W26EW-D
Huntington, West Virginia
United States
CityHuntington, West Virginia
ChannelsDigital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 26
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
OwnerVentana Television
History
First air date
February 26, 1992; 30 years ago (1992-02-26)
Former call signs
  • W17BH (1990–2001)
  • W14CU (2001–2012)
  • W30DG-D (2012–2020)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 17 (UHF, 1990–2001)
  • 14 (VHF, 2001–2012)
  • Digital:
  • 30 (UHF, 2012–2020)
  • Virtual:
  • 14 (PSIP, 2012–2020)
Technical information
Facility ID49407
ClassTX
ERP15 kW

W26EW-D, virtual and UHF digital channel 26, is a low-powered HSN-affiliated television station licensed to Huntington, West Virginia, United States. The signal covers all of Huntington, and also can reach parts of Ashland, Kentucky and Ironton, Ohio.

History

Early years

A construction permit was held by North East LPTV, Inc. to launch a new station on channel 17 with the call letters W17BH.[1][2] The station signed on the air on February 26, 1992.[3][4][2] In an application filed with the FCC on October 28, 2004, ownership of the station changed to Ventana Television while the station was known as W14CU.[5][2]

Analog-to-digital conversion

W14CU shut down its analog signal over UHF channel 14 sometime in 2011 due to displacement.[6][7] The station resumed broadcasting in digital as W30DG-D on July 24, 2012 on digital channel 30. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers displayed the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 14.[8]

Spectrum incentive auction results

W30DG-D went silent on June 21, 2019 because it was displaced by WKMR, a KET member station, due to the FCC Spectrum Repack. During this time Ventana Television held a construction permit to move to digital channel 26 but the station was prevented from moving to its new frequency until another KET member station, WKAS, repacked and vacated digital channel 26 on October 26, 2019, at the earliest.[9]

Ventana Television filed for an extended special temporary authorization (STA) to remain silent on December 24, 2019, because work on the tower was incomplete.[10] On June 15, 2020, Ventana amended its extended silent STA request citing the impacts of COVID-19 as a contributing factor. Ventana noted in their request they were unable to get the tower crew to perform the installation of the new antenna due to West Virginia's stay at home order and the backlog of work for tower crews to perform as the state opens up. They expected the station to be operational within six months after the station went silent a year prior.[10]

The station resumed operations and moved to its new channel on July 6, 2020 under the new call letters W26EW-D.[11] W26EW-D no longer uses its old analog number as its virtual number instead using its new digital number as its virtual number. It was also at this time the station's signal become multiplexed.[4][12]

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[4][13]
26.1 480i 4:3 HSN Main W26EW-D programming / HSN
26.2 QVC QVC
26.3 HSN2 HSN2
26.4 QVC2 QVC2
26.5 QVC3 QVC3
26.6 DABL Dabl (Soon)

References

  1. ^ "Amendment to a New Analog LPTV Station Construction Permit Application". enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov. December 8, 1989. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Call Sign History". Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "License To Cover for Analog LPTV Station Application". enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov. November 14, 1991. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Digital TV Market Listing for W26EW-D
  5. ^ "Modification of a Licensed Facility for Analog LPTV Station Application". enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov. October 28, 2004. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  6. ^ "Displacement for LPTV Station Application". enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing for W14CU". RabbitEars. Archived from the original on September 21, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing for W30DG-D". RabbitEars. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "Request for Silent Authority of a LPTV Station Application". enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Request to Extend a Silent Authority of a LPTV Station Application". enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  11. ^ "License To Cover for LPTV Station Application". enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov. July 6, 2020. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  12. ^ "Digital TV Market Listing". RabbitEars. Archived from the original on June 23, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  13. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".