WHSG-TV
Monroe/Atlanta, Georgia
United States
CityMonroe, Georgia
ChannelsDigital: 22 (UHF)
Virtual: 63
Programming
Affiliations63.1: TBN
63.2: TBN Inspire
63.3: Smile
63.4: Enlace
63.5: Positiv
Ownership
OwnerTrinity Broadcasting Network
(Trinity Broadcasting of Texas, Inc.)
History
First air date
March 15, 1991 (31 years ago) (1991-03-15)
Former call signs
WHSG (1991–2003)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
63 (UHF, 1991–2009)
Digital:
44 (UHF, 2009–2019)
Translator:
W49DE 49 (UHF) Marietta
HSN (1991–?)
Call sign meaning
Home Shopping Network Georgia (former owners),
backronymed to "His Saving Grace"
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID68058
ClassDT
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT310.3 m (1,018 ft)
Transmitter coordinates33°44′40.9″N 84°21′35.7″W / 33.744694°N 84.359917°W / 33.744694; -84.359917Coordinates: 33°44′40.9″N 84°21′35.7″W / 33.744694°N 84.359917°W / 33.744694; -84.359917
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewww.tbn.org

WHSG-TV, virtual channel 63 (UHF digital channel 22), is a Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) owned-and-operated television station serving Atlanta, Georgia, United States, that is licensed to Monroe. The station's studios are located on Agape Way in Decatur, and its transmitter is located in Atlanta's Cabbagetown section.

Because it airs no local content (except for local insertion of the required station identification), it is not carried as a local channel on DirecTV; the network's national feed is already available, but TBN's subchannel sister networks are not available.

It had one broadcast translator, W55BM, licensed to Marietta with transmitter atop Sweat Mountain, northwest of Atlanta. That station was later W49DE and WXID-LP, an affiliate of JCTV.

History

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The station launched on March 15, 1991. As the call sign indicates, it initially served as an affiliate of the Home Shopping Network, replacing WNGM (now WUVG-DT). Later,[when?] TBN bought the station and changed to the current religious format.

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of WHSG-TV
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
63.1 720p 16:9 TBN HD Main TBN programming
63.2 inspire TBN Inspire
63.3 480i 4:3 SMILE Smile
63.4 Enlace Enlace
63.5 16:9 PosiTiV Positiv

TBN-owned full-power stations permanently ceased analog transmissions on April 16, 2009.[1]

Analog-to-digital transition

WHSG-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 63, on April 16, 2009.[2] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 44, using PSIP to display WHSG-TV's virtual channel as 63 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.

The station's analog transmitter was located in northern Rockdale County, halfway between Monroe and Atlanta. The station's digital facility is immediately south of Atlanta's Inman Park neighborhood, along the north side of Interstate 20. This is the same tower used by WUPA (channel 69), built by that station when its original location (atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel) could not hold a second large TV antenna for digital, although both WHSG and WUPA have since moved to the North Druid Hills site, sharing an antenna through a diplexer. It also has WIRE-CD (channel 40), an expired construction permit for W06CM-D (channel 6), and a license for WYGA-CD on channel 16 (as well as a permit for 18 and a later app for 16 again). No serious damage occurred to the tower when the 2008 Atlanta tornado passed by the site, even though the then-analog WYGA-CA 45 (operating from the site under STA at very low power until WGCL-TV (channel 46) went digital) was knocked off-air. WHSG had an application to increase from 700 kW to its maximum 1,000 kW effective radiated power with the same antenna height, which is now licensed at the new site.

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