I live in the Town of Ottawa in western Waukesha County and have a rooftop antenna. There is a hill east of me covered with trees so I've never had line-of-sight for Milwaukee TV signals. As a result, I've always had random signal issues, particularly August through November for whatever reason that are mostly resolved by tweaking the direction and height of the antenna. I have not noticed any positive or negative changes after the repack.
They need to build new transmitter facilities and went off the air around October 27th. They filed with the FCC to go silent for up to 6 months. I asked for an update on their facebook page last week and they hope to be back on the air in January.
I've been getting a lot of signal dropouts from 58 and its subchannels the past few days. I've tried rotating the antenna but it doesn't help. Channels 12 and 49, which are supposedly located on the same tower, still comes in great. Have they changed signal strength?
I turned on my DVR this morning to discover it found a new station. This normally isn't a big deal, since it often picks up fringe stations that are normally too far away to get reception. But this was different. It found a station on Broadcast channel 5, which was mapped to DTV channel 68. It is a Weathernation affiliate with radar centered on Milwaukee. There's a bug in the lower left identifying the station as WTWN Fond Du Lac Milwaukee. I googled the call letters and found nothing. Is this a new station that just started up?
Edit: Upon further research, this may be the ressurrection of WWAZ, which was located at analog channel 68 and shut down in 2008 but received FCC approval in 2009 to broadcast on channel 5 from MPTV's tower.
Me-TV Network's Neal Sabin: The Me-Too programming stream in Milwaukee will be on one of our digital full power stations and have cable carriage. It will include some of the shows we don't have national rights to that air on Me-Too Chicago and some others such as Emergency! and Matlock.
According to Sitcomsonline.com, Weigel will be starting a Milwaukee version of the MeToo channel with more retro TV shows in Q1 2011. Starting next Wednesday (Dec 15) MeTV is becoming a national network, and the local MeTV will be altering its schedule to nearly match that of the new network.