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    WECP (Panama City) repack delayed

    Panama City CBS affiliate WECP/channel 18 was supposed to move their digital frequency from its current 29 to 35 this month, but it has now been delayed until late December. Sister station WJHG/channel 7 (NBC) moved theirs on October 6 (RF 18 to 16) and three other Panama City stations are slated to move theirs this month but those could be delayed as well. Panama City is one of the markets in phase 1 of the repack. It is believed that the wrath of Hurricane Michael is the reason for the delay.

    The other stations repacking are WPCT/ch. 46 (Tourist info, RF 47 to 33), WBIF/ch. 51 (DayStar, RF 51 to 26), and WFSG/ch. 56 (PBS, RF 38 to 28).
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    Still can't understand why PCB & Dothan can't act like one market. They had no problem doing so in the analog age.

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    Forty-five years ago it could have been conceivable as Panama City and Dothan each had two stations (7 and 13 in P.C., 4 and 18 in Dothan). Now that each market is fully served by their own Big Four, the CW, MNTV and PBS, melding into one market just couldn't be done. In the 90s, WTVY/ch. 4 took out advertising on the big lighted sign outside Miracle Strip Amusement Park reading "WTVY is CBS for the Emerald Coast."
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    It now appears WECP will stay on RF 29. The FCC database no longer shows construction permit particulars for RF 35 and there hasn't been anything on WECP's website alerting viewers to rescan their TVs. Rabbit Ears still shows the move along with links to their application for it.
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    They have to move as they will cause too much interference...Interference caused to WFSG Repack Ch. 28 Panama City FL
    Interference caused to WFBD Repack Ch. 29 Destin FL

    it will be 2.37% interference to WFSG and 1.99 to WFBD. Has to be .5 or less

    They modified their CP as of 6/14/19 to use a different antenna pattern
    https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/da...009f2&goBack=N
    and the document
    https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/da...6a5a4703c20ad7

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    I had seen that. Also noted that WECP's coverage would have a 2.2 mile reduction in its radius. Their Wikipedia page doesn't reflect the pending change (but we all know how dependable Wikipedia is... ). Is there any word on when the change will take place?
    Last edited by Ccook55; 07-07-2019 at 02:18 PM.

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