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TELEVISION STATIONS ARE MOVING FREQUENCIES.
FIND OUT HOW.
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By law, TV stations must move frequencies to make room for wireless services. How does this happen? It’s not as easy as you may think...
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To move, a station must assess what new hardware and construction is needed, and determine if the current tower can support the new hardware.
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Coordinate with other stations that may share its tower.
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Order and pay for the hardware. Submit for reimbursement from the government.
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Reinforce its tower if necessary, requiring zoning permits, time and money.
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Have a new antenna designed, manufactured and delivered.
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Contract with one of the few qualified tower crews to make infrastructure improvements.
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Go off air for a short period of time) and hope for good weather (no wind, rain or snow) so tower work can be completed.
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All of this must happen in a short period of time designated by the government or the station may go dark.
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  1. Rescan Roundup – July 2019

    More than half of all TV stations in the United States will move to new frequencies now through 2020. If you use an antenna to access free, over-the-air television, head to TVAnswers.org to find out when stations in your area are moving, help spread the word and sign up for text and email alerts. Here’s a rundown of stations expected to move frequencies during July 2019. As always: rescan dates may be subject to change, so check back frequently and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for rescan alerts. July 1 WDPB (Philadelphia, PA) WQED (Pittsburgh,

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  2. Tower Crews in Action

    They defy heights and make our world work! Take a look as some of the incredible heights tower crews go to in order to keep our local stations on the air. These images show a new antenna being installed for KJTV-TV Lubbock as part of their frequency move. The tower is almost 1,000 feet and the antenna weighs 28,000 pounds and is in two sections.

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  3. Rescan Roundup – June 2019

    More than half of all TV stations in the United States will move to new frequencies now through 2020. If you use an antenna to access free, over-the-air television, head to TVAnswers.org to find out when stations in your area are moving, help spread the word and sign up for text and email alerts. Here’s a rundown of stations expected to move frequencies during June 2019. As always: rescan dates may be subject to change, so check back frequently and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for rescan alerts. June 1 WMYD (Detroit, MI) June 6

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  4. Rescan Roundup – May 2019

    More than half of all TV stations in the United States will move to new frequencies now through 2020. If you use an antenna to access free, over-the-air television, head to TVAnswers.org to find out when stations in your area are moving, help spread the word and sign up for text and email alerts. Here’s a rundown of stations expected to move frequencies during May 2019. As always: rescan dates may be subject to change, so check back frequently and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for rescan alerts. May 3 KUBE-TV (Houston, Texas) WLWK-CD (Green

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  5. Rescan Roundup – April 2019

    More than half of all TV stations in the United States will move to new frequencies now through 2020. If you use an antenna to access free, over-the-air television, head to TVAnswers.org to find out when stations in your area are moving, help spread the word and sign up for text and email alerts. Here’s a rundown of stations expected to move frequencies during April 2019. As always: rescan dates may be subject to change, so check back frequently and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for rescan alerts. April 1 WCBZ-CD (Columbus, Ohio) April 3

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    By: Alex Nogales – National Hispanic Media Coalition Over 4.8 million Hispanic households across the nation rely on over-the-air television, representing 15.8 million Hispanic over-the-air viewers. In fact, 29 percent of Hispanics use an antenna to receive their programming, a number that increases to 38 percent when accounting for Spanish-speaking households.  Latino communities depend heavily on over-the-air television for their news, weather, educational programming and emergency information. In fact, many people in our communities rely exclusively on free local broadcasts. Viewers who watch local TV stations for free with an antenna may soon have to rescan their TVs or converter

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  7. Keeping African American-owned businesses and the communities we serve connected

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  8. Rescan Roundup – March 2019

    More than half of all TV stations in the United States will move to new frequencies now through 2020. If you use an antenna to access free, over-the-air television, head to TVAnswers.org to find out when stations in your area are moving, help spread the word and sign up for text and email alerts. Here’s a rundown of stations expected to move frequencies during March 2019. As always: rescan dates may be subject to change, so check back frequently and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates. March 1 K50LZ-D (Santa Barbara – Santa Maria

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  9. What We Learned During Repack: Handling Viewer Questions

    Stations preparing to move to new frequencies as part of the spectrum repack should expect and prepare for an increase in viewer questions. On the phone and through e-mail and social media, viewers are raising issues ranging from the conceptual to the technical—and training station staff to handle higher inbound question volume is one key way to ensure a smooth transition. Reno’s KTVN did a particularly excellent job handling viewer queries, and their experience may help stations preparing for repack anticipate and respond to over-the-air viewers who run into issues while rescanning their antenna televisions. To learn more about KTVN’s

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  10. What We Learned During Repack: Tips for Stations

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