According to the chief engineer at a local station, the repack for Wilmington, NC, will be straightforward… at least for the full-power stations. They’ll all go off the air at the end of September 5, and will be up on their new channels in the wee hours of September 6 (EDT). Barring unforeseen events, of course.
Only one low-power station is affected by the repack: WILT-LD has to vacate RF channel 24 to make room for WWAY. Updated Their chief engineer tells me that they plan to take WILT-LD down early, on September 3 (no time of day given), to make the changes. The station will then be brought back up on the morning of September 6.
Bottom line: Wilmington NC viewers simply need to rescan on the morning of September 6 (or later). Nothing else needs to be done. Other than losing WILT for a few days, it should be “business as usual.”
For anyone who might care, the new RF channel spectrum in the Wilmington NC area is (low-power stations in lower-case):
- 15 wilm/10 Delco
- 16 WPXU/35 (ION) North Topsail/Jacksonville
- 20 wdza/20 (probably off-air) Delco
- 21 WUNJ/39 (PBS)
- 23 WECT/6 (NBC)
- 24 WWAY/3 (ABC, CBS, CW+)
- 29 WSFX/26 (FOX)
- 33 wilt/24 (wilm-ld repeater) Sand Hill Creek area
- 35 wtmv/21 (wtmh-ld repeater) Ogden