West Lane Translator is the licensee of four HDTV digital television translators in Florence. Together with a fifth licensee, Oregon Public Broadcasting, we bring High Definition television to the Central Coast area.
Because we are incorporated as a non-profit entity, we are able to offer these television signals at no cost to the Florence and Central Coast communities. All that is required of the viewer is a television receiver of reasonably recent vintage and some manner of receiving antenna to pick up the on-air signal.
High Definition television provides a digital signal delivery path using on-air signals. Gone are the days of pictures filled with snow, ghosts, and fading. Digital delivery means flawless picture and sound quality, and offers enhanced features on every channel.
The five HD television stations rebroadcast on WLT translators originate their signals from Eugene. In order to retransmit these signals in Florence, it is necessary to shift or “translate” the channel numbers for each station.
Our five Member television stations providing programming are listed in the table below in alphabetical order. Clicking on either a Station or Translator Callsign will take you to more detailed information (including contact information) about it on the FCC’s website.
|34.2||28.2||KEVU (My TV)|
|16.2||26.2||The CW Network|
A few important notes on the information in this table:
You will notice that both the Eugene and Florence channel numbers are listed in these tables. The Florence channel numbers (italicized) will only be useful to you the first time you receive the station’s programming. After once entering the Florence channel number or allowing your HD television or HDTV converter box to scan for local stations, the set or converter will “learn” the relationship between the originating station’s channel number and the translator’s channel number. Thereafter, you will only need to know and enter the channel number of the “Eugene” station to view the programming you desire. The “Florence” channel number will no longer be necessary or have meaning in the operation of your HD receiver. Be sure to read the documentation that accompanied your HDTV receiver for more details.
Each of the translators carries the programming content of one of the major networks on the main channel but because HDTV allows for the use of subchannels, each of the stations carries supplemental programming in addition to their regular network and locally-produced features. This means more choices for the viewer, still at no cost. A decimal is appended to the end of the channel number (16.1, etc.) to indicate which subchannel you are selecting. The decimal tells your receiver which of the several available program streams you wish to view from the station. The x.1 subchannel is always the “main” channel for that station.
Cable and satellite services only provide you with the first, “main” channel of each of the local stations. You may be missing multiple programming choices offered on the HDTV subchannels, channels that subscription services don’t offer under any of their service plans. Additionally, although the cable or satellite version of the local channels originates as an HDTV signal at the station, the programming is converted to analog before being delivered to your home. As a result, you are not getting the complete HDTV experience, you might just as well be watching any ordinary video feed. Only by receiving our on-air transmitted signals will you start enjoying the rich experience that all-digital HDTV can provide.
All of the transmitting equipment required to place these HDTV signals on the air was new and placed on the air January 12, 2010. Due to the efficiency of having matching equipment, each of the five stations uses identical transmitters and the resulting signals are combined electronically so that a master transmitting antenna can be utilized from atop our new 240-foot tower on Glenada Hill, south of Florence. As a result, and because the five TV stations have identical power output levels of 2500 Watts E.R.P., robust signal strength in the area is insured for each station.
Read more about WLT’s
transmission facility upgrade (PDF).
Read more about the answers to frequently asked questions.
Read more about antennas and signal reception.
Read more about reception and coverage, including maps of the area.