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WSVW signal restored after 2-month hiatus due to shipping delays

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Photo of antenna installation on WHSV's WSVF transmitter on Wednesday, March 4 © Provided by Harrisonburg WHSV Photo of antenna installation on WHSV's WSVF transmitter on Wednesday, March 4

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (May 12):

After a more than two-month hiatus due to COVID-19 effects on shipping, our WSVW signal has been restored.

According to WHSV's engineers, one of the fallouts of the novel coronavirus has been delays in equipment delivery, and those delays were felt at our station as they kept WSVW Channel 30 off at Massanutten Peak since the mandatory FCC repack in March.

For a long time, our engineers were waiting on a critical piece of cable needed for our tower on Massanutten Peak to be able to broadcast WSVW.

But as of 2:07 p.m. on May 12, they say WSVW is once again broadcasting.

If you live in Augusta County, you already have WSVW, broadcasting from Elliott Knob, but if you live in Rockingham or Page counties, you'll need to rescan.

You should now receive the following channels from our WSVW signal:

• 30.1 – NBC HD

• 30.2 – Weathernation

• 30.3 – CW

• 30.4 – Justice TV

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UPDATE (March 4, 10:25 p.m.):

After days of delays due to high winds on Massanutten mountain, WHSV's engineers says WHSV Channel 34 and WSVF Channel 36 are back on the air for our Over-the-Air viewers.

The final antenna to get the signal up was installed Wednesday and crews had a lot of work and testing to complete afterward to get our new frequency broadcasting. The channels were officially back as of 7:47 p.m. on March 4.

Viewers still need to rescan their television sets in order to watch our channels after the completion of installation.

Unfortunately, high winds at the tower site on Monday and Tuesday meant that the final component – a large antenna worth more than $100,000 – could not be safely lifted by a crane.

But with a few hours of calm weather, installation was able to occur Wednesday.

A separate ongoing issue with our WSVW signal remains ongoing as our engineers await another piece of cable to be delivered to the tower site at the top of the mountain. However, according to our team, viewers can still get NBC through channel 3.2 on Massanutten, and viewers with DirecTV should have their NBC back after work was completed Wednesday evening.

However, the over-the-air signal for the CW Network will not have a signal until the new cable arrives. When that happens, viewers will have to, once again, rescan to pick up that signal.

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UPDATE (March 4):

After days of delays due to high winds on Massanutten mountain, WHSV's engineers say the final antenna to get the WSVF signal back out over-the-air was installed Wednesday morning.

Unfortunately, high winds at the tower site on Monday and Tuesday meant that the final component – a large antenna worth more than $100,000 – could not be safely lifted by a crane.

But with a few hours of calm weather, installation was able to occur Wednesday morning.

Crews at the scene will continue final steps for the coming hours, connecting lines and testing signals, and plan to have WHSV 34 and WSVF 36 back on the air by Wednesday evening.

Due to a separate ongoing issue with the WSVW (NBC) signal, additional lines are en route to the site to get that issue resolved.

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On Wednesday, March 4, Over-the-Air viewers of The Valley’s FOX and CBS the V will need to rescan their television sets.

WSVF is moving frequencies on March 4, 2020. That means viewers who watch TV for free with an over the air antenna need to Make a Plan to Rescan their TVs to continue watching the station.

Both WSVF and WSVW, our NBC station, temporarily went off the air on the morning of Monday, Feb. 24, as our engineers began work to change our transmitter signal. Due to a transmission line installation and weather forecasts including rain and heavy winds, the expected date for completion of the work was pushed back to March 2.

Unfortunately, high winds at the site of the tower on the mountain on Monday and then storms with high winds on Tuesday meant that our engineers were unable to finish installation of the antenna, which is the final component needed, because the required crane can not operate in winds as high as those that have been gusting.

Final installation of the antenna will now be attempted early in the morning on Wednesday, March 4.

According to our engineers, they need just a few hours with no wind to be able to get the antenna installed and set. When those few hours of calm weather arrive, WSVF will be able to be back on the air within hours.

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction of broadcast airwaves to provide more channels for wireless internet broadband services. WSVF did not participate in the auction; however, the FCC is requiring this station and nearly 1,000 others nationwide to move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services.

“We’ve been a part of this community for 67 years, and we know that our viewers rely on us for critical breaking news and severe weather alerts, along with the very best in sports and entertainment. That’s not going to change,” said Sacha Purciful, Vice President & General Manager of WSVF. “Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible on our viewers to ensure they can keep watching the programs they love, such as The Masked Singer, the comedy block of Mike and Molly, The Last Man Standing, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family and NFL on FOX.”

To rescan on March 2, select "scan" or "autotune" on your TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. Instructions are usually available by pressing the "set-up" or "menu" buttons on the remote control.

You can find instructions from WHSV's John Rodgers in the video at the top of this article.

This move is happening behind the scenes, so the channel number viewers know will not change.

Stay tuned to WSVF for more information.

Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch WSVF through a cable or satellite service do not need to rescan – your service provider will do it for you.

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