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Scott Helmke

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Chicago is now post-repack
« on: Yesterday at 10:45:31 am »

A while back I posted asking for "post repack" experiences, and now I myself have been through it.  Friday, Oct 18 was the official last day of our first phase (6), and pretty much everybody changed overnight between 17 and 18. 

However, and here's the part *you* should be looking for if your market hasn't hit the repack yet, the FCC had changed the schedule a bit during the summer. The local TV stations that were scheduled for phase 8 (January-March 2020) were rescheduled for phase 6, so it all happened at once. I'm assuming the various stations coordinated with each other to avoid conflicts.  We found out about it just in the past week by looking at rabbitears and noticing the change on those channels.  The FCC had only announced it in a changelog.

Monday morning and T-Mobile is already using one of their new blocks up at 622MHz.
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Re: Chicago is now post-repack
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 02:59:30 pm »

Saturdays shows were super fun trying to fit what was once easy into the now much smaller space left for us.  ugh


A while back I posted asking for "post repack" experiences, and now I myself have been through it.  Friday, Oct 18 was the official last day of our first phase (6), and pretty much everybody changed overnight between 17 and 18. 

However, and here's the part *you* should be looking for if your market hasn't hit the repack yet, the FCC had changed the schedule a bit during the summer. The local TV stations that were scheduled for phase 8 (January-March 2020) were rescheduled for phase 6, so it all happened at once. I'm assuming the various stations coordinated with each other to avoid conflicts.  We found out about it just in the past week by looking at rabbitears and noticing the change on those channels.  The FCC had only announced it in a changelog.

Monday morning and T-Mobile is already using one of their new blocks up at 622MHz.
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Re: Chicago is now post-repack
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 03:01:14 pm »

A while back I posted asking for "post repack" experiences, and now I myself have been through it.  Friday, Oct 18 was the official last day of our first phase (6), and pretty much everybody changed overnight between 17 and 18. 

However, and here's the part *you* should be looking for if your market hasn't hit the repack yet, the FCC had changed the schedule a bit during the summer. The local TV stations that were scheduled for phase 8 (January-March 2020) were rescheduled for phase 6, so it all happened at once. I'm assuming the various stations coordinated with each other to avoid conflicts.  We found out about it just in the past week by looking at rabbitears and noticing the change on those channels.  The FCC had only announced it in a changelog.

Monday morning and T-Mobile is already using one of their new blocks up at 622MHz.
Thanks for sharing this, Scott.
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Re: Chicago is now post-repack
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 08:38:51 pm »

Saturdays shows were super fun trying to fit what was once easy into the now much smaller space left for us.  ugh

This caught a lot of people unaware.  I knew things were coming but I for one wasn't paying attention carefully.  It seems that the entire H5 band (Shure SLX) might be wiped out here in Chicago.  And G50 is now tiny. 

A friend of mine sent me this scan he did on Friday the 18th near O'hare.

Through all the changes and repacks we've had, I think this one is really going to make it sink in for folks.  We can't just show up for a show and expect all of our wireless to work. 

Also, it seems that the database that Shure Wireless Workbench uses is not working correctly.  I'm prepping for a show in the NY area and the chart I see here https://1drv.ms/x/s!AnxSGoN1JhvEnFzSvlqvn3OODyrF [A spreadsheet from RFVenue] doesn't correlate with the channels that WWB shows for the same zip code (10036).  And WWB doesn't even correlate with the pre-repack station locations.  Can someone else check this and tell me if I'm just "doing it wrong"?   

Edit:   It seems that the spreadsheet from RFVenue is old and perhaps incorrect.  It's listing for Chicago is slightly different from the chart that TCFurlong has on their blog https://tcfurlong.com/wp-content/uploads/Chicago-TV-Stations.png
Anyone know of an easy to read chart of what's available and what isn't now?  Most of what I've found is just complicated to read. 
« Last Edit: Yesterday at 08:49:25 pm by drew gandy »
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Re: Chicago is now post-repack
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 11:35:35 pm »

Also, it seems that the database that Shure Wireless Workbench uses is not working correctly.  I'm prepping for a show in the NY area and the chart I see here https://1drv.ms/x/s!AnxSGoN1JhvEnFzSvlqvn3OODyrF [A spreadsheet from RFVenue] doesn't correlate with the channels that WWB shows for the same zip code (10036).  And WWB doesn't even correlate with the pre-repack station locations.  Can someone else check this and tell me if I'm just "doing it wrong"?   

No, the WWB database has been stale for a bit now, and it's definitely wrong after the repack at least here in Chicago.  We've been using the scan above to set up WWB for TV station avoidance.
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