and so we lost some (not all) data going back to the end of 2016. I think it's about back to where it needs to be, notwithstanding a few tweaks needed that I know about (like KSPR still showing up even though it's KYCW-LD now).

On the rest of the site, I'm back in the swing of trying to move things over from CDBS to LMS. The Tower Query and the Location Map now use LMS, and I've got the contours and population data regenerated for use with LMS entries. I wanted to make this post to note that the next big task related to that is going to be moving the coverage maps over, and probably the main listings right after. The result of this is that there will likely be a period of time that I hope is measured in hours and not days during which the maps will not work. I have to rename all the map files to line up with the new LMS ID numbers, and with more than 10,000 of them to pick through, even an automated process to do so will not be instantaneous. I do not yet know exactly when this will be, but I'm hoping it's overnight one night soon. I know there will be some amount of manual cleanup needed afterward, so it may not all be back up and running right away.

I also want to flag that things may be broken here and there even after the maps are back up and running and the main listings are moved into LMS format. The CDBS database has only been updated with TV data two or three times in the past month and a half, and so I'm urgently trying to get away from it. My plan had been to try to transition everything over slowly and as seamlessly as I could, but the lack of updates to CDBS and the coming LPTV filing window are making me rush over to LMS. So, once the maps come back online, notwithstanding Canadian and Mexican data which will likely remain in a state of limbo for several weeks at a minimum, please let me know if you trip over anything that doesn't work properly. With as many features as RabbitEars has, I can't really test it all, and it's easy to overlook things.

The last note I want to make is that I'm not actually making an entirely clean break from CDBS just yet. To those that are familiar with the data structure of the FCC databases, I'm still using the facility table from CDBS but then relating it to the application_facility table in LMS. I'm doing this to hurry the conversion process along, and will ultimately have to go back and adjust the code again to make it use the facility table in LMS instead. Since the facility table changes so infrequently and time is of the essence, I'm leaving RabbitEars on the CDBS facility table for now.

Sunday, January 7 2018

Live Bandscan Outage

To answer the question I've gotten a lot today, the server hosting the Live Bandscan appears to have a failing hard drive. No ETA on repair, but it will probably be out for some time.

Thursday, January 4 2018

Arizona TV Station Update - December 2017

Wishing all a blessed and prosperous 2018!

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming Changes

  • TEGNA Inc. has announced that it will partner with Cooper Media to launch a new ad-supported multicast network called Quest, featuring adventure and exploration programming. Quest is expected to launch on TEGNA-owned stations this month. KPNX 12.x Mesa is likely to be one of the initial stations launching Quest. If history is any indication, viewers might expect to see Quest sometime during the third week of January.

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Friday, December 8 2017

Coverage Map Page Rewritten

As part of my plans to rewrite the RabbitEars code to support the FCC's new LMS database, the first major step I am making public is a rewritten coverage map page. The code is significantly more efficient and will work with LMS data as it gets phased in. If you put an LMS UUID in the address, instead of a CDBS application ID, it should bring up the correct map. You can also use them to add extra images to the map.

I'm aware that there are some outstanding issues, but would like to find out what others come across. To report any bugs or issues you come across, please contact me or leave a comment here. Please provide a link to the page in question, what you're trying to do, and what it's doing instead of what you expect.

Friday, December 1 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - November 2017

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • KPPX-TV 51.x (31) Tolleson (America 51, LP) requested and has been granted a license to cover its post-transition facilities, which are the same facilities from which the station has been operating since October 2016. The spectrum repack is completed for KPPX-TV. Technical specifications: Ch 31; TL 33° 20' 3" N, 112° 3' 41" W (South Mtn.); ERP 645 kW non-directional (1° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 556 m.

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Saturday, November 4 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - October 2017

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Licenses

  • K22JD Madera Peak (NW Communications of Phoenix Inc.) requested and has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital with virtual channel 10. Technical specifications: Ch 22; TL 33° 20' 24" N, 110° 52' 12" W (Madera Peak); ERP 1 kW directional (3° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 708 m.

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Thursday, October 5 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - September 2017

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

Programming Changes

  • KPPX-TV 51.x (31) Tolleson (America 51, LP) will be dropping its Airbox programming on October 31.
  • KHMP-LD 18.x Las Vegas NV (DNV Spectrum Holdings LLC) has debuted Streetz TV on channel 18.5. Streetz TV features hip hop music and videos.

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Friday, September 29 2017

Entrepreneur Turns to Kickstarter To Launch No-Nonsense News Channel

Friend of the site Eric Wotila is attempting to launch a 24/7 hybrid local-national news subchannel network, based out of his WMNN-LD 24/7 local news station in Cadillac, MI. He’s using the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to get the network off the ground, and is looking for backers to contribute a few dollars each toward making the project a reality. Funding is all-or-nothing, so if he doesn’t reach his fund-raising goal, no backers will be charged for their pledges. Along side this press release, he separately sent me an e-mail about it. I've received his permission to publish a few choice quotes:

"My goal is to launch a 24/7 national news channel that gets back to the headlines. No opinion. No shouting heads. Just a good, old-fashioned news wheel format: Give us 15 minutes, we’ll tell you what’s going on around the world, not analyze or voice our opinions. I’ve heard more and more over the past year or two that people are sick and tired of their existing options for 24-hour news, and I truly hope to provide a news broadcast that informs, rather than agitates.

"LNN will be the only 24/7 news channel without opinion-based talk shows, and it will also be the only such channel available both for free on antenna and via internet platforms such as mobile apps, Roku and Apple TV. In addition, the network is designed from the ground up with localization in mind, allowing many stations that currently lack the resources for local news to add local programming as well as national news to their lineup."

While I feel uncomfortable endorsing his project, given my position, I did want to republish his press release here. I feel comfortable doing this much, as it will appear in many other locations as well.

See the full press release by clicking "Read more" below.

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Tuesday, September 19 2017

LMS Integration

I've started the process of importing data from the FCC's new LMS database into RabbitEars. I've imported select individual pieces before, but am now making an effort to pull in the entire thing and replace CDBS data wherever it is used. I had hoped to do a full rewrite of the site code as part of the process, but I'm going to settle for an in-place upgrade.

I point this out only because things may go up and down as I'm working on it over the coming weeks. If something remains non-functional for an extended period, please let me know, as I may not have noticed it. Otherwise, I don't intend to make any major changes to the site layout, just upgrade the underlying data source. I will warn you that this upgrade may cause some links to change. (Anywhere I'm using the application ID number will change from the CDBS-style integer to the LMS-style UUID, for example.)

This will be a very big lift, and may take a very long time. Please bear with me.

Tuesday, September 5 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - August 2017

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New licenses

  • K03FB-D 8.x Snowflake (AZ Board of Regents for ASU) has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. Technical specifications: Ch 3; TL 34° 12' 22" N, 109° 56' 34" W (Porter Mtn.); ERP 0.3 kW directional; HAAT 265 m.
  • K46IL-D 32.x Verde Valley (The Camp Verde TV Club, Inc.) applied for and has been granted a license to cover its flash cut to digital. The station has been broadcasting a digital signal since October 2016 as a repeater of K32LO-D Prescott. Technical specifications: Ch 46; TL 34° 41' 14" N, 112° 7' 0" W (Mingus Mtn.); ERP 1.5 kW directional; HAAT 767 m.

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Monday, August 7 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - July 2017

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New Stations

  • KTVW-DT 33.x Phoenix (KTVW License Partnership GP) requested and has been granted a license to cover digital TV auxiliary operations. Technical specifications: Ch 33; TL 33° 20' 0" N, 112° 3' 49" W (South Mtn.); ERP 470 kW (1.5° electrical beam tilt); HAAT 510 m.
  • XHCNS 2.x (34) Cananea SON (Televimex) has transitioned from pre-repack channel 45 post-repack channel 34. Technical specifications: Ch 34; TL 30° 58' 38" N, 110° 18' 23" W, ERP 32 kW directional; HAAT 211 m.

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Wednesday, July 5 2017

Arizona TV Station Update - June 2017

As always, questions, additions, comments and corrections welcome.

New licenses

  • K03FB 8.x Snowflake (AZ Board of Regents for ASU) has requested a license to cover its flash cut to digital. The station has been broadcasting its digital signal for well over a year. Technical specifications: Ch 3; TL 34° 12' 22" N, 109° 56' 34" W (Porter Mtn.); ERP 0.3 kW directional; HAAT 265 m.
  • K14KK-D 8.x Flagstaff (Arizona Board of Regents for ASU) has been granted a license to cover its construction permit to increase power. Technical specifications: Ch 14; TL 35° 14' 26" N, 111° 35' 48" W (Mt. Elden); ERP 0.63 kW directional; HAAT 606 m.

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