Probably, not until after E-8 is activated. The E-7 beam which covers DET/GRA/CHI/IND/STL is only 2 TPs and doesn't have enough room. When E-8 is activated with it's 3 TP beam for the same area there will be plenty of room for Grand Rapids.
It is possible it could be added sooner if they place it on the E-7 beam and leave a city out for now, or put it on 110 CONUS for a while, but it will be a little while.
This is the kind of a rough events schedule:
1: Locals already on 119 goto spots (takes about a day).
2: Anchorage and Honolulu are added (length of time depends on what E* has been doing to prepare these locals probably a couple weeks).
3: Remaining locals that will fit on 119 are moved (probably Mid May).
4: This is where things get tricky some space will be freed up on 110, but E* may wait to add the remaining 3 cities they promised and use the extra space to test Echo-8 or put 2 of the new cities on the E-7 spots instead of moving some cities.
5: Echo-8 launched (July) & Activated (August)
6: The rest of the locals that will fit on spots are moved (through mid-Sept).
7: The remaining 3 cities promised by E* are up and ready if they weren't added to the free space in June, or put on spots. (mid-Sept early Oct).
I just got an e-mail from a techie at W--- (station to be unnamed at senders request). They still do not expect to be up (grand Rapids locals) until AT LEAST --that means it could be later and not before-- mid JUNE. Sorry guys. As Bryan pointed out, it could be until E*8 is up and operational before you see these channels.
bryan, which 3 cities were "promised" by E*. I may have missed a CC review, but dont recall anywhere reading E* (via press release or othr form) promising to carry 3 specific cities anytime recent. I know D press release of carrying 3 new cities: Providence, Hartford Las Vegas and 7 more totalling 10 by year end requiring oval dish.
Brett, way back in the beginning of LIL Las Vegas, and Baltimore were promised. Last year Grand Rapids was promised. This wasn't from press releases but from Charlie Horse himself.
Las Vegas has it's own spotbeam as does Jacksonville Fl on 110. Baltimore and Grand Rapids will fit on the spot beams that cover them. The Great Plains has a spot that covers Oklahoma City and Topeka. Fresno can fit on the SF/SAC beam. And about 10 cities will fit on the extra 6 CONUS TPs on 110. I see E* stopping at about 54 cities on 110/119.
Scott, would there be room to add them to the spots. Even with E-8 there would be 6 spot TPs serving Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Boston. Add in Baltimore and I think the room is used up. It would be possible to add Hartford to one of the vacated TPs on 110. Lets hope that you guys get locals even if they would have to go on a CONUS TP.
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