Posted 25 October 2008 - 10:46 AM
Call Sign: WPME
Location: Portland / Auburn, Maine
Channels: 35-1 & 35-2 - Searching for Signal
WPME 35-1 was on channel 28, but has now moved to its permanent assignment at 35.
Could someone let DIRECTV know, so they can update their channel assignments?
I am including a response to me from Doug Fink, Manager WPXT, WPME.
Thanks for getting in touch. We've made some changes recently and are working on the best way to communicate to our viewers.
As you know, the conversion from analog to digital TV is underway. TV stations were assigned second channels on which to begin broadcasting digitally. WPME's second channel assignment was for channel 28. Two years ago we began broadcasting digitally on channel 28. Because the FCC wanted viewers to be able to find their existing stations, the digital technology allowed the stations to label their new digital channels by their existing analog numbers. The first time a digital TV or digital converter box is plugged in, it scans all frequencies and saves the ones with a strong enough signal. It then labels those signals by the old analog numbers. So for WPME, a digital TV would scan, find a strong signal on channel 28 and then save it and display it as channel 35 (WPXT is digital 43 even though it's labeled as channel 51, WCSH is digital channel 44 even though it's labeled as channel 6, etc.).
The final part of the digital conversion for some stations involves switching from the assigned digital channel back to the original analog frequency. That is what has been going on with WPME. After two years of being on digital channel 28, we are now back on digital channel 35. That is our final FCC-assigned frequency.
Over the last few weeks (and especially the last week) we have been on and off the air as the tower climbers move antennas, make connections, then the transmitter company has been switching our frequency.
Fortunately that is now done. We are operating on channel 35 with a stronger signal than we had on channel 28. You'll need to have your TV or converter box re-scan (or maybe simply delete channel 28 and add channel 35. Once you do you'll find our signal is there!
General Manager WPXT-TV (The CW)
Station Manager WPME-TV (MyTV)
4 Ledgeview Drive
Westbrook, ME 04092