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Technical Alerts And Chanel Change Information:

UPDATE POSTED 10/22/2019 12:39pm

All of the Seattle area stations that were going to be repacked have changed to their new channels. Viewers will have issue receiving the new channels until they rescan on their digital antennas.

KBTC Did Not change channels over the weekend as our main stations, KBTC and KCKA, were not assigned new channels and therefore did not change channels.

With the channel changes in Seattle by other stations, there are bound to be some possible interference issues with the new channel layout in the market. Additionally, not all stations are operating at their full power and there will be future changes to transmission power, but they will not be advertised, but may cause further issues.

If viewers have issues, we ask you to please “rescan”. We in engineering are always glad to speak with viewers and will do our best to be available. Ask to speak with Steve, Elizabeth, Jelson, or Darin in the engineering department by calling. 253-680-7700

If you have further questions about the FCC Repack, please click here below for more details from the FCC webpage.

Our transmitter work currently going on is just our yearly proof/ audit of our transmission systems and some repair work. We will keep you posted as we progress.

Thank you,

KBTC Engineering Department.

UPDATE AS OF 7/12/2019 8:50am

The Orcas island transmitter is now on the air in its new home on channel 18. Viewers will need to rescan to acquire the new channel. Their PSIP (channel information) will still display 28.1- 28.4 and look like it did before.

If you scan to add new channels and not delete out dead channels, you may have two sets of KBTC channels, one of which is non-functional.

With the change to channel 18, our signal will change as we no longer have interference from a distant channel 24 in Canada, and do not have a close channel 18 in Canada, but do have a distant channel 18 in the northern Seattle area.

We hope to see improvement for our North Sound and Canadian viewers. Thank you for your patience during this transitional period.

AS OF 7/9/2019:

The date of the channel switch in the Bellingham area was pushed back to July 11/12 at wich point you will need to rescan to get the new channel (from channel 28 to channel 18)

You may contact us by email with concerns and questions onair@kbtc.org

This change does NOT affect cable or satellite viewers.

Thank you,

KBTC Web Producer