At this time, broadcast of AntennaTV 59.2 & Light TV 59.3 has been temporarily suspended.

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 Light TV** (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.

Station Repack Contact: Sara Horn, WAOE Station Manager, 309.698.3724

*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.

**As a result of unexpected developments, WAOE will temporarily be broadcasting on an intermediate frequency for an undetermined duration and will need to suspend broadcast of the AntennaTV 59.2 and Light TV 59.3 during this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

*NEW* After January 17th, 2020, why do I no longer receive ATV 59.2 and LTV 59.3?
At this time, broadcast of WAOE’s sub-channels:  AntennaTV 59.2 and Light TV 59.3 has been temporarily suspended.

Due to unexpected developments related to weather and tower crew delays, the final construction needed on WAOE’s post-repack transmission facility could not be completed by the mandated JANUARY 17th, 2020 deadline. By law, as of that date, WAOE – and many other local TV stations – were required to vacate their previous frequencies for use by various wireless companies. NO EXCEPTIONS. In order to avoid being forced to go off the air (also known as “going dark”) for an extended period of time, WAOE was able to acquire last-minute license of an interim broadcast frequency.

WAOE is able to utilize this intermediate frequency in order to continue broadcasting until its “switch” to the permanent frequency – but in a limited capacity. Due to technical limitations preventing the additional broadcast of WAOE’s sub-channels, only WAOEMy59 59.1 can be broadcast during this time.

Barring additional delays, the remaining work on WAOE’s post-repack transmission facility is expected to be completed over the next couple of months. A specific completion date has yet to be determined, but full broadcast of its signal will be resumed at that time. Once available, that date will be communicated to viewers via our website, Facebook page and on-air announcements no later than 30 days before.

*NEW* Why does WAOE 59.1’s picture now look a little blurry?

Due the capabilities of WAOE’s interim broadcast frequency, all programming is currently being broadcast in standard-definition (SD/480i) video resolution instead of the usual high-definition resolution (HD/720p). This reduction in resolution may be noticeable on some HDTVs or during certain programming by causing the video to be less crisp and clear than it has been previously.

Once WAOE begins broadcasting on their permanent broadcast frequency, full high-definition (HD/720p) resolution will be restored for all HD-available programming.

*NEW* My cable provider carries WAOE’s AntennaTV and Light TV in their line-up. However, after January 17th, 2020, they are no longer available. Why?

At this time, broadcast of WAOE’s sub-channels: AntennaTV 59.2 and Light TV 59.3 has been temporarily suspended, and most cable systems* collect the local over-the-air broadcast signals via an antenna for repackaging into the proprietary system/channel line-up available to their paying subscribers. As a result, they are affected in the same way as a typical over-the-air antenna viewer during this time.

Again, cable systems collect the same free broadcast signals that are available to all viewers and then charge subscribers a fee for access to their system. Those fees are paid directly to the cable provider for this service; WAOE is not paid or reimbursed in any way for inclusion of their signal in a cable provider’s channel line-up, and any issues regarding these fees should be discussed directly with the individual provider. WAOE has no responsibility to reduce/credit/compensate a cable subscriber in any way for any reason.

* Comcast and I3 Broadband receive WAOE’s broadcast signal via a fiber connection and not an over-the-air antenna.

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 a 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 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 without completing a rescan of their TVs.

Due to unexpected developments, WAOE will first be moving to an intermediate broadcast frequency on JANUARY 17, 2020*, which will require the suspension of broadcast of the WAOE sub-channels: AntennaTV 59.2 and Light TV 59.3. The move to the permanent signal is expected to take place in a couple of months and will be communicated to viewers no later than 30 days before the determined date. At that time, broadcast of AntennaTV 59.2 and Light TV 59.3 will resume.

Some cable, DISH Network and DirecTV subscribers in Central Illinois may experience a short interruption in the availability of WAOE 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 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.

**As a result of unexpected developments, WAOE will temporarily be broadcasting on an intermediate frequency for an undetermined duration and will need to suspend broadcast of the AntennaTV 59.2 and Light TV 59.3 during this time.

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.

**As a result of unexpected developments, WAOE will temporarily be broadcasting on an intermediate frequency for an undetermined duration and will need to suspend broadcast of the AntennaTV 59.2 and  Light TV 59.3 during this time.

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.

**As a result of unexpected developments, WAOE will temporarily be broadcasting on an intermediate frequency for an undetermined duration and will need to suspend broadcast of the AntennaTV 59.2 and  Light TV 59.3 during this time.

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.)

Station Repack Contact:  Sara Horn, WAOE Station Manager, 309.698.3724

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?

Not at this time. WAOE’s intermediate frequency is in the UHF range. However, WAOE’s permanent broadcast frequency will be a VHF signal. For that reason, an antenna capable of receiving both VHF and UHF channels eventually will 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?

Station Repack Contact:  Sara Horn, WAOE Station Manager, 309.698.3724

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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