|Channels||Digital: 47 (UHF)
19 (UHF) (APP)
|Owner||King Forward, Inc.|
|Call letters' meaning||(translator calls sequentially-assigned by the FCC)|
|Former callsigns||K66BV (1980s)
W66BV (to 2010)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
66 (UHF, to 2010)
|Former affiliations||SIN / Univision (1980s-early 1990s)
DT1: Trinity Broadcast Network (1990s-2015)
DT2: JUCE (2010-15)
DT3: Smile of a Child )2010-15)
DT5: TBN Enlace USA (2010-15)
|Transmitter power||2.7 kW (Construction Permit for 10 kW)|
W47DL-D is a TBN satellite station for Detroit, Michigan. All programming is delivered directly from TBN's national satellite feed.
The station broadcasts on digital channel 47 at 2.7 kW with a northerly-aimed directional antenna, from a tower located at the Renaissance Center in Downtown Detroit. The signal can be seen throughout the city of Detroit, its suburbs and the nearby Windsor area.
The station initially signed on sometime in the early 1980s as a SIN affiliate owned by Washington, DC-based Los Cerezos Television, first with the calls K66BV, later switched to W66BV. The station folded in the early-1990s. Shortly after its closedown, the transmitter and license was sold to TBN, in which, shortly afterward, returned to the air as a full-time repeater of TBN's national feed.
In February 2006, the station was granted a construction permit to begin converting operations to digital television. Upon completion, the station would become a digital repeater of TBN, broadcasting all five TBN services at 19.7 kW (though later signed-on at 2.7 kW). The station was also approved for relocation to channel 47 – this is due to channels 52 to 69 being phased out of television broadcasting.
At some point on the evening of November 9, 2009, the analog signal of W66BV had gone dark entirely, showing only static. The station's analog feed has been on the air intermittently since that date. TBN has since notified the Federal Communications Commission that W66BV had ceased operations March 25, 2010 due to declining support, which has been attributed to the digital transition. However, on May 12, 2010, the repeater has since resumed broadcasting for about a month, before going silent again. During the analog era, the station had broadcast on UHF 66 with an effective radiated power of 19.7 kW, though it now broadcasts on UHF 47 with an effective radiated power of just 2.7 kW (with a construction permit to increase to 10 kW).
W66BV has since converted its signal to digital on channel 47, rebroadcasting five of TBN's subchannel networks on its signal; on January 7, 2011, it changed its callsign to W47DL-D. Currently, the TBN Enlace USA service on subchannel 47.5 is the only aerial non-English channel in the Detroit / Windsor area, following WUDT-LD's switch from Univision to Daystar Television Network in 2009, and the closedown of Windsor's Radio-Canada outlet CBEFT in 2012.
Neither Comcast Detroit, Bright House Livonia nor Cogeco Windsor has W47DL-D in their line-ups; however, the national feed can be seen part-time on Comcast channel 70 from 2 pm to 2 am (shared with The Inspiration Network), and full-time on digital channel 290; and on Bright House digital channel 116.
Some TBN repeaters, including W47DL-D, use Dish Network equipment to pick up the signal off of Dish Network's satellites, instead of a free-to-air source, which TBN has. This occasionally led to technical problems—for about 10 days since the early morning of June 12, 2009, W66BV has broadcast an error screen relating to needing a new smart card to view the station, and to contact Dish Network, rendering the station off the air until the problem was taken care of. At some point on Monday, June 22, the problem was taken care of, and the TBN feed returned to W66BV.
Following financial problems that led to the closedown and sale of many of its repeaters to other parties in 2010, W47DL-D was one of the few TBN translators that remained in service under TBN ownership.
On April 13, 2012, TBN sold 36 of its translators, including W47DL-D, to Regal Media, a broadcasting group headed by George Cooney, the CEO of the EUE/Screen Gems studios. The sale would later be approved by the FCC. Currently, the station is still airing TBN programming, but it is still currently unknown if it would be replaced later on.
W47DL-D has applied to move to UHF 19 and increase power from 2.7 kW to 15 kW on July 23, 2012.
On February 10, 2015, Regal Media sold W47DL-D to King Forward, Inc. (with management/operation of the station listed as Bella Spectra Corporation) who re-listed the station as a direct repeater of KTBN-TV (as opposed to being a "satellator", or satellite-fed translator, as it was before). As part of the sale, King Forward also applied for a silent Special Temporary Authority, replacing programming on all five subchannels with a transitioning slide stating "This Channel is AVAILABLE<br>For More Information Contact:<br>email@example.com" (Pittsburgh International Communications), which owns earth stations of the telecommunications satellite Galaxy 19. 47.2 was later re-allocated as an audio-less test broadcast of the Ethiopian television network ESAT.
|47.2||JCTV||480i||ESAT test broadcast|
The digital signal, which went on the air in 2010, is broadcast on channel 47. W47DL-D offers all five TBN services, but in different orders than full-powered affiliates (such as KTBN-TV and WJEB-TV). Normally, upon converting to digital broadcasts, the station's PSIP would be shown as 66.x, but W47DL-D appears to have decided to list its physical channel instead.
- "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. April 26, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
- FCC document: "COMMENTS OF LPTV ENTREPRENEURS", December 17, 2010.
- FCC document: "Asset Purchase Agreement: Trinity Christian Center Of Santa Ana, Inc. / Trinity Broadcasting Of Arizona, Inc. (Sellers) and Regal Media, Inc. (Buyer)