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WBBH & WZVN off the air until Feb 13th or 14th.

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4 hours ago, JCB4TV said:

Repack?

Probably related. They're in the process of moving RF channels in this phase of the repack (Phase 8).

 

It's a shame that they don't have a backup auxiliary facility for those OTA viewers.

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32 minutes ago, CircleSeven said:

Probably related. They're in the process of moving RF channels in this phase of the repack (Phase 8).

 

It's a shame that they don't have a backup auxiliary facility for those OTA viewers.

Furthermore, WBBH and WZVN have been sharing a channel for more repack work.

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I'm very surprised that they would suspend OTA operations during the repack transition.  Kinda concerning they don't have a secondary transmitter, given the real annual threat of hurricanes.   I wonder if they have a plan to deal with a transmitter being damaged in the event of a hurricane/debris/high winds, etc.  

 

Then again, I know that Ft. Myers DMA has a very high number of cable subscribers.  But still, cable can easily become unreliable during a hurricane/severe wx, and especially satellite.

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2 hours ago, TheRyan said:

I'm very surprised that they would suspend OTA operations during the repack transition.  Kinda concerning they don't have a secondary transmitter, given the real annual threat of hurricanes.   I wonder if they have a plan to deal with a transmitter being damaged in the event of a hurricane/debris/high winds, etc.  

 

Then again, I know that Ft. Myers DMA has a very high number of cable subscribers.  But still, cable can easily become unreliable during a hurricane/severe wx, and especially satellite.

Keep in mind they're already down to one mux and even then they had to reduce power during the day on it. Obviously they had no choice at all. Keep in mind that this is work on the antenna elements, not so much the transmitter.

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Back in the analog days, WZVN had a backup transmitter site in Bonita Springs, FL  & WBBH had a back up site in lehigh-acres, FL  that appears to be long gone seeing as they shut down both stations.

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Backup transmitters are far less common than we think.

 

Most modern xmitters are far more reliable than in the past.

 

In the olden tymes of teevee,  transmitters were cranky and needed constant attention, or they might just burn up...or explode or throw some kind of tantrum.  

 

So most stations had backup transmitters on "hot standby" You and your staff of qualified SBE certified engineers would polish and baby the backup xmitter...sending a clear message to the main transmitter that "You can be replaced".

That usually kept the main transmitter in line.

 

But now...

Everyone is sharing sites, antennas, generators and porta-pottys at the transmitter sites.

Everybody wants a backup transmitter, and waveguide...and antennas...and all the ENG crap... and all the other crap that is up on the tower...including that 7 ton antenna!

 

7 frigging TONS!!!

 

And once you decide you can have all this stuff...you need certified engineers to maintain it.

 

And all those SBE certified engineers are dying.

 

So if you want to make money...become an SBE certified  engineer, and learn computers as they apply to broadcasting.

 

Oh...

That drone video is pretty badass...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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