Attention over-the-air antenna viewers...changes are coming to WAOE/My59!

 Between now and July 2020, many local broadcast stations in cities across the U.S. are being required to “repack” – in other words, to change their over-the-air broadcast frequencies, and WAOE/My59 is one of the Peoria television stations affected by this change.

Specifically, WAOE/My59 will begin broadcasting on our new channel frequency on January 17, 2020.*

As a result, those viewers who watch free over-the-air television with an antenna will need to rescan their TV in order to continue to receive WAOE/My59 and our sub-channels:  AntennaTV (59.2) and LightTV (59.3). This action is the same scan performed whenever setting up a TV or converter box for the first time in order to find local channels.

More information regarding this required “repack”, its effects and how to perform a successful rescan of your television can be found below.

*Due to possible weather conditions, technical delays, etc., this date is subject to change. Any such change will be communicated to viewers via our website, Facebook page and on-air announcements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is "repacking"?

By law, nearly 1,000 TV stations across the country must move to new frequencies to make room for wireless services. Before repacking, television station frequencies were spread out along a wide range of broadcast spectrum, which sometimes left unoccupied space between channels. Known as “repacking”, the FCC plan “repacks” broadcast frequencies in order to combine empty space and to create a larger, uninterrupted span for wireless services.

Why is this happening?

Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – the agency that governs the public airwaves – to auction off broadcast TV frequencies (or airwaves) to make more channels available for wireless services. As a result, nearly 1,000 TV stations are required by the FCC to move frequencies in order to vacate those broadcast airwaves purchased by various wireless companies.

When is this happening?

WAOE/My59 will begin broadcasting on our new frequency on January 17, 2020.* Over-the-air public notification of this change will begin no later than 30 days before this date.

*Due to possible weather conditions, technical delays, etc., this date is subject to change. Any such change will be communicated to viewers via our website, Facebook page and on-air announcements.

How will this move affect me?

To comply with the FCC mandates, WAOE/My59 must move its broadcast signal to a new location and a new transmitter and antenna are needed. As of January 17, 2020*, the old transmitter will be powered down, and over-the-air antenna viewers will no longer be able to receive WAOE/My59 without completing a rescan of their TVs.

Some cable, DISH Network and DirecTV subscribers in Central Illinois may experience a short interruption in the availability of WAOE/My59 on their system. Subscribers of Comcast and I3 Broadband should not experience any disruption or outage.

*Due to possible weather conditions, technical delays, etc., this date is subject to change. Any such change will be communicated to viewers via our website, Facebook page and on-air announcements.

What must I do?

If you rely on an antenna to receive WAOE’s three channels over the air for free​, you will need to perform a channel rescan on your TV on January 17, 2020*. You do not need to purchase new equipment or services for this rescan. The actual channel numbers used before repacking will NOT change. After scanning, find WAOE at 59.1, 59.2, and 59.3.

If you subscribe to cable or satellite, you do not need to rescan for the new signal, even if you experience an outage. Your provider will take care of relocating WAOE’s signal for you.

*Due to possible weather conditions, technical delays, etc., this date is subject to change. Any such change will be communicated to viewers via our website, Facebook page and on-air announcements.

Will WAOE get new channel numbers?

No. After you rescan your TV, WAOE’s channels will still be found on 59.1, 59.2, and 59.3 – the current channel numbers.

Just what is meant by scanning (or rescanning)?

Scanning is when your TV or converter box searches the airwaves in order to locate available broadcast signals in your area and saves them in its settings. If you haven’t scanned your TV recently, you may discover TV channels you may not have known are now available.

How do I rescan my TV?
How to rescan…

Press MENU

  • Select SETUP or SETTINGS (or a similar term)
  • Select ANTENNA, and then press SCAN or AUTO-TUNE (or a similar term) to start the scanning process.
  • The TV will do the rest. This process takes a few minutes to complete.

Once your scan is complete, enter channels 59.1. 59.2 and 59.3 to verify a successful scan. WAOE will still be found on the same channel numbers as before the repack.

If you encounter difficulties with rescanning, instructions can usually be found by selecting the SET-UP or MENU button on the remote control for your television or converter box.

Still having issues? Consult the TV or converter box owner’s manual for detailed instructions on how to run a channel scan or contact customer service for your TV or converter box manufacturer.

If I need help scanning, what can I do?
For additional information and scanning instructions courtesy of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), go to tvanswers.org.

In the case of difficulty, consult the owner’s manual for your TV or converter box for more detailed instructions on how to run a channel scan, or contact their customer service. The purchase of new equipment or services is not needed in order to rescan your TV.

For additional assistance, contact the FCC’s consumer hotline at 1-888-225-5322 and press 6 when prompted. (Disclaimer:  This is a government call center not affiliated with WAOE/My59 or the NAB.)

I scanned my TV as suggested and am still missing channels. What should I do?

If you are missing channels after your initial rescan, then do it again. If multiple rescans do not solve the problem, you may want to clear the memory of your TV by following these steps:

  • Disconnect the antenna from the TV or converter box –Scan the TV or converter box without the antenna connected. As with any scan, follow the on-screen instructions or owner’s manual for your TV.
  • Unplug the TV or converter box from the electrical outlet for one minute.
  • Reconnect the antenna to the TV or converter box, and plug the unit into the electrical outlet.
  • Rescan the TV or converter box again.

Also keep in mind that the location of your indoor antenna is very important. So, be sure your antenna is near a window and position it as high as possible. You may need to adjust its placement and/or direction if you are still not getting reception. Also, keep it away from other electronic equipment, including computers, DVD players, converter boxes, etc.

Do I need to buy a new antenna?
Probably not. However, if reception issues persist, a new antenna may be needed. We suggest visiting antennaweb.org for more precise information regarding what type of antenna should work best for your location.
What do I do if I lost my original TV remote?

If you cannot find the remote control for your television or converter box, try using a universal remote to scan or check the TV for controls located on the side or back of the unit. If you cannot find any external controls, contact the manufacturer for assistance.

Still need help?

For additional assistance, contact the FCC’s consumer hotline at 1-888-225-5322 and press 6 when prompted. (Disclaimer:  This is a government call center not affiliated with WAOE/My59 or the NAB.)

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