Transmission of WGUC and WVXU's broadcast signals during certain hours is currently being reduced or moved to a back-up transmission site resulting in a reduction in coverage area.
WGUC and WVXU's primary broadcast transmitters and antenna are located at and on the WCPO tower. WCPO has been assigned a new digital frequency as a result of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) broadcast spectrum auction and repacking process (link to https://www.fcc.gov/about-fcc/fcc-initiatives/incentive-auctions#block-menu-block-4 ) and must install new equipment on its tower to implement this change.
When the work being done is near the location of WGUC and WVXU's antenna, we must either reduce power or be shut down completely for the safety of the tower workers. Both options will result in limiting our over-the-air broadcast radius.
We will move to our back-up site on the Star 64 tower (on Winton Road) when the transmitter is completely shut down. Because the back-up site has less power and antenna height than the stations' primary signal, listeners may find that their reception of WGUC or WVXU has changed – especially outside the I-275 loop, or in Northern Kentucky. There will be no HD2 broadcasting (Jazz at WGUC HD2 and Radio Artifact at WVXU HD2) while utilizing the back-up site. We will return to full-power main transmission whenever the tower workers are not working.
On March 29, 2016, the FCC commenced the first-ever "incentive auction" designed to repurpose broadcast spectrum for new uses. Authorized by Congress in 2012, the auction's goal was to make "low-band" airwaves available for video and wireless broadband.
As part of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the FCC was authorized to repack the television band by assigning television stations to new channels. Repacked television stations must complete their channel moves within a limited window. WCPO's tower work will be taking place in the next weeks.
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WGUC and WVXU's primary broadcast transmitters and antenna are located at the WCPO tower. The work needed on the WCPO tower includes the installation of a temporary TV antenna near WGUC and WVXU's antenna. This will be used by Channel 9 while they are dismantling their current antenna and reinstalling the new antenna for their new frequency. For the safety of the workers and to minimize their exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation, the FCC and OSHA mandates that no RF broadcasting can take place while they are on a tower. Depending upon the workers' location on the tower, WGUC and WVXU must be on reduced power or off the air. Therefore, our transmission radius will be reduced.
We expect to return to full-power main transmission any time tower work is not taking place.
WMUB is not affected and will be operating as normal.
WGUC/WVXU has installed a temporary antenna and accompanying transmitters on the Star 64 tower on Winton Road.
Cincinnati Public Radio is grateful to the owners and engineers at Star 64 who have made this tower space available. This back-up site allows both stations to maintain over-the-air service while the repacking work is taking place on the WCPO tower. We also appreciate the ongoing partnership with WCPO, who has generously hosted our transmission site for decades and is working with us to manage this situation.
Because the back-up site has less power and antenna height than the stations' primary signal, listeners may find that their reception of WGUC or WVXU has changed – especially outside the I-275 loop, or in Northern Kentucky. Reception in your car may be different than reception in your home. There will be no HD2 broadcasting (Jazz at WGUC HD2 and Radio Artifact at WVXU HD2) while utilizing the back-up site. We expect to return to full-power anytime tower work is not taking place.
To listen via your smart speaker, ask it to "Play WGUC" or "Play WVXU."
In some locations, an off-air outside antenna will be sufficient to receive a quality signal.
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